Lawsuit alleging “years of corruption” in Major League Baseball promised for tomorrow

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Tomorrow is my birthday. Looks like I’ll get a gift: the chance to write about a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging “years of corruption” and which will allege “the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.”

The specifics are unknown. I and others in the media, however, were sent an email teasing the suit and an attendant press conference regarding it all tomorrow at 2pm Eastern. The suit is to be filed in New York. The lawyer filing the suit and holding the press conference is Vincent White, the same lawyer who has represented recenttly banned-for-life Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia. At the time of Mejia’s banning, White lashed out at Major League Baseball, hitting many of the same notes mentioned in the press release. An update to the press release specifically says, however, that the matter is not in regard to Mejia, so who knows? The sorts of allegations alluded to in the release are the sorts that have been raised in the past with respect to baseball’s investigations of PED use, specifically arising out of the Biogenesis investigation, so perhaps there is some overlap.

I’m reproducing the entire release below. For what it’s worth, I’m firmly on “believe it when I see it” footing here. I’ll obviously reserve comment until I’ve seen a complaint, but it’s not common for counsel for a plaintiff with a suit that is more about substance than sizzle to issue a teaser like this. More to the point: whatever you think of Major League Baseball’s tactics with respect to recent investigations — and I’m on record as not being a fan of them — it’s not an organization that is careless when it comes to matters of legal liability. The release suggests former employees dropping a dime and the breaking of laws. That this isn’t coming up first in a criminal investigation or in the course of some investigative journalism makes me skeptical as to the merits.

But like I said: we’ll see.

A press conference is to be held on Thursday July 14th, 2016 at The Law Office of Vincent White, located at 570 Lexington Ave on the 16th floor in Manhattan at 2 PM EST NEW TIME!. The conference is being held to reveal a lawsuit that will have just been filed along with uncovering years of corruption inside Major League Baseball, specifically alleging past activities of Commissioner Bud Selig, current Commissioner Rob Manfred, and many that work for the MLB Commissioner’s Office.

A detailed multi year investigation has brought many items to light including statements from former employees that have included the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.

Years of corrupt mob-like activity will be revealed in The Commissioner Office’s actions against MLB teams, owners, MLB players, agents, accused / suspended players, and many third parties independently operated outside of MLB.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.