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Florida health officials refer Anthony Bosch case to prosecutors

May 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Anthony Bosch

The wheels grind slowly, but they grind:

The Florida Department of Health, which sent a cease-and-desist order to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch last month, says it has referred the case to the Miami State Attorney’s office and the Florida Attorney General’s office.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, said local prosecutors can’t initiate a criminal investigation into Bosch — who allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and two dozen other Major League Baseball players — until health officials provide prosecutors with evidence of criminal activity.

All of this is relevant for baseball only insofar as heat can be applied to Bosch in a manner which gives him an incentive to call out baseball players.  Whether that is something that is at all valuable to the health officials who have thus far investigated him or prosecutors who will now consider the matter is an open question.

It was something interesting to federal prosecutors back in the Mitchell Report days and their desire to go after ballplayers has done absolutely nothing to benefit the careers of any federal prosecutors. Quite the contrary, actually. So it’s quite possible that all the Florida attorneys will care about is shutting down a crooked clinic and getting its owner behind bars.

Best way to do that: give ballplayers immunity and sealed testimony to sink him, actually. Which does not exactly help the aims of MLB in its desire to find dirt on these guys.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Best way to do that: give ballplayers immunity and sealed testimony to sink him, actually. Which does not exactly help the aims of MLB in its desire to find dirt on these guys.

    Isn’t this the only ray of light for MLB though? Assuming the players testify in the Grand Jury, then MLB hopes the case goes to court and the players have to testify?

  2. Old Gator - May 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s orifice is renowned for taking as much time to develop a prosecution as Bud Light is for shepherding a committee on relocating the A’s. This will be like a race between a couple of tectonic plates.

  3. randygnyc - May 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Immunity sounds eerily similar to those confidential test results in the Mitchell report that weren’t.

  4. kollin7 - May 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    It keeps sounding more and more like Bosch will just take the deny, deny, deny approach, and we won’t get much out of this whole Biogenesis thing except for a few irrelevant updates here and there.

  5. badintent - May 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Florida . Banana Republic. Stay tune for some Justice Department interference from Hold(ing)er the bag. Got to get their 2 cents in for some photo ops and wave their finger about Baseball’s Anti-Trust exemption. They’ll bring in ex- Balco owners to be government witnesses.

  6. theskinsman - May 10, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Call A-Rod’s cousin.He’s usually behind these things

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