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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. darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    I would say I am surprised by this news but then I would be no better Lance Armstrong at telling the truth.

    • darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      ^no better THAN Lance Armstrong

      • csndrew - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I guess the people who gave the Thumbs Down to darthicarus fixing his typo don’t want to see A-Rod come out and apologize again….

  2. lazlosother - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    This is interesting. If these players are suspended by MLB, could teams void contracts? Not to hate on the A-Rod but there is a contract NY would probably love to shed at this point.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM


    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      My guess is that it would have to be specfically written into his contract, but I doubt that it was written in. My guess is that if a team tried to insert “PED-voiding” language, the Union would say no way since there are already agreed upon penalties for PED’s. Just a guess.

      Perhaps there is a lawyer out there familiar with PED’s and the CBA who could chime in with the answer

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      I would say no just because actually being caught in their testing program doesn’t allow you to void a contract so I imagine being caught by a3rd party makes no difference.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      P.S. the proper penalty would be voiding Yankee championships, ala Lance and the Tour. Son thge 2009 World Series winner is……:)

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Chooch’s Phillies?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        You know….now that you mention it, I think that is correct.

        Mind you, I am only suggesting it to stay consistant with Cycling

    • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      The CBA does allow voiding of contracts: 3rd positive test = lifetime ban = voided contract.

      This would just be ARod’s first time being caught, assuming that these records will be sufficient basis for a “failed test”, I’m not sure if they are allowed to use confessions or records as evidence of if a test must be failed.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Yup, if I’m ARod, I say (a) there are a lot of guys names Rodriguez in the world; (b) an accounts book does not really prove anything, and (c) even if he bought something, who says he used it. Let’s look at his most recent girl friends: he could have been helping any one of them bulk up a little.

        I would imagine that, without an actual failed test, there is nothing to be done here. But then again, Lance Armstrong probably thought the same thing. That didn’t work out so well for him.

  3. gosport474 - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Don’t you just long for the days when we got stories of Cameron Diaz feeding A-Rod popcorn on the t.v. screen. LOL

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    “Cacique”. I like the sound of that.

    Everything else… UGH

  5. Shafer's Dealer - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Awesome, we get to talk about this shit for the first few months of the season instead of actual baseball.
    I watch spring training coverage for the Alex Rodriguez press conferences.

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    • temporarilyexiled - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      fromunda cheese

    • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Man, you really know how to hurt a historian, don’t you?

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    This is really weird news. I found his “I only lied and cheated once, and it was totally while I was playing for Texas, not with the team I’m playing with now” confession very believable.

    So now I ask you, please someone explain to me….Why on earth would a liar and a cheat continue to lie and cheat? That makes no sense.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Maybe because. as a liar and a cheat, he was lying about his usage years? Because he has always been a liar and a cheat? Because he is a despicable human being? It makes perfect sense to me. Once a liar and a cheat, always a liar and a cheat. He is a druggie, and mentally dependent on his PEDs, and drug addicts will find a way to use any way they can, and worry about the consequences later. Cashman was probably laying the foundation for Arod possibly missing all of this season earlier when he learned this story was about to break. I believe the YAnkees will break ties with Arod, whether they have to pay the remainder of his contract or not. He has embarrassed them enough.

      • klingonj - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        and you know he is a despicable human being because….? of what- media reports? You have no clue as to what type of human being he is (other than being needy). get the sand out of your vag and stop listening to Taylor Swift records.

  8. temporarilyexiled - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Nice to see the attention headed back east.

    Now that there’s random testing during the year, there’ll be more of these headlines from all over.

    If enough finally gets out, the PED moralizers might even start voting the deserving into the HOF.

  9. papacrick - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Nobody in South Florida is surprised

  10. Gardenhire's Cat - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    The DEA is an administration, not an agency Craig

    • xavier46 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      (n) Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA (federal agency responsible for enforcing laws and regulations governing narcotics and controlled substances; goal is to immobilize drug trafficking organizations)

  11. chill1184 - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Well this will be interesting

  12. aspinaci - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    The best play for Alex is to take his busted hips and fade away. Let the Yanks collect the insurance money.

  13. paint771 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    As a selfish Blue Jays fan, I’m wondering if, in Cabrera’s case, if the records are from prior to his positive test and suspension, how that works exactly from a potential punishment standpoint. Would that act as time served?

    • xavier46 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      This is a report, no punishment.

  14. randygnyc - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Cheaters gonna cheat. I have loved A-Rod for all these years, but we just broke up. I wonder if the official Yankee store will remove and sew on a new number on my Jersey?

    • basedrum777 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      This is what broke you up? Seriously. They don’t test for certain substances and you think players aren’t taking them even though they have previously been caught? I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you….

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      have them stitch an “8” over the “3”, should fit well enough. I mean, Brosius. Homer Bush. Bubba Crosby. Hiroki Kuroda. Johnny Damon. Don Larson. Mickey Kekich. Randy Velarde. Andruw Jones. Jeff Weaver.

      OK, not Jeff Weaver.

  15. paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Derp…and how stupid do you have to be?

    As a professional athlete, ARod has access to the best medical advice on the planet, instead he (and several others) go to a shady character who dispenses meds for things studies have shown they don’t do…..the testosterone is probably the only thing they were getting that had an effect…similar to HGH, it isn’t clear of IGF-1 has anabolic effects in healthy adults or just those with deficiencies.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      These are the same guys who wear those copper bracelets/necklaces thinking it “balances their life force” or “provides relief to arthritis”, who wear those sleeves to “stimulate blood flow”, who get catfish’d*. Is it such a leap that they’d want to take a substance that the media thinks is a PED but medical science says otherwise?

      And the reason they probably go to the shady doctors is the legit ones will tell them it doesn’t work. However, they have their mind made up that they need it, so it’s the shady ones that’ll give it to them.

      • paperlions - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        You are right. I keep forgetting how dumb people can be and how common it is for people to seek out opinions until they get the one they want and then to buy into it 100% regardless of the mountain of evidence that disproves that position. My bad.

  16. historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Seriously, no one is all over the “cacique” handle??? That’s as good as the centaur thing. I’m dying laughing.

    • indaburg - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Using Cacique as a handle is a very A-rod thing to do.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        There should be a meme for this. Let’s start calling him Cacique-Rod now…or something that makes it sound silly and pretentious.

  17. sknut - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    If you are going to buy HGH and other drugs, why in the hell do you use your real name. Can’t you use somebody else to get you the drugs, but I guess if you are using the drugs in the first place your probably not thinking about the potential consequences or are thinking that your not going to get caught.

    • ricospilaggio - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      In case you haven’t been paying attention, AFraud is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  18. buffalomafia - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Who cares! Steroids are in every gym in the world! Who cares!

    • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Probably not Curves.

  19. dparker713 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    How is this acceptable for the DEA to leak these documents or even work with MLB in this matter? I keep waiting for a judge somewhere to actually go after the people doing damage to our justice system in vain attempts to punish adults for taking substances to improve their professional performance.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      As Craig mentioned on twitter, it’s probably one of the Bosch members who is under investigation that leaked the info. However, I wouldn’t put it past a gov’t agency either.

  20. sdelmonte - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Assuming this is true…

    If you ever needed further evidence that HGH doesn’t actually do much for you, just look at A-Rod’s decaying body.

    Unless it would have been that much worse.

  21. dwdive - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Biggest fraud in sports. I remember 10 yrs ago this guy was actually respected, but now we know, he’s just another fallen hero. He’s been on the juice and PED’s since sophomore year in high school. What a joke this guy has become..

  22. thon - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I’m calling BULL on this story. The “Miami New Times?” Patient records that include FULL NAMES, including the name of a superstar who just happened to be caught once already? And it’s convenient that so many of the guys listed tested positive last year. This is just way too clean of a narrative and I think any real reporter would be rightly skeptical. I’d call off the dogs until this is corroborated by a more reputable source. I think you’re being played.

  23. theonlynolan - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Holy shit

  24. craig21001 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    He should be banned from the sport and not let into hall of fame and his records should be deleted like he never played the game

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Yes, because Arod is the first person to ever cheat/break the rules of the game. How naive can you be?

  25. ricospilaggio - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I love these stories. The game of baseball is juiced and rotten from the inside out and has been for a long time. I hate the fact that Bud Selig will some day get elected to the Hall of Fame.

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