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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.

Also see: Biogenesis has some hilarious Yelp reviews
Also see: Report – A-Rod leaked info implicating Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli

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.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly claiming he was unaware Biogenesis drugs were banned

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly claiming he unknowingly took substances that are banned by Major League Baseball. According to the NY Daily News, Rodriguez and his lawyers have been presenting a case at his arbitration hearing that is based on the idea that the 37-year-old believed the drugs he obtained from Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic were perfectly legal.

Bosch, however, has been telling a different story. The Biogenesis founder has reportedly validated documents obtained by the MLB and shared text message and email conversations he had with A-Rod about the drugs. MLB is now trying to determine why Rodriguez would have been so secretive about obtaining the substances if he believed they were legal.

Rodriguez’s attorneys are supposed to cross-examine Bosch on Wednesday, during which they will undoubtedly attempt to attack his character and credibility. The Daily News claims A-Rod’s attorneys will look to prove that the only reason Bosch has cooperated with MLB’s investigation is because he was paid and told he would be dropped from the lawsuit if he did.

In arguing that he took supplements he believed were legal, A-Rod is not entering unchartered territory. The defense is the same one that Barry Bonds used when he claimed he had no idea that the cream and the clear provided to him by BALCO were steroids. Roger Clemens argued in his case that he believed trainer Brian McNamee was injecting him with B-12 vitamin shots.

The defense is pathetic, but it has been known to work. Baseball’s drug policy takes intent into consideration and allows players to be absolved of wrongdoing if they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they were unaware they were using performance-enhancing drugs.

The hope is that common sense will come into play. There’s no logical reason Rodriguez would have allegedly paid Bosch so much money and gone out of his way to keep their meetings a secret if he thought the substances he was using were legal.

UPDATE: A-Rod’s camp has denied the report from the NY Daily News.

Report: Alex Rodriguez leaked info implicating Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli

Alex Rodriguez YankeesJust when we thought the Alex Rodriguez saga could not get any more interesting, a report from “60 Minutes” comes along that indicates A-Rod’s inner circle may be responsible for Ryan Braun and New York Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli being outed for their involvement with Biogenesis.

Back in January, the Miami New Times published a report that included a spreadsheet which showed Rodriguez and other players’ alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. The hand-written documents came straight from Biogenesis boss Anthony Bosch, but Braun and Cervelli’s names were redacted.

Just days later, Yahoo! Sports followed up with a report that included unredacted versions of the documents. Both Braun and Cervelli were mentioned in the second report. Two sources with “direct knowledge” of the matter reportedly told “60 Minutes” that Rodriguez’s camp leaked the unredacted documents to Yahoo! Sports. A-Rod’s lawyer David Cornwell denied the claim.

“The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game,” Cornwell said in a statement. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”

[Related: A-Rod says this is the calmest he has felt in his career since Seattle]

Why would A-Rod be so adamant about bringing others down with him? The logical explanation would be that it would take some of the attention off himself, with another superstar like Braun also being tied to Biogenesis. The confusing thing is Rodriguez’s name was listed alongside Braun and other players in the documents, yet he is reportedly fighting to have his entire suspension wiped clean while the other players have accepted their punishment.

The popular belief is that A-Rod was given a longer suspension for interfering with MLB’s investigation. If his camp is found to have leaked documents while the investigation was ongoing, that would not look good for Rodriguez.

H/T Sports Illustrated

Alex Rodriguez will reportedly sue MLB if suspension is not lifted

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is not going to go down without a fight. If that wasn’t obvious before this week, it should have become so when he hired one of New York’s top criminal defense lawyers to represent him. While the general assumption is that A-Rod wants his suspension reduced, a new report from TMZ indicates it may be more complicated than that.

According to TMZ, Rodriguez wants the whole suspension wiped clean and is prepared to bring the case to federal court if he does not achieve that outcome during the appeal process.

The reason for A-Rod’s bold demand — A-Rod sources familiar with the investigation tell us Alex hasn’t tested positive and never ‘knowingly’ used PEDs since 2003 … the last season he admitted using ‘roids.  Our sources say A-Rod has been drug tested 11 times between 2011 and the present … and all of the results were negative.

Our sources fume it’s ‘absurd’ Ryan Braun — who reportedly tested positive in 2011 and then lied about it — was only benched for the duration of this season.  They say it proves MLB’s investigation of A-Rod and the Biogenesis Clinic has been ‘abusive and borderline illegal.'”

TMZ’s sources also reportedly claim A-Rod is planning to sue Major League Baseball for a number of things, including a violation of baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Apparently the scorned slugger feels that MLB has no evidence to support its claim that he intentionally impeded their investigation.

In an interview with WFAN on Tuesday, Rodriguez’s lawyer David Cornwell said A-Rod’s camp is challenging MLB’s claim that he used banned substances over “multiple years.”

It is hard to even fathom Bud Selig and MLB “losing” their battle against Rodriguez. That would be an incredible embarrassment for the league and a massive hit to the drug prevention program’s credibility.

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

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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