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Old 10-08-2018, 01:28 PM
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According to my print edition of Sports Illustrated this week, pages 46-47 (Sorry Brian I don't know how to post a link from a print story...) the Department of Justice is now directly involved probing the ways talent is migrating to MLB from Latin America and Cuba.

It centers around violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Multiple victims have already given testimony before a federal grand jury or to law enforcement agents.

They have already compiled a lot of documentation including videotapes, photos, legal briefs, receipts, visas and passports and internal team e-mails.

The Dodgers seem to be directly at the center of this investigation!

* A 2015 document shows Dodger executives developing a database for "egregious behavior" displayed by 15 of their Latin American employees. Five were listed as "criminal."

* Internal communications by the Dodgers show concern over a "mafia" entrenched in their operations.

* There are references as to how the Dodgers screwed over a legit prominent agent by signing an international player before he could become a free agent. (Puig???)

* The dossier on the Dodgers appears to describe efforts to circumvent federal laws and MLB rules requiring Cuban players to establish residency in another country before talking to or signing with a team.

Andrew Friedman and Gabe Kapler (he was the Dodgers Director of Player Development between 2014-2017) are under the gun.

Witnesses have also been subpoenaed from the Atlanta Braves.

Keep an eye on this. This could make the Dave Wilder White Sox scandal look like nothing.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:02 PM
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There needs to be a Latin American player draft with suggested slot amounts, just like the U.S. equivalent.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:21 PM
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There needs to be a Latin American player draft with suggested slot amounts, just like the U.S. equivalent.
Amen
I just don't understand why the players union wouldn't agree to that. Okay I know why, but they would have also gotten concessions that would seem to be more valuable than putting in a draft.

Some of this sounds like it pre-dates Friedman.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:23 PM
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There needs to be a Latin American player draft with suggested slot amounts, just like the U.S. equivalent.
Or better yet, just include all eligible players, international or not, in the existing draft, just like the NBA does. Everything is kept above board and the player’s eligibility doesn’t skew to the teams with the most money.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:32 PM
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Or better yet, just include all eligible players, international or not, in the existing draft, just like the NBA does. Everything is kept above board and the player’s eligibility doesn’t skew to the teams with the most money.
Also fine by me. I just thought perhaps the logistics would be simpler to have two drafts.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:29 PM
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https://www.lonestarball.com/2018/10...-investigation

All I have to say is if this is close to being accurate, holy ****.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:07 PM
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According to my print edition of Sports Illustrated this week, pages 46-47 (Sorry Brian I don't know how to post a link from a print story...)
https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/10/02/fb...ngeles-dodgers
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:00 PM
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if you're going to make a document ranking your employees on a scale of 1-5 based on how much illegal activity they commit, you should probably destroy it before it can be discovered in a lawsuit
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:05 PM
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if you're going to make a document ranking your employees on a scale of 1-5 based on how much illegal activity they commit, you should probably destroy it before it can be discovered in a lawsuit
That won't save you. All it takes is one disgruntled employee who either made a secret copy or will recall it from memory to the authorities.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:29 PM
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Given the precedent MLB set last year with their treatment of Atlanta and a lifetime ban for Coppolella, I'd be absolutely ****ting my pants right now if I were the Dodgers braintrust right now. And that's not even mentioning the seemingly very real possibility of actual legal repercussions.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:12 AM
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'PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL' part of the subject line in an email.


I am still amazed at that one.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:23 AM
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They felt the need to use a graph?



I would have gone with a heat map.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:29 AM
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I read that piece and a few follow-ups after that. This is a good read too https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-...legal-trouble/

The Dodgers could be in some very serious trouble. This makes the Dave Wilder stuff look like child's play.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:55 AM
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'PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL' part of the subject line in an email.


I am still amazed at that one.

That's fairly standard/boilerplate language in an email sent by an attorney to his/her client. It's normally done to demonstrate that the communication/email is intended to be a confidential communication protected by the attorney/client privilege and, as a result, not discoverable in litigation.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:26 PM
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Just to add more to the pile.
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report-...131148649.html
The Dodgers say they handled this internally, but this particular player wasn't really punished.
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