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A-Rod hires another lawyer for MLB appeal

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01:11 PM ET 08.15 | Thanks to the New York Yankees giving Alex Rodriguez a ton of money, it was no doubt that baseball's most hated player was going to team up with some of the best lawyers to fight against his 211-game ban. Joe Tacopina is his latest hire. Tacopina will help with A-Rod's appeal, and will likely play a role in suing MLB if they don't reverse the ban. Despite A-Rod being A-Rod is enough to hate the guy, it's hard to argue that by not actually testing positive for drugs, MLB doesn't have grounds to sue the player for this many games, let alone its standard first offense of 50 games.

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August 16, 2013  12:38 AM ET

Like ARod or not, you have to like his chances to have his suspension reduced on appeal. Selig over-reached his authority under the CBA.

August 16, 2013  12:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Like ARod or not, you have to like his chances to have his suspension reduced on appeal. Selig over-reached his authority under the CBA.

Agreed.

August 16, 2013  07:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Like ARod or not, you have to like his chances to have his suspension reduced on appeal. Selig over-reached his authority under the CBA.

Nothing better than watching him burn through the money garnered in that ludicrous contract the Yankees gave him, a win-win in my book.

August 16, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Nothing better than watching him burn through the money garnered in that ludicrous contract the Yankees gave him, a win-win in my book.

Misery loves company?
Sincerely,
Ryan Howard

August 16, 2013  08:25 AM ET

This is a direct violation of the CBA:

"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.

The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez's pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.

The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.

Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.

In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."

On July 22, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. And on Aug. 5, Cervelli, along with 11 other players, accepted a 50-game ban. MLB has suspended Rodriguez for 211 games. He is appealing.

All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

August 16, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This is a direct violation of the CBA:"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.

Wow. If this is true, the fireworks are going to be incredible.

August 16, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Wow. If this is true, the fireworks are going to be incredible.

Here is the link to the story:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57598805/a-rod-fingered-fellow-playe rs-in-doping-investigation/

August 16, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Here is the link to the story:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57598805/a-rod-fingered-fellow -playe rs-in-doping-investigation/

Thanks, Clem

August 16, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thanks, Clem

You're welcome.

August 16, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Here is the link to the story:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57598805/a-rod-fingered-fellow -playe rs-in-doping-investigation/

What a slimeball.

August 16, 2013  10:22 AM ET

He's gonna need to hire another bodyguard after ratting out Cervelli.

August 16, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Misery loves company?Sincerely,Ryan Howard

That is a woefully bad contract too, but: a.) it pales in comparison and b.) Howard has not been found to be popping PEDs like they were in a Pez dispenser...........

August 16, 2013  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Like ARod or not, you have to like his chances to have his suspension reduced on appeal. Selig over-reached his authority under the CBA.

Agree

August 16, 2013  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Nothing better than watching him burn through the money garnered in that ludicrous contract the Yankees gave him, a win-win in my book.

that too

August 16, 2013  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This is a direct violation of the CBA:"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez's pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."On July 22, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. And on Aug. 5, Cervelli, along with 11 other players, accepted a 50-game ban. MLB has suspended Rodriguez for 211 games. He is appealing.All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

OMG
it just keeps getting better doesn't it.

August 16, 2013  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

OMGit just keeps getting better doesn't it.

You can't make this stuff up.

August 16, 2013  06:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Like ARod or not, you have to like his chances to have his suspension reduced on appeal. Selig over-reached his authority under the CBA.

It appears to be selig,s overpower his position,
I mean first give the guy 50 games off the field, then
If the guy continue messing the league then. tougher
punishment should be applied :-) :-)

 
August 17, 2013  02:55 AM ET

For $25M (in salary alone) hate me hate me America and thank you; keep checks coming

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