Rodriguez launches new front against baseball with lawsuit
Faced with baseball’s longest doping suspension, Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball late Thursday, accusing it of buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch, the head of an anti-aging clinic at the center of a doping scandal, as part of a continuing “witch hunt” to force him ou
Seattle Times news services
Faced with baseball’s longest doping suspension, Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball late Thursday, accusing it of buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch, the head of an anti-aging clinic at the center of a doping scandal, as part of a continuing “witch hunt” to force him out of the sport.
In the complaint, Rodriguez’s lawyers claim one of baseball’s investigators paid $150,000 in cash for records related to Rodriguez, which were apparently stolen. A portion of the cash “was handed off in a bag at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area restaurant,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit specifically accuses Major League Baseball of engaging in “tortious interference,” essentially interfering with Rodriguez’s existing contracts and future business relationships.
Major League Baseball, in a statement Friday, said, “We vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint” and called Rodriguez’s actions “desperate.”
The suit, in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, came just days after Rodriguez’s lawyers began appealing the 211-game ban issued by Major League Baseball. It is unclear if the suit will affect the arbitration hearing, which is taking place behind closed doors.
The suit does not address whether Rodriguez used banned substances.
Rodriguez said through a spokesman that his “legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights.” The allegations laid out in the court papers represent the latest twist in a public and increasingly contentious battle that has pitted Rodriguez, one of the best players of his generation, against baseball officials, as well as the Yankees, his employer.
Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, was named as a defendant in the suit, but the Yankees, who owe Rodriguez $86 million after this season, were not, nor were any of the team’s officers.
In a separate legal action Friday, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in the Bronx against Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, alleging that they misdiagnosed his hip injury in 2012.
CINCINNATI — One very bad week clinched Dusty Baker’s fate. The Reds decided they weren’t going to bring him back.
Not after they ended the season with six losses in a row, including the wild-card playoff game. Not after they failed to get past the opening round of the playoffs for the third time in a row.
The Reds parted ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn’t get them deep into the postseason.
“Maybe the time is long enough because I was starting to get quite a few jeers and some hate mail ... ” Baker said. “So maybe it was time for me to move on.”
• Albert Pujols sued former major-leaguer Jack Clark over comments on a St. Louis radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.
• A person familiar with the negotiations said the New York Yankees have made a contract offer to manager Joe Girardi.
• Five weeks after getting the shocking diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey agreed to have surgery that will sideline him for all of 2014.