MLB’s tampering investigation into the Cubs hiring of Joe Maddon plods on

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Cubs hiring of Joe Maddon — which the Rays have alleged to be tampering — is ongoing. Of note:

Given that MLB’s investigation into potential tampering by the Cubs in hiring Joe Maddon before he left the Rays is still ongoing after 5½ months, it would seem there may be something there.

Possibly. It’s also the case that Major League investigated the existence of the city of San Jose, California and its proximity to Oakland and San Francisco for half a decade, never concluded anything and then disbanded the entire enterprise. It’s almost as if Major League Baseball likes to form committees and investigate things in an effort to avoid making decisions that might anger another club. Shocking, I know.

But still:

Adding to the intrigue, [Rob Manfred] also notes that investigations don’t always have predictable timelines as “things happen that need to be pursued.”

To sum up: MLB has certain information, all right? Certain things have come to light. And, you know . . . I-I-I-I… this could be a-a-a-a lot more, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, complex, I mean, it’s not just, it might not be just such a simple… uh, you know?