A Miami anti-aging clinic’s list is linked to several MLB players and is accusing 3-time MVP Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, 2012 All Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal of purchasing performance enhancing drugs in 2011 and 2012.
The Miami New Times has released the list after a three month investigation. The list was given to them by an employee from Biogenesis of America, in Coral Gables, FL and shows evidence that human growth hormones, steroids and testosterone were all sold to the players. Handwritten notebooks filled out by the company’s boss, Anthony Bosch (pictured above), also serve as proof that Biogenesis of America was a major supplier of performance enhancing drugs (P.E.Ds).
Alex Rodriguez, whose name appears 16 times in the Bosch document, has come clean about his P.E.D use from 2001-2003, but he is denying any involvement with the current scandal. A-Rod's public relations firm has come out with a statement, saying
The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him.
Gio Gonzalez, last year’s 21-win pitcher for the Nationals, issued a statement as well:
I've never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will. I've never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.Gonzalez’s name appears five times in the Bosch records.
Major League Baseball is currently gathering information regarding the Miami New Times and has released its own statement that praises the recent anti-doping efforts of MLB to make the game more drug free.
" We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts…We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete… We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game."
Last month, MLB announced that they would continue to expand testing for P.E.Ds, including in-season H.G.H tests and baseline testosterone tests throughout the year. To further scare professional players out of using P.E.Ds, many fans and former players are calling for longer punishments and possible lifetime bans if players are caught using P.E.Ds.
Much more information will be released about this new report out of Miami, so hold on to your horses, this one’s going to get ugly.
Like me? Hate me? Tweet me! @Red33Sox Peter Lepak 1/30/2013 08:14:00 PM Tweet