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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anthony Bosch reportedly was running BALCO of the East, supplying A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky, Colon

anthony bosch mugMiami New Times dropped a bombshell report on Tuesday in which they exposed Dr. Anthony Bosch (pictured) of running an anti-aging clinic that also doubled as a performance-enhancing drugs supplier to many athletes.

Bosch’s company, Biogenesis, sold PEDs ranging from HGH to steroids. Biogenesis’ client list reportedly included sluggers like Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, among others. Biogenesis operated on a similar scale to BALCO, the company formerly run by Victor Conte, that supplied drugs to athletes like Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Marion Jones.

Miami New Times reports that Bosch has a history of racking up bad debts and stiffing ex-wives over support payments. His company reportedly was not paying employees. They would often supply patients (non-athletes) with steroid cycles and diuretics.

Miami New Times went through several documents and Bosch’s personal records to determine which athletes were mentioned and listed as customers. They found several baseball players, a boxer, and tennis player listed, many of whom have already been caught using PEDs.

The list includes:

    - New York Yankees DH/3B Alex Rodriguez, who admitted to past steroid use after being busted by Sports Illustrated in 2009.
    – Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was busted for using PEDs during a breakout 2012 season. His name appeared in Bosch’s records 14 times.
    – Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2012.
    – San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who was suspended in November for elevated levels of testosterone.
    – Tennis player Wayne Odesnik, who was caught transporting HGH across international borders and was suspended a year by the ITF.
    – Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has belted 108 home runs in the last four seasons. He was mentioned in a July, 2012 customer sheet under the code name “Mohamad.”
    – Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who won 21 games last season.
    – Boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, who is 22-0,

As you read, the first five names listed have either tested positive in the past year, or have been busted in the past for PED use/association.

Bosch was also the doctor who prescribed Manny Ramirez HCG when he tested positive for the female fertility drug while with the Dodgers in 2009.

The association with Alex Rodriguez is notable for many reasons. After being busted by Sports Illustrated in 2009, A-Rod held a press conference to admit he cheated, but he said his cheating was confined to 2001-2003 while he was a member of the Texas Rangers. He said he had not cheated since then, which appears to be completely false.

Per Miami New Times, here’s the evidence against Rodriguez:

A-Rod’s name appears 16 times in Bosch’s records, either as “Alex Rodriguez,” “Alex Rod,” or by the nickname “Cacique.”

“1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.

That’s not the only damning evidence against A-Rod, though. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: “Test. cream… troches prior to workout… and GHRP… IGF-1… pink cream.”

According to Bosch’s records, many of these players were taking various testosterone creams, which could account for the positive drug tests.

Rodriguez denied the report.

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true,” Rodriguez said in a statement to Joel Sherman. “Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”

So more than half of this guy’s clients, who were all documented in his books, have been busted for positive tests, but A-Rod wants me to believe that the documents are illegitimate? Sorry A-Rod, not buying it.

Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez seems to have a decent excuse. His name appears five times in the charts. His father’s name also appears in conjunction with his. His father claims he went to Bosch for weight loss and that his son was never involved.

“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 substance provided by him,” Gonzalez said over his Twitter account. “Anything said to the contrary is a lie.”

In addition to all the athletes listed above, one common thread among clients of Biogenesis is that many have ties to the University of Miami baseball program. Even the Miami strength and conditioning coach is mentioned in the records.

This report comes as no surprise. First off, many of the athletes mentioned have already been busted or linked to PEDs. The implication is that either the products Bosch was giving them was bad, or they were careless with when they took them. As we have learned in the past, you have to be pretty stupid to get caught using PEDs.

You can see Miami New Times’ records on A-Rod here.



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