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Scott Boras: PEDs’ worst enemy

Feb 8, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

Boras sulking AP

You laugh, but I bet this — reported by Ken Rosenthal — will do more to keep ballplayers away from crank wellness doctor/PED peddlers more than anything else:

So fed up that Boras intends to open a private multi-million dollar sports fitness center for his clients who train in South Florida by next year. Boras won’t say it explicitly, but his goal is to protect his clients from people like Anthony Bosch and places like the Biogenesis wellness clinic.

Best part: his clinic is going to be run by former major leaguer Alex Ochoa. That’s fun.

This is just an expansion of his west coast operation, which is insane, frankly. The big free agent dollars are how he gets clients, obviously, but the scope of his operation, which includes accountants, lawyers, trainers, nutritionists, psychologists and the everything else probably helps keep a lot of them too,

  1. stoneegratz - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Ari Gold ladies and gentlemen

  2. sdelmonte - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It’s a smart businessman who protects his investment.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM


      And a smart investment makes for a better business.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Phooey. I can get you Canadian HGH at a fraction of the price for which Boras will be selling it.

    • paint771 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM


      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        The idea is to improve performance, not harden their arteries.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        The only muscle that strengthens is your sphincter

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Gator, If you harden the right arteries it does improve performance. So I’m told.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        You dilate them, not harden them. What a relief that you don’t think it has a bone in it.

    • Alex K - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Canadian HGH….Maple Syrup?

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Beaver oil. How do you think hobbits developed those big furry feet? Stomping grapes?

    • eshine76 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Maybe, but you can bet he’s three steps ahead of the testing procedures. I’d pay a little extra for that.

    • badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      I’m in Canada. Down to my local gym and we can compare prices.Boras is a street hustle and pimp. He’s shoveled more dirt than the Panama Canel construction
      Only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t put the place in Chula Vista, right over the TJ steroid border

  4. albertmn - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    A lot of people don’t like Boras and are not fans of his. I’m not. But, if I was a player with some decent talent, I’d probably be happy to have him represent me. Whatever anyone thinks of the guy, he is very effective at his job. He is more than willing to play the role of bad guy, so the players can get their money and still not be seen as the bad guy. In most cases, everyone curses Boras far more than his clients, which is likely what his clients want.

    • Cris E - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Agreed. I think in many cases he doesn’t screw over anyone and a signing happens nearly invisibly. You mostly hear about the “bad” ones, but the ability to do “bad” is exactly why certain players hire him. There’s a market for this and it was created by players who want “most”. Curse him or not, he doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

  5. ytownjoe - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Agents like Boras are killing the game. Tickets are unaffordable for families in many stadiums.

    • Cris E - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You know, it’s almost as though team owners have systematically examined the game and reduced it to the point where they are just looking for the most money. Almost like they care about money more than families. Hmmm…

      Sure, hang that on Boras. I’ll bet his new training facility will be too expensive for families as well.

    • El Bravo - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      That’s a clown analysis, bro.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Honk! Honk!

    • jwbiii - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Let’s walk through this logically for a moment. Let’s consider NFL ticket prices and D-I college football prices. I live near Chicago and I know the numbers off the top of my head, so let’s compare Bears ticket prices with Notre Dame ticket prices. The Bears pay their players, on average, a little more than $2M. Notre Dame pays their players $55k (tuition, fees, room, and board). They play in similarly sized venues. The Bears have a larger population area to draw on. Obviously, Bears tickets should cost more. They don’t. They cost less, despite paying their players 40 times as much as Notre Dame does. Player costs do not drive ticket prices.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM


      If only the Big Bad Boras went away we would have world peace and free sex.All would be wonderful at the ballpark as tickets would be free and you could take a Mike Trout out to dinner and he will even buy.Wow, Unicorn farts make my hurty place happy.

  6. raysfan1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Ytown–i don’t really blame the player or the agent for how high player salaries are. It’s the owners who listen to the spiel and offer those contracts. It’s the corporate sponsors who buy luxury suites and the premium box seats. It’s the TV companies that buy the broadcast rights. Fans buy tickets and everybody pays cable bills.

  7. theSC1320 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Will (is?) Boras and his buisiness enterprise become as powerful as the players union and MLB? Or as close to the power of Television contracts on the game’s dynamic?

    • jwbiii - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      No. There are dozens of baseball agents. Many of them are considered “high powered,” Boras is just one of them. He’s the most outspoken, so he gets the most negative press. If these agents colluded and formed an effective monopoly then they might be able to wield that kind of power. Then MLB would hit them with an anti-trust suit, which would be ironic.

    • jwbiii - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      By the way SC, (one of your) thumbs up is from me. Just because I disagree with what you implied with your questions doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s not a question worth asking or a topic not worth discussing.

  8. ytownjoe - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Player salaries have nothing to do with ticket prices?
    Go online and buy four box seats to watch the Pirates at PNC Park. Then buy the same four seats at Yankee Stadium.

    • jwbiii - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      New York MSA: Population 18.9 million. Median family income $105k.
      Pittsburgh MSA: Population 2.4 million. Median family income $45k.

  9. onbucky96 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Borar, shut up. How’s the Bourne dealing going? Or Lohse, he signed yet? What about Appel, you going to keep him from signing again? Drop dead Snotty, outside of the Nationals, you won’t be missed.

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