Major League Baseball dismisses one of the defendants in the Biogenesis lawsuit

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A press release from Major League Baseball:

Major League Baseball announced today that, based on new information, Defendant Paulo da Silveira, represented by attorneys Daniel Zumpano and Emil Infante of Infante Zumpano LLC, was dismissed with prejudice from the Complaint, filed on March 22, 2013 in the Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, as he had no connection to Biogenesis or to the alleged distribution of performance enhancing substances to Major League players.

It’s almost as if Major League Baseball didn’t really think too hard before filing this lawsuit and, instead, just fired off something hasty and ill-conceived. Shocking, I know.

My previous takes on this lawsuit are here and here.

Brandon McCarthy to retire after the season

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Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy said he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. McCarthy has been on the disabled list since June 25 due to tendinitis in his right knee. He is hoping to contribute out of the bullpen down the stretch.

McCarthy said, “I’m done after this. This is it. The offseason is the rest of my life. If I was going to keep playing, a month and a half ago I would have had the surgery that cleans the [knee] and I’d be back next year just a little bit after spring [training].”

In 15 starts this season, McCarthy posted a 4.92 ERA with a 65/21 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings. He would be eligible for free agency after the season. The Braves acquired McCarthy along with Charlie Culberson, Scott Kazmir, and Adrian Gonzalez from the Dodgers in December in exchange for Matt Kemp.

McCarthy has spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Altogether, he has won 69 games with a 4.20 ERA across 1,223 2/3 innings. Nice.