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Report: Biogenesis suspensions coming for two more players

Tony BoschTony Bosch and a number of other people who are linked to his Biogenesis clinic were arrested on Thursday morning in connection with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Operation Strikeout.” Bosch will plead guilty to illegally distributing steroids, and more MLB suspensions are expected as a result of the investigation.

According to ESPN’s TJ Quinn, law enforcement officials said Tuesday that their investigation has revealed two previously unnamed MLB players. Both are expected to be suspended by MLB.

[Related: Tony Bosch supplied high schoolers with PEDs]

Bosch has provided steroids and other drugs to both professional athletes and high school-aged athletes. It was previously reported that MLB would put in a good word for Bosch with law enforcement officials if he cooperated in nailing Alex Rodriguez to the wall, which it seems he has done.

While Bosch could face up to a 10-year prison sentence for his charges, Quinn reports that the Biogenesis founder’s attorney struck a deal with the US Attorney’s office that had “little to do with” MLB. It is unclear if that alleged deal has anything to do with the two new names that have surfaced.

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Tony Bosch surrenders to DEA; A-Rod’s cousin Yuri Sucart arrested

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Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday morning as part of the DEA’s “Operation Strikeout.” The news was first reported by ESPN’s TJ Quinn.

Bosch has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. The charges against Bosch are not limited to providing steroids to professional athletes, as he also allegedly distributed controlled substances to numerous high school-aged athletes.

While Bosch could face up to 10 years in prison, Quinn reports that he surrendered after his attorney struck a deal with the US Attorney’s office. If you remember, part of Bosch’s dealing with Major League Baseball included a guarantee from the league that they would put in a good word with law enforcement officials if Bosch agreed to cooperate. It is unclear what type of role — if any — Bosch’s alleged agreement with MLB played in his decision to surrender.

In addition to Bosch, several other Biogenesis associates were brought into custody on Tuesday morning. Alex Rodrguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart was also arrested on conspiracy charges.

Sucart filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against A-Rod last year after Rodriguez publicly stated that Sucart pressured him to take steroids several years ago. If the charges against Sucart are upheld, it will be interesting to see if MLB or the New York Yankees can tie him to A-Rod.

Photo: Twitter/TJ Quinn

Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez’s top concern was hitting 800 home runs

Alex Rodriguez YankeesBiogenesis founder Tony Bosch sat down for a revealing interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, during which he discussed Alex Rodriguez and his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. Bosch detailed some of the exchanges he had with A-Rod and tried shed some light on the New York Yankees slugger’s motives. One of them, Bosch says, was to become the first and only member of the 800-home run club.

Bosch claimed Rodriguez carefully studied the substances he was using in an attempt to achieve perfect results.

“Alex cared. Alex wanted to know,” Bosch told interviewer Scott Pelley, via the NY Daily News. “He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages, because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance, objectives. And the most important one was the 800 home run club.”

While we have no way of knowing if Bosch is telling the truth, very few people would argue that A-Rod is a team player. It wouldn’t exactly come as a shock that his main objective was surpassing Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record of 762 rather than winning multiple championships.

Tony Bosch reportedly supplied high schoolers with PEDs

Tony BoschNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been the biggest story to come out of Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America aging clinic, but A-Rod’s use of performance-enhancing drugs may not be the most disturbing storyline. According to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Bosch provided numerous high school students with PEDs.

Former Biogeneis employee Porter Fischer reportedly told “Outside the Lines” that he often saw high school students that were as young as 16 and 17 come to the clinic, some of them with their fathers. Fischer said the minors were given “sports performance packages, which would include HGH and testosterone.”

Biogenesis documents obtained by “Outside the Lines” include the names of 10 Miami-area high school players with dollar amounts next to their names. “Outside the Lines” reporters who observed the Biogenesis clinic when it was open said they frequently saw young men entering and leaving the clinic.

Another Biogenesis employee who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that packages for young athletes typically included HGH and a drug called Sermorelin, which stimulates growth hormone release in the body. He said that Bosch would regularly inject young athletes with HGH and other prescription drugs even though he is not a licensed physician.

The sons of Lazaro Collazo, a longtime pitching coach at the University of Miami, were two of the high school players that were listed in the documents. Collazo insists he has no idea how their names ended up there.

“I just don’t know,” he said. “Look, I’m being polite, but you keep asking me things I don’t know about. I never got anything from Tony Bosch.”

Fischer expressed disappointment that law enforcement officials have not pursued a case against Bosch.

“[Some] of the time I would see some come in by themselves, but most of the time, their parents,” Fischer said. “But still, if a 16-year-old person can’t tan without their parents’ permission, I don’t know how in the world it’s possible that somebody can get this stuff.

“What kind of parent wants their child taking this kind of stuff?”

It’s obvious that Bosch is intent on making Rodriguez out to be the villain, which is convenient given the fact that baseball fans want answers. A-Rod is a cheater, and he deserves to be punished accordingly. That said, Bosch allegedly put the health of young athletes at risk. In my opinion, that is a far greater concern.

Report: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Anthony Bosch’s lawyer nearly came to blows

Alex Rodriguez YankeesWe have not heard a whole lot from the ongoing legal proceedings involving New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his 211-game suspension, but that does not mean the arbitration process has lacked fireworks. According to the NY Daily News, Alex Rodriguez’s defense attorney Joe Tacopina nearly got into a brawl with one of Anthony Bosch’s lawyers, Julio Ayala, two weeks ago.

The Daily News cited “several sources with knowledge of the altercation” who claim Tacopina was the instigator. The sources claim Tacopina had been aggressively attacking Bosch’s character during the first week of the arbitration process after the Biogenesis founder verified the authenticity of several documents and conversations that allegedly prove Rodriguez acquired banned substances. During a break from one of the sessions where Tacopina was calling Bosch’s character into question, he and Ayala reportedly had to be physically separated.

Tacopina was said to be frustrated that Bosch’s testimony had dragged out throughout the first three days of the hearing. When Tacopina asked another attorney how long Bosch’s testimony was going to take, he was told it could spill over into the next day.

“Well, I guess we have all of October, and by then Mr. Bosch will be in jail,” Tacopina reportedly quipped.

Tacopina, one of New York’s top criminal defense attorneys, was referencing the ongoing investigation by Florida authorities who are looking into Bosch’s clinic. In response, Ayala reportedly said that Bosch is “not going alone” if he does go to prison, implying that A-Rod would be going with him. Tacopina then allegedly said something about Ayala’s “lying wife,” who is also part of Bosch’s legal team. Oh no he didn’t.

According to the Daily News’ sources, Tacopina then “bull-rushed” Ayala and the two stood toe-to-toe. Attorneys supposedly had to restrain Tacopina before both men calmed down. Tacopina reportedly apologized to Ayala the next day and both agreed to move forward.

Conveniently enough, the court reporter was taking a break at the time of the action so it is not going to be part of the record. Rodriguez and Bosch also reportedly missed the confrontation, as they were taking a bathroom break. As we have already learned from some of his public statements since A-Rod hired him, that Tacopina is quite the bulldog. Thank goodness no one had their teeth punched out.

Anthony Bosch reportedly cuts deal with MLB after Alex Rodriguez refuses to pay

Anthony-Bosch-mugshotMajor League Baseball is reportedly in the process of cutting a deal with Anthony Bosch that could result in a hefty suspension for Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and nearly two dozen other MLB players. Back in April, the New York Times reported that MLB had paid some former Biogenesis employees for documents related to the case. Now, it appears they are working closely with the man in charge of the clinic as well.

According to the NY Daily News, Bosch recently asked Rodriguez for financial help and the Yankees’ slugger refused his request for money. As a result, Bosch has agreed to cooperate with MLB in its ongoing investigation. If the league did not strike a deal with him, the concern was that Bosch might turn to players for money and cover up the case.

“They were afraid someone else would pay him,” a source reportedly told the NY Daily News. “Bosch is the only guy that can provide them with what they need.”

Bosch and his lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, allegedly informed MLB that they are willing to provide “damaging information” about Bosch’s past dealings with A-Rod and Braun. Braun is believed to have worked with Bosch as far back as his days playing college baseball at Miami.

In order to get Bosch to cooperate, MLB has had to really sweeten the pot. The Daily News reports that the league has agreed to drop the lawsuit it filed against him earlier in the year, pay his legal bills, protect him from any civil liability that might arise and provide him with personal security. Officials also say MLB will intervene if any law enforcement officials come after Bosch for admitting he supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs.

The obvious question is this: what if Bosch lies? What if he simply says he treated A-Rod, Braun and dozens of others because he likes the deal MLB is offering? NY Daily News legal analyst Tom Harvey insists it won’t be that simple and that the league had little choice.

“Put yourself in their position,” Harvey said. “You ask the witness to help you and he says, ‘Why would I do that? I’m going to get burned if I do, sued, the works.’ In light of what some of these athletes have done in the past with lawsuits and threats, including Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemens, why wouldn’t you want to be indemnified? Defending that lawsuit could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Bosch feels that he has been “falsely accused” and has done nothing wrong. His decision to cooperate with MLB could spell bad news and an end to the season for Rodriguez, Braun and others.

100-game suspensions for A-Rod and Ryan Braun? MLB is on a rampage

Ryan BraunMLB is looking to suspend around 20 players for their alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic run by quack Tony Bosch that allegedly doubled as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to several athletes, ESPN reports.

The most jaw-dropping item in the ESPN “Outside the Lines” report is that MLB might seek 100-game suspensions for former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, which is the penalty for a second doping offense. According to ESPN, MLB will consider the players’ connection to Bosch a first offense, and the players denying involvement with Biogenesis in statements to MLB a second offense.

ESPN says Bosch is broke, living with friends and/or family, and fearful of facing charges from the federal government. Though in the past Bosch denied association with athletes, he reportedly is now prepared to talk to MLB because he supposedly believes cooperating with them is his only option. MLB would also be cutting him a sweet deal.

ESPN states in its report:

In exchange for Bosch’s full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him.

MLB is also looking for cooperation from two other former Bosch employees so that they would have more documented statements and evidence against the players involved with the clinic.

Currently, ESPN has the names of 15 players who may face suspension. They say about 20 could face suspension. It’s possibly that the remaining players appear in Bosch’s notes under code names.

Based on the names of players we have, the teams who would be hit hardest by the potential suspensions include:

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