MLB Suspensions Could Follow Revelations by Miami Clinic's Owner

Image: MLB Suspensions Could Follow Revelations by Miami Clinic's Owner Miami-Dade Police Department booking photo of Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013, showing Anthony Bosch.

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 10:41 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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In a move that could affect some of the biggest names in professional baseball, the founder of a now shuttered Miami anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs, has agreed to talk with Major League Baseball.

An unidentified person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press of the deal, which was first reported on ESPN.

Some of the game's top players have been connected with Biogenesis of America clinic and its founder Anthony Bosch. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players who have ties to the clinic. Bosch's cooperation could lead to suspensions.

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Miami New Times reported in January that it obtained purported records detailing drug purchases by Rodriguez, Cabrera, Cruz and former AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon. Yahoo Sports reported that Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was mentioned in the records.

Braun said his attorneys contacted Bosch as a consultant in a 2011 case and never purchased drugs or received treatment at the clinic. Braun failed a drug test in 2011, but his suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.

After the Brewers' 4-3 win over Oakland at Miller Park, Braun said he was done talking about the clinic.

"I've already addressed everything related to the Miami situation. I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further statements about it," he said. "The truth has not changed."

Most have denied the Biogenesis link despite their past history with performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has admitted using such drugs earlier in his career. Colon and Cabrera each were suspended for 50 games last year for testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.

ESPN reported that one source familiar with the case said the commissioner's office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and as many as 20 players. If it does, it could be the largest performance-enhancing drug scandal in American sports history.

ESPN said MLB officials refused to comment when reached Tuesday.

ESPN said other players under investigation are:
  • Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
  • Francisco Cervelli, New York Yankees
  • Fautino de los Santos, free agent
  • Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
  • Yasmani Grandal, San Diego Padres
  • Fernando Martinez, Houston Astros
  • Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
  • Jordan Norberto, free agent
  • Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
  • Cesar Puello, New York Mets.
Sources told ESPN that Gonzalez received only legal substances.

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