Major League Baseball, which in the wake of the Alex Rodriguez PED case shook up its Department of Investigations unit, on Thursday named former Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Seely as the new head of the DOI.
Seeley will be MLB’s vice president, Investigations & Deputy General Counsel, outgoing commissioner Bud Selig said in a news release.
During the Rodriguez-Biogensis investigation, MLB faced allegations that DOI representatives had engaged in unethical behavior, including paying thousands of dollars for information allegedly implicating Biogensis founder Anthony Bosch as well as Rodriguez, the highly paid Yankees third baseman who was suspended for the 2014 season for his use of banned susbstances.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ultimately ruled the charges were unfounded, but MLB still let go of Daniel Mullin, the investigative unit chief; his top deputy, George Hanna; and Ed Dominguez, a top agent, The New York Times reported at the time.
“Major League Baseball set out to reposition the scope, capabilities and efficiency of its Department of Investigations as its needs have evolved,” Selig said in a statement. “Bryan’s multifaceted experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney will make him an invaluable resource for our game, in ways that will protect the interests of our clubs and players alike.”
Since 2006, Seeley has served as an AUSA for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and has led fraud investigations involving bank fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud and embezzlement and prosecuted cases involving violent crime and drugs.