• Bob Costas MLB Network Interview Of Selena Roberts

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2009 · Comments (6)

    Via the MLB official website:

    The author of a new book on Alex Rodriguez said Sunday night that she believes Rodriguez used performance-enhancing substances during his time with the Yankees. Rodriguez has said his use of banned substances happened only when he played for the Texas Rangers.

    Selena Roberts, who also co-authored the Sports Illustrated piece that led to Rodriguez’s admission of steroid use in February, told MLB Network in an interview with Bob Costas that her reporting has led her to conclude that his usage of PEDs was not limited to his time with Texas.

    I had a chance to catch this MLB Network “exclusive” when it aired live at 7 pm ET this evening.

    It was interesting to hear Roberts share that most of what she is reporting in the book was derived via “links” and “associations” in the absence of a smoking gun – while at the same time saying that, to date, A-Rod has provided a “threadbare acknowledgment” of his PED usage. Related, while it’s somewhat clear, now, that Roberts provides very little attribution in her book, she claims that she applied the same “litmus test” in vetting out her sources as when she reported that Rodriguez used PEDs in Texas – which Alex later confirmed, himself.

    There’s enough stuff here on each side of the fence to keep both the A-Rod supporters and Roberts believers busy on this debate for a while. And, for good measure, in the post-interview recap, MLB Network reporter Tom Verducci reminded us that there have been many major stories in the history of journalism that have been broken via the utilization of unnamed sources.

    Yet, what I found most interesting about this whole event was that the MLB Network – which is the official voice of Major League Baseball – elected to have a one-hour “special presentation” devoted to interviewing Selena Roberts on the eve of her new book coming out on Alex Rodriguez. We’ve come a long way from 1970, haven’t we? Somehow, I don’t see (then) MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn giving Jim Bouton a one-hour special to promote Ball Four the day before its release date.

    Alex Rodriguez is supposed to be one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, right? After all, MLBAM hosts a website devoted to A-Rod, no?

    Do you think, if, Selena Roberts had written a book which disclosed that American Idol was a fake and/or cheat, that the FOX Network would give her a one-hour special to basically pitch the work? Probably not – even with FOX’s rep to do anything for ratings. So, why would baseball support someone who’s trying to knock one of their assets down several pegs?

    Sure, maybe the MLB Network is just trying to make a case that they’re an independent media source. You know, like how MLB.com puts that closing tag of “This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs” at the end of its reports. Yeah, maybe that’s it…

    Or, is Major League Baseball so ticked with the A-Rod circus and the alleged acts therein that they’ll do anything to help support a case against him? Heck, for all we know, the Yankees could have urged baseball to support Roberts – with the hope that her book will enable baseball to uncover something on Rodriguez which will allow New York to void A-Rod’s contract (which now looks like a huge burden to the Yankees in the years 2013 through 2017 – if not sooner).

    What did you think of the MLB interview of Selena Roberts today and the choice of baseball to air it?

    Comments on Bob Costas MLB Network Interview Of Selena Roberts

    1. Raf
      May 4th, 2009 | 12:13 am

      I wouldn’t sweat it too much, given some of the characters who have suited up over the years.

      I’m 12 minutes into the inteview, I’m shutting off and going to bed.

    2. handtius
      May 4th, 2009 | 12:21 am

      They Did it for the ratings…that’s it. they report on baseball and baseball related subjects. They’re a new network and they want RATINGS. It’s not a god damn conspiracy to out A-rod. You’re reaching just a wee bit…OK, no, you’re reaching plenty.

    3. Tresh Fan
      May 4th, 2009 | 1:37 am

      I think you’re pretty much on the mark with the ratings angle. MLBN is basically competing with ESPN, and if they didn’t get the sit down with Selena the boys in Bristol would have.

    4. butchie22
      May 4th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      As anti-homerish as I am, I found MLB Network’s special to be troubling. On the one hand, this is an attractive interview for the fledging network. They must be lauded for at least not sweeping things under the rug. The sense of transparency is important for the success of this network. Here’s where things get very sticky,though. That coup for the network compromises the MLB brand though. Therein lies the rub.It basically exposes one of its biggest stars to even further scrutiny. The US President even made a comment on Arod. The thing that is latently explosive though is that Roberts(right or wrong) is exposing personal details of Arod’s life that have nothing to do with baseball.Salacious and kinky details that are wholy irrelevant to play on the field BUT are rather about having an affair with the aged,trannie-like Madonna, cheating on his wife and going to sex clubs. In essence, MLB put its brand in a bad light for the sake of ratings.

      To add insult to injury, I couldn’t stand looking at Sleaza Roberts’ mug. She has a face made for radio.Her inherent mania for Arod, whether it is hyper penis envy(man hating lesbian )or just plain obsessed with Arod is quite strange. Did he rebuff an advance from her? Just what is her problem? Even I have admitted that her allegations have merit BUT her agenda is fuelled by something other than money(even though she hopes to cash in big time on Arod’s stupidity).

    5. YankCrank
      May 4th, 2009 | 9:15 am

      They Did it for the ratings…that’s it.

      Dead on. My gf works for ESPN and even though she’s does stuff for the NBA, word got back to every department that ESPN wanted that interview but MLB Network got it. Some of the regional sport networks (YES, NESN) and now the MLB Network are blowing up and ESPN has a lot more competition…they wanted that interview.

    6. OldYanksFan
      May 4th, 2009 | 12:19 pm

      Well… maybe if Bud goes after ARod… and continues to go after Bonds and Clemens… maybe everyone will forget that both Bud and Fehr lied in the first congressional hearing when they said they had no idea that there were steroids in baseball.

      Maybe by scapegoating others… history will forget that both Bud and Fehr fueled the steroids era but turning their backs to it because there was a ton of money being generated.

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