Earlier today the Miami New Times published a story connecting several MLB players to a Miami anti-aging clinic run by some shady characters. In particular, Anthony Bosch, the son of a prominent Miami area doctor and founder of Biogenesis, is said to have provided performance enhancing drugs to several MLB players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
The story, by Tim Elfrink, is the result of a lengthy investigation by New Times staffers. Biogenesis was recently shut down after investors accused Bosch of scamming them. Bosch, who refused to comment, has a long history with PEDs and ballplayers that dates back to Manny Ramirez and his 2009 suspension. Three players that received suspensions last season have also appeared on Bosch’s client list. Those players are Yasmani Grandal, Bartolo Colon, and Melky Cabrera.
Two more names were also found in Bosch’s notebooks. According to the New Times, Bosch delivered HGH or synthetic testosterone to Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. MLB is launching its own investigation and players like Gonzalez and Cruz could be suspended if the evidence is found to be accurate.
As many as twenty players are rumored to be implicated in the Biogenesis scandal. The story was discussed at length this morning on MLB Network. Peter Gammons says MLB teams are discouraging players from living and hanging out in the Miami area. He says the culture there provides a haven for businesses like Biogenesis.