MLB Opts to Drop Sham Lawsuit Against Biogenesis and Tony Bosch

MLB, MLBPA Announce New Labor AgreementIt was announced this morning that the MLB has finally decided to drop its sham lawsuit against Biogenesis and the company’s CEO, Tony Bosch. The MLB got what it wanted; it got Bosch’s, the founder of Biogenesis, testimony and evidence against Alex Rodriguez – so MLB dropped the lawsuit. Queue the collective yawn of no surprise.

MLB claimed that Bosch provided performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to a number of players, including Rodriguez, a league spokesman said Tuesday. Mike Teevan, an MLB spokesperson stated, “We have dismissed our Biogenesis lawsuit.” The suit was filed in March against the clinic in March against the South Florida. Bosch was MLB’s lead witness against Rodriguez in the arbitration hearing that handed him an unprecedented 162-game suspension. There was no physical evidence tying A-Rod to any illegal drug use, and all testimony and evidence presented at the hearing is suspect at best. All that was presented was Bosch’s oral testimony and notes taken in his notebook – circumstantial evidence in any traditional court case. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Rodriguez would not have been convicted had it not been for Bosch’s testimony in the first place. Furthermore, Bosch’s cooperation was coerced.

Bosch did not agree to help the MLB until after a suit was filed against him in February. After facing the possibility of criminal prosecution as well, Bosch didn’t have much in the way of choices as far as whether or not to turn witness. It was either lose his freedom and his company, or “play ball”. In exchange for his testimony, the MLB paid all of Bosch’s legal bills, provided personal security, promised to support him in criminal litigation, indemnify him from civil litigation, and drop a lawsuit against him. Those are plenty of incentives to change his tune to one that is in line with the MLB’s farce of a code of conduct.

There’s no clearer message than this: the MLB has no intention of going after anyone supplying PEDs, and is in fact willing to pay them (and torpedo government cases against them) to get them to become an informant and rat out active players that may or may not have engaged in business with them. Furthermore, these “PEDs” are in some cases, based on medical science, not even “PED’s” by the traditional sense of the word.  In most cases, it’s the little guy that cooperates with the big guy in a drug investigation, here, it’s the exact opposite. Everything about the MLB’s drug was is completely backward.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/Nb3X2v

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Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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