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Bans will be served in 2014

NEW YORK — As rumors swirl that Major League Baseball is close to dispensing punishment in the Biogenesis case, the head of the players’ association said it’s possible the players involved would not serve their penalties until the 2014 season.

Michael Weiner, the union’s executive director, said he expects MLB to present its findings to the players’ association “within the next month.”
Given the potential length of an appeal process for the players involved, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and the other principal players in the Biogenesis investigation could be in limbo into the offseason.

Weiner also said the commissioner’s office isn’t bound by the terms of the joint drug prevention and treatment program — which calls for 50- and 100-game suspensions and a lifetime ban for three failed drug tests — because the players involved in the Biogenesis case did not fail tests and are being investigated for “non-analytical” reasons.

Much of MLB’s case is being built on phone records, receipts and other information provided by Anthony Bosch, the founder of Miami-based Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

“In theory, [the players] could be suspended for five games or 500 games, and we could then choose to challenge that,” Weiner said. “The commissioner’s office is not bound by the scale we have in the basic agreement.”

A provision in the drug-testing agreement gives the commissioner’s office the latitude to announce suspensions before they are appealed if the cases are already public knowledge, but the union is expected to mount a challenge in the Biogenesis case.

Selig We went through the cocaine era of the ’80s and there was no drug-testing agreement, which was quite sad. The Pittsburgh drug trials — very sad, and still no drug-testing agreement. Now here we are, 30 years later with the toughest drug-testing agreement in American sports. We must be doing something right. I haven’t heard from anyone in Washington in eight and a half years.
” — MLB commissioner Bud Selig

Weiner indicated that the union will advocate that suspensions remain private and confidential until the players’ appeals before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz are complete.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” has reported that Rodriguez and as many as 20 other players are expected to be suspended for their relationship to Bosch, who allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to the players. Rodriguez has denied the allegations.

When asked directly on Monday about his involvement with Biogenesis, Rodriguez said: “I appreciate you asking that question. But due to the process, we’re not allowed to comment on that. But with due time, we’ll talk about that.”

Commissioner Bud Selig, in his annual All-Star Game talk to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, promised a “thorough, comprehensive and aggressive” investigation into the Biogenesis scandal, saying that MLB is committed to getting it right regardless of the time frame or the potential impact on affected clubs.

“I’m sensitive to that, but we have to complete this investigation,” Selig said. “I have to see the results, and then we’re going to move forward. Those are the only concerns.”

Selig has come under fire through the years for baseball’s tardiness in addressing the PED issue but issued a spirited defense Tuesday of the strides the game has made.

The Biogenesis case has been perceived as yet another black eye in a steroids narrative that goes back to the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run race in 1998.

“People are sometimes critical of baseball and say a lot of different things,” Selig said. “They say this [case] is about retribution or my legacy — whatever the case may be.

“We went through the cocaine era of the ’80s and there was no drug-testing agreement, which was quite sad. The Pittsburgh drug trials — very sad, and still no drug-testing agreement. Now here we are, 30 years later with the toughest drug testing agreement in American sports. We must be doing something right. I haven’t heard from anyone in Washington in eight and a half years.”
Selig said MLB administered 4,200 tests at the major league level last year and 16,000 tests overall between the big leagues and the minors. He said MLB testing produced seven positive results, and the overall failure rate was less than half of 1 percent.

Selig also cited the banning of amphetamines as a positive step and said team trainers and doctors have told him that baseball is doing “fine.” But he also expects stiffer penalties for PED use to be a topic of discussion in the next collective bargaining agreement.

“I had a player come to me a few months ago who wanted me to know how much he and many others resent it being called the steroid era, because a great, great majority of our players never did it,” Selig said. “It puts them in a very difficult position.”

Selig also appeared Monday night on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” saying “only time will tell” when asked whether Rodriguez would play for the New York Yankees again.

“We’re in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation on all of this, because I really believe it’s not only the right thing to do, we’re going to do it,” Selig said.

But Selig danced around the topic of whether Rodriguez faces a suspension, saying: “I’d rather not say.”

“But you know, don’t you? I can tell,” Letterman asked.

“I do. The answer is, I do,” Selig said before drawing applause from the studio audience.

Selig also said the issue of Rodriguez’s contract would be for the Yankees and the third baseman to work out, although he added that the sum of money in question would not be “incalculable.”

“It’s over $100 million, and it’s been calculated by everyone,” Selig said.

Although the Biogenesis case dominated Tuesday’s annual All-Star Game question-and-answer sessions held by Selig and Weiner, it was one of several topics of discussion:

Weiner, who has been dealing with an inoperable brain tumor, addressed the baseball writers from a wheelchair. He said his condition has deteriorated in the past month and that he is currently taking an experimental drug typically used to treat melanomas.

Weiner said the players’ association has been discussing possible contingency plans in the event that his health prevents him from continuing with his duties but dismissed recent reports that former union leaders Donald Fehr and Gene Orza might return in leadership capacities.

Both Weiner and agent Scott Boras have decried the news leaks in the Biogenesis case as a violation of the drug-testing agreement. Selig vigorously denied that Major League Baseball has been the source of any leaks.

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John Rocker touts MLB ‘steroid era’

John Rocker, the formerly disgraced Atlanta Braves closer who years after retirement acknowledged having used steroids during his career, said in a radio interview that PED use in Major League Baseball helped transform it into a more appealing sport.

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game,” Rocker said on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan, a CBS affiliate. “At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120, whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town.

Was there anything more entertaining than 1998 — I don’t care how each man got there — was there anything more entertaining than 1998? … Watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?
” — Former MLB reliever John Rocker

“They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”

Rocker, who lives in Atlanta, told the Cleveland radio station the so-called steroid era in baseball “was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there.”

“Was there anything more entertaining than 1998 — I don’t care how each man got there — was there anything more entertaining than 1998? …” Rocker said. “Watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase 61 home runs?”

Once graced with a rocket arm that helped fuel the waning years of the Braves’ golden age, Rocker is now more known for errantly shooting from the hip.

In 2008, five years after ending a six-season career in which he pitched for the Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Rocker said “between 40 to 50 percent of baseball players are on steroids” and “in 2000 Bud Selig knew John Rocker was taking the juice.”

Rocker, who is now serving as director of public affairs for SaveHomelessVeterans.com, the Ronald McDonald House and helping raise money to battle multiple sclerosis, was suspended for the first month of the 2000 season and fined $20,000 stemming from homophobic and ethnically insensitive comments he made that were published in Sports Illustrated.

Rocker later issued a statement admitting he went too far and told ESPN that his comments made him sound like “a complete jerk.”

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Rangers sign Manny Ramirez

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers took what general manager Jon Daniels called a “flier” on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a minor-league deal with outfielder Manny Ramirez, who said he will donate his salary to charity.

“[My salary] is the minimum wage, but for me it’s too much money,” Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas.

Ramirez, 41, was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock and will report there on Thursday. He will work out with Round Rock before he plays in a game.

“I feel blessed spiritually; I have no words to describe how happy I am,” Ramirez said.
The Rangers, in need of a right-handed bat, will monitor Ramirez’s progress and then will see whether they are inclined to give him an opportunity in the big leagues.

“He has to earn our consideration first,” Daniels said.

“I will play and I’ll be ready,” the slugger said. “I only have to go and play and do well as I did in Taiwan. No commitments.”

Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Ramirez’s teammate for a brief stint with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, says he’d welcome a productive Ramirez in the lineup.

“If he can help us, I’m all for it,” Pierzynski said. “He’s a Hall of Fame hitter. It’s hard to argue with that.”

The Rangers did not scout Ramirez while he played this season for Taiwan’s EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The Rangers did reach out to clubs that had seen him play in Taiwan, where he batted .352 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 43 RBIs. Ramirez was removed from the Rhinos’ active roster on June 19.

Nelson Cruz, who played against Ramirez in the Dominican Winter League this past offseason, said it looked like the same-old Manny to him, even at 41.
“He hit two home runs,” Cruz said. “One to right field and one to right-center. He hit hard line drives. What I saw, he looked good.”

Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star who finished in the top six in the Most Valuable Player balloting seven different times, has a career slash line of a .312 batting average, a .411 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage. He’s one of six players in major league history with those minimums in each of those categories along with Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.

Ramirez has agreed to the Rangers’ minor league rules, including cutting his hair.

“We’ll see what happens,” Daniels said.

Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who served the same role with Boston during Ramirez’s final two seasons with the Red Sox in 2007 and ’08, was one of the people Daniels talked to about the risk of signing Ramirez.

Magadan said while things ended “ugly” for Ramirez in Boston, he has made changes in his life. The two have talked on the phone a few times in the past five years.

“He’s a born-again guy,” Magadan said. “That’s a big part of his life. Hopefully that changes him in a good way. It usually does.”

Ramirez last played in the majors in 2011, when he appeared in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays. However, he retired in April 2011 after testing positive for elevated testosterone. Ramirez said after the season that he wanted to play again. Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed he would serve a 50-game suspension, and Ramirez played in the minors for Oakland in 2012 before asking for his release in June.

“The Bible says that we have to be passed through the fire to see what we’re made of. I went through the fire and then came my blessing,” Ramirez said.

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Derek Jeter takes rehab to Bronx

NEW YORK — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hopes to start running on the field in the next few days as he continues to progress in his rehabilitation from a broken left ankle.

Jeter, 38, had been rehabbing at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa but came to the Bronx on Saturday, in part to break up the monotony of the rehab process.

He took batting practice with the team and planned to stay through Sunday.
Jeter hopes that running on his ankle will be the final hurdle before he can start to play in games.

“I feel good,” he said. “Everything’s moving in the right direction.”

Asked if he was encouraged by Jeter’s progress, manager Joe Girardi said: “It’s a lot better than we were when you look back two weeks ago, four weeks ago. Curious to see him out there running around. It’s nice that we get an opportunity to see him, and he’s anxious to be back, so this is good.”

Jeter was examined late last week by a doctor in Charlotte, N.C., and received clearance to move ahead with baseball activities. The 13-time All-Star hasn’t played this season after breaking his ankle in the playoffs last fall and needing surgery.

Jeter sustained another fracture during his rehab in April. Alex Rodriguez faced live pitching on Saturday, taking five simulated at-bats in Tampa. Rodriguez, coming off of hip surgery, walked twice and had a base hit, according to Girardi.

Girardi said he is unsure when Rodriguez will begin participating in simulated games.

“Obviously I think he has to run the bases a little bit more,” Girardi said. “And they have not talked to me about the point when he’s going to be in a simulated game. I’m not sure when he’s scheduled to do that, but obviously if he’s taking simulated at-bats, he’s gotta be fairly close.”

Girardi also said that Francisco Cervelli (broken right hand) is taking some dry swings.

“That’s a good sign,” Girardi said. “He’ll work up to tee and toss shortly.”

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Crony: Bosch met A-Rod at ALCS

A previously elusive figure in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal has spoken out, saying clinic founder Anthony Bosch visited Alex Rodriguez during last year’s American League Championship Series after the New York Yankees slugger sought his help amid a 1-for-9 slump.

The Yankees, when contacted by the New York Daily News, said they had no knowledge of Bosch’s presence in Detroit at the ALCS. The Tigers swept the Yankees before going on to lose the World Series to the San Francisco Giants.

Porter Fischer, described as a former Biogenesis marketing director, also says MLB paid him $5,000 for clinic records he turned over to the league in its investigation of the clinic’s South Florida reach.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported earlier in June that Rodriguez could be one of about 20 players MLB may seek to suspend in connection to Biogenesis and, along with Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, could face a 100-game suspension.

Porter Fischer, who has been described in some clinic documents as a marketing director before having an apparent falling-out with Bosch last year, also told the Miami New Times in a story published on the weekly newspaper’s website that Major League Baseball paid him $5,000 for clinic records he turned over to the league in its investigation of the clinic’s South Florida reach.

Sources have told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that Fischer left Biogenesis of America in September. Fischer, two sources said, had invested $20,000 in the company but grew disenchanted with Bosch and demanded his money back. The sources said Bosch eventually paid Fischer the $20,000 but refused to pay an additional $4,000 that Fischer said he was owed.

Bosch informed Rodriguez that Fischer was threatening to expose the operation, and Rodriguez gave Bosch at least $4,000 “to make it go away,” the sources said.

MLB investigators have found some of Fischer’s information as it relates to Rodriguez credible, sources previously told ESPN.

According to the New Times report, Fischer also said he took Biogenesis documents and in January supplied them to the New Times — which later broke the Biogenesis story — to spite Bosch over the money he felt he was owed. Fischer said an MLB investigator offered him $10,000 more if he handed over the remaining documents he says he had taken from the clinic.
“My safety is worth $15,000?” Fischer asked the MLB investigator before refusing, according to the report. He also declined further offers, he said, including a weekly $1,000 for playing a role as a “consultant” for a year and a final solicitation of $125,000 to sign an affidavit and supply the rest of the documents in his possession.

Fischer said he was also told that MLB was going to sue Bosch and his former associates for tortious interference involving the league’s collective bargaining agreement in place with the players’ union. (A tortious interference is intentional interference related to contract matters.) MLB filed that lawsuit in March and has secured a cooperative agreement with Bosch, in return for which he will not be targeted in the legal action.
MLB investigators and media reporters had been hot on the trail to speak with Fischer soon after the Biogenesis story broke, appearing at the front door of the Coral Gables home Fischer shared with his mother and older sister. His sister, Suzanne, a former classmate of Bosch’s at Epiphany High School, told ESPN then that Fischer had left the house abruptly, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t answer the door or nothing.”

Fischer even left behind his two Rottweilers and 300 pounds of dog food, his sister said, not long before several “goons” with “big muscles” pounded on the door to the house, yelling, “We’ll give you money!”

But the “goons” were not the only ones determined to find Fischer. Found at the foot of the door in March, as the dogs could be heard barking aggressively inside, was a business card and handwritten note from an MLB investigator, reading: “Please call — we know time is $. Call ASAP.”

Sources later told ESPN that Fischer had met with MLB investigators but was described as being “not particularly helpful.”

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San Jose sues MLB over A’s vote

SAN FRANCISCO — Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit — filed in federal court in San Jose — is disputing MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit.

It’s time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws. The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge.
” — Phil Gregory, a lawyer in the firm representing the city

“It’s time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws,” said attorney Phil Gregory of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, the law firm representing the city. “The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge.”

The San Francisco Giants have objected to the A’s potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark, AT&T Park.

The A’s say those rights were only meant to support the Giants’ failed efforts in the early 1990s to build a San Jose-area ballpark themselves.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee more than four years ago to study the potential move.

He rejected a proposal earlier this year from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to sit down and talk about the A’s plans and said Reed’s reference to additional litigation at the time was “neither productive nor consistent with process that the Athletics have initiated under our rules.”

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment. A’s owner Lew Wolff released a brief statement.

“I have no details,” Wolff said. “However, I am not in favor of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues.”

Wolff has said he is focused on a new stadium in San Jose rather than a move outside the Bay area. Wolff is allowed to consider other sites within the A’s territory — such as downtown Oakland — but approval from MLB would be needed for a move outside the territory.

The A’s current stadium is run down. A sewage problem forced the A’s and Seattle Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday’s game.

The pipes backed up on the lower levels of the stadium, creating a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by both teams and the umpires.

Gregory said Wolff is not involved in the lawsuit.

Baseball’s antitrust exemption was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922, with the court ruling that baseball is not interstate commerce.

While baseball may have started as a local affair, it is “squarely in the realm of interstate commerce,” the lawsuit contends.

“MLB clubs ply their wares nationwide, games are broadcast throughout the country on satellite TV and radio, as well as cable channels and MLB clubs have fan bases that span from coast to coast,” the lawsuit says.

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10-game suspension for Ian Kennedy

PITTSBURGH — Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.

Yet even with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy getting 10 games and infielder Eric Hinske five for their roles in Tuesday’s fight, it might not be enough to quell the lingering hostility between the National League West rivals.
“No, it’s not over yet, not at all,” said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, given a one-game ban. “I don’t think anybody thinks it’s over.”

Kennedy’s suspension is the longest handed out by the league for on-field conduct since Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was handed a 10-game suspension for an incident with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on May 20, 2006.

Kennedy is appealing the decision, pointing to his track record as proof he’s not a troublemaker.

“Ten games, I think they’re trying to set an example,” he said before Arizona’s game in San Diego on Friday night.

Hinske is also appealing and put most of the blame on Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, who was right in the middle of things but received only a fine.

“I’ve been a model citizen in this league for 12 years,” Hinske said. “And then there’s Puig, who’s been in the league for 12 days and he gets no games. So you tell me what’s right.”

Belisario served a one-game suspension Friday night for “aggressive actions” while Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell and infielder Skip Schumaker appealed the two-game suspensions they received from MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.

Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and Arizona’s Kirk Gibson were given one-game bans, while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly on Friday night when Los Angeles played at Pittsburgh, while Arizona bench coach Alan Trammell took over for Gibson in San Diego.

Garagiola cited Kennedy for intentionally throwing a pitch at Zack Greinke’s head after a warning had been issued, and Hinske for leaving the dugout and his “aggressive actions.”
Mattingly was penalized for his conduct and Gibson for Kennedy’s actions following a warning. While Kennedy feels singled out, Mattingly disagrees.

“To me [Kennedy] seemed like he was kind of the instigator and started it and piled on, and he got the most,” Mattingly said. “It just seems fair.”

Mattingly seemed a bit puzzled by Schumaker’s penalty, saying he felt that if the veteran infielder “had his hands on anybody, he was pulling people off.”

Schumaker declined to talk about the suspension, saying only he has feelings about it but didn’t want to share them.

All eight who were handed suspensions were also fined, as were Puig, Greinke, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero and Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra.

MLB fined the Dodgers for allowing players on the disabled list to leave the dugout and enter the field during the brawl. MLB also banned disabled list players on the Dodgers and Diamondbacks from sitting in their dugouts through Sunday.

The players appealing the ruling will be able to play until after hearings and final decisions.

Kennedy hit Puig with a pitch that deflected off his back to his nose in the sixth Tuesday, and Greinke hit Montero on the back in the seventh, drawing a warning from umpires. Both teams charged onto the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown.

Kennedy then hit Greinke on the upper left shoulder in the bottom half of the inning, and the ball deflected off his helmet. A prolonged and more heated scuffle ensued against a railing on the first-base side.

Montero joked that he kept getting hit at the bottom of the pile but “obviously they are probably my teammates that were punching me because we’re the only ones who got suspended,” but isn’t sure why Greinke was spared a suspension.

“Ian got 10 days and Zack got zero days when he admitted that he hit me on purpose, seriously?” Montero said. “We just give him a fine because he was already seven weeks out. Well, he can miss one more. C’mon, give me a break with that.”

Kennedy, Gibson and Diamondbacks coach Turner Ward were ejected after the shoving match. Puig, McGwire and Belisario also were tossed.

Mattingly had to be restrained as he tried to get at Gibson, and they exchanged words briefly. McGwire and third-base coach Matt Williams grabbed each other’s shirts in a tense standoff and shouted at each other.

Mattingly said he was only playing “peacekeeper” and understands the fight will likely have some carry-over effect, even if it is only in the media.

“There’s no way for us to go to Arizona now without us having to talk about it,” he said. “There’s going to be an effort to keep it alive, and it won’t be by the players or us.”

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Bryan Stow home after 2 years

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Bryan Stow’s family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehab facility.

The family said Stow could have used more time at the center, but their insurance no longer will pay for it, so Stow’s parents and home nurses will give him the around-the-clock care he needs.

Stow, a paramedic, was beaten in a parking lot after the 2011 Opening-Day game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles. Two Dodgers fans are awaiting trial on charges in the beating, which sparked outrage and brought stadium security changes around the state and country.

Stow’s family said the transition home has been hard.

“Bryan requires 24-hour nursing care, but this is not covered by insurance,” they wrote. “So we had to hire caregivers in order to help Bryan to get up and showered in the morning, and get dressed and in bed in the evening.”

They said that while Stow appears to be doing better, he has memory problems, pain and stiffness.

Stow’s family said that due to cuts in therapy coverage, Stow has physically experienced a big setback.

“We do what we can at home, but he needs the five days a week that he grew accustomed to,” they wrote. “We just don’t know how to get that for him.”

Calls to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers were not immediately returned.

A lawsuit by Stow against the Dodgers organization and then-owner Frank McCourt is pending.

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Baseball accused of ‘bullying’

Major League Baseball has secured a cooperative agreement with Tony Bosch, the founder of the Miami-area clinic at the center of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, but the attorney for another key potential witness on Friday accused baseball of “bullying” his client.
The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, who along with Bosch and three others was named in a civil suit brought by MLB in March, told “Outside the Lines” he has filed a motion to have his client dismissed from the suit. Martin Beguiristain expects his motion to be heard Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County circuit court.

Acevedo, a former partner with Bosch in a wellness clinic, could presumably be helpful to baseball in supporting and corroborating information presented by Bosch, who even MLB officials acknowledge has credibility issues. The two worked together at Biokem, located in the same Coral Gables office that eventually would house Bosch’s Biogenesis of America clinic.

Beguiristain said he has spoken with MLB officials within the past week, but they never have met with Acevedo. Nor have they presented an offer similar to what Bosch received for his cooperation.

Major League Baseball, however, is known to be attempting to get other former Bosch associates to cooperate.

“They haven’t sat down with me, much less got anywhere near my client, other than sending investigators to his house to bang on the door,” Beguiristain said. “And threatening him and intimidating him. It is like they think they are the federal government. No, they went about this all wrong in regards to my client.

“What they have done is made a very strong enemy. Carlos Acevedo is a very strong enemy. He is a broke, broke, broke little nothing individual. But boy, what they have done is extremely impolite. He doesn’t have any money. He doesn’t have anything to lose. It is not good to bully somebody that has nothing.”

After splitting with Bosch, Acevedo moved just a few miles away and opened Revive Miami. The wellness facility closed abruptly in December, about a month prior to Bosch shutting down Biogenesis and before the scandal became national news.

Acevedo, 34, was identified on the Revive Miami website as the clinic founder and director for hormone therapy treatment. His name also later showed up in Biogenesis records obtained by “Outside the Lines” as a patient who was prescribed testosterone, although the doctor whose name is on the prescription said his signature was forged.

In recent weeks, Bosch’s attorneys hammered out a deal with MLB that sought assurance that officials would help mitigate his criminal exposure in return for his cooperation. Officials promised to do what they could although they have no power to stop a federal criminal investigation. In addition, sources said Major League Baseball promised to drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation and provide personal security for him.

Beguiristain said MLB filed the March civil suit, which accuses the defendants of soliciting or inducing players to purchase PEDs, for the sole purpose of having subpoena power to try to squeeze Bosch, 49, and associates into giving up documents and talking. Other attorneys in the case have made similar charges, and baseball dropped Paulo Da Silveira from the suit in April after his attorneys successfully argued MLB investigators had mistaken him for someone else.

“I got to hand it to the attorneys for Major League Baseball,” he said. “They really did a good job and they got their guy — Bosch. They got him. They got everything they need. They got it all.”

Although his client potentially could buttress and support information promised by Bosch, Beguiristain portrayed baseball as going out of its way to antagonize his client and other defendants in the March civil suit. He anticipates successfully arguing for his client’s dismissal from the case on the grounds it’s frivolous and that baseball committed an error by not naming the MLB Players Association. He also cautioned that if it gets to a hearing Wednesday, Acevedo likely will never cooperate with Major League Baseball.

“I understand that they’re saying they can’t fight a fair fight with the people they are saying violated the contract [the players who are represented by the players’ association],” Beguiristain said. “They have to be bullies and go bully the little people. Every named defendant has been bullied by Major League Baseball. Investigators showing up at their houses, what is wrong with these people? Go to the guy’s job. Why are you coming and banging on the guy’s door? Who do they think they are?

And if what they are saying is true and Anthony Bosch is going to say he did this, that and the other, then Anthony Bosch is going to be opening himself up to all kinds of criminal liability. Let’s see if Anthony Bosch gets charged. If he doesn’t, then Major League Baseball does have all that.
” — Martin Beguiristain, attorney for Carlos Acevedo

“Then they’re turning around and if what is said in the news is true — they’re basically claiming, ‘Well, we’ll put in a good word with the government.’ What are they saying, ‘Work with us and you won’t get indicted?’ That is arrogant.”

Beguiristain wonders whether baseball itself has the juice to limit Bosch’s criminal liability. Further, he wonders whether Bosch has the credibility to stand up to scrutiny.

“They say they have everything they need,” he said, referencing Major League Baseball. “Bosch’s credibility, I don’t know. If it’s true he is collecting money. If it is true he has bodyguards. If it is true he is running around spending money all over the place. If it is true they are taking care of him. If it is true they are putting in a good word with the feds. Yeah, I think his credibility isn’t great. It is worthless.

“And if what they are saying is true and Anthony Bosch is going to say he did this, that and the other, then Anthony Bosch is going to be opening himself up to all kinds of criminal liability. Let’s see if Anthony Bosch gets charged. If he doesn’t, then Major League Baseball does have all that.”

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