The player hit hardest by MLB's latest attempt to fight the scourge of performance-enhancing drugs, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, was suspended through the end of the 2014 season. With Rodriguez set to appeal the 211-game ban, he is the only one among those suspended Monday to not immediately accept his punishment and move on.
The Biogenesis fiasco has dealt MLB another setback in its
ongoing efforts to rid the national pasttime of the illicit drug use
critics claim taints the game's record books and disgraces one of America's most popular sports. As one might expect of a stand-off between a wealthy league and its well-heeled players, more than a few attorneys have had a hand in the negotiations that led to Monday's announcement.
Name partners Jay Reisinger and Thomas Farrell, whose past clients also include baseball stars Andy Pettitte and Sammy Sosa, represented Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona on their respective bans.
Reisinger also worked with partner Tina Miller in advising Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz,
who cut ties
on Monday before accepting his own 50-game ban. Other Farrell & Reisinger clients affected by Monday’s action are New York Mets outfielders Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin, New York Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo, and San Diego Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos.
Reisinger, who declined to comment when contacted by
The Am Law Daily
, ceased his representation of Rodriguez about two weeks ago, according to a source familiar with the matter. Rodriguez also retained Roy Black of Miami’s
Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf
earlier this year, although the well-regarded litigator is no longer part of the embattled Bronx Bomber's defense team.
The name of Reed Smith’s Siev previously
surfaced in reports about Rodriguez's dealings
with Yankees management—including team president and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld senior counsel
—over whether the third baseman was sufficiently healed from a hip injury to take the field for the team.
released a statement Monday afternoon
distancing themselves from media reports that the team aided MLB in its investigation as a means of extricating themselves from the five years and $114 million left on Rodriguez's contract.
As for Cornwell, he's also advising Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in connection with his 50-game Biogenesis suspension, as well as Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who will face no further discipline after having already served a drug suspension earlier this year. (Grandal also
suffered a serious knee injury
, general counsel of Scott Boras’s sports agency, represented Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera on his suspension, while Jupiter, Florida, solo practitioner
took the lead for free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto. As noted by
The Am Law Daily
in June, Cozen O’Connor criminal defense cochair and commercial litigation vice chair Barry Boss has been advising suspended Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Two other players named in Biogenesis records—Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez—have been cleared of wrongdoing and will not be suspended. Valencia was represented by the MLBPA, while Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr litigation chair Howard Shapiro advised Gonzalez. (Last year
Wilmer also represented Dino Laurenzi Jr.
, the drug tester accused of botching Braun's urine sample.)
Cristina Arguedas of Berkeley’s
Arguedas, Cassman & Headley
and Ethan Balogh of San Diego’s
Coleman & Balogh
are representing Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, respectively. Neither face further discipline since both have already served 50-game suspensions.
Proskauer sports law cohead Howard Ganz and labor and employment partner Neil Abramson in New York are serving as MLB’s outside disciplinary counsel, while
Kobre & Kim
partners Matthew Menchel and Adriana Riviere-Badell in Miami are handling litigation filed earlier this year by the league in Florida state court against Biogenesis and other defendants.