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Robinson Cano colleague mentioned in Biogenesis documents

Apr 22, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.com report that the spokeswoman for Robinson Cano‘s charitable foundation was named in the documents of Biogenesis, the now defunct Miami anti-aging clinic which has launched an investigation by Major League Baseball into players’ alleged use of performance enhancing drugs:

The spokeswoman for┬áRobinson Cano’s foundation is listed as having been a client of the Biogenesis clinic last summer, although she denies having received anything from the clinic and says Cano “definitely never did.”

Major League Baseball, however, has possession of a Biogenesis client roster that lists the spokeswoman, Sonia Cruz, and is investigating whether Cano had any relationship to the clinic, sources familiar with MLB’s investigation told “Outside the Lines”.

There are the requisite denials all around. Quinn and Fish note, however, that Cano is close with both Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez, who have also been implicated in the Biogenesis scandal.

Which would normally not be all that important nor would it serve as a reasonable basis for Major League Baseball to pursue its investigation, but guilt-by-association is pretty much all anyone has in this whole shebang, so Cano should probably consider himself in the same crosshairs as everyone else who has thus far been named.

UPDATE: Worth noting, as I neglected to when I posted this a moment ago, that Quinn and Fish’s sources say that Sonia Cruz’s interaction with Biogenesis, as reflected in the records they’ve obtained, is consistent with her claim that she went to Biogenesis for personal weight loss purposes. Which would seem to be pretty relevant here. As they also report, however, Major League Baseball is still investigating Cano all the same.

  1. Shafer's Dealer - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” – Bill Cli… never mind, wrong denial.

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      “I never met Paula Jones , Jennifer Flowers or every trailer trash hoe in the state of Arkanas, when men are men and wild boars are nervous”

  2. vallewho - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Off with his head…kidding.

  3. cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    When will this story have a credible source? When that happens, then I’ll take it seriously.

  4. sdelmonte - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Gotta say, there is no story here.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Craig, what would seem more relevant is if you would have put the UPDATE at the head of the blog article and not at the end of the text to the original blog. For those on this board who might just gravitate to the headline and jump to conclusions the update kind of gets lost.

  6. randygnyc - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I’m convinced more than ever that much of these stories are probably true, although I doubt we’ll ever know for sure. I’ve also grown more cynical in thinking the majority of these players have been/are cheating.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Players have been cheating in sports since the game(s) rules were first created. What makes you think players today would be any different than those that came before them?

  7. jm91rs - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Can we just eliminate all rules preventing players from doing illegal drugs and see what happens? I want to see 600 foot home runs, I want to see pitchers hitting 115 on the radar gun. If a guy does too much and he dies from abusing, well that’s his fault.

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      The steriods came come from the roid injected Chicken Wings in the Red Sox clubhouse. What’s in the beer ?

    • louhudson23 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      I do not wish to see this. The steroids era sucked. Forget the cheating aspect. Forget the legal aspect. The baseball sucked. Watch HR Derby if you want to see an exhibition of this sort.

  8. mentalotherhalf - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Now we all know that Sonia Cruz was concerned enough about swimsuit season to see a doctor. I thought we had laws to protect the privacy of that sort of info. Can Sonia Cruz sue MLB–or anyone else, or whichever party was responsible for leaking her details–for making her personal medical records public? I’m assuming that she’s not bound by the MLB CBA, nor any other rights-limiting agreements.

    May we have a few minutes of Lawyer-Craig’s time today, please? (Pro bono, of course…)

    • raysfan1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      HIPAA would definitely apply to any medical clinic and healthcare worker who divulged these records, including the simple fact of acknowledging the person was a patient at the clinic. Divulging that info could make them subject to large fines (up to $250K for each instance). The clinic is now out of business and good luck collecting from anyone associated with that clinic now.

      MLB is not itself bound by HIPAA, but divulging her name is certainly unethical in my opinion.

      • addictedzone - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Problem is Biogenesis wasn’t really a medical facility but rather a storefront owned by a conman and thus with no bearing to HIPAA. It was billed as an “anti-aging clinic” rather than a medical clinic.

      • raysfan1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Some patients were seen by Peter Bosh, Tony’s father. Peter is a licensed provider. HIPAA applies.

    • dondada10 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      A cursory glance of the internet yields this photo of the Sonia Cruz in question. She doesn’t seem to need diet aides.

      http://www.fondosblackberry.com/user-content/uploads/wall/mid/45/Sonia_Cruz_El_Salvador1.jpg

      • brewcitybummer - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Ah yes, the fact that she is a model certainly dispels the theory that she ingested potentially harmful substances in order to lose weight.

      • bigharold - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Or that she’s bulking up.

      • dondada10 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Or that this is an entirely different woman with the same name, ergo a joke.

        Lighten up, fellas.

      • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        Nice link, thanks,
        Thighs don’t Lie

  9. professor30 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, what a surprise.

    • raysfan1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Innuendo and guilt by association aren’t smoke, “professor.”

    • bigharold - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      The old “smoke/fire” paradigm?? Except I don’t see even smoke here.

      Really Craig, “..but guilt-by-association is pretty much all anyone has in this whole shebang,..”

      Yeah but lets not let that get in the way of a good lynching. In fact I’ve yet to see anything that could be construed as evidence let alone chain of custody. This is muck raking of the worst kind.

  10. ezthinking - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Under the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-theory being used, I think we might all be connected with Biogenesis.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Snore…ho hum…blah

      Kevin Bacon? Who gives a sh*t about him?!?

      Your posting to da wrong blog chief.

  11. sisisisisisisi - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    There should be a separate league for deformed human (shouldn’t it be humen?) like MLB South Americana..

  12. padraighansen - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Quinn and Fish – but especially Quinn – spend way too much time publicly trying to play connect the dots in an attempt to justify their “investigative” / TMZ reporting. Let’s see….Cano is close to A-Rod, who played with Clemens, who played with Jim Rice, who played with Yaz, who played with Vic Wertz, who played with Ted Williams, who played with Dom Dimaggio, who played with Bobby Doerr & Jimmie Foxx, who played with Lefty Grove, who played with Herb Pennock, who played with Babe Ruth, where, let’s face it, it all started….

    ….see, as ridiculous as that post I just made is, we can all play the same game with as much evidence as Quinn purports.

  13. Taz - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    You know what’s cute? Biogenesis shut down in September. No one is getting anything from this place anymore. MLB can do all the “investigations” they want, and the amount of PEDs coming from Biogenesis going forward will not change.

    But in the meantime, anyone who wants PEDs has other sources, and while MLB throws their entire arsenal at Biogenesis, some other outlet is serving customers, all the while ignored by Seling and co.

    For some reason, MLB seems more interesting in doling out punishments than preventing future use. I understand investigating the clinic, and it makes total sense. But they’re going to extremes. We’ve already seen reports of:

    -Interrogating a minor-leaguer, trying to get him to squeal, and suspending him 100 games when he didn’t tell them what they wanted

    -Filing a lawsuit that isn’t even expected to survive, just so they can get their hands on documents

    -Buying documents from a former employee, despite the aforementioned lawsuit, and despite any potential HIPAA issues that may arise (whether it’s within their legal rights or not)

    -Lunging after “evidence” that some woman once bought something for $300 (when the PEDs were going for much more than that), knowing full well that this clinic did in fact sell things besides PEDs, only because that woman just so happens to know Cano, who was not mentioned at all

    It just seems to me that it’s less about drug prevention, and more about drug retaliation. I understand the idea that if you punish the users, you discourage future use. But it might be a better idea to use what you know to try and prevent future clinics like this from popping up. That may be more useful than trying to reach for every name you can get your hands on by any weak/shady means possible.

  14. rbj1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Bud Selig has just suspended everyone in Major League Baseball. Miami Marlins unaffected.

    • addictedzone - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Miami Marlins players and Biogenesis never had a relationship. Biogenesis customers have ties to Miami. The Marlins trade their players before they develop ties.

  15. professor30 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    May she was ordering for Cano’s cousin Yuri.

  16. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    aawwwwww sh*t …here we go again!!!

    Looks like another asterisk gonna be placed next to the 2009 Yankees.

    Robinson Cano = A-Roid 2.0

  17. kollin7 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Outside the Lines is really starting to piss me off with its instigation. It’s not okay just to possibly ruin a player’s name like this when there’s hardly any basis.

  18. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    you need more facts then this to throw cano under the bus

    • bigharold - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Apparently not, .. or this thread wouldn’t exist.

      This is fair, isn’t reasonable and sure as hell isn’t journalism. These clowns saw All the President’s Men once too often.

  19. professor30 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    “These Clowns” just can’t stomach the possibility that another one of their boys might get added to “The List”.

  20. bmoreravens1012013 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    So I’m supposed to believe that Cano is not using steroids ust because HIS own representative is listed for weight loss? Give me a break. Birds of a feather flock together, but because he’s a Yankee all logic goes out the window. I believe 100% he is juicing. I can’t evn count how many Yankees have been implicated, and he falls right in line if you ask me. It’s a baseball problem but its also a Yankee problem. Like someone said earlier, “if there’s smoke, there’s fire”.

  21. buffalo65 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Quick, sign that extension.

  22. beerndrums - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    You know he did get some groceries from them and she picked them up for him

  23. theskinsman - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Well, at least yanks fans consistently defend each player on the team with every new roid story that churns out about them.

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