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There are minor league players aiding MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic’s client list

Jun 11, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the latest in the Biogenesis saga:

While major league players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal have yet to provide substantive information to Major League Baseball, multiple minor leaguers have discussed in detail their transactions with Anthony Bosch’s clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of players, sources with knowledge of the interviews told Yahoo! Sports.

Under threat of suspension, the minor league players gave testimony that Major League Baseball plans to use to confirm the veracity of Bosch’s story, the sources said.

That so many minor league players have information about Bosch and Biogenesis suggests that Bosch’s list of clients extends well beyond the 20 or so names that were leaked back in late January by the Miami New Times and most recently by ESPN.com investigative reporters.

“There are others who went there. Big names,” a source in the know told Passan this week for his Yahoo! story. “I don’t know if they’re in the notes, but if Tony tells the whole story, they’ll be in there.”

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    This is gonna be the Mitchell Report all over again, isn’t it?

    • bigharold - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      It’ll be the Mitchell report with even more salacious innuendo.

      No, the Mitchell report will look like Theodore White’s Making of the President compared to what’s about to happen.

  2. jeffbbf - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I suppose now your theory will be that the minor leaguers are not credible as witnesses because their primary purpose for testifying is that the MLB promised them promotions to the bigs?

    • dparker713 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      The story clearly indicates a reason to doubt the testimony of the minor leaguers – their testimony is in exchange for not being suspended. Obviously it is in the minor leaguers’ best interest to please MLB in this regard.

      Also, its highly doubtful that the minor leaguers would have direct knowledge of the actions of the major leaguers. The case is going to be in arbitration, but that doesn’t mean there are no rules regarding what evidence can be presented. Normally, testimony merely to bolster the credibility of another witness (Bosch) would not be allowed.

  3. raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Corroboration by players would be a very important piece to the puzzle. MLB is also hoping for corroboration from the files/telephone records being subpoenaed. Looks like MLB is looking to build a pretty unassailable case before acting. That part is good. However, I still hope the DA ignores Bosch’s cooperation with MLB and prosecutes him anyway.

  4. breastfedted - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    How many more times is that damn mug shot going to be plastered on this site?

    • ezthinking - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      over/under this season: 92. Slightly less than the number of playing days remaining. Off season? Impossible to handicap.

    • bigharold - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      “How many more times is that damn mug shot…”

      Apparently we’re no where near that threshold. And, HBT is incapable of discussing this topic without the “mug shot”.

    • jwbiii - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      The other pictures of him on Google Images aren’t any better. Open collar, shades. Think Miami Vice bad guy.

      • badintent - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        I was thinking the same thing. Tubbs, call Julie and Crocket . It’s going down !

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:14 AM

      We are limited in what pictures we can use. For the most part we have to use AP, Getty, or Reuters pictures. We get them from a photo database. At present, this is the only picture of Bosch available.

      If a story about Biogenesis involves A-Rod, Braun or any other specific player we can use it, obviously. But this one doesn’t.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        New first world problem: “The blog I read only uses one picture of a guy!”

      • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Thanks for the explanation, Craig. So you probably don’t have access to, say, a picture of Roy Oswalt in a Tulsa Drillers uniform from the Tulsa World.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    With the drug testing I have to believe that players aren’t sharing their PED use with other players. Not to mention I gotta doubt that when drugs were exchanged it wasn’t in a big group. I have a hard time believing these players can know anything other than just what they suspect not anything they actually saw.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      I meant to convey the drugs probably weren’t exchanged with other players around. I did a lousy job proofreading that one.

  6. js20011041 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Well, MLB had better hope that it can do a better job of keeping the names of the minor leaguers out of the news than it did with the “anonymous” Mitchell Report. I can’t imagine a guy who snitched on some current major leaguers would be very popular in the clubhouse. And rightly so.

  7. dolphindubs - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    What is up with all these damn supplements and enhancements and vitamins and steroids etc. Whatever happened to working out, staying in shape, and using god-given ability to succeed in sports?

    Oh, thats right. The complete GREED that capitalism breeds. Anything and everything to get ahead, right? COWARDS!!!

    • nategearhart - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Oh no, not VITAMINS!
      And “performance enhancers” have been a thing in baseball a LOT longer than working out has. If you think Carl Yastrzemski ever lifted a weight in his life you’re out of your damn mind.

    • badintent - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      Cue the Russian /commie May Day slogans !! Where is Senator McCarthy ?

  8. sdemp - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Those players can say “ni nite” to their baseball career.

    I’m sure current players are itching to have these rats in the clubhouse. . . not.

  9. andyreidisfat - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    As much as I hate to say this as a Philly fan, I am kinda starting to think Ryan Howard is gong to be in the middle of this. Since the a-rod suspension Howard has been hurt and in decline. The guy is just not that old yet. I hope I am wrong but the more I hear about this and look at Ryan’s timeline the last few years it just makes me nervous …

  10. frank35sox - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    And those big names are….. (drumroll) ….. Cano and Granderson. It’s going to be a long year Yankees fans. A long year.

    If you don’t believe it, Joe Bisceglie of DAPS broke this story before it even was the story.

  11. hitdog042 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Uh. Did someone just accuse Yaz of PED use? What a tool.

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