It looks like the leak of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez’s names as having tested positive for steroids back in 2003 is going to have consequences after all. Just not for the players, or for the person who leaked the sealed information. Instead, EDITOR & PUBLISHER says that the MLB Players Union is focusing its wrath on NEW YORK TIMES reporter Michael S. Schmidt, who broke the story on Ortiz and Ramirez’s positive drug tests.
(Donald Fehr might be retiring, but he’s taking people down with him.)
Union head Donald Fehr issued a statement on Friday saying that Schmidt and the New York Times had broken the law by reporting the leaked information, and that the MLBPA intends “to take the appropriate legal steps to see that the court orders are enforced.” Which means that Schmidt might want to get a sitter for his cat, if the treatment of previous reporters breaking blockbuster baseball steroid stories is any indication.