UPDATED: And the Biogenesis investigation got more interesting

A short while ago a report by Yahoo Sports revealed that Ryan Braun was listed in the records of the Miami-area clinic that Alex Rodriguez has been linked to. But that’s not the interesting part, Braun’s already been connected to PEDs in the past and in this instance his name wasn’t listed next to any drug names. No, the interesting part of the report is the very familiar name in the following blurb that makes this story even more bizarre.

Braun is on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo, who the New Times reported received PEDs from Bosch. Also on the list are New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, who weren’t listed near PEDs either. The record matches a document the New Times posted with Braun’s name redacted and Cervelli and Valencia’s cut off.

Yes, that’s right, Francisco Cervelli is now part of this still unfolding story.

Cervelli is one of the players expected to be fighting for the starting catching job in Spring Training. He was in Triple A last year and how this revelation impacts his standing with the team remains to be seen.

UPDATE: Francisco Cervelli issued a statement.

“Following my foot injury in march, 2011, i consulted with a number of experts, including biogenesis clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery. i purchased supplements that i am certain were not prohibited by MLB.”

The lowercase i’s are his, not mine.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

35 thoughts on “UPDATED: And the Biogenesis investigation got more interesting

  1. Stuck at work

    If it worked for Ivan Rodriguez, maybe it'll help Franco.

  2. David

    If Cervelli wasn't listed near PEDs — as Braun apparently wasn't — what's the issue in status at all?

    • Right… He was also seen in the adult video store with the blacked-out windows, but he was just looking for a gift for a friend. Totally not for him. I mean, why would he be there?

      Guilty. Next?

      • LarryAtIIATMS

        Jason, careful. Braun is claiming that he and his attorneys consulted Anthony Bosch about his 2012 doping case, and Braun's attorneys have confirmed this. Evidently, Braun's attorneys are listed in Bosch's ledger book along with Braun … meaning that if Cervelli and Braun are "guilty" of doping, then so are Braun's attorneys.

        • Meh, I hear ya, Larry. I really do. I'm a rational thinker, or I like to believe I am in most cases. Maybe they were really only "consulting". But fr what? How to skirt the system? Otherwise, go to a board-certified, team-approved/sanctioned DOCTOR. Not some pseudo-schlock-doc who is not even a doctor.

          • BrienJackson

            Why would a defense team want to use a team/league doc as a defense consultant? And Conte isn't a doctor either, but wouldn't you consult him on drug testing if your ass was on the line?

          • Sorry, I believe in using reputable sources, particularly if your reputation and livelihood are on the line.

            Otherwise, it looks as if you are trying to hide something. I know you and Craig and others will call me names for believing that, naively perhaps, but that's how I feel.

          • To paraphrase Chris Rock; would you rather look guilty at home or innocent in jail? Except that, in this case, Braun is going to be made to look guilty either way.

          • So there was no other legal, licensed, practicing, degree-having doctor who could have consulted Braun? None?

          • Sherm

            From Braun's attorney:

            "I was not familiar with Tony Bosch prior to Ryan Braun’s case.

            "In the 15 years that I have represented players facing discipline under the various professional sports leagues’ substance abuse and steroid programs, I have relied primarily, if not exclusively, on Dr. David L. Black and his team of scientists at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, TN as my experts with respect to scientific and other matters relevant to the testing of player specimens.

            "Bosch was introduced to me at the earliest stage of Ryan’s case. I found Bosch’s value to be negligible and, thereafter, I followed my prior practice of relying on Aegis in the preparation of Ryan’s winning defense."

          • I don’t think that either/or frame is the right way to think of it. It’s not like there’s a consultant cap or anything. Better question is simply whether Bosch was worth consulting on his own merits.

          • Sherm

            But why so much money for a quack whose contribution was negligible? You can get premier doctors — tops in their fields — to spend an evening with you at your office preparing and an entire day in Court on a witness stand for half that amount..

          • A really good recommendation? I assume the payment was made upfront.

          • Sherm

            Plus – 20-30k is a pretty high "consultation" fee for a quack like Bosch. And I offer this opinion as an attorney who consults with real medical experts — experts with actual medical degrees — on a somewhat regular basis. And if Bosch operates a clean clinic, what makes him a such expert on testing? Almost seems contradictory.

          • BrienJackson

            Hey, successful quacks are good at nothing if not scamming affluent marks. And "high" is a relative term. It's certainly not much compared to what a 50 game suspension would have cost Braun.

          • Sherm

            It would be an absurdly high figure for a mere consultation irrespective of the client's wealth.

          • BrienJackson

            Maybe that's why they were disputing it.

          • Sherm

            Brien — if Bosch is as an expert on drug testing like Conte, that's quite damning evidence against the players identified in his log book.

          • BrienJackson

            Perhaps, but there's a lot of angles at play in that game. The most obvious being: if everyone was doping, why are only some players recorded as getting banned substances. I don't think it's at all implausible that a glory-seeking quack like Bosch was serving as a jack of all trades type for ballplayers.

          • Sherm

            Agreed. I'm curious as to how Braun's attorneys got his name in the first instance. And, right now, I'm very skeptical of anyone with connections to the U Miami baseball team and its training staff.

          • BrienJackson

            Maybe someone connected to the Miami program?

          • Sherm

            That people associated with the Miami program would consider him an expert on testing would only further implicate the players in his log with references to PEDs.

          • Well he had already been associated with Manny back in 2009.

          • Sherm

            That might support Braun's position. But as for the other players, why the hell would they be dealing with a guy who has already gotten one player suspended and is assuredly on MLB's radar, in this current environment, and under this CBA, if you are clean? Seems like career suicide.

          • Does Cervelli strike you as a bright guy?

          • Sherm

            Thanks for the laugh.

          • LarryAtIIATMS

            Jason, the average board-certified, team-approved/sanctioned doctor knows nothing about this area. What you want is an expert in PED testing, and how the tests might go wrong. The best people in this area are not available to athletes — they either run PED testing labs, or else they do research in the area, and in either case these people are on the payroll (directly or indirectly) of the World Anti-Doping Agency. If you want WADA money, you cannot consult with the Ryan Brauns of the world, because if WADA finds out they will cut you off.

            This being said, the top people in this field are not always doctors, or at least, not medical doctors. They're probably chemists. They're the people who understand lab testing.

  3. Yes, clearly Cervelli was taking PEDs – just look at his bloated numbers. He's actually a twelve year old girl. </snark>

    • LarryAtIIATMS

      Good point. If Cervelli was using PEDs, we'll have to start referring to them as Ds.

      • David

        Man, after my night last night I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee when reading this… :)

      • Isn't this a giant "you're doing it wrong" joke waiting to happen?

        Or, perhaps, yet again, PED's do not turn average players into hall of famers. Skill remains the primary requirement.

        • Chad

          "Or, perhaps, yet again, PED's do not turn average players into hall of famers."

          While I tend to agree with you that their effects are often overstated, there's really no way to prove your statement either way. In my mind, declaring that they DON'T create Hall Of Famers is just as bad as declaring that they DO.

        • LarryAtIIATMS

          Jason, I keep repeating here. Nate Silver (yes, the same guy who keeps predicting national election results correctly) did the best study on the effects of PEDs on pro baseball players. According to Silver, on average, PEDs have a small but noticeable effect on performance. This is not to say that in certain cases, PEDs might have a considerable effect, or that they might negatively impact performance.

          • Yes, I know. Bad attempt at humor, sorry. Honestly, I am so utterly fed up with ALL of this. Really.

          • LarryAtIIATMS

            The issue of PEDs is never going to go away. It is only going to get more complicated, and more important. The rarely spoken truth is that it's becoming easier to take PEDs and get away with it. Drug testing has its place, mostly as a deterrent, but the tests catch a tiny percentage of those cheating. WADA is turning its attention to local-international law enforcement as their primary means to crack down on doping.

            In the meantime, the MSM has their collective heads up their collective petooties when it comes to this issue. In Craig We Trust!

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