Report: MLB Players Buying PED’s From Miami Dealer
Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Melky Cabrera have purchased performance enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic in Miami, according to the Miami New Times.
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The names were on records Miami New Times said were given to them by an employee who worked at Biogenesis of America before it closed last month. Miami New Times reported that the records show the firm sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.
Anthony Bosch, the 49-year-old head of the clinic, was connected to Manny Ramirez when the former MLB star was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy in 2009. Bosch has never been charged by local or federal officials.
Miami New Times said it conducted a three-month investigation before releasing its 5,400-word story online on Tuesday.
Saturday, ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported that Major League Baseball was investigating multiple wellness clinics in South Florida, as well as individuals with potential ties to players. The report said that the area from Boca Raton to Miami is “ground zero” for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.
Rodriguez, the New York Yankees slugger who ended 2012 injured and on the bench during the playoffs, has admitted to using steroids from 2001-03, but he has said he has not used PEDs since. The New Times report said that Rodriguez’s name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed. Miami New Times reported that records indicated Rodriguez paid Bosch $3,500 for “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” There are other notations for Rodriguez as well, beginning in 2009 and continuing through last season. Rodriguez had hip surgery last month and is expected to miss some or all of the 2013 season.
Miami New Times reported that Cabrera, who signed a $16 million free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays during the offseason, is mentioned 14 times in the report. He was suspended last August for violating baseball’s performance enhancing drugs policy while a member of the San Francisco Giants. The paper cited entries last April indicating Cabrera “has enough meds until May 4” and indicating what the paper terms a “cocktail of drugs including IGF-1 (a banned substance that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth).”
Pitcher Bartolo Colon was suspended last season for violating baseball’s performance enhancing drug rules. Bosch, in his notes, says Colon’s monthly fee was $3,000, according to Miami New Times.
Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers is listed on a July 2012 record, with a notation from Bosch that “need to call him, go Thur. to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and&and will infuse them in May.” Troches, according to Bosch’s notes, are a type of drug lozenge which Miami New Times said includes testosterone.
The Rangers issued a statement Tuesday, saying: “The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team has no further comment.”
Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals appears five times, including one charge for $1,000. His father also appears, but told Miami New Times that his son is “as clean as apple pie.” Other names listed in the records obtained by Miami New Times include Cesar Carrillo, a former University of Miami pitcher, Jimmy Goins, the strength and conditioning coach at Miami for nine seasons, Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and professional tennis player Wayne Odesnik, who was banned from tennis for two years in 2010 for allegedly trying to bring HGH into Australia.
It’s funny to me that A-Rod says he only took PED’s from 2001-2003. To me, it’s a convenient way to admit the truth while lessening the blow.
Isn’t it a little suspicious that A-Rod’s numbers and production have fallen off the face of the earth since the MLB instituted legitimate drug testing? Suddenly A-Rod can’t stay healthy, and he can’t catch up to a fastball. If we’ve learned anything about athlete’s and PED’s over the years, it’s that where there’s smoke there’s fire. A-Rod is literally on fire right now.