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Who is Anthony Bosch?

Jun 6, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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In the wake of ESPN’s Tuesday night report about Major League Baseball’s investigation and potential suspension of as many as two dozen players linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, the spotlight has shone on one man more than any other: Anthony Bosch, the owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic and now the man who is reportedly prepared to turn over everything he knows about his famous clients to Major League Baseball.

But who is Anthony Bosch? What do we know about him?

Not much. We know he was born in Miami and grew up in comfortable circumstances. His father, Pedro Bosch, has been a successful physician for nearly 40 years. He has had multiple marriages and multiple failed businesses, with Biogenesis being the last.

Biogenesis was an “anti-aging” clinic that, superficially anyway, was like many in Florida. It was just across U.S. 1 from the University of Miami, housed in what was once a motel. Like other anti-aging clinics, it was a quasi-medical establishment which offered its mostly wealthy clients assistance in weight loss, physical fitness, and in some cases psychological services. Better living through therapy and chemistry. Such clinics are not licensed or regulated by the State of Florida.

The “quasi” part of that comes from the fact that Bosch is not a physician. His only known degree was obtained in 2009 from the Central America Health Sciences University in Belize, which he claimed to be a medical degree and displayed it on his office wall. According to the Miami New Times he wore a lab coat with “Dr. Tony Bosch” on it and gave the impression to many that he was, in fact, a doctor.

He did something else only doctors are allowed to do: as the New York Times reported in February, Bosch would obtain prescription drugs for his patients, including human growth hormone. His methods of doing so is unknown and are subject to an investigation by the Florida Department of Health and referrals to the Miami State Attorney’s office and the Florida Attorney General’s office. The New York Times report on Biogenesis in February described Bosch’s clinic as disheveled and disorganized. A former business partner of Bosch’s was surprised that Bosch was alleged to have worked with high-profile athletes, saying “I don’t know how the guy can tie his shoes, let alone have A-Rod as a client.”

But his business records, obtained by the Miami New Times suggest that he did indeed supply performance enhancing drugs to many ballplayers, A-Rod included. Most of the drug distributions were reported to have been made through intermediaries rather than to the ballplayers themselves. One of the alleged intermediaries was an employee of player agents the Levinson brothers. In the case of Alex Rodriguez, however, Bosch is alleged to have actually injected the player personally, doing so at Rodriguez’s home. All involved have denied the allegations.

Bosch himself denied any allegation that he supplied performance enhancing drugs to players, telling ESPN in April that such allegations are lies:

“I have been accused, tried and convicted in the media. And so I think have been falsely accused throughout the media … I am a nutritionist. I don’t know anything about performance-enhancing drugs.”

But that has all changed now. Major League Baseball sued Bosch in March, alleging that he tortiously interfered with baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, damaging the game. On Thursday morning it was reported that, some time after that suit was filed, Bosch approached Alex Rodriguez in an effort to obtain his financial assistance in the face of the lawsuit and other investigations into his activities. Rodriguez is reported to have denied any assistance to Bosch.

Now, Bosch and Major League Baseball are reported to have come to an agreement in which the lawsuit will be dismissed against him, he will provide testimony and documents to Major League Baseball in furtherance of its investigation into Biogenesis-connected ballplayers and will indemnify him for any legal repercussions occasioned by his cooperation. While the baseball officials have not yet spoken to Bosch, it is reasonable to assume that the league’s cooperation with Bosch is based on him providing information which would implicate ballplayers in the use of performance enhancing drugs.

  1. historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Shesus, Craig. Pace yourself. We’ve got months of this to come. You’re flaming.

    • rocketsteadman - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      I love how there are two different pictures of this guy in the ‘Top Posts’ part of the front page. One that makes him look like a dirtbag, and one that makes him look like a dirtbag but slightly aged using a Photoshop filter

      • apmn - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        That is actually an age-progressed photograph of Ryan Braun showing what he might look like in 20 years.

      • alang3131982 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        John Galt

      • beavertonsteve - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Apparently Bosch is not self medicating

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      “You’re flaming”

      ….. what to do, what to do?….

      • historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Quick! Your fire extinguisher. I’m sure it’s next to your gun.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        /staring at the gas can, and fire hose, and again at the gas can, starts counting Anthony Bosch posts.

    • MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Just look to the right hand column under “Most Commented” and check out all the triple-digit # of comments the last couple days. Then ask yourself “If I were being employed based on the # of people reading my blog, what would I post about next?”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        I know, but how long can he keep people reading the same stuff? Wait, I forgot how often the peeps on here can argue that HoF crap. Carry on.

        (BTB, I skipped a few today b/c *I* am maxing out.)

      • MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        I wish he would still sprinkle in the occassional “RBIs suck” or “WAR…what’s it good for” article like the good old days(last year), but when a topic is cultivating a guaranteed 100+,comments I think he will beat it like A Horse With No Name.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        America!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Oh he’s flaming alright! That’s why he better grad that extinguisher on the quick.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Or, we can start another dessert fight to get him clicks. Flaming desserts only though. Bananas Foster. Mmmmm.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      This won’t end well for MLB and Bud Selig, remember when baseball
      suspended Steinbrenner for conspiring with known criminals
      oh boy!

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Finally, they caught her, turns out it’s a him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Sandiego

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I am Anthony Bosch-ed out.

    You’ve defeated me, Craig. Are you happy? This is late-1997-early-1998 all over again where people just wouldn’t stop talking about Titanic. Titanic this and Titanic that. Leo, Leo, Leo. My heart will go on, and all that jazz.

    I just can’t take it anymore. I just can’t.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      just take a nap.

      • specialkindofstupid - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        I’m afraid if I took a nap I’d just awaken to ten more Anthony Bosch articles.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      best Titanic review, ever. You owe it to yourself to read it:

      http://jezebel.com/5898432/i-re+watched-titanic-so-you-dont-have-to-youre-welcome

      • historiophiliac - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Never saw it.

    • leerosenthall - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      I empathize, but why not just skip the threads that hold no interest to you?

      Believe it or not, some baseball fans haven’t been following this story all that closely. Now that Braun is in the news again, and he appears to be trying to keep up with that great American icon Lance Armstrong, a lot of folks are trying to catch up with this confusing story.

      Maybe Craig should have a “sticky” at the top where he regularly updates this story, so he doesn’t need to keep making new threads? Not sure this website can handle it. It already crashes on my computer daily.

  4. indaburg - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Animal, vegetable, or mineral?

  5. jm91rs - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    This is an actual news article, little opinion, lot’s of fact. I’m super tired of the Biogenesis thing, but since I’ll be hearing a lot about it for awhile it’s good to know a little background. Thanks!

    • medschoolmike - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Actually, it’s not. You clearly understand the medical process as well as the author, which is not at all.

      There is a difference between a Medical Degree and a Medical License. Dr. Bosch does in fact have a valid WHO recognized, ECFMG Certified Medical Degree and is thus a “Medical Doctor”. He does not however have a US Medical License, which means he cannot interact with patients.

      A Medical Degree is obtained after graduating medical school, whereas a US medical license is obtained after completing post graduate residency and passing the USMLE (US Medical Licensing Exam). Many people graduate medical school but never get their license. They can still teach, work for the CDC, work under a licensed MD’s license, call themselves a “doctor”, etc. But they cannot interact with patients under their own license.

      It’s just like a lawyer graduating law school with a JD, which makes them a “Lawyer”; however, they are not licensed to practice law on their own until they pass the Bar Exam.

      So in fact, this article is an solely opinion. I hope Dr. Bosch isn’t in the suing mood. The author’s ignorant comments are text book libel.

      Reference: I studied law in undergrad in NY and I’m a currently medical student… at CAHSU in Belize

  6. cocheese000 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I thought he made appliances. Wow, I sure was wrong.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    So how is this guy walking around on the outside of a prison? There are vast amounts of fishy here. I know Florida is infamous for lax regulations, but this seems above and beyond the call of shady.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      it’s not like the guy committed a crime, like say booking a escort for the
      Governor of New York to meet up with in a fancy hotel in Washington DC.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Spitzer/Bosch in 2016?

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      he resembles a pool guy in Boca.
      man he had us all fooled, he was really injecting A-Rod in the butt.

  8. mvp43 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Michael Westen and Fionna may have to squeeze Bosch a bit.

    • auminer96 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Don’t forget about Sam! He’ll want in on the action.

  9. ltzep75 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Who is Navin Johnson?

  10. chip56 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    How many different ways is Craig – someone who has made no secret over his feelings about PEDs – going to find to say that Anthony Bosch can’t be trusted. As opposed to the baseball players who never lie, manipulate the system or, say, create false websites and are thus above reproach.

    • clemente2 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      You do not read very well.

  11. elmo - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    How about retiring that damn mugshot and just use Dr. Nick Riviera from the Simpsons?

  12. breastfedted - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Who is Craig Calcaterra?

    A douchebag blogger who is obsessed with defending steroid use at all costs. One wonders why Craig is so adamant about letting rampant steroid use slide, maybe MLB should investigate whether he has been selling roids to players.

    • clemente2 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Your mother has accessory liability for this, then?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      You may have sucked breast a little too long.

  13. sfm073 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I personally don’t care about steroids. They should be allowed in sports and everyday life. But Craig clearly has an agenda he is pushing. I’m assuming it has to do with his man crush ryan Braun and he is trying to save face after defending him so much last year.

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