The Miami New Times has decided not to hand over records that detail the inner workings of Biogenesis to Major League Baseball, the paper has announced.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig requested The New Times hand over information it had gathered pertaining to Biogenesis -- the anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided players with performance-enhancing drugs -- in order to continue its investigation into the matter. The periodical denied the league access to the records, citing a "manifold" of reasons for withholding the info.
The New Times points to journalistic ethics and "the fact that we have already posted dozens of records on our website." Also, the paper cited the Florida Department of Health criminal probe into clinic director Anthony Bosch -- the man that, according to reports, personally injected New York Yankees third baseman with banned substances.
Beyond the reasons already mentioned, The New Times calls Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "one of our most significant motivations for denying" MLB access to the reports. Loria enraged fans and onlookers alike when he, " hornswoggled $515 million in public backing for the stadium and parking facilities, the delivered a losing season and sold off all his best players," according to the paper.
But it doesn't stop with Loria.
In the opinion of The New Times, Selig is to be held responsible for not going after Loria following the great winter fire sale, as well as for allowing the "pudgy" owner to take over the team in the first place.
Not only does the paper hold a grudge against Selig, but it cites wrongdoings across baseball in general dating back to Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1919. Other examples The New Times mentions include owners Calvin Griffith and Marg Schott and even former slugger Mark McGwire among the many blunders executed by MLB over the last century.