• MLB Expands A-Rod Investigation To Include Pitch-Tipping Rap

    Posted by on May 5th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Via Jon Heyman -

    Major League Baseball is expanding its investigation of Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez by adding the pitch-tipping allegation spelled out in Selena Roberts’ new book A-Rod to the agenda, people familiar with the inquiry told SI.com.

    While MLB is expected to call back Rodriguez himself, as well as others connected to those 2001-03 Texas Rangers teams when the pitch tipping supposedly took place, the expectation to prove any pitch tipping on Rodriguez’s part has to be extraordinarily low.

    MLB’s burden of proof in a case like that would have to be extremely high to take action; they’d need either Rodriguez to admit to the charges, or for someone else intimately involved to swear to it. It would seem futile to go over video of the games and try to match up alleged tips and pitches, especially since ex-Rangers teammates have come forward to say they didn’t notice any tipping, and they were there.

    Sounds like a smoke and mirrors due diligence attempt here by MLB, if you ask me…

    Comments on MLB Expands A-Rod Investigation To Include Pitch-Tipping Rap

    1. May 6th, 2009 | 11:23 am

      I’ve read the whole “A-Rod” book, and reviewed it. The sourcing for this charge is just laughable, as is the idea that MLB is investigating A-Rod on this charge.

      It’s the most serious charge Roberts makes in the book, but she doesn’t treat it in a serious manner. Roberts interviews a lot of Ranger sources on the record. But she never has a single one of them speak on the record on the pitch-tipping. Not Buck Showalter, not Tom Hicks, not Chad Curtis, not Carl Everett, nobody. That’s an egregious omission.

    2. May 6th, 2009 | 6:58 pm

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