New York Yankees: Biogenesis

More court filings in A-Rod saga

October, 30, 2013
If your name hasn't turned up in court filings, are you really involved in the A-Rod saga?

Stepping right up on the Wheel of Fortune -- misfortune? -- is Alex Rodriguez's former PR whiz, Michael Sitrick.

MLB has filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court that claims Sitrick has declined to hand over documents that baseball believes A-Rod, or people close to him, gathered for the "apparent purpose of preventing MLB from obtaining those records and from uncovering evidence of Rodriguez's use and possession of prohibited substances."

The New York Post and Daily News reported the information after it was filed in the Manhattan court Monday. The News' headline said MLB wanted the papers that "Alex Rodriguez used to rat out Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli."

This allegation -- which was originally levied months ago -- was then denied by A-Rod. On Wednesday, A-Rod's side again insisted it wasn't true, with some trademark pithy language.

“As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis, and he has repeatedly turned down offers from various individuals who approached him about buying them," A-Rod's lawyer Joe Tacopina said. "Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB's desperate cry for help. What happened to the 'overwhelming mountain' of evidence against Alex? Having now rested its case against Alex, this effort makes clear to the world that MLB doesn't have what they said they have. What is perhaps most shocking -- and the best evidence of their desperation -- is that MLB would do this during the World Series.”

MLB, in its own statement, responded, "We continue to be at a loss to explain how Mr. Tacopina can take the position that his client has done nothing wrong. First, it was Mr. Rodriguez did not use drugs. Now, it is he did not obstruct the investigation. Those statements are simply and demonstrably inaccurate. The action we took yesterday was necessitated by continuing efforts by Mr. Rodriguez's lawyers to engage in a purposeful coverup.”

The World Series of PED appeals continues in Manhattan on Nov. 18. The Yankees may spend the whole offseason wondering if they will have A-Rod on the team -- and, more pertinently -- the payroll.

Report: Cervelli accepts 50-game ban

August, 5, 2013
A New York Yankee has been suspended for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic of Coral Gables, Fla. -- but no, it isn't Alex Rodriguez. Not yet, anyway.

According to a report by, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is one of a dozen players who accepted 50-game suspensions from MLB on Monday. Cervelli's name was among those discovered in the records of Biogenesis when the list was published by the Miami New Times in January.

In spring training, Cervelli acknowledged having visited Biogenesis, but, he said, "I left with nothing in my hand. And that's it."

Cervelli refused to answer any further questions on the subject. Currently, he is on the disabled list after suffering a broken hand from a foul tip in May, and a subsequent elbow injury during the rehab process. His return to the Yankees was considered unlikely this season after a recent setback.

Also agreeing to a suspension, according to, is Jesus Montero, the former Yankees catching prospect who was traded to he Seattle Mariners last year for pitcher Michael Pineda.

Joe: I don't talk PEDs with my players

June, 5, 2013

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he doesn’t discuss performance-enhancing drug use or potential penalties with his players.

“That’s something that the union, I think, discusses clearly with the players, and they understand that, so that’s handled through the union, I’m sure. But personally, I don’t,” Girardi said Wednesday, a day after “Outside the Lines” revealed that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be suspended for 100 games because of his connection with Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch. “Players are well-informed. That’s the bottom line. You’d have to have your head buried in the sand to know that there are repercussions if you don’t do things properly.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement on ESPN’s Biogenesis report.

“The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner’s Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation,” the statement read. “They are in the process of interviewing players and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association. The Commissioner’s Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.

“The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”

Girardi said he hadn’t spoken to Rodriguez on Wednesday and reiterated that when he does it will be strictly about “baseball stuff and rehab stuff like it always has been.”

Rodriguez is still working his way back from hip surgery.

Girardi said he doesn’t expect the investigation to be a distraction for his players.

“When we talk about this, my concern is about the game and the game being clean," Girardi said. "I’d hoped that we were through it, but obviously, maybe we’re not. But we’re going to find out.”

Asked how it would affect the team if A-Rod does get a 100-game suspension, Girardi responded, “We’ll cross that bridge. This is in MLB’s hands, and for me to speculate doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Girardi doesn’t know what the future holds for Rodriguez or catcher Francisco Cervelli, who could be suspended 50 games. Second baseman Robinson Cano's charity spokeswoman Sonia Cruz appears in the Biogenesis investigation, but a senior team official told that Cano “isn’t part of this.”

“I’m not privy to any of that information. If you want to find out stuff, you’re going to have to talk to MLB,” Girardi said. “That doesn’t come through my desk; it doesn’t come to me. My job is to manage the guys in the clubhouse, and I’ll continue to do that.”

Girardi was asked how MLB is going to get past this investigation.

“The game is always bigger than one individual, 10 individuals, 100 individuals, 1,000 individuals,” he said. “This game has went on for a long period of time, and I think the important thing is you try to learn from everything that happens in the game; good, bad or indifferent, you try to learn.

“But this is a great game and I love this game and I want what’s best for this game. And I think baseball’s trying to do that as well. Unfortunately, there’s some things that you go through in all sports that’s not what’s best for the sport, but you’re going to get through it, because as I said, it’s bigger than 100 players, it’s bigger than 1,000 players. This game has a long history, and it’s a great game that will continue to be a great game.”



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