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Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named

Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

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Over the weekend news broke that MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a clinic in Miami run by Anthony Bosch, a noted friend, adviser and consultant to many baseball players.  Bosch’s clinic has long been associated with so-called anti-aging therapies and he has long been associated with PEDs.  MLB reached out to the DEA because it does not have subpoena power and is interested in getting to the bottom of Bosch’s association with ballplayers.

Now a blockbuster report from the Miami New Times, which has been given patient records by an anonymous source, suggests that A-Rod and other ballplayers were, in fact, given HGH by Bosch. In A-Rod’s case as late as last year, long after he claimed that he had ceased using PEDs:

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.

Take, for instance, one patient list from Bosch’s 2009 personal notebook. It charts more than 50 clients and notes whether they received their drugs by delivery or in the office, how much they paid, and what they were taking.

There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.

The New Times details multiple other records of banned substances, under either Rodriguez’s name or under his cousin Yuri Sucart. These include HGH, IGF-1, which stimulates muscle growth and is also banned and something called “troches,” which is a lozenge which releases testosterone.  But there is evidence of more recent use as well:

The mentions of Rodriguez begin in 2009 and continue all the way through last season. Take a page in another notebook, which is labeled “2012” and looks to have been written last spring. Under the heading “A-Rod/Cacique,” Bosch writes, “He is paid through April 30th. He will owe May 1 $4,000… I need to see him between April 13-19, deliver troches, pink cream, and… May meds. Has three weeks of Sub-Q (as of April).”

The New Times describes Sub-Q as a “mixture of HGH, IGF-1, and other drugs.”

Also mentioned in the records are Melky CabreraYasmani Grandal and Bartolo Colon, all of whom have tested positive for PEDs in the past year.  One additional mention — a player never before linked with PEDs — is Nelson Cruz.  Gio Gonzalez is mentioned as well, but the records seem less definitive and may be connected to his father, who is quoted in the story.

The New Times attempted to get comment from all of the athletes named in the story. None responded.  Since the report was released, both Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez have issued statements.  Rodriguez’s statement, first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. 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.”

Gonzalez’s statement:

“I’ve never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will. I’ve never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.”

Major League Baseball has also issued a statement:

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances.  These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.  Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.  It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.

“The recommendations of the Mitchell Report have once again played a critical role in Major League Baseball’s ongoing efforts against performance-enhancing drugs.  MLB implemented all of the recommendations made by Senator Mitchell in 2007, several of which emphasized the significance of installing proactive investigative services.

“The establishment of our Department of Investigations has represented a critical advance in these comprehensive efforts.  In the years since its formation, DOI’s work has proven pivotal to bringing to light information regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances.  Furthermore, DOI has built strong working relationships with federal and local law enforcement authorities.  These relationships are crucial because only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game.  We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach.  We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.

“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.  We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

This is a major, major story.  We have the east coast BALCO on our hands here.

Keep updating HardballTalk for the latest on this story and for our own unique analysis. Including Major League Baseball’s potential recourse against the named players and the likelihood that the Yankees could sue Alex Rodriguez to void his contract, which still has $114 million remaining.

  1. ricospilaggio - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    And all this time, we thought the boom in Latino ballplayers playing in the Majors was due to the great weather and year round playing down there. I suspect in 10 years the % will be significantly lower.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      what?
      so what do you think about African American ball players?
      good grief, are you really this dumb?

    • jdillydawg - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Mark McGwire’s latino? And Jason and Jeremy Giambi too? Wally Joyner? Jim Leyritz?

      Damn, who knew?

    • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      It gotta be the deer antler extract !!!

    • 24thesho - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡BOOOOO!!!!!!!!! You are an idiot and a racist, too? Now that’s a bargain!

      • purnellmeagrejr - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        Facts and racism don’t mix.rico.

      • 24thesho - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        I’m not Rico, stupido. Lo siento. Yo no soy Latino, tambien.

      • 24thesho - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        WTH are you callin Rico, Polo?

    • 24thesho - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡BOOOOO!!!!!!!!! You are an idiot and a racist, too? Now that’s a bargain!

  2. mannyzteam - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I think we’ve seen A-Rod play for the last time.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      I was dreading what I had assumed would be AROD’s inexorable asssault on the Home RUn record. Thankfullly, I’m spared that, at least.

    • joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      ARod claimed he quit PED’s after 2003, but he had his own “personal trainer”, who even made team road trips, who was exclusive to ARod, even though the Yankees had several trainers on staff. Why? Because ARod’s “trainer” was his cousin, and his cousin reputedly had very strong steroid ties. That’s why MLB finally banned ARod’s cousin/personal trainer from traveling with the team or even having access to the Yankees’ clubhouse. Nothing but a drug supplier.
      I think ARod has been juicing almost his entire career. And it is finally catching up with him.
      Good riddance, cheater.

  3. masonicmuseum - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I hope that this is not true, but if it is, then A-Rod is through.

  4. tomtravis76 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    The one thing that I hate about this is that the “Doctor” was operating near the U, and if he was already dealing with pro athletes, I can’t imagine that the NFL is not touched by this story and the U athletes.

    ARod is no longer good for the game. It sure is easy to say the Yankees should buy him out when its not your money, but in this case they should move on from him. The fans just don’t like the guy anymore,no fan looks at him like he is some great player. Fans are annoyed by his entire persona.

    • manhandler1 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Your comment about the NFL is right on. At least MLB is serious about exposing PED usage and if anyone thinks that a huge majority of NFL players aren’t on some sort of PED, they’re sadly mistaken. The NFL has a drug testing policy….right!…nod, nod, wink, wink. Ask yourself why it seems to be mainly MLB players who get caught. Also ask yourself if bulking up with muscle is more important for football players or for baseball players. MLB players are caught lying about the subject, but in the NFL…….the whole league is lying.

      • mogogo1 - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Like most fans, I try not to think too hard about it, but when I’m honest with myself I see lots and lots of NFL players who look impossibly big and cut. They’re like comic book superheroes brought to life with muscles on top of muscles.

  5. bigtrav425 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I still don’t understand why HGH is considered such a bad thing.I personally thing its amazing and should be used by everyone!

    • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It is used by everyone. Everyone’s body already produced HGH all by itself. The only people exogenous HGH helps are those with natural HGH deficiencies. HGH supplements don’t do anything for healthy adults with normal HGH levels, it doesn’t speed healing, it doesn’t add muscle mass, nothing.

      • joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

        Once again, @paperlions gives us a load of bullcrap. In other forums on this website, he was telling us that steroids work on the upper body, and one hits a baseball with the lower body, and that his studies have found that the steroids help only to hit the ball approximately three feet further than they normally would have gone.
        It’s too bad that real studies disagree with @paperlions expertise on these subjects. But then if you are getting your information from the fellow inmates at a funny farm, that tends to happen.

      • paperlions - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

        Joe, either provide some information with citations or fuck off. The information you attribute to me isn’t even all correct or things I would claim.

        Do yourself a favor and become informed or STFU.

    • toewsingkaner - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Using HGH for your health and longevity is different then athletes using it to obtain an unfair competitive advantage where millions of dollars is at stake.

      • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Not really, because if you are an adult with normal HGH levels, then HGH doesn’t improve athletic performance and it does not enhance your health or longevity. It is exactly the same, because it has no benefits in either context.

      • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        @paperlions
        1000 % wrong. We got many guys at my Gold’s Gym doing the HGH, rich pricks tha can afford the $1600/mth for it. They had to drop the roid juice for med or testing reasons and went on the HGH program.Some guys look at the risk for an enlarged heart or kidney and say it’s all about the money for the chance to play pro hockey or have a MMA career. . You can check out the Wellness Health Clnic in LA , the Doctor that owns the place is on it , he’s 65+, has the body of a 25 year old pro jock.Check your facts at the door next time.

    • wndnh2o - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      that”s because you’re an idiot!

    • wndnh2o - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      that’s because you’re an idiot!

  6. toosano - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Why would the guy even use his real name? If he did he’s as stupid as a rock.

  7. drewzducks - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    NY Yankees 2009 WS Champions *

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      No? You’d pick Chooch’s* Phillies

      *actually suspended

    • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Boston PED Sox WS ring 2004* thanks ManRam. keep it real, get it right

      • drewzducks - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Brian McNamee, former assistant strength and conditioning coach of the New York Backacnees, and his World Series share disagree. Oh, that’s right, that was the 2000 WS Champs*, not the 2009 Champs*.

  8. missingdiz - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I don’t care about A-Rod. I don’t care about the Yankees. I am concerned that another hysterical frenzy about PEDs will be bad for the game. If A-Rod’s guilty, I would like to see him convicted. But patient records leaked to a newspaper by an anonymous source do not really constitute evidence. Patient records are supposed to be confidential–I do care about that. Now that the records have been leaked, would they be accepted as evidence in court? Craig? Also, couldn’t A-Rod’s lawyers (they’re not going to be public defenders) argue, with justification, that he can’t get a fair trial in this country, thanks to the leak, etc.?

    I would like to see justice done, but all we get, and maybe all we really want, is a vicious sort of entertainment.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      There’s no legal confidentiality if the records contain criminal acts. The clinic can hand them over voluntarily or they can hand them over when the subpoena is written.

      It may have to wait until after the doctors are stripped of their licenses and jailed for willful malpractice, but those records will come to light eventually.

    • joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      These do not constitute medical records, hence there is no applicable law regarding the HIPAA privacy act.
      The guy who was in charge, the guy who was injecting ARod, is named Bosch.
      Bosch sometimes claimed that he was a medical doctor, but he does not have a medical license and is in fact not a physician at all, according to reports.
      Medical records are for protecting privacy when a “patient” sees a physician for the healing of a problem. This doesn’t qualify. ARod wasn’t a patient. Bosch wasn’t a physician, in real life or acting as a pretend one.
      This was simply a drug supplying clinic, both for the University of Miami football team and also for various athletes, such as Yasmani Grandal, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, et.al. (all of whom were suspended for + drug tests).
      A subpoena is needed simply to get them to hand over their business records/transactions. Medical confidentiality doesn’t apply since Bosch wasn’t a doctor treating a patient for an illness.

  9. henryd3rd - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    As a diehard Yankee fan I wish that A-Rod would just calls it quits. And I’m sure that as we speak the New York Yankees and their attorneys are looking for ways to void the last five years on his contract. Let the chips fall where they may.

  10. redbirdsrising - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    He will continue denying it until one day he ends up on Oprah.

  11. jdillydawg - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    When I score my PEDs, I just sign in under the name Mark McGuire. Sometimes I use Barry Bonds. Once I even used Ryan Braun. That totally pissed him off though…

    Note to A-Rod – if indeed that was you signing in all those times, perhaps consider using “Mr. Smith” as an alias in the future. I do find it a little fishy that he would be signing in so many times with his own name, however. “Hey receptionst, I gotta keep on the down low about this, so don’t leak the sign in sheet to anyone. I know you make minimum wage and all, but I’m serious. Keep this to yourself.”

    Finally, and this shall be my last comment – isn’t this really this biggest argument AGAINST taking PEDs?! What did A-Rod hit last year? Like .62 or something? And by the end of year, he could barely walk. And they obviously affected his eyesight, the guy would swing at anything. I saw him play last year and he took a swing at my garlic fries and then said, “Sorry, man, it smelled like a good pitch.”

    • joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      It’s not a “sign-in sheet”. It’s Bosch’s notes describing what drugs ARod received on the various dates. That’s where ARod’s name appears, At times they at least used a “code name” for ARod.
      Apparently this guy Bosch, who runs the clinic, is dumber than the guy who ran the BALCO scandal that brought to light such luminaries as Olympian Marian Jones and everybody’s favorite cheater, Barry Bonds.

      Who knows? ARod might eventually claim that he thought he was taking Flax Seed Oil and Arthritis Balm. So far that has kept Barry Bonds out of jail, so ARod may copy his methods.

  12. mrznyc - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Wonder is the Steinbrenners have a hand in this somewhere

  13. philliephaninva - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    More proof that A-rod is a D-bag.

  14. retief1954 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Well, if true, not exactly surprising, is it? Too bad about A-Rod… what a terrific player… but: 1) Man he sure coulda used a dad who was present and cared enough about him to set him straight about a few things, especially, how to have integrity, and how to be okay with who you are… obviously I don’t know the man but I sure get a sense that he struggles with that, judging by what he’s done in his career; 2) Going to NYY and moving to 3B I think might have been a mistake. He was a talented shortstop and in my opinion should’ve kept playing there with another team. Ripken did it successfully, and maybe ARod’s no Ripken, but still I think he could’ve made a huge mark on the game playing SS. Sad to see him despised and his rep besmirched.

  15. btancient - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    A-Rod ia a hideously overpaid P.O.S., the Yankees were stupid to aquire him and stupider yet to re-sign him

  16. mojosmagic - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Why is nobody talking about Gio Gonzalez an average prospect drafted by the Phils in 2006 and traded to Chicago in 2007? Traded again to Oakland in 2007 he remained average until 2010 when out of the blue he became one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. His body got bigger and his fastball went up a few mph. Now we know why. Another cheater in a game rite with cheaters.

    • joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      People should mention Gio Gonzalez, but the fact is that he always was a highly touted prospect. He wasn’t some no name guy who was a “player to be named later” when trades were made. He was a cornerstone in trades. Other teams wanted that top prospect guy if the deal was to get done,and sometimes folks even said that a team gave away too much when they gave away a guy like Gonzalez. The A’s got a whole lot in return when they traded Gonzalez to the Nats.
      He gradually improved as he gained control over his pitches, not because his velocity jumped a ton at once. Folks thought he was finally realizing the potential he had already had, which they had hoped he would.
      As for his body, he has never been a real big guy. Just look at him. He’s actually small for a pitcher. And though he’s striking guys out, he’s also not the type who is overpowering guys with a flaming fastball.
      He may very well have been cheating, but he seems to have done so without ballooning up ala Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire style of PED’s usage.

  17. dowhatifeellike - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    So when are all of these people going to prison?

    Regardless of the situation with MLB, they all engaged in criminal acts.

  18. bkgutt31 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    This is the real story. These guys make a pretty good case that A-Rod is totally ducking the fans and media…

    http://snip.ps/ARodIsHidingOut

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