MLBPA Head Fehr Tries To Put Fear Into Reporters

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

(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.

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Tears For Fehr: MLBPA Union Chief Steps Down

For the last quarter century, there’s been probably no greater figure in sports labor management than Donald Fehr, the head of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and overseer of several momentous labor deals.

Donald Fehr
(Fehr, seen here at the Congressional steroid hearings admiring his outstanding ballpoint sketch of FDR proclaiming “The only thing we have to fear is Fehr himself.”)

As MLB.COM reports, though, the 60-year-old has decided to step down after 25 years at the helm of the MLBPA, however, citing an unwillingness to get involved in what promises to be yet another contentious collective bargaining agreement. Fortunately for us, however, he leaves us with one last opportunity for sophomoric jokes.  Read more…

McCourts Extort Players’ “Donations” To Charity

We all know that Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are business visionaries, using maverick techniques to lead the team to a few games over .500 an NL West title. We also know just where they stand on charity service versus selfishly hording money. Now they’ve found a way to combine both into one giant mess: the AP is reporting that they are making charitable donations by players mandatory in future contracts.

Frank McCourt Fought (Green) Tooth And Nail To Complete Ramirez Deal

And they are being thoughtful, too. Instead of forcing players to make a decision on which of their own personal favorite charities to “donate” a percentage of their salary to, they are making it easy by only giving them one option. As it turns it, this just happens to be the Dodgers Dreams Foundation, which just happens to be the official charity arm of the team. Looks like the buffet at the annual bowling night just got upgraded from nachos to chicken wings!

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