What’s The Bigger Crime? Not Giving Full Disclosure or Pulling a "Deep Throat"?

Documents revealed Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria misled the public to get a new stadium deal. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball is conducting a probe into who leaked confidential documents involving team financial reports of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Florida Marlins and other clubs.

At issue, smaller market clubs, who claimed to have been in the red are actually turning a profit. In a story first reported by the Associated Press, The Pirates made nearly $29.4 million dollars in 2007 and 2008, even though the team hasn’t finished above .500 since 1992, the last time they were in the playoffs.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports also reported that Florida Marlins ownership benefited from a new baseball stadium deal, financed at taxpayer’s expense. This, despite the fact that the team made $48.9 million dollars over the last two years.

File illustration released by the City of Miami on Jan. 27, 2009, shows the proposed new Florida Marlins baseball team's ballpark.(AP Photo/City of Miami, HO, File)

Read the story here!

Marlins president David P. Samson called the confidential disclosure, “…a crime.” and, “…a breach of fiduciary obligation and duty by the leaking party.”

Sorry, but what’s the bigger crime is here, not disclosing financial information to government officials, or blowing the whistle, a la “Deep Throat”? For years, small market baseball teams have been complaining that they haven’t been able to keep up with the bigger market teams because of a financial disadvantage. The leaked documents shows that the teams certainly have the money to be competitive on the field.

It also shows that the owners are greedy slime balls, who should be investigated for fraud!

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