What Baseball Players Were Named in Miami New Times' PED Story - 2013 Scandal Continues Steroid Era?
What Major League Baseball players were named in the Jan 2013 Miami New Times PED story?
There are several players named with the possibility of as many as 20 more names to come and that has baseball writers and pundits crying, will the steroid era ever end in MLB?
Many are already arguing that issue with this new report and the New Times said records it obtained connect such high-profile players as the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez along with the Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz and a host of other players to Anthony Bosch, the former owner of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.
According to the New Times, other Bosch clients included Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, 2012 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.
A seventh player, Cesar Carrillo, pitched for the Padres in 2009 and finished last season in the Tigers organization, according to MLB.Com.
Read the full New Times story, it shows the links they claim to have placing the players with Bosch and this his connection to PEDs.
It is a stunning investigation that took three months and followed a trail of paper.
According to the New York Daily News, there my be even more names coming soon, as many as 20 players could be involved.
Check out a video below that discusses the scandal and the possibility of the Yankees cutting ties to A-Rod (pictured above).
Cue the league:
“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.
See the full statement here, the league adds:
“Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game. We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach. We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.
“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”
MLB.Com has more including an interview with the Miami New Times that goes through the process of verifying the evidence and there are already a bunch of denials coming out including:
A spokesman for A-Rod released the following statement: "The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story –- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez –- are not legitimate."
Gonzalez tweeted: "I've never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will. I've never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substance provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie."
The Rangers released a statement regarding Cruz: "The Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team will have no further comment."
The Yankees also released a statement: "We fully support the Commissioner's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner's Office. We will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded."
Check out a video below.
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