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Daily News I-Team is all over A-Rod’s bad decisions from a year ago; mum on MLB’s.

May 18, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

Take this Daily News story for what it’s worth: old news which has been mooted by months of more recent events. But if you’re into the sordid backstory of A-Rod’s fight with Major League Baseball, the award-winning Daily News I-Team would like you to know that A-Rod was going to quit last summer — retire from baseball and not fight MLB’s discipline — but he was convinced not to by Desiree Perez, a woman with a hefty criminal record that, somehow, has close ties to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

For what it’s worth, a source with knowledge of the Biogenesis investigation suggested to me last year that, at some point, Perez did have A-Rod’s ear and was somewhat troublingly influential in A-Rod’s decision making process, so there is probably not a ton of reason to doubt the veracity of this report. It goes along with a long line of stories over the years where Rodriguez responded positively to someone telling him he should act aggressively in some way, shape or form, be it legally or with business matters or what have you. He’s not exactly a mastermind. He’s easily influenced, it would appear. Not shocking.

That notwithstanding, the Daily News coming out with this today is rather hilarious given that (a) A-Rod’s decision making from last year has long been mooted given his decision to drop his legal case against MLB, accept his suspension and move on. Indeed, just this past week we heard that A-Rod is living a relatively quiet life of paying attention to his business and keeping in shape in an effort to come back next year. Even his ex-wife had wonderful things to say regarding the way in which A-Rod was going about his business as of late. We don’t hear much from the Daily News about that.

We also haven’t heard a peep from the Daily News about the story which emerged a week ago in which Major League Baseball was said by the Boca Raton police department to have knowingly purchased stolen documents during its investigation. I guess bad stuff that MLB did last year in an effort to get A-Rod is old, irrelevant news. Bad advice A-Rod took last year in an effort to fight MLB, however, deserves this sensationalist treatment.

Great job, I-Team! Way to stay on top of everything in a comprehensive and totally non-selective fashion!

  1. renaado - May 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Gotta admire this guy’s media/press longevity.

  2. joestemme - May 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Fuc@ A-Roid and his bad decisions.

  3. pappageorgio - May 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Craig….your coverage of this whole ordeal has hardly been what I would call fair and balanced. So ripping on another publication…….who disagrees with the “MLB is evil and ARod should gotten a slap on the wrist” take……for being less than fair and balanced comes of as pretty hypocritical.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      I’m not purporting to report news in an objective fashion the way the Daily News is. I’m not submitting my work for reporting awards the Daily News is. I’m an opinion writer. I’m allowed to have a viewpoint. Indeed, that’s the point.

      If one of the Daily News’ columnists wants to rip A-Rod forever, he’s entitled to. He may be wrong or unfair in the way he couches his facts and I may take issue with his assumptions, but that’s his right and his job. If the news division, however, ignores things or sensationalizes things, that’s another story.

      • beachnbaseball - May 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Craig…every one of the reporters that wrote the article (Teri Thompson , Bill Madden, Michael O’keeffe, Christian Red and Nathaniel Vinton) as the “I-Team” are members of the Daily News Sports Department. The “News Division” of the paper had nothing to do with the preparation of the article.

        The “News Division” did not, as you state, ignore or sensationalize things.

        I for one, think that had A-Rod actually decided to quit last Summer over the Biogenesis situation and work out a deal with MLB it would have been the sports story of the decade.

      • mmeyer3387 - May 18, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        I’m sick of hearing about the whole controversy, its way beyond old and worn out. This is the story, Arod and others were caught using PEBS, they have been punished. Nonetheless, I enjoy watching Baseball and I’m sick of people that seem to enjoy repeating old news. Furthermore, I hope that we see the day when most people will realize that most sports journalist are lazy and want to milk old news as long as they can. After all it makes their jobs easy and most seem don’t realize that journalist are just people giving their opinions. Once people realize this, they may also come to the conclusion that its hard for writers to find new topics and create original work.

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Beach — I meant sports reporters acting in a news-reporting capacity, as opposed to writing opinion pieces. All of those reporters are purporting to report news here, not write opinion. They are missing half the news. Apparently intentionally.

    • rbj1 - May 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      I grew up reading the Daily News in the 1970s & 80s. They made their bread, sports wise, by writing about another Yankees villain, or three. Nowadays everything is quiet in Yankeeland and the Mets are the Mets and everything else is quiet too so they have to go back to the well.

      • mmeyer3387 - May 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        Yes, they are having a difficult time keeping up with the information age and still being able to write good articles that grab the fans attention. Additionally, some fear that less people value the sports journalist product anymore.

    • mmeyer3387 - May 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      I’m sick of hearing about the whole controversy, its way beyond old and worn out. This is the story, Arod and others were caught using PEBS, they have been punished. Nonetheless, I enjoy watching Baseball and I’m sick of people that seem to enjoy repeating old news. Its old, move on.

      • renaado - May 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        For some reason, I really don’t know why A-Rods dopin case is more highly publicized than the Lance Armstrong one, dunno if I’m wrong though but from my standpoint, it certainly is that.

  4. sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I’ve consistently written on here that while Arod is unlikable and that I agree he should have been punished, I don’t like the fact that Bud and baseball has gotten off so lightly for everything.

    Bud and many others made so much money in the summer of ’98 when Big Mac and Sosa were knocking the balls out left and right. Even casual and non-baseball fans were aware of Big Mac’s and Sosa’s assault on the home run record that summer.

    TV stations cut away to televise their at bats and on the news they would show shots of people standing outside on the street watching TV’s when either one of them was batting and then they went on with their lives when the at bat was over.

    Baseball had a black eye after the strike in ’94, no World Series and Bud and others ENJOYED the popularity and the MONEY that all those who were on PEDS were bringing them and the game.

    They KNEW players were juicing and they turned a blind eye to it. G.M.’s knew, manager’s knew, teammates knew and yet it was allowed to continue.

    Eventually, the tide turned and it became fashionable to not only denounce PED usage but to go after it, punish it instead of looking the other way.

    Bud and baseball tired hard to go after Barry Bonds and came up short, as did the govt.

    That got under Bud’s skin and he was determined NOT to let that happen when he went after Arod.

    So baseball stole the info they needed (OK, had it stolen, same thing) and then they “purchased” the stolen info they needed. They did it all at arms length, just enough to remain outside of the law themselves… they had plausible deniability but Bud wasn’t going to accept not being able to nail Arod after having Bonds slip though his hands…

    Again, AROD is guilty, pompous, arrogant, deserved to be punished… I’m NOT defending AROD.

    But baseball hasn’t faced even 1 percent of the “heat” that AROD has and that is not acceptable to me…

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. Wrong is wrong and only one set of wrongs has been punished here…

    • Old Gator - May 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I disagree. A-Roid deserves to be hung, boweled, quartered and fed to the pigs. Bud deserves to have his momma resurrected so she can kiss his tushy.

    • joestemme - May 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      One major group of folks you neglected to mention: FANS who should have known that they were juicing. I and a few others cried foul at the time, but too many folks lapped it up as if some religious miracle had just occured and all of a sudden McGuire, Bonds and Sosa (’til then a middling ballplayer) had descended from baseball heaven and re-wrote the record books on no more than natural talent.

      As baseball greats like Willie Mays and Henry Aaron have said: baseball players don’t get better and more powerful as they age without PEDs.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        As baseball greats like Willie Mays and Henry Aaron have said: baseball players don’t get better and more powerful as they age without PEDs.

        Said two people who used PEDs…

      • Reflex - May 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Sosa was in no regards a ‘middling ballplayer’. People seem to forget he entered the major leagues at age 20, he hit 33HR at age 24, and proceeded to hit more and more until his breakout age 29 season, then started his decline at age 33 and was pretty much done at 36.

        That is about as normal a career arc as one can expect. Its very similiar to guys like Jose Batista and even Roger Maris. The idea that he came out of nowhere and suddenly started hitting balls ignores the fact that he was a power hitter at age 24, and he matured as those guys typically do, and his power increased along with the rest of the MLB’s offense levels.

      • mmeyer3387 - May 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Arod is such a juicy and easy target isn’t he? I wonder how many players did use PEBS and when did they start using them? I bet some of your favorite players may be offenders and you just don’t know it. Just a little food for thought; we know that athletes were using PEBs at lest as far back as the 1970’s. Do you really think that MLB players were that far behind? Additionally, players were using other methods to cheat before Mays and Aaron were playing. In the 70’s every team had stimulates for its players. That’s a big deal when they play double hitters and 162 games. We have pitchers that have cheated doctoring the ball before either one of us were born. Hitters have also cheated by doing things to enhance their bats. Yes, there are some in the Hall of Fame. I think that we need to remember what a famous historian once said “there has never been a perfect man, they do not exist.”

    • schreibdave - May 18, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      I agree that MLB was an accessory to the crime in the late 90s. But for whatever reason, they have since decided to clean up the sport – and as best as I can tell they are doing everything they can to get PEDS out. A Rod is not in trouble for what he did in the late 90s when everybody was enjoying the party. He’s in trouble for what he was doing up to a few short months ago. That MLB apparently used some questionable means to get evidence of A Rod’s guilt is too bad – but it also proves that they are not looking the other way any more. Would anybody have preferred that they just throw their hands up and say “we would like to do something about PEDS, but we just cant find any evidence as to who is using? Oh well.” I don’t think so.

      • dcarroll73 - May 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        “questionable means”???? MLB committed felonies to get that evidence so yes, anyone who has a grain of sense would prefer that they did not do this. Are you crazy? As your punishment and rehabilitation I recommend that you watch the great movie, “A Man for All Seasons”, and pay particular attention to the scene with the lines about cutting down the laws to get the devil and where will you look for cover when he turns on you.
        If you think these means justify these insignificant ends, your values are sadly warped.

  5. sfm073 - May 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I’d like to see a poll on who actually cares about a rod stories still?

  6. 461deep - May 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Glad NBC lets CC voice an opinion. However, say a few words Mr. Peter’s. the Comcast-NBC CEO does not like and we’ll see how long any NBC writer or news anchor lasts.

  7. dirtycrumbs - May 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    What exactly is the story here?

    A-Rod got advice from someone? That’s it?


    What pathetic, little lives anyone who was involved with this story must lead. All of the crusty “get off my lawn” cranks who work for the NY Tabloids really need to get a life. Your old man sanctimony is tiresome and not good for the game.

  8. drush127 - May 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    The NYDN wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if A-Rod wasn’t around….

    They’re really lousy journalists.

  9. schuch10 - May 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    If you beat a dead drum long enough, will it ever be revived? HBT is trying its hardest to uncover this mystery.

  10. ducksk - May 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    A-rod? Who dat?

  11. psly2124 - May 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Maybe he and canseco could open up a juice bar in south beach.

  12. righthandofjustice - May 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    If A-Rod did not fight, he would not have obtained the tape that showed the world MLB bought stolen documents desperately needed by the Florida government to investigate lots of people connected to the crimes of Biogenesis. MLB could have easily framed A-Rod as the one who impeded the investigation of the government and should be put behind bars.

    Too bad, things did not work out as planned. MLB probably have altered their penalty from 50 game suspension and 161 games for obstruction of justice and investigation of the MLB to 150 games just for PED violation.

    The Daily Farce, mouth of MLB, is again crying loud as Bud Selig is now the one being investigated by the government. MLB can run but they can’t hide. All kinds of evidence point to they intentionally obstructed the investigation of the government. Why are they doing that? Are they closely related to the crime bosses behind all sorts of dirty things done by Biogenesis? Or, they are the crime bosses themselves?

    This is going to be a very good crime drama in the next couple of years…

  13. disgracedfury - May 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    What else would the Daily news write about.MLB wanted to make A-Rod a poster of PED and forget all the bad things MLB did.It’s MLB who created the problem.

  14. dlf9 - May 19, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    FWIW I was at NYS yesterday to watch the double header with the Pirates and saw a bunch of kids wearing ARod gear. Maybe to the common fan, he’s not quite the pariah that those more obsessed wish.

  15. jaturso - May 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Is “mooted” a word? It’s in CCs post twice. I would have thought the proper phraseology would be “been made moot”.. but I don’t write for a living.

  16. bmadormo - May 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Arod deserves the punishment he received now let’s let him move on and let him serve out his time. I want to see the writers work a fraction as hard at investigating MLB, in particular SELIG AND MANFRED. Those guys are dirty and they need to be accountable for their business practices.

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