MLB asks court for order in leaks probe

Baseball has gone to court to get an insurance company to tell

all it knows about leaked financial information and several MLB

teams.

In papers filed Oct. 7 in New York Supreme Court, the

commissioner’s office wants Beazley Insurance Co. Inc. to show

cause why it shouldn’t be required to produce records that could

identify the source of leaks.

MLB said Beazley refused to cooperate with baseball’s

investigation into a story by The Associated Press, published in

August 2010, and club documents posted by Deadspin.com, that same

month.

Martin Klotz, a lawyer for baseball, said in legal papers that

six insurers received the confidential financial information from

teams and that all except Beazley cooperated with MLB’s

investigation.

Baseball said it intends to sue or seek an injunction against

those who leaked the information.

The AP story focused on the financial data of the Pittsburgh

Pirates. Deadspin published documents from the Pirates, Tampa Bay,

Florida, the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle and Texas.

MLB Spokesman Pat Courtney said the league was not

commenting.

`We’re reviewing the suit and have no further comment at this

time,” said Lou Ferrara, AP’s vice president and managing editor

for sports.

Deadspin editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio declined comment.

”Beazley has cooperated with Major League Baseball,”

spokeswoman Kimberly Baldoni said. ”We conducted an internal

investigation, which yielded no evidence that the company or our

employees were responsible for the leak. The petition filed has no

merit.”