A-Rod, others, accused of illegal doping

After the Daily News reported over the weekend that a Miami anti-aging clinic was under federal investigation for supplying HGH and other banned substances to professional athletes, the Miami New Times has an explosive story out this morning that connects at least half a dozen MLB players, including Alex Rodriguez, to banned substances through Anthony Bosch and his clinic, Biogenesis. The Times reports that the personal records kept by Bosch detail illegal doping by A-Rod, Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, Barolo Colon (the last three, of course, having all failed drug tests in the past year), Nelson Cruz, and Gio Gonzalez (though it’s a little unclear that Gonzalez is actually being accused of doping).

Here’s what the paper claims about A-Rod’s doping, which they claim includes HGH use as recently as 2012:

Take, for instance, one patient list from Bosch’s 2009 personal notebook. It charts more than 50 clients and notes whether they received their drugs by delivery or in the office, how much they paid, and what they were taking.

There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.

That’s not the only damning evidence against A-Rod, though. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: “Test. cream… troches prior to workout… and GHRP… IGF-1… pink cream.”

IGF-1 is a banned substance in baseball that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth. Elsewhere in his notebook, Bosch spells out that his “troches,” a type of drug lozenge, include 15 percent testosterone; pink cream, he writes, is a complex formula that also includes testosterone. GHRP is a substance that releases growth hormones.

Yuri Sucart, A-Rod’s cousin who was implicated in running PEDs for Alex, also appears in the records, as do transactions involving HGH, IGF-1, and other banned substances.

It’s hard to say what this will mean for A-Rod at this early juncture (he’s already going to miss most of the season and I don’t think MLB can suspend anyone without a failed drug test), but you can definitely bet that this will be huge tabloid fodder and hang over Alex all season, if not longer. If proven true, I’d also wager that it likely means A-Rod has better than even odds at never making the Hall of Fame, what with going back on that contrite apology in 2009 and lying about when and how he was juicing.

46 thoughts on “A-Rod, others, accused of illegal doping

  1. jay_robertson

    Would this at least give the Yankees a legit (to MLB) reason to fire him, and free themselves of the albatross?

    • BrienJackson

      No, I don't see how.

      • jay_robertson

        I thought there was a morals/ethics clause in the contract. He got away with it before because the stuff wasn't "officially" banned, as I recall. Now it is. If he was still doing it, and lying – that should trigger SOMETHING.

        After all – shouldn't baseball players be held to higher standards than our elected officials?

        • BrienJackson

          "I thought there was a morals/ethics clause in the contract."

          Nope.

  2. I have no idea what the odds are of getting out from this epic, awful situtation, but I sure hope there's a way. I've been continually bashed for not being the ARod supporter others "expect" Yankee fans to be, but there's really zero I like about this guy. It's not the drugs, per se, but the complete lack of character.

    The MLB fraternity just lost a guy in Stan Musial, who by all accounts, was an outstanding PERSON besides incredible baseball player. Those are the guys we need to idolize, not just guys who can only hit or throw.

    This is NOT a "what about the kids" thing. This is about a guy who has continually lied to all of us while gleefully raking in a fortune. I cannot think of anything more fitting that the team finding a way out of this contract, leaving him with only the riches he's already (earned) stolen.

    Forgive me, fellow Yanks fans, especially my brother who has chastized me often for my lack of ARod support/love. Whatever I tried to muster over the last few years has been completely eliminated today.

  3. BrienJackson

    Hey, if the union throws him under the bus and he gets suspended it will save the Yankees so much money maybe they'll scrap Plan 189. /optimism

  4. jcoffin

    Yankees knew about A rod and ped's when they signed him to that idiotic contract so i dont see how that would be a valid reason . Yankees want to just throw money around sometimes thats going to come back and bite them .

  5. Marc

    As your brother, if this proves to be true, then you won't hear another objection from me. I'll be done with him too! And I definitely hope the yanks fight the contract and figure a way to win. Would set a great precedent if cheaters could lose their contracts.

    • I completely agree. It's time for that to happen, or at least for teams to insist that language gets entered into a contract to protect themselves. If a player insists upon a NTC in their deal, the team should insist that PED-protection be included as well.

      These one-sided deals are silly.

      • BrienJackson

        CBA wouldn't allow it.

  6. lazlosother

    This could also screw up the insurance NY has on his contract. If he gets suspended, I doubt the insurance would cover his salary for that period even though he is injured. So if he misses the entire season, they might get 2/3 of what the insurance would have payed out. Not good. I've defended the A-Rod for a long time, but if this is true he is toast.

    Maybe call the Corleones and work something aroung the morals clause.

    • BrienJackson

      A suspension would be without pay.

    • BrienJackson

      Not that there's any grounds for a suspension. Yet.

  7. jay_robertson

    And, once again, I'd be interested in seeing the entire list of players involved. Your account shows 6; I've read others where it was that six, plus "others."

    • The others in the story were non-MLBers.

      • jay_robertson

        oh – thanks

  8. Matt

    from Jon Heymans twitter;

    @JonHeymanCBS
    players named in Miami New Times piece can be suspended if allegations check out. positive test not needed to suspend.

    • LOL Heyman? Calcaterra has been all ove this, so I recommend his Twitter feed.

      • matt

        yes Heyman. He's right. Craig is wrong. Selig can suspend on "just cause"

        oh yeah and no need to be a dick about someone citing Heymans twitter dude.

        • BrienJackson

          I was "laughing" at Heyman, not you. Sorry for the implication.

          Anyway, the just cause bit is basically for someone getting caught red handed. It's not going to extend to hearsay or uncorroborated allegations.

  9. mscott

    How about a really ballsy stand: regardless of suspensions, insurance, litigation, etc.: just release him.

    I'd prefer that rather than release him they simply tell him he'll never get on the field for them again to pressure him to request to be traded, but I'm pretty sure that's a CBA non-starter so I'll settle for his release, financial implications be damned. Let's make a REAL statement about lying and cheating.

  10. uyf1950

    Where is the proof that A-Rod or any of the others mentioned in the article took the drugs in questions? So far all I've read and seen on any of the blogs is rumor, innuendo, accusations and entries by "shady" people in notebooks. Now in my opinion it's one thing for people to want the Yankees to get out from under A-Rod's contract but it's entirely another thing to use these type of reports that lack any sort of proof as some sort of justification for throwing A-Rod under the bus. Sorry but that's just the way I feel.

    • BrienJackson

      Dude…no.

      • Derpy

        Haven't you learned anything from Manti Te'o? Don't take what the media says as gospel. There is no actual evidence that anything said is true. At least wait for the investigation to authenticate the paperwork. This stuff is so incredibly easy to forge, and the targets are all low hanging fruit with the exception of Gio Gonzalez.

        • With the rather large difference that if the paper is knowingly making this up, they’re going to be promptly sued right out of business.

    • Edmund_Dantes

      Complete financial transaction records aren't proof for you?

      • Well they *could* be forged, but that’s a hell of an assumption to make.

    • mscott

      Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, has the identical freakin' genome of a duck and it's merely a potential aquatic waterfowl of a similar nature? Please.

      It's not akin to a criminal burden of proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) but to a civil one: preponderance of evidence. Quack, quack quack.

    • Chad

      Maybe ARod was buying them for Derek Jeter. Maybe he bought them for Torrie Wilson. Maybe the doctor faked these records because Arod stole Cameron Diaz from him. Maybe ARod was buying them to help the aliens recover from their crash in his backyard.

      Or maybe, Occam's Razor.

  11. Ant

    Cashman planted the notebook— Colon, Gonzales, et al. are collateral damage.

    I am sure this opens up an entirely different can of worms (anti-trust?) but I hope the Yankees do ANYTHING in their power to void this contract.

  12. uyf1950

    The only assumption gentlemen that I make is that all to many of us choose to believe the worst about A-Rod based on one side of a story. Now i'm certainly no lawyer but I remember something I learned a long time ago. There are 2 sides to every story and usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle. So before we all rush to judgement I suggest we wait until ALL the information comes out.

    • BrienJackson

      "There are 2 sides to every story and usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle."

      Well usually clearly not being in play here.

      • jay_robertson

        Seems like there is a binary choice of outcomes here; especially now that Alex has thrown down the gauntlet and proclaimed that he had nothing to do with any of this and it's all categorically false.

        Dude hasn't left himself much room for waffling, shading, or spinning the story.

  13. brian

    I have to admit I am surprised that Arod really did make the switch from roids to HGH in 2009 (or thereabouts) only because he has such a big contract to protect.

    I probably have the best miami area connections of anyone here and i've tried to tell you guys for years that it is common knowledge down there that arod has been roiding since at least high school, possibly middle school… its no big secret… and my connections have told me whispers about HGH, but unlike with the stuff in high school.. i never heard, concrete. "he's using hgh + other stuff and from whom and when etc. etc."

    In other words, I at least have that 1% sliver of a doubt, so there's that uyf1950!

  14. …and I heard he's a communist, too.

  15. Tommy

    If this is an accurate report…..
    and the Yankees try to get out of the contract, could that be the final push for this guy to just walk away from the game? He has virtually no HoF chance. He's already struggling to perform and stay healthy, and that was possibly with PEDs. Finally, I can't imagine he'll have fan support. Would he leave?

    Believe me, I'm not forgetting about the stupid amount of money he's yet to receive– but is there anyway he just walks away from the game with the stupid amount of cash that he has already received?

      • Tommy

        That's so disappointing, and I don't think you're being pessimistic– I think maybe I'm being too optimistic that this will play out in the NYY's favor.

        However, how could this guy play in NY through 2017? He'll probably be so physically disadvantaged by then that his bat speed will not come close to reaching a competitive level. His own team will likely try to dump his contract– and even if it's not evident that it's contractually possible, dumping the contract will undoubtedly be explored. And he'll be privy to that exploration, I'm sure. Lastly, he'll be rejected at an even worse rate by media and fans. Does he have the mental composure to handle that? He's got to be questioned in that regard.

        Finally, back to his physical state. He's no stranger to injuries. If he has to try to stay healthy through 2017 in a clean manner, I think that will be a gigantic task. An unhealthy player is not a happy one and I just don't know if he'd stick it out for 5 more seasons. Again, the sum of money is astounding. But it's not like he needs it to live. I think he'll be so emotionally defeated during this horrendous contract, that he could walk away early.

  16. mscott

    As I've posted elsewhere, a 50 game suspension for Arod would save the Yankees 30.86% of his salary, or $8,641,975, which might enable them to acquire a DH, 4th OF or, dare I say, a backstop who can both hit and catch an actual baseball.

    • chfe

      and that's (50 game suspension) is the minimum … selig might choose to make an example of him using the just cause provision in the new CBA … that would be a fun fight :)

  17. Dan

    I don't think there's a way the Yanks could get out of paying him. But could they get his contract off the books for luxury tax purposes? What if they paid off most of his contract, time adjusted for money this season? Could they take a huge hit this year to be free from it in the future?

  18. LarryAtIIATMS

    Fast thoughts: in the PED world, there's something called a "non-analytical positive", which is a fancy word for finding an athlete guilty of PED use without a failed drug test. That's the Lance Armstrong situation. I have looked briefly at the MLB Joint Drug Agreement, and I'd argue that it allows for non-analytical positives. Others may disagree. But at the end of the day, if MLB thinks A-Rod's been using PEDs, MLB will push for a suspension based on an argument that the Joint Drug Agreement covers non-analytical positives, and I don't know that the player's union will fight this point.

    At this point, absent proof that this is all a big mistake, I cannot imagine Yankee fans accepting A-Rod in pinstripes. Absent proof that this is all a big mistake, I imagine that A-Rod will be booed louder at Yankee Stadium than anywhere else. Absent proof that this is all a big mistake, I cannot imagine the Yankees and A-Rod moving forward together.

    • friend

      MLB has been successful on at least two occasions, in obtaining suspensions for a "non-analytical positive".

  19. Andy

    Brien as Larry said there is the non-analytical positive clause in the Drug Testing, don't be so fast to dismiss people. I agree though that there is virtually no way the yankees get out of this especially since they didn't try to the first time he admitted doping. Selig has no obligation to make this 50 games either. There are ways to twist it (the MLBPA would probably fight it) that could really hang Arod especially since he just threw down a challenge to the commish to prove he was guilty.

    Arod will never get the HR record he's going to be a PR nightmare for any team. They Yankees just lost all financial incentive to drag him along to the record.

  20. NYsteve

    Is there no way to at least re-work his contract and make it less burdensome for the team? I think they only way he could ever win with fans now would be to offer to terminate the rest of his contract.

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