New York Mets v Florida Marlins

The Florida newspaper that broke the Anthony Bosch/Biogenesis scandal will not be handing over files to Major League Baseball after all. The Miami New Times cited several reasons for this decision, including journalistic ethics, history, a previously unreported criminal probe into Bosch, and… Jeffrey Loria.

In a scolding piece of sorts, the Miami New Times blasted commissioner Bud Selig and name dropped just about every baseball scandal from the last 100 years as reasoning for abstaining from cooperating with MLB. The kicker, though, are the shots fired toward Loria.

“One of our most significant motivations for denying baseball is right here in the tropics. His name is Jeffrey Loria, and he owns the Miami Marlins, who start regular-season play in just a few weeks. A March 1 story in the Atlantic called the pudgy art collector’s stewardship of our baseball team, which has twice won the World Series, “the biggest ongoing scam in professional sports.” The magazine’s article describes, as New Times has in the past, how Loria hornswoggled $515 million in public backing for the stadium and parking facilities, then delivered a losing season and sold off all his best players.”

The author of the article, Chuck Strouse, also seems to think it’s fair game to hold Selig accountable for everything from the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal to segregation:

“Of course, if only Loria’s misdeeds were at issue, we still might give Selig the records. But he represents an organization with a long history of getting things wrong. It started with Shoeless Joe Jackson, the Chicago White Sox player and son of a sharecropper who was unjustly banned from baseball for fixing the 1919 World Series. The guy who probably had more to do with that deal, White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, walked free after the scandal and even had the White Sox stadium dedicated in his name.

Then there is the horrible, racist history we’d like to think ended when Jackie Robinson was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 but continued with white-trash owners like the Minnesota Twins’ Calvin Griffith (“Black people don’t go to the ball games, but they’ll fill up a wrestling ring”) and Marge Schott (who admired Adolf Hitler, used the N-word, and compared African-Americans to monkeys).”

Okay then. It would be extremely bad practice for a newspaper to hand over all of the documents associated with its investigation to Major League Baseball, so the Miami New Times is ostensibly doing the right thing here. Their method of delivering this decision seems more than slightly misguided, though.