Tue 29 Jan 2013
Baseball has a new scandal. According to the Miami New Times, several players are linked to performance enhancing drugs from biochemist Anthony Bosch. Topping the list is Yankee star Alex Rodriguez. He reportedly received HGH, troches (15 percent testosterone), testosterone cream and insulin-like growth factor in 2009. The same year A-Rod led the Yankees to their 27th world championship.
Included in the list was Rodriguez’ former teammate Melky Cabrera. Cabrera served a 50-game suspension for PED’s last year with the Giants. The Blue Jays signed him to a two-year contract in the offseason. If guilty, he could face a stiffer penalty under Major League Baseball’s anti-drug policy. MLB is investigating the story.
Other names listed are Nelson Cruz, Marlon Byrd, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. Nats’ ace Gio Gonzalez is also mentioned in the allegation. Though his name is only mentioned five times compared to a much more detailed account of Rodriguez and Cabrera. Gonzalez’ Dad denied his son’s involvement.
“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” Max Gonzalez stated. ”I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that’s it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”
It even cites the involvement of the University Of Miami baseball program with one coach named. That’s even worse. We’re talking about college athletics. And it’s the Hurricanes who already are on the NCAA radar for more violations with the football program. How naïve can you be?
Bosch is the son of Dr. Pedro Bosch, who supplied a fertility drug prescription to Manny Ramirez. Prior to that discovery, Ramirez had never been linked to performance enhancers- tarnishing a once certain Hall Of Famer. Now, it could seal Rodriguez’ fate. Naturally, he has emphatically denied the rumors.
What happens if it’s true? You know the Yankees would love to get out of A-Rod’s contract. But can they? In a recent interview with WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, Yankees GM Brian Cashman hinted that Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 season. The timing of this story couldn’t be any worse. Do you believe Alex? A former employee from Bosch’s clinic kept records on the six players involved.
This comes in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. On Media Day when the focus should be on the Ravens and 49ers along with the Battle Of Harbaughs, instead it’s all about A-Rod. Remember when he opted out of his contract when Boston won the World Series? You can’t make it up. It’s just part of the circus that is Alex Rodriguez.
Nothing surprises us anymore. Players cheat. It doesn’t matter if there are rules. Another ugly day for baseball.