YES Airbrushes A-Rod out of the picture

Richard Sandomir notes that the YES Network is trying, at least temporarily, to airbrush A-Rod out of Yankee history: To an extent, Rodriguez is fighting for redemption at YES, which Scott Boras, his agent, said in 2007 would see its worth rise with long-term aid from his client’s so-called “iconic value.” But recent actions taken […]

Great moments in prosecutorial discretion

Miguel Tejada should have gone to law school: A recently released report from DOJ’s Inspector General found that Acting Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman gave false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee (both in his oral testimony and in written supplemental testimony) regarding his partisan misuse of his office and his violations of the Civil […]

The Trial of Alex R.

Let’s dispense with the death by a thousand sportswriter cuts business and get right down to indicting A-Rod’s butt: Would the Reprobate, Alex R., please rise? Alex R., The Pontificate accuses, convicts, and sentences you for the following High Crimes: High Crime Count 1: You, the Greatest Player in the Game, took illegal steroids six […]

Selig’s Statement

Lost in yesterday’s let’s-strike-Barry-from-the-record-book silliness is the fact that Bud Selig did make an official statement on Alex Rodriguez yesterday: On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am saddened by the revelations concerning Alex Rodriguez’s use of performance- enhancing substances,” Commissioner Selig said. “While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no […]

Clemens takes the loss

Last year, when Roger Clemens first filed suit, I noted that one of the reasons why defamation lawsuits are suckers’ games for the PR-conscious is that so often the outcome is determined by things other than whether the actual statements at issue are true or false. There are many exceptions and nuances to defamation law, […]

Cut it Out, Bud

Bud Selig is a fine steward of the game when things go well, but he’s dangerous when he tries to, you know, do anything. Here’s a good example of that: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig reportedly is considering restoring the crown to Aaron, who lost it in 2007 to Barry Bonds . . . […]

Anonymous vs. Confidential

While the whole Orza/MLBA/sample destruction drama seems to have receded into the background since Monday, there is one big question about all of this that bothers me, and that’s why it was ever possible — destruction or not — for names to be linked up with the 2003 samples. I had only been thinking vaguely […]

It’s complicated

In the American Spectator, Mark Corallo tries to get inside the mind of the steroid using ballplayer: Or imagine you’re a rookie. You just arrived with the big club. And looking around the locker room, you can’t help but notice that 80% of the veterans are looking like something out of a superhero comic book. […]


Joe Maddon has proposed an amnesty program for PED users: Maddon suggested Wednesday that MLB implement an amnesty program for the reported 103 other players who tested positive then take strong measures to make sure there are no future violations. “I’m just looking forward to the day that we move beyond it,” Maddon said upon […]

Great Moments in White House Reporting

Look, I know I’ve been running about 95% A-Rod since Saturday, but it is a baseball story and this is a baseball blog, so at least I’m walking my beat here. For serious mission creep, check out Obama’s press conference on Monday. We’re in the midst of the greatest economic meltdown in living memory. Our […]

When it rains it pours

I know everyone wants to talk about real baseball right now, but this blog has always followed the news, and the news just seems to be going this way lately: Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was charged today with lying to congressional investigators about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Federal prosecutors accused […]

MLBPA’s Statement (with UPDATE)

I’m bumping this back up to the top because I have an update in response to several good comments and I want to explain my thinking further. Scroll down to the update to see it. Via Maury, the MLBPA has issued a statement regarding the destruction, or lack thereof, of the 2003 tests: We are […]

Quantifying the blowback

Yesterday I dismissed the notion that the A-Rod stuff would have a negative impact on the Yankee brand, as it were. I still believe that, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be some repercussions in fanland. I am far too old and lame to understand how social networks actually work, but THT’s own Bryan […]

Selena and A-Rod

I’m not sure what to make of Alex Rodriguez’s claim that Selena Roberts “stalked” him in the leadup to this weekend’s story, but it’s certainly the case that Rodriguez has been in Roberts’ sights for a long time. Let’s take the wayback machine to December 7, 2007, when Roberts ran a hatchet job on A-Rod […]


I certainly wouldn’t want to be Alex Rodriguez right now, but it would be way better to be him than whoever it was dropped the dime on him: The judge in the Barry Bonds perjury case could find BALCO prosecutors, investigators or officials in contempt if evidence connects them to the leak of formerly anonymous […]

Deep Thoughts

First she took down Sarah Palin, and now it turns out that she nailed A-Rod to the wall when she interviewed him a few years ago. Query: are there any PR professionals out there who still have Katie Couric on their “softball” list? The way things have gone recently, I think I’d rather be interviewed […]