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So far the response to MLB being accused of buying stolen documents is . . . crickets

May 12, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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Question: a report in an actual newspaper sourced by actual police documents revealed that, in the mind of an actual police department, officials with Major League Baseball knowingly and contrary to the warnings of said actual police department purchased stolen merchandise. That report came out last night. And since then, the response to it all has been . . . silence.

I wrote stuff about it. Some people tweeted some things. But unlike almost any other story of even half that magnitude involving drugs, crimes, A-Rod or even the mundane stuff of MLB management, there have been no major media people weighing in. No blog posts or columns from mainstream people at ESPN New York or Fox . No Daily News I-Team report. No radio shows touching on it that I’ve seen. Yes, it’s all been learned by people today for the most part, but usually by 5:30pm on the day of, we’d have some coverage from the online outlets and radio and probably even a quick, early version of whatever is going to run in the newspapers tomorrow. A Madden or a Lupica quick take. I’m not saying this is a “everyone drop everything and make it your top story” kind of story, but you damn well that if A-Rod farted in a hot tub in Cabo last night there would be wall-to-wall coverage from the usual suspects by now.

Obviously I’m not a dispassionate observer on this subject. My biases are well known and have long been on display. I’m not and never was happy with the way MLB carried out the Biogenesis investigation. I’m not and never was happy with the way all of that and, specifically, the A-Rod parts of it were covered by the media. I believe there was and continues to be a tremendous loss of perspective when it comes to PEDs in baseball and I believe that the tendency to make guys who violate the drug rules into the darkest villains as opposed to mere rule breakers to be pretty odious.

But with that acknowledged, doesn’t it seem strange to you that none of the people who offered wall-to-wall opinions about A-Rod’s ethical failures and even his evil — remember; Madden of the Daily News compared him to Whitey Bulger — there hasn’t been anyone besides a few of us loon jobs in the blogosphere willing to wade into the possibility that MLB committed a pretty major transgression here and that maybe — just maybe — it’s a relevant coda to the Biogenesis story? Especially if you’re someone like the Daily News I-Team, which touts the awards it won for covering the Biogenesis story on its front page.

If I missed something or if something comes out soon in which these folks opine on the Newsday report in the manner they opined on every other aspect of the Biogenesis story I’ll update. For now, though, I’ll hang up and listen.

  1. ctony1216 - May 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Nowadays, crimes committed by corporations are rarely punished with jail time, and much of it just gets a slap on the wrist, if punished at all. Which kind of makes a mockery of the U.S. justice system, and of our clam to being “a “nation of laws.”

    There’s a new book that addresses this very issue. It’s called, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi. I haven’t read it yet, but I have read a lot of Taibbi’s stories about the issue, and it’s amazing what corporations get away with, including fraud, price-fixing, and even money-laundering for drug cartels. (Compared to those crimes, buying stolen property is like littering.) These are things any of us would be jailed for in an instant.

    Good on Craig to point this out bit of injustice in our sport. Meanwhile, the mainstream media loses a little more credibility.

    For those interested, here’s a review of Taibbi’s book: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/books/review/the-divide-by-matt-taibbi.html?_r=0

    • drewsylvania - May 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Thank you for posting this. Too many people keep themselves in the dark about the criminal behaviors that corporations get away with every day.

  2. musketmaniac - May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    There’s way too much useless information on here. I’m going to go out on a limb here , most of you guys are either very,very married. Or you’ve never been laid once in your life.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      And you’re a single troll who has absolutely no one who cares enough about you to wonder where you are at midnight on a Wednesday. So you launch angry missives into the night against people you hope are as desperately lonely as you. And then you “like” your own comment.

      No one will miss you when you’re gone. Go ahead and do it already.

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