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Team A-Rod is portraying Tony Bosch as a cocaine user

Nov 27, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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New York Magazine reports that Team A-Rod has gone after Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch as a habitual cocaine user. And they have a photo that appears to be Bosch with two small bags of cocaine.

The basis for the claim is a friend of Bosch’s — who himself has a spotty past — who says that Bosch used cocaine regularly in Miami. A-Rod’s lawyers cross examined Bosch about his cocaine use in the arbitration. They were met with objections about the line of questioning from Major League Baseball’s attorneys. When Bosch answered he said “I’ll take the Fifth.”

Now, clearly, Tony Bosch’s credibility as a witness is essential here, as the case comes down to his accusations against Alex Rodriguez and his authentication and explanation of Biogenesis documents which purport to show A-Rod’s PED use. At the same time, courts rarely give much weight to — and often don’t allow — evidence relating to the past bad acts or the bad overall character of a witness as a means of challenging his credibility. Rather, you have to establish that the dirt you have on the witness directly speaks to his credibility, not just his character, habits, addictions or what have you.

I would say this is of little overall consequence in the arbitration. If A-Rod’s lawyers could make more of it maybe it would matter. Say, they could establish that Bosch was in trouble with drug lords and needed money and, well, you can tell any number of tales that could get you from drugs to lying to help Major League Baseball.  But if that came out, the same source leaking the testimony to New York Magazine here would have mentioned it right? And either way, it’s pretty far-fetched.

This is all a part of A-Rod’s throw-everything-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks defense. It may work in the court of public opinion. It may raise secondary or tertiary questions about Anthony Bosch. But without anything more, drug use is not, in and of itself, likely to affect his overall credibility in the mind of the arbitrator.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I am thankful that tomorrow I shall not consume a single A-Rod story. And, I’m thankful for pie. Just this once.

    Will we get the WKRP Turkey ep again?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      You will now….. 😉

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Thank you so very much for this. I haven’t thought of this classic television comedy in years. Fantastic!

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Well….he looks like a cocaine user. Just sayin’

    • dluxxx - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Yeah, he doesn’t pass the eye test…

      • Old Gator - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        ….and he has a criminal nose.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        And he sold PED’s to aroid. Ariod scoured the earth for the best medical attention and found it in a strip mall with a coke using non-doctor. Nice work aroid. I’ll bet ariod had had a straw up his nostral at one point.

  3. fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    A-Rod gets baseball people horny.

  4. nsstlfan - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I’m sick and tired of A-Roid I wish he would just go away

  5. shawndc04 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    >> At the same time, courts rarely give much weight to — and often don’t allow — evidence relating to the past bad acts or the bad overall character of a witness as a means of challenging his credibility<<

    I'm not sure that I agree with all of that, Craig. If the cocaine was at the time the person was perceiving or involved in an event, it is quite relevant. Additionally, if the illegal drug use is forgiven pursuant to an agreement to testify/cooperate, it is also relevant. I don't know the time frame here, but they are not necessarily out of bounds in raising the issue

    • dparker713 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Plus, if Bosch actually did plead the fifth, then the arbitrators allowed the question over the objections of MLB.

    • billybawl - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Craig is right. If A-Rod’s lawyers had evidence that he had a history of forging documents, lying under oath, etc. that would be relevant. Cocaine use may be a bad act, but it doesn’t tend to show someone is lying under oath. And I don’t know how MLB could forgive his cocaine use in a labor arbitration. But, hey, it was worth a shot.

  6. drewzducks - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    • bobwsc - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM


  7. proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    So A-Rod is claiming that he hired a cocaine user as a nutritional consultant. In other news, the pot is calling the kettle black.

  8. gloccamorra - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Will the sleaze never end? It’s pretty obvious it’s not about innocence or guilt, it’s all about protecting the contract money not yet paid. Arod is starting to make Pete Rose look good.

  9. chip56 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Ok, so if that’s true – doesn’t that make Alex look even worse for going to him for medical treatment advice in the first place?

    I think it was Al Leiter on MLB Network who said, “you make millions of dollars, you have a team loaded with doctors and trainers, and you go to some scumbag working out of a strip mall for medical advice? You deserve to be punished for sheer stupidity.”

  10. rdillon99 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Bosch already admits to being (more or less) a drug pusher. The fact that he may also be a recreational drug user really adds nothing to whether his story regarding ARod is or is not credible… Now, if he had denied under oath being a drug user, and there was credible evidence to the contrary, then that may have had an impact in the arbitrator’s eyes on Bosch’s crediblity as a witness overall.

  11. mornelithe - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    A drug dealer, who does drugs? In Miami, no less. Shocking.

    On a side note, we really need to push for Yolanda Saldivar to take over as A-Rod’s fan club President, and let nature take its course.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    We’re overlooking one major factor….

    Perhaps he used the cocaine regularly to increase his ability to effectively do his job.

    And as we all know, illegal use of drugs is defensible if you are doing it to enhance your performance at your job.

  13. tfbuckfutter - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    A-Rod’s lawyer also alleged, in open court, “I think this guy’s been drinking vodka.”

  14. bigjimatch - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    The 5th Amendment applies in MLB arbitration hearings?

  15. plmathfoto - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Interesting too they’re using a probably non credible witness to the cocaine use, but scoff at Boesch being credible…

  16. louhudson23 - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    All the more reason to ask why these multimillionaire,agent controlled,cook and trainer hiring professionals are continuously skulking around with back alley,mail order low life yimyaps in the first place…..??

  17. keltictim - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I was always under the impression that medical cocaine was legal in Miami. Huh who knew

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