In the wake of 2005's sometimes contentious, sometimes comical congressional hearings on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and the subsequent Mitchell Report, Major League Baseball established the Department of Investigations (DOI). An internal and autonomous unit, it was created to not only eliminate the use of steroids, but also to rid baseball of any other illegal, unsavory, or unethical activities. The DOI would investigate the dark side of the national pastimegambling, age and identity fraud, human trafficking, cover-ups, and morewith the singular purpose of cleaning up the game.
Eduardo Dominguez Jr. was a founding member of that first DOI team, leaving a stellar career with the Boston Police Department to join four other "supercops"a group that included a 9/11 hero, a mob-buster, and narcotics expertskeeping watch over Major League Baseball.
A decorated detective as well as a member of an FBI task force, Dominguez was initially reluctant to leave his law-enforcement career to work full-time in baseball. He had already seen the game's underbelly when he worked as a resident security agent (RSA) for the Boston Red Sox in 1999 and become wary of the game's commitment to any kind of reform. Only at the persuasion a widely respected NYPD detective tapped to lead the DOI did Dominguez agree to join the unit, which was the firstand lastof its kind in major American sports. "We could clean up this game," his new boss promised.
In Baseball Cop, Dominguez shares the shocking revelations he confronted every day for six years with the DOI and nine as an RSA. He shines a light on the inner workings of the commissioner's office and the complicity of baseball's bosses in dealing with the misdeeds compromising the integrity of the game. Dominguez details the investigations and the obstaclesfrom the Biogenesis scandal to the perilous trafficking of Cuban players now populating the game to the theft of prospects' signing bonuses by buscones, street agents, and even clubs' employees. He further reveals how the mandates of former senator George Mitchell's report were modified or ignored altogether.
Bracing and eye-opening, Baseball Cop is a wake-up call for anyone concerned about America's national pastime.
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About the Author
Christian Red is an award-winning sportswriter, most recently for the New York Daily News, and the coauthor of American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime.
Teri Thompson worked as managing editor of the Daily News' sports section until 2015 and is the coauthor of American Icon and American Huckster: How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From and Sold Out the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Beginning Of The End 13
Chapter 2 Cuban Roots 29
Chapter 3 BPO 41
Chapter 4 The FBI Drug Task Force 51
Chapter 5 Operation Barbershop 61
Chapter 6 "Stand Down!" 89
Chapter 7 Player Trafficking 99
Chapter 8 Bonus Skimming 115
Chapter 9 The Early Shocks Of Biogenesis 127
Chapter 10 Double Cross 137
Chapter 11 "Tell The Dea I Want This Done F-Ing Now!" 153
Chapter 12 Hacker 183
Chapter 13 Justice 191
Chapter 14 "Queen For A Day" 217
Chapter 15 "This Town Is A Hustler's Town" 243