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Tony Bosch to surrender to authorities today, will plead guilty to drug distribution conspiracy

Aug 5, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

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Tony Bosch, the founder and honcho of Biogenesis and the man who was the star witness in the enforcement action which led to Alex Rodriguez‘s year-long suspension, surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Agency this morning. He will eventually plead guilty to a conspiracy to distribute steroids.T.J. Quinn of ESPN was the first to report on the matter.

Eight others, including Yuri Sucart, the cousin of Alex Rodriguez and former supplier of performance enhancing drugs to Rodriguez, were arrested as well. A full report on the arrests can be read here.

Quinn reports that the charges against Bosch and the others will not be limited to their interaction with major league baseball players. Rather, they will include charges that steroids were distributed to minors as well, both in this country and in the Dominican Republic. However, baseball’s involvement will not end here, as it was reported later in the day that at least two and possibly more baseball players have been identified as Biogenesis clients to the DEA and that their names will, eventually, be released. That should lead to more suspensions by Major League Baseball.

As was widely reported last year, Major League Baseball got Bosch to cooperate with its investigation of Rodriguez by striking a deal with him. That deal, detailed in the recently-released book about the Biogenesis case, “Blood Sport,” was reached over drinks at a Miami dive bar. It includes a promise from Major League Baseball that it would vouch for Bosch to any law enforcement agency which might threaten him with arrest. The agreement reads as follows:

“MLB will inform such agencies of the value and importance of Bosch’s cooperation in its efforts to achieve the important public policy goal of eradicating performance enhancing substances from professional baseball, and request that such agencies consider his cooperation with baseball.”

So someone at MLB now gets to send a letter or make a phone call to the DEA, I suppose, explaining that they should go easier on Bosch on charges that he sold drugs to kids because he helped nail Alex Rodriguez.

  1. bfunk1978 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    The beauty of such an agreement is that no law enforcement agency has to really consider MLB’s endorsement. If such government agencies are as annoyed with MLB as Craig made them out to be previously, they might even go harder on him.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      That would be pretty hilarious, actually.

      • Rich Stowe - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        “thanks for cooperating with MLB but you dealt drugs to kids and now it’s time for you to rot in hell…”

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        I’m all for it.

      • caputop - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        The hilarious part will be when A Rod testifies against him.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        “This is Special Agent Jones. You said your name was Selig? Bud Selig?”

        “Oh, the guy who had the All-Star Game end in a tie? The guy who ignored this problem 15-20 years ago?”

        >> click <<

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        @caputop … A-Rod’s got a bigger fish to fry, related to this, it seems, namely …

        Cousin Yuri!

    • Old Gator - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Poisenilly, as Bugs Bunny would say, I tink Bud Slight is gonna form a committee to study whether or not to say nice things about this ambulatory annelid.

  2. [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I may be confusing this with the Sterling/NBA nonsense, but didn’t MLB also agree to indemnify Bosch against any future lawsuits? Or does that only apply if, say, Arod sued Bosch?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      I think it did. I think it was about legal fees relating directly to his cooperation, though. I don’t think it included criminal actions. I’ll check the book, though.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Per one of your earlier articles, linked here*:

        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.

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/06/who-is-anthony-bosch/

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      When the government goes after you I think that’s called an indictment, not a lawsuit.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Just in case, I’m being facetious

  3. chadjones27 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I was wondering when this would happen. I was seriously confused how he wasn’t being brought up on chargers from a legitimate law enforcement agency. I guess they took the slow and steady approach and waited for him to admit to everything. And how bad are Bosch’s lawyers that they didn’t tell him keep quiet? Now the Feds have testimony of himself against himself.

  4. cuns2317 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Well law enforcement is required to follow rules in obtaining evidence unlike baseball investigators.

  5. jbriggs81 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I bet that MLB already placed a call to the DEA on behalf of Boesch. Otherwise, the DEA wouldn’t only be charging him with conspiracy to distribute steroids. They would charge him with conspiracy, distribution, trafficking, money laundering, and all other types of charges associated with large scale drug dealing.
    When was the last time you heard about the DEA only charging somebody with conspiracy to distribute steroids, with no other charges filed? It just doesn’t happen

    • chadjones27 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Read this article and the linked Twitter feed. It looks like Bosch is pleading to this one charge so it seems like they already struck a deal to have that other stuff off the table. Several others were arrested today as well, including A-Rod’s cousin.
      This could get a WHOLE lot more interesting.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Yeah, per Bud’s attempts to corral PEDing in the minor leagues, especially among Caribbean players, we could see how effective or ineffective that’s been.

  6. mungman69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Well, IF he sold drugs to minors that should be a different entity. IMO

    • offseasonblues - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Did he? I missed it if this was reported, which is quite possible except that if selling to minors were part of the story I think it would have been impossible to miss here on HBT.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    “…its efforts to achieve the important public policy goal of eradicating performance enhancing substances from professional baseball…”

    If I was writing a sardonic joke, I might have used this exact language. Public policy goal? No. It is internal business of a monopoly of private corporations. This is not for the greater good. This is entirely counter to the greater good. MLB will help him avoid punishment for dealing drugs to kids because he helped them suspend the employee of a subsidiary company for taking something that let him work out a little longer. Everything about this has run counter to the public good. I hope Manfred gets himself arrested in all of this.

  8. baseballlifestyle101 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Lifestyle101.

  9. tominma - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Did he distribute Steroids to kids??? If not, then he’s kinda owed something for helping to clean up baseball!! But if he DID distribute to kids, then some kind of charge is warranted

  10. rbj1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    “So someone at MLB now gets to send a letter or make a phone call to the DEA, I suppose, explaining that they should go easier on Bosch on charges that he sold drugs to kids because he helped nail Alex Rodriguez.”

    Dealing drugs to minors is nothing compared to nailing History’s Greatest Monster.

  11. ningenito78 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    About time this scumbag gets his comeuppance.

  12. drush127 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Karma caught up to Bosch for helping MLB screw A-Rod

  13. ryanaammess - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Too bad he wasnt going to have a month long trial. I want to see Bud get called to the stand.

  14. campcouch - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    I can’t believe the Feds don’t bring in anyone in MLB for questioning or prosecution. They’ll kick the door in on a 16 year old pot smoker, but an organization that knowingly made deals with a dealer, keeps records of users and pays for stolen goods is left alone. Wow.

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