Alex Rodriguez is the third baseman of the New York Yankees, the owner of the largest contract in MLB history (10yrs/$275M) and arguably one of the most hated players in New York. He is also an admitted PED user (2009 confession), a pickup artist after being benched during playoff games and just when you thought it could not get any more interesting, A-Rod finds a way.
The Miami New Times News has released an article, written by Tim Elfrink, that links A-Rod to Biogenesis, a South Florida based clinic, and more specifically Andrew Bosch, where he apparently continued his PED using ways. A-Rod, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, and Nelson Cruz among others have been cited in the article. This is not the first time Bosch and PED’s have come up in the same discussion. As reported by CBS News in 2010 the Bosch family and Manny Ramirez were linked in relation to Ramirez suspension for testing positive for PEDs in 2009. The DEA did not file charges in the case but it does show a past history of questionable conduct at Biogenesis.
It is reported that the South Florida officials and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency is in the midst of investigating Bosch for the illegal distribution of performance enhancing drugs including HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and steroids.
Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have already been suspended by MLB for violating the league’s substance abuse policy which only adds credibility to the current New Times piece. Couple that with the 2009 Ramirez suspension and it appears to show a pattern of questionable behavior at the South Florida based clinic.
Elfrink conducted a three month long investigation into Biogenesis. He noted in the piece that he received patient records from a former clinic employee then conducted numerous interviews with other former employees and current clinic patients.
In Elfrink’s article he mentions the following A-Rod related findings:
Yet there was his name, over and over again, logged as either “Alex Rodriguez,” “Alex Rod,” or his nickname at the clinic, “Cacique,” a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief. Rodriguez’s name appears 16 times throughout the records New Times reviewed.
With A-Rod’s nickname in mind Elfrink was able to find the following information:
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.”
To me possibly the most damning evidence against A-Rod would be the following excerpt from the piece if proven to be accurate:
On a 2009 client list, near A-Rod’s name, is that of Yuri Sucart, who paid Bosch $500 for a weeklong supply of HGH. Sucart is famous to anyone who has followed baseball’s steroid scandal.
In case you do not remember, Yuri Sucart is the cousin of A-Rod who was outed during the 2009 A-Rod confession as the man who provided A-Rod with the steroids he was using as a Texas Ranger. Within the New Times Piece, Elfrink goes over layers of evidence that suggests A-Rod was still using PEDs. I would encourage anyone to go back and read the piece. If you do not remember parts of the A-Rod confession here is a part of the Peter Gammons interview.
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A-Rod of course released a statement through a spokesman denying the allegations presented in the New Times piece. Below is Rodriguez statement:
“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true,” said a statement released by Sitrick & Company, Rodriguez’s publicist. “Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never 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.”
In preparation of any possible upcoming troubles with MLB or the DEA, A-Rod has hired Roy Black, a famous lawyer, to represent him. Black has tried large criminal cases as well as representing other celebrities such as Rush Limbaugh and Helio Castroneves,
The question now is what will A-Rod and his employer, the New York Yankees, do from here?
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