Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A-Rod pitching tell-all book, documentary about MLB battle: Report

Alex Rodriguez hasn't been taking this whole 211-game suspension quietly and, according to Page Six of the N.Y. Post, is ready to sound off even more on the "full dirt of Major League Baseball's tactics" that have been used against him in a tell-all book and documentary.

Sources told the gossip site A-Rod is about to seal a multimillion dollar book deal about his legal battle with MLB.

HarperCollins and Random House are two of the top publishers battling for the real A-Rod story, and that a deal could be signed in the next few weeks.

The Yankees third baseman has also recently had several meetings with filmmaker Billy Corben — whose work includes the acclaimed “Cocaine Cowboys,” which depicts Miami drug culture in the 1970s and ’80s — about making a documentary about his battle to stay on the field.

A source told The Post: “A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million. Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.

“This book is going to go into the real low-down dirt of MLB tactics and collusion with the Yankees to get him out of the game. Alex has also had meetings with Billy Corben on a ‘30 for 30’-type documentary about his story.”

Corben’s studio, Rakontur, set up with partner Alfred Spellman, produced “The U,” a documentary about the championship history of the University of Miami football program for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. It became the highest-rated documentary in the network’s 30-year history when it debuted in December 2009. Miami-native Rodriguez has long-standing ties with the university.

The source noted it’s unlikely ESPN would screen an A-Rod documentary, given its close relationship with MLB, but Corben could take it to HBO.

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