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Friday (Did A-Rod rat out Ryan Braun?) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional baseball Updated: August 16, 2013 - 8:41 AM

Even if you are tired of recurring PED scandals in baseball and wish you could just watch a nice three-hour (soon to be more with replay) game in peace, this item from CBS.com is mighty interesting:

"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."

The beauty of this story is that A-Rod can look bad on multiple levels. If he ratted out fellow players, a lot of people wouldn't take too kindly to it. If he did so and is now lying about it, the problem is only multiplied.

Regardless, it's another tale in the career of a man who is now almost universally disliked -- a tough niche to carve out when the first several years of your career play out without much controversy and on a trajectory that make you one of the top hitters in the history of the game.

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