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MLB, feds investigating adviser to A-Rod and other players in PED probe

Jan 26, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

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The New York Daily News reports that The Drug Enforcement Administration and Major League Baseball are investigating a Miami-area man named Anthony Bosch for possible links to performance-enhancing drugs.  The significance of Bosch: he has been an adviser on training, nutrition and dietary supplements to Alex Rodriguez and other Latin ballplayers in south Florida.

Bosch is not a new name to people who follow the PED news, as MLB first investigated Bosch and his father, Dr. Pedro Bosch, for their ties to Manny Ramirez back in 2009 when he first tested positive for PEDs when with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pedro Bosch provided Ramirez the prescription for the female fertility drugs he was taking, and it was reported then that Ramirez had a relationship with Anthony Bosch, as did many other players.

The question I have is what’s new here?  We wrote about baseball and the feds’ interest in Pedro and Anthony Bosch here at HardballTalk back in 2009, wondering whether this wasn’t some “Latin American BALCO” situation. Nothing of note has been reported since then, but obviously MLB has had cause to focus more closely on Bosch now to inspire what the Daily News describes as “an ongoing probe.”

The story notes the rise of the use of synthetic testosterone and human growth hormone in Major League Baseball.  It’s possible, then, that new information has arisen connecting the Bosch family to the spike in use of these substances.  Which, based on positive test results anyway, have disproportionately implicated Latin ballplayers.  No one connected to the investigation is commenting, however, so it’s unclear.

One thing that is interesting, though, is the Daily News’ focus on A-Rod here.  While there is clearly a connection between Bosch and Rodriguez making reference to him totally legitimate, A-Rod has not tested positive for anything nor has he otherwise been tied to PEDs since his admission to prior use several years ago.  Does this suggest that his name may soon be connected to PEDs anew? Or is this just an instance of a New York paper leading with the big name to snag eyeballs?

Definitely worth watching going forward.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Oh joy another waste of tax payer money on the mindless drug war.

    • theskinsman - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      It wasn’t Alex, it was his cousin. Honest.

  2. chc4 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Perhaps ARod hasn’t tested positive b/c they don’t test for whatever concoction he is ingesting. Doctors will be always be one step ahead of testing b/c there is big $$ in it. If a guy really wants to cheat there will always be a way.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      If he’s taking something now…I can’t imagine what the supposed benefits might be. I think he’d have done better with tylenol than he did last year.

    • protius - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM


      You wrote: “Perhaps ARod hasn’t tested positive b/c they don’t test for whatever concoction he is ingesting.” This is a slippery slope argument. It could also be true that Rodriguez is testing negative, because he isn’t taking any PEDs, of any kind.

      Next, you claim that: “If a guy really wants to cheat there will always be a way.” You’re begging the question. You assume that there will always be a way to cheat. Do you have any proof of this?

      • bh192012 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Which is why I believe Lance Armstrong was always clean. [/end sarcasm]

      • seeinred87 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        While I also disagree with what he said, neither of those is the logical fallacy you identified.

      • chc4 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Common sense is my proof.

  3. leokitty - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    One thing that is interesting, though, is the Daily News’ focus on A-Rod here.

    Why? Who else would you expect the Daily News to focus on?

  4. jssgriffi - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Maybe Sheryl Crow is a PED dealer!!

  5. supremekingz - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The NY Daily News is slime

  6. Carl Hancock - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    New performance enhancing drugs are being created every year to avoid existing tests. Anyone that thinks this issue is ever going to go away isn’t paying attention. BALCO specialized in PED’s that weren’t detectable at the time. They are far from the only ones doing so.

    • retief1954 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Add to that, if there’s still good money in it, why would BALCO stop R&D on newer, better drugs? Just because they were implicated once and got rapped, now they’ve completely stopped pursuing that line of business? Their customers have all gone away? C’mon.

    • ctony1216 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Agreed. If we didn’t hear about guys testing positive, we’d know that MLB isn’t trying. Glad that the league is taking this seriously.

  7. larrybrown43 - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Can we just put PEDs in orange juice already and be done with it? I’m tired of hearing about them.

    Besides don’t we all want our performance enhanced? Every item in health food stores are marketed towards making us healthier or run further or faster.

  8. uyf1950 - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Let’s see the NY Daily News leads with perhaps the biggest name in NY Sports who plays on the arguably the most recognized team in professional sports. Because somehow there is a correlation between A-Rod and other Latin Players.

    I wonder if the Boston Globe would lead with a similar story but this time INSERT David Ortiz since he’s a Boston sports hero and extremely well know Latin player. And does have some history with illegal “supplements”.

    You will have to forgive me but this is all bullchit. When to “Professionalism in Journalism” die.

  9. libradad53 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Wait a minute, did I read this right:

    “Pedro Bosch provided Ramirez the prescription for the female fertility drugs he was taking,”

    WTF? “FEMALE FERTILITY DRUGS” Oh I could go soooo many places. ladies and gentlemen, start your sarcasim engines!
    Does this explain why A-Rod and Yankees seem so whiney and bitchy?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Ramirez was caught using HCG, which is a female fertility drug. However, it’s also used to jump start testosterone for those with low levels. In a legitimate case, it can be used to get males back to a normal baseline; however, some use it to jump start testosterone after taking steroids for many cycles (because when you continually introduce artificial substances, the body will shut down normal production).

      Because of the former issue, use without a prescription constitutes a “failed test” under MLB’s drug policy.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      ha ha Sexism. Hilarious.

  10. artialago - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    hCG is actually first line infertility treatment in males. It stimulates androgen production and testosterone secretion.

  11. papacrick - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Who doesn’t use test as far as relevant players? It’s the only way to really improve. I can’t believe MLB bans this stuff. It’s actually great for you. It changed my life. Energy, sex drive, confidence, strength. It’s accepted everywhere but sports. Ridiculous

  12. buffalomafia - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Enough about steroids! Who cares! The fans loved it when Those guys were crushing baseballs out of the parks!

  13. badintent - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    We STILL don’t know why only a small group of players in the entire Mitchell Report was leaked. And by who ? This out of over 100+ positive tests It is just a scam and a sham. Just make the entire list public and get the elephant out of the closet .

  14. dexterismyhero - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Make them ALL go on Oprah! That would be classic!!!!!

  15. nprakash5 - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I think once the season starts “The Daily News” can change their name to “The Daily News about A-Rod” :)

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