According to a story NY Daily News released today, an infamous “steroid-linked trainer” spent the entire 2007 season in close proximity to Alex Rodriguez during his MVP year.
The article also links the trainer to such star players as Vladimir Guerrero, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, who only days earlier talked tough about implementing harsher penalties for PED users.
Angel Presinal, who was banned from private areas of every MLB ballpark after an October 2001 incident involving an unmarked gym bag full of steroids, has been tight with the Yankee slugger dating back to his time with the Texas Rangers, several sources said.
A former New York-area scout says Presinal, whose named surfaced in the Mitchell Report, was with Rodriguez in New York and Miami as recently as this past fall.
Another source said Presinal accompanied A-Rod for the entire 2007 season, staying in the same hotel as the A.L. MVP, but in a separate room with the “cousin” Rodriguez pegged three days ago as his steroid source from 2001-03.
In 2001, traveling with the Cleveland Indians as Juan Gonzalez’s personal trainer, Presinal was stopped at a Toronto airport and found to be carrying a duffel bag full of steroids. Presinal told authorities the bag belonged to Gonzalez but its contents could not be proven to belong to either man and the case was dismissed.
However, since the incident Presinal’s been banned from MLB private property.
The article then mentions a bevy of household names linked to Presinal:
In addition to A-Rod, Presinal has worked with some of the game’s biggest stars: Juan Gonzalez, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, Moises Alou, Jose Guillen, Ervin Santana, Ruben Sierra, Francisco Cordero, Jose Mesa and Juan Guzman, among others.
Should it come out that Rodriguez was using as late as 2007, it will be hard to believe the struggling third baseman could ever recover. In the meantime, however, it’s time for some of the other players allegedly linked to this trainer to answer the tough questions.