In the early 2000’s, Major League Baseball was rocked by the BALCO scandal. BALCO was busted for supplying MLB stars like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi with performance-enhancing drugs, which fueled their careers to new heights.
Here we are now a decade later, and it looks like a modern-day BALCO scandal could be brewing with the Biogenesis clinic. 20 MLB and minor league players are accused of receiving steroids from Biogenesis, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.
The MLB is currently investigating this matter and working with Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch to uncover which players have been violating baseball’s substance abuse policies. Here’s a look at the main players who are currently under investigation:
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
Melky Cabrera – Toronto Blue Jays
Francisco Cervelli – New York Yankees
Bartolo Colon – Oakland Athletics
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
Fautino de los Santos – Free agent
Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals (allegedly received legal substances)
Yasmani Grandal – San Dieog Padres
Fernando Martinez – Houston Astros
Jesus Montero – Seattle Mariners
Jordan Norberto – Free agent
Jhonny Peralta – Detroit Tigers
Cesar Puello – New York Mets (minor leaguer)
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees
One thing that stands out about this list is how several of the players have either been busted for, or accused of using steroids in the past. Rodriguez, who’s the biggest name on the list, admitted to juicing from 2001-2003 while playing with the Rangers. Since there was no punishment in place for using steroids back then, he escaped suspension.
However, due to his past, Rodriguez would be facing the 100-game suspension for second-time offenders because he’s already been associated with roids. Colon, Cabrera and Grandal would also be in this boat because they tested positive for excessive testosterone levels in 2012. This trio was linked back to Bosch last summer, which raised suspicions among the MLB’s top brass.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” approached Bosch about his involvement with Colon, Cabrera and Grandal last year. And the Biogenesis founder denied any wrongdoing in the matter. However, he’s since changed his stance and has agreed to cooperate with league investigators. Sources have told Outside the Lines that Bosch’s information could supply the league with what they need to suspend certain players.
Bosch is set to meet with MLB officials this Friday to start sharing what he knows. The doctor has pledged to offer any materials and phone records he has to aid the investigation. In exchange for his cooperation, Bosch asked the league to drop a civil suit against him, to which they complied.
Furthermore, he wants the MLB to vouch for his cooperation to federal investigators. Of course, baseball officials can’t promise that Bosch won’t suffer any legal consequences for his actions. However, working with Major League Baseball should definitely help minimize any criminal sentence.
It’s doubtful that Tony Bosch has many options left but to work with the MLB. Biogenesis was served with a cease-and-desist letter last year by the Florida Department of Health. Since his business can no longer operate, Bosch is said to be nearly broke and living with family and friends. He’s also failed to convince the Department of Health to let him reestablish a “wellness” clinic.
Working with Bosch is definitely in the MLB’s interests too. Without him, Major League Baseball merely has circumstantial evidence on the listed players. Sure there are some intriguing documents in the league’s possession, like one that has Braun making payments of $1,500, $20,000 and $30,000 to Biogenesis. However, Bosch can actually provide legitimate testimony on what these payments were for.
The case should definitely make some huge advancements this weekend as Bosch begins sharing information. And the way it looks now, he has plenty of dirt on some very high-profile major leaguers.