A-Rod suing MLB for “witch hunt,” buying Anthony Bosch’s cooperation

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This is going to be good. Alex Rodriguez and his legal team filed a lawsuit against MLB on Thursday night for a “witch hunt” and conspiring to keep him out of the game. They also allege the league paid $5M for former Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch’s cooperation. The lawsuit, complete with a section called “The Disastrous Tenure of Bud Selig,” can be seen here.

If you don’t want to sift through the suit for the gory details, Steve Eder has a breakdown. Selig is listed as a defendant but the Yankees and team officials are not. I suspect a separate lawsuit for the team is on the way. The appeal of A-Rod‘s record 211-game suspension started this week and I don’t think the timing of the lawsuit is a coincidence. Resident RAB legal expert Ben Kabak will have more later today.

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  • Dan

    UGGH, why won’t this guy die? He’s worse than Michael Myers.

    • Pat D

      I know, it’s really hard to like that asshat Selig.

      • MannyGeee

        I mean, he’s an older gentlemen and all… but let’s not wish death on the dude. Maybe just out to pasture somewhere…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What is he meant Steve Eder?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If.

        • Pat D

          I don’t care.

    • Silvio

      Die? What’s the matter with you?

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      this mid 2000’s Yankee relief pitcher, or the fictional killer?

      • Dan

        Fictional killer, I was talking about ARod not Selig, and I was being facetious.

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          I know, I couldn’t help but to make the obvious dad-joke about ex-yankee Myers.

  • Captain Turbo

    Good on you, A-Rod. Take that charlatan Selig down!

    • MB923

      If this was a witch hunt, wouldn’t he already have been banned by MLB?

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....s/2606319/

      • MannyGeee

        The fact that they threatened to ban him for life while other people with false positives got 50 games kinda proves his point.

        • Bubba

          The fact that he did more than just take banned substances kinda merits a longer suspension. All parties are pretty douchey in this, but A-Rod did all this to himself. If A-Rod doesn’t break the rules, none of this happens.

          • Captain Turbo

            Right, like Melky Cabrera got a longer suspension for putting up a fake website to cover his PED tracks. Oh, wait…

            • Bubba

              I think its the allegedly recruiting other players that caused the bigger suspension. It’s one thing to allegedly cheat on your own. Sort of a big F-U to the game bring other players into it.

              • DT

                MLB completely dropped that allegation once they were called out. They are trying to make ARod look like a ring leader when he probably didn’t much more than anyone else.

          • jjyank

            The fact that you’re declaring facts before a trial takes place is reason enough for me not to listen to you.

            Innocent until proven guilty, yo.

            • Bubba

              Didn’t comment on his innocence or guilt and the fact reference parroted MGs “fact” that they threatened to ban him for life. I should have put the quotes around the fact in the original post. It’s all rumor at this point.

      • Captain Turbo

        No, it’s pretty clear that Selig used the threat of a lifetime ban to coerce A-Rod into accepting the draconian 211-game suspension. That Selig’s ploy didn’t work does not make it any less a witch hunt.

  • mt

    Countdown to another Arod lawsuit against Yankees for misdiagnosing his hip tear during 2012 playoffs.

    5, 4, 3, 2,,…

    I am sure Arod will bring all this stuff up in his arbitration hearing so the strategy of a separate lawsuit may be a way to recoup Arod’s salary if arbitartor makes suspension stands for any length of time.

    From a selfish Yankee fan point of view, not sure how this plays as far as yankee payroll situation in 2014 – will Arod try to use a promise to drop this lawsuit against MLB as a way to get Selig to reduce suspension before arbitrator can make his ruling?. If so, that reduction of suspension (to avoid embarassment by MLB and other legal fees) ends up hurting Yankees. On the other hand, now that this “scorched earth” lawsuit has been filed, Selig and MLB will look absolutely foolish if they reduce suspension to something below 100 games.

    Additionally, how does the fact that Selig is retiring enter into his judgment on this? How much stomach does he have for a lawsuit that will hang over his successors in long drawn out process?

  • Joey

    MLB went on such a witch hunt I think people are starting to root for A-Rod to beat them in this.

    • Rod

      I am rooting for ARod.

      • And in merrie olde England

        Eye for an eye
        Tooth for a tooth
        Rod for Arod

        • Betty Lizard

          Hee.

          And yeah, hooray Alex.

          Glad he’s suing MLB. Isn’t litigation, after all, the American Way? As American as . . . baseball ?

    • Gonzo

      I’m not rooting for either. I’m just getting my popcorn.

      Whatever happens, happens.

    • Ken

      Me too. All of this will eventually lead to a settlement. A-Rod is putting the pressure on Selig, and it’s his right to do so. Selig did try to pressure him, after all.

  • MannyGeee

    I don’t see how anyone looks good at the end of this. It just screams clusterfuck.

    • Pat D

      Nobody will look good at the end of this. And that’s the point. Everyone already hates ARod, so he figures he’ll take down everyone with him.

      Who liked Selig anyway?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    This is awesome. I can’t see it happening, but I hope, somehow, arod gets completely out of the suspension. screw selig and his crew of bullies

    • Algernon Blackwood

      He’s going to get off, don’t doubt it for a second. MLB has no positive tests, and Arod has deep pockets and is willing to fight. Everyone thought Braun was dead to rights and he got out of it on a technicality WITH a positive test.

  • hornblower

    No rooting for Alex here. He has made his own problems. The funniest thing is that he is now only a two tool player. He can hit for occasional power and throw. He can’t run, hit for average or stay on the field because of hip and leg problems. Anyone who thinks he will get better in the future has never been 40.

    • Statesmen

      It really isn’t about anyone thinking he is going to get better but his two tools are better than Jeter’s at this point and they are better than anyone else’s the Yanks are trotting out to play 3rd base. So we can knock him all we want but until the Yanks get someone better we need AROD in the lineup for any game he can play right now.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Alex couldn’t even make it through about a month and a half without injury. I liked what I saw when healthy. I’m not holding my breath as to getting that for 100 games of any season ever again.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      The Descent of Arod

      1995: Five tool player
      2010: Three tool player
      2012: One tool player
      2013: Tool

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *applause*

  • Coolerking101

    This is just A-Rod covering all bases. If he wins in arbitration, he withdraws the suit b/c he will have no damages. If he loses in arbitration, he uses the suit as a means to try to recover any money he loses as a result of the ensuing suspension.

  • Coolerking101

    I submitted before I finished my last point. For those who don’t know, it is basically impossible to overturn an arbitration ruling. So, assuming A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, A-Rod will try to use this suit as a pseudo appeal b/c he knows he will have no hope of overturning the aribtrator’s ruling directly. That being said, MLB’s lawyers aren’t dumb and they will undoubtedly challenge the suit down the road alleging that ARod’s suit is nothing more than an improper attempt to appeal an arbitrator’s ruling and should be dismissed.

  • bobby two-knives

    The witch hunt is about Selig’s legacy. The lawsuit(s) is all about money. Arod’s done physically, so he wants his money. If suspension keeps him from getting it, he will sue to get what he would lose. The Yankees will try to buy out the remainder of his contract after the suspension, and He will settle his suits with MLB/Yankees to get the remainder of the full amount of his contract. Sounds about right?

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      There is no try when it comes to buyouts. Do. Or do not. If the Yankees want to pay him the $86mm for him to take a hike, they are legally entitled to do so at any time.

  • Mister D

    So Selig makes it his goal to take down Rodriguez via any means necessary to whitewash his own personal legacy and now this. I’m really excited. Selig is a bag of shit.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Yes!

  • BFDeal

    All those attorneys and all that legal work and they get McGuire’s ’98 homeruns total wrong.

    • Thomas

      They also refer to A-Rod as Rodriquez at least three times.

  • Improbable Island Guy on Another Computer

    Mike, do you still hold by the statement, which you told me once in a chat, that Bud Selig is arguably the greatest MLB Commissioner of all time? I’m curious.

  • lightSABR

    Outstanding. I’ve been wanting more facts about what was going on for a while, and this is sure to make at least some of them public.

  • Darren

    I’d love to see the facts come out about what Selig knew and when. He’s the single biggest reason one of the most fun parts of the games (comparing numbers) is now an exercise in futility. Instead of comparing George Foster’s 50 HRs with Cecil Fielder’s (I was there when he hit 50 and 51 against Steve Adkins!), we’re left with trying to figure out exactly how many HRs Bonds would have hit if he wasn’t a steroid monster.

    However, I don’t have any real confidence in ARod’s team of lawyers, not after the clownish and utterly incompetent appearance by Tacopina on the Today show. And if BFDeal is right and the HR totals are wrong in the suit? Ooof, that’s bad.

    • lightSABR

      I love how hilariously sensationalistic the language in the complaint is. Not my style of legal writing, but unquestionably entertaining. And, of course, it lets you know who the real audience for the complaint is intended to be. Hint: it’s not the court.

      • Josh S

        I was thinking the same thing when I was reading it. The complaint was the most entertaining legal document that I’ve ever read.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Yup, it’s not like different stadium sizes, changing the height of the mound, expansion of teams in the MLB, or integration had any effect on comparing numbers.

      • Captain Turbo

        This.

        Not to mention the use of cocaine and speed in the majors, which everyone seems to have forgotten now.

        • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

          I haven’t forgotten! Greenies and blow ftw!!

    • Greg C

      I don’t know how you would even know where to draw the line and that it would necessarily include Fielder in the “pre-PED” group. In 1990, steroid use was around. You have a guy who spent 4 years as a marginal AAAA platoon hitter, then went to Japan for a year and comes back as an every day top slugger. Personally, I don’t think there’s any reason to be suspicious, but I don’t that there is ever a clear line. Maybe back in the ’50s, you could be pretty certain that no one is using roids, and things are fairly well integrated, so I think stats from around that time period are the cleanest/most-fair.

  • mike

    as much as Arod disgusts me with his low-brow public behavior, i am glad he is the target of this suit specifically because he is obtuse enough and has enough money to not only defend himself and carve-up Biogenesis, but also becuause he will shine a light on all the b.s that MLB has done over the past 20 years to cover up the fact steroids were ingrained in the league with widespread use.

    From the Mitchell report (which skewered the Yanks and Arod) to the way he has singled out Arod again and again (Galea, gambling etc), Selig has had it in for Arod’s big contract from the beginning, and i believe he isn’t unhappy when info leaks on Arod to ensure his demise….did Selig interview Jeter when he was (rightfully) accused of evading NYC taxes for years, and paid a settlement- isn’t that against the integrity of the game, or sending a bad message to the kids??

    did any fan not know that the A’s of the late 80’s were juiced out of their minds? did anyone think Giambi was all natural? or how Pudge lost 20lbs when he changed his “diet”? The fact that anyone with half-a-brain can say with a straight face ( including Verducci and other reporters) they did not know shows either they are in cahoots, are naive or absolute morons.

    I love this bloodsport :)

    • Randi B.

      This!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    When do pitchers and catchers report?

    • Betty Lizard

      You want pitchers and catchers to report on the lawsuit?

      • Pat D

        They can’t do any worse than the “real” reporters.

  • Mathew Provenzano

    What will A-Rod say next, that Selig forced him to take performance enhancing drugs or he would hurt his family? Oh wait no, I’m thinking of Walter White.

  • thenamestsam

    ARod may have done some shady shit here but he still deserves a fair “trial” and from Day 1 it hasn’t seemed like Selig had any intention of giving him that. If that’s the case then ARod should fight back. Nobody deserves to be railroaded.

    • Coolerking101

      He’s getting a fair trial now before a very respected arbitrator. The lawsuit isn’t about fair, it’s about grabbing headlines and coming up with a ways to fight his likely suspension.

  • BK2ATL

    Good on A-Rod. They gave him all of that money. Now use it against all of these hypocrites. Selig, MLB AND our own Yankees. They all knew what and who they were dealing with.

    A-Rod is certainly nowhere near a saint in any of this, and deserves his FAIR share of criticism and penalty. FAIR share. However, they are targeting him, by any means necessary, and well out of the bounds of fairness.

    This is a simply vendetta being played out, which is where all of the “leaks” in regards to A-Rod that have come out since this report started. MLB is definitely behind those, as they have even more evidence on Braun, Cruz, etc, but they haven’t had the same amount of scrutiny, focus nor notoriety than what’s being heaped on A-Rod.

    Players like Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and ultimately Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds damaged the game much more than A-Rod did. Selig EMBRACED the HR derby chase of McGuire and Sosa, which brought in record attendance and viewership numbers, but also made some MLB players view it as “acceptable” practice, since the commissioner was pretty much sponsoring it.

    At this stage, I don’t blame A-Rod for fighting back, guns blazing.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    YES!

    Stick it to those bastards, ARod.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      + all the internets

  • Dr. Jones

    Somewhere, Rafael Palmeiro is waxing his mustache right now.

  • Chris Z.

    Ive said it over and over. How can an arbitrator find the evidence creditable when Baseball decided this entire issue was because the player tried to buy evidence? THATS WHAT THEY DID! The evidence may have been put on Ebay for crying out loud. It was a bidding war between A-Rod and MLB and MLB won. Now they are pissed at A-Rod for trying to do what MLB did? BS. I don’t like A-Rod but thats total BS.

    You don’t get to go into court and try to suspend an employee because they beat you to the punch.

  • ropeadope

    Resident RAB legal expert Ben Kabak will have more later today.

    I thought Betty Lizard was the resident RAB legal expert. What are Mr. Kabak’s qualifications?

    • Betty Lizard

      Take that back! I renounced law for the poverty and obscurity of being an artist!

      • ropeadope

        lol, at least you make your own hours now, so I’d call it a fair trade-off!

        btw, while I have (less than) zero artistic talent, I recently purchased Corel Painter Lite (steep discount) and having loads of fun doodling landscapes, etc. Think I need to buy a Wacom Tablet, as the mouse doesn’t allow fine tuning stroke pressure.

        • Betty Lizard

          Well, I have a teaching job but am in month 6 of an 8 month sabbatical . . . So no hours for me.

          Get an iPad. Really fun for drawing. I’ll be teaching an ipad course for non artists this spring.. And Wacom (Intuos) is coming out with a pressure sensitive ipad stylus this month.

          • ropeadope

            Thank you for the recommendations, Betty. I have a cousin in SoCal who is also a teacher / artist (and hypnotherapist). Do you do any online teaching?

        • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

          And dude it’s all about the stroke pressure, trust me.

          • ropeadope

            Oh, I trust you (though you were cursing me 6 hours prior, lol).

            Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. – William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

            All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

    • Pat D

      Pretty sure that he’s passed the Bar at the very least.

      • ropeadope

        Wasn’t aware of that – very impressive. Wonder if he had a legal “out” planned, if Cano drew the necessary walks. Or maybe just enjoys eating hats.

  • Jason

    Recommend Wendy Thrum’s entries from this summer on fangraphs about Arod suspension. Also her writing on the Braun suspension last July. Informative.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Hey there Wendy thanks for stopping by!

  • Algernon Blackwood

    Good for Arod. I hope he wins. Selig is a joke, as is the drug testing that isn’t working so well as they can’t even catch Arod, who they claim is the bigest cheater of all. Without a positive test they should STFU and go work on improving their tests.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      +10000000

  • JGYank

    Pretty ironic how the lawsuit talks about Selig being the commissioner during the steroid era under “The Disastrous Tenure of Commissioner Selig” meanwhile Arod was one of the players to admit to using during that era.

  • bkight13

    It can’t be a “witch hunt” if you’re guilty. He admitted to using PEDs in 2009 and I believe he’s been using since high school. It may a vendetta or selective prosecution, but it isn’t a witch hunt.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      You say potato…

    • Captain Turbo

      I believe your entire statement is wrong. So there.

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Lovin’ every minute of it!!!

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Here’s how it will play out:

    Arod’s injury will develop, and he won’t be able to retake the field.

    BUT

    that’s ok, because MLB and NYY will agree to settle everything, outside of salary, for a number close enough to Alex getting what he was going to get paid. They make a gentlemen’s agreement that he walks, and doesn’t return.

    Centaur gets paid.
    A major American corporation settles instead of litigating.
    The lawyers get paid.
    NYY gets out of his contract.

    Everyone walks away happy.

    (except me, I want to see him hit homers…)

  • Gonzo

    And Bosch strikes back. Claims he hasn’t been paid $5 let alone $5mm.

  • LadyT

    “A spokesman for Rodriguez said Friday that Rodriguez “eagerly awaits the day when all of this legal jostling is finished, and he can share his story with the public and his supporters.” Reading this quote/statement from Steve Edner’s site has me wondering just how many supporters ARod has left.. I know I’m not one!