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Jack Clark accuses Albert Pujols of using steroids, also mentions Justin Verlander

Albert-Pujols-Angels-slumpFormer MLB slugger Jack Clark began working as a radio host on WGNU 920 AM’s afternoon slot this week, and he has already managed to gain national attention. Clark, who belted 340 home runs over his 18-year MLB career, has mentioned twice how former personal trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him he injected Albert Pujols with performance-enhancing drugs.

Mihlfeld used to be Pujols’ personal trainer. In 2006, Mihlfeld’s name was linked to performance-enhancing drugs after Jason Grimsley, one of his former clients, admitted to taking steroids. That resulted in Pujols having to defend himself against PED accusations, which has has done several times since.

During a phone interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, Clark spoke about how he worked with Mihlfeld in 2000 as a coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers and said the former personal trainer tried to encourage him to take steroids like Pujols was. Clark claims he was simply looking for a nutrition program, which led to the following exchange with Mihlfeld.

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Biogenesis has some hilarious Yelp reviews

Tony BoschTony Bosch’s Biogenesis anti-aging clinic may have a horrendous reputation among Major League Baseball executives and fans, but it has some fantastic reviews online. A number of folks who claim to have gone to Bosch’s clinic for treatment have recently taken to the popular review website Yelp and shared their experiences.

Before we create confusion, this is obviously a joke. I happen to think it’s a very funny one. Biogenesis has received an average of 4.5 stars, and from the sound of it, they have been able to help people overcome some serious struggles.

When my friend Alex from New York told me of some great results he’s had, I new I had to go see Tony and the fellas at Biogenesis.  Best decision I ever made!

#yolked #swoll #beast #guns #cannons #muscles #juice

Bosch has helped high schoolers:

I was having a sophomore slump on my high school baseball team . So halfway through the season , I had enough of it . I went here & the employees were very helpful . They gave me some stuff that guaranteed to improve my batting average . Halfway through the season I batted .182 and after this I ended up hitting .465 & being selected to the all county team ! Thanks Biogenesis of America . I hope to make to the pros one day .

And he has even revived the career of a senior citizen:

At 64 years old, I thought my baseball days were well behind me but thanks to the “weight loss” products I got from the guys down at Biogenesis, I’m a bulked up power hitter. Coincidentally, the NY Yankees just found an extra $27,000,000 in their salary budget. Wish me luck, baby, I’m Bronx bound!

Now that we see how much Bosch means to so many people, we understand why more than a dozen MLB players were inclined to pay him a visit (or several). Alex Rodriguez isn’t a bad guy, he just used Yelp like the rest of us would use it to find the best local seafood.

H/T Jesse Spector via Eye on Baseball

MLBPA director Michael Weiner: Alex Rodriguez suspension is ‘almost ridiculous’

Alex Rodriguez YankeesMajor League Baseball made an unprecedented move on Monday when it suspended New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez for 211 games because of his alleged involvement with Biogenesis. A-Rod has never failed a non-survey drug test, and the penalty for first-time offenders is a 50-game suspension. The belief is that Rodriguez interfered with MLB’s investigation and is being penalized for more than just using performance-enhancing drug.

Naturally, the MLB Players Association is defending A-Rod and his right to appeal. During an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner ripped Bud Selig in arguing in favor of Rodriguez.

“We feel what (Selig) did, frankly, was inappropriate and almost ridiculous,” Weiner said. “Look at the penalties that have been (given) out and cases that have been decided by the commissioner’s officer along with the Players Association. Nothing comes close to 211 games.”

Again, the belief is that no other player’s involvement with Biogenesis ran as deep as A-Rod’s. No other player has — to our knowledge — been accused of destroying evidence. In addition, there has also been speculation that Rodriguez led other players to Tony Bosch’s clinic. Weiner said both sides tried to work out an agreement but were unsuccessful in doing so.

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Why MLB suspended Alex Rodriguez 211 games

Alex Rodriguez YankeesMajor League Baseball acted outside the scope of the league’s drug policy when it suspended Alex Rodriguez 211 games. The league’s drug policy calls for a 50-game suspension for a first violation of the policy; 100-game suspension for the second; and a lifetime ban for a third violation. Rodriguez never failed a drug test, so how did MLB get off suspending the New York Yankees third baseman for the rest of this season and the entire 2014 season? That is what A-Rod is wondering, and why he, with the backing from the players’ union, is appealing the suspension.

In his statement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig explained why Rodriguez was suspended.

The penalty was for “[Rodriguez's] use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years.”

MLB struck a deal with Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, who provided evidence to them of A-Rod’s use of PEDs. According to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, Bosch provided MLB with text messages, emails, phone records, other records to show that A-Rod doped since at least 2009. Bosch told MLB what drugs Rodriguez took, when he took them, how often, and where.

50 or even 100 of the 211 games could have been for single or double violations of the league’s drug policy, depending on how MLB evaluated things. But they suspended Rodriguez for much more than that.

In addition to the penalty for violating the drug policy, MLB is suspending A-Rod for a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the owners and players’ association.

Selig’s statement said Rodriguez’s penalty for violating the labor agreement was “for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”

MLB has evidence that Rodriguez obstructed the case.

It’s unclear if MLB believes punishing A-Rod for his attempted coverup is a violation of the best interest of the game clause in the CBA. Here’s what that specific clause (Article XII B of the Basic Agreement) states:

“Players may be disciplined for just cause for conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of baseball including, but not limited to, engaging in conduct in violation of federal, state or local law.”

It’s unlikely that Rodriguez is objecting to the evidence the league has against him concerning PED use. MLB’s evidence must be accurate, otherwise Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, and the dozen other players would not have accepted their punishments without an appeal. Rodriguez and his lawyers will likely attack the extra 100 games or so MLB tacked onto the suspension for a violation of the CBA. That number was arbitrarily determined by Selig and seems like it might not hold up in an arbitration case.

Gio Gonzalez, Danny Valencia cleared in Biogenesis suspensions

Gio Gonzalez NatsWashington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia were the only players who were cleared by MLB despite appearing in Biogenesis’ records.

From the start, Gonzalez had a strong explanation for appearing in the records. According to the Miami New Times, Gonzalez’s name appeared in the charts five times. Gonzalez’s father’s name also appears in conjunction with the pitcher’s. Gonzalez’s father, Max, claims he went to Bosch for weight loss and that his son was never involved.

Here’s what the New Times said in their original article:

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Rick Sutcliffe thinks Alex Rodriguez has cheated his whole career

Alex RodriguezWhen Alex Rodriguez was busted in 2009 by Sports Illustrated for using steroids, the New York Yankees third baseman finally admitted to using PEDs. In his admission, Rodriguez made a point to say he only used the illegal substances from 2001-2003 while he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez’s involvement with Biogenesis suggests he has used PEDs at least twice in his career. Former Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe thinks A-Rod has been using PEDs a lot longer than that.

Speaking on ESPN Monday, Sutcliffe said he thinks Rodriguez has been cheating his entire career.

“I don’t ever need to see Alex Rodriguez play again,” Sutcliffe said in response to Rodriguez’s suspension. “I agree with Curt (Schilling). I don’t think there’s anything about [A-Rod's] career that you can believe. I believe he cheated from the very beginning.”

Sutcliffe’s thoughts also echoed a changing sentiment among former and current players regarding PEDs.

“This is one of the first times in my life where I have felt like I am glad I didn’t do anything as far as steroids are concerned,” said Sutcliffe. “We all had that option, it was available, it was around. But we also knew that it was illegal, particularly to begin with by law.

“For the longest part of my life I have wondered: did I do the right thing? There really has not been any harsh punishment. The reward certainly in the past have always outweighed the risk. I wasn’t willing to take that risk.”

Sutcliffe also said he feels like punishments are getting to the point where they’re deterring players from using, which is helping to clean up the game.

Rodriguez wanted people to believe that he only cheated from 2001-2003. Now he has been caught up with Biogenesis, so that’s at least two periods during his career when he used. Also recall that Jose Canseco said he thought Rodriguez was juicing since high school.

A-Rod is losing all benefit of the doubt in the matter. Fewer and fewer people are believing his accomplishments were done cleanly. I don’t trust any of Rodriguez’s accomplishments achieved since at least 2000.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly negotiating settlement for suspension

Alex Rodriguez YankeesMajor League Baseball has been playing hardball with Alex Rodriguez since they began investigating his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, and it is slowly starting to look like the league will get its way. Rodriguez’s lawyers have been adamant throughout the entire process that A-Rod will appeal any suspension he is given, but could they be softening their stance?

On Wednesday night, ESPNNewYork.com’s reported that a source told “Outside the Lines” that Rodriguez’s representatives are negotiating a settlement with league officials — something most of the other players involved with Biogenesis are doing or have done.

The report comes on the heels of speculation that Major League Baseball will look to ban A-Rod for life if he does not agree to serve a lengthy suspension. The league clearly wants to do everything in its power to prevent Rodriguez from appealing. If he does, he would be able to play for the New York Yankees this season.

MLB reportedly presented its evidence to Rodriguez earlier this week. All indications have been that the information the league has compiled against him is more compelling that the dirt they had on Braun, including proof that A-Rod intentionally interfered with the investigation and tried to destroy documents. For that reason, Bud Selig and company are looking to come down on him much harder than the 50-game suspensions other “first-time offenders” are expected to receive.

Earlier this week, we shared a report with you about MLB seeking to suspend A-Rod for the remainder of the 2013 season and all of 2014. It sounds like Rodriguez’s attorneys are now leaning toward accepting that punishment rather than having to deal with fighting a lifetime ban from baseball.

A-Rod may never be an effective player again if he is out until 2015, but he can still collect some of the salary New York owes him. That may be all that matters at this point, as his reputation is already destroyed.