While New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez is battling the Boston Red Sox and the boo birds at Fenway Park, his lawyers are fighting the necessary battles for him off the field against Major League Baseball.
This past week, Rodriguez hired a new attorney to his legal team to get his 211-game suspension from MLB either reduced or overturned; the same suspension that the league handed down back on August 5 that gave him a severe penalty over the league's evidence on Rodriguez's alleged purchasing and using of performance enhancing drugs from 2010-2012 from the Biogenesis clinic down in Miami, which was run by Dr. Anthony Bosch.
The 38-year-old Yankees star appealed the decision, which has allowed him to play for the team this season, a return to the lineup and team who has needed right-handed power in the lineup and at third base, something the team has struggled with before A-Rod got back to the team earlier this month.
Rodriguez's newly appointed lawyer, Joe Tacopina, is considered one of the very best defense attorney's in the country with a reputation of being a hard-nosed lawyer who will not back down from a fight, nor afraid of the spotlight with some of the high-profile cases he has taken in recent years. Teaming with David Cornwell, who got Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension overturned back in 2011 for a failed drug test, both attorney's really have given Rodriguez a fighting chance against the league to get the suspension knocked down.
On Saturday, Tacopina feels that MLB and commissioner Bud Selig do not have enough evidence given to them from Bosch and if the case ever goes to court, relishes the opportunity to get Bosch on the stand.
"Where are they putting forth the evidence?" Joe Tacopina told ESPNNewYork.com on Saturday. "Anthony Bosch, who is either going to be in federal prison or is going to be in a federal investigation and is going to assert the fifth amendment? Believe me, I want nothing more than to cross examine Bosch. I would love to. I would do it for free. I won't bill Alex for that. I won't bill Alex for the opportunity to cross examine Bosch because he is not going to show up."
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Bosch has drawn the attention of Food and Drug Administration agent Jeff Novitzky, who lead the criminal investigation on BALCO, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong and is now investigating Bosch, who reportedly distributed PED's to teenagers.
Tacopina says that along with the lack of evidence that MLB has on Rodriguez, he also says that the league acted like thugs in threatening people to cooperate or threaten legal action and discipline.
"They are threatening people if they don't speak to MLB; they will refer them to law enforcement," Tacopina said. "A lawyer can't do that. That is what Major League Baseball lawyers have done here, telling witnesses that they will expose them to the media if they don't speak to them. We have a videotape of MLB investigators flashing badges into a gated community to try and find a witness. That is illegal. Why they are acting the way they are acting, I don't know. Why do they think it is OK to tell mom and dad that, 'We're sorry Mr. Bosch injected your minor, your son with narcotics, controlled substances? We are going to tell the federal prosecutors that he has been a really good guy that he helped us get some baseball players so you shouldn't prosecute him.' That's the deal that they made with this guy."
The appeal hearing for Rodriguez for the 211-game suspension is not expected to be heard until sometime after the 2013 season. While playing for the Yankees, Rodriguez is hitting .279 with one home run and four RBI in 11 games.
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