The New York Daily News article Saturday that re-connected Alex Rodriguez to HGH and steroids was just the tip of the iceberg, it seems: The Miami New Times has a blockbuster story out today that details significant evidence not only against A-Rod, but also Nationals’ budding star Gio Gonzalez, disgraced All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, and Texas slugger Nelson Cruz, among others. The 3-month investigation by the paper essentially has uncovered the East Coast version of BALCO:
records are clear in describing the firm’s real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids.
Interviews with six customers and two former employees corroborate the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic’s chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch.
Bosch’s history with steroids also adds credence to the paperwork. The son of a prominent Coral Gables physician named Pedro Publio Bosch, he was connected with banned substances when slugger Manny Ramirez was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy in 2009. At the time, MLB confirmed the Drug Enforcement Administration was probing the father and son for allegedly providing Ramirez with HCG, a compound often used at the tail end of steroid cycles.
I can already see it now: Mike Wilbon on PTI will use the phrase, “baseball’s cheating culture.”
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.
Baseball will never be rid of PEDs. Whether it’s Manny or Ryan Braun or McGwire or whomever, this story will never go away. And Jon Heyman tweets that the New Times has more names, but less evidence. Bud Selig, when do pitchers and catchers report? [Miami New Times]