I've never understood why the average fan cares if players take steroids, surely they want their heros to be the best they can be.
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Open the neat spreadsheet and scroll past the listing of local developers, prominent attorneys, and personal trainers. You'll find a lengthy list of nicknames: Mostro, Al Capone, El Cacique, Samurai, Yukon, Mohamad, Felix Cat, and D.R.
Then check out the main column, where their real names flash like an all-star roster of professional athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's hurler Bartolo Colón, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. There's even the New York Yankees' $275 million man himself, Alex Rodriguez, who has sworn he stopped juicing a decade ago.
Read further and you'll find more than a dozen other baseball pros, from former University of Miami ace Cesar Carrillo to San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal to Washington Nationals star Gio Gonzalez. Notable coaches are there too, including UM baseball conditioning guru Jimmy Goins.
The names are all included in an extraordinary batch of records from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic tucked into a two-story office building just a hard line drive's distance from the UM campus. They were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared. The 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.
The Bosches were never charged with a crime. Both Pedro and Anthony Bosch failed to respond to a hand-delivered letter and then, reached on their cell phones, declined to speak with New Times. The nine athletes and one coach named in this article didn't respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment, but when New Times began asking questions last week, sources leaked information to the New York Daily News and ESPN to soften the blow.
MLB issued this statement responding to questions about the Bosches: "We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances and have been active in the issues that have emerged in South Florida... [B]anned substances... have no place in our game."
Taken as a whole, New Times' three-month investigation into Biogenesis adds fuel to the raging national debate over the role of steroids and HGH in sports. It follows an embarrassing Hall of Fame election that saw no steroid-era stars enshrined and comes just weeks after cycling star Lance Armstrong described to the Oprah Network his own chemical cheating. Now, as baseball teams head to spring training under a tougher new policy, the Biogenesis records affirm that the war on doping has been as futile as the War on Drugs.
"In general, almost every drug these records describe coming from this clinic is well known in the world of illegal doping," says Dr. Gary Wadler, a past chairman of World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List and Methods Sub-Committee, after listening to a description of the records.
The story of how Anthony Bosch built the East Coast version of BALCO — the notorious California lab that provided baseball greats such as Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds with steroids — doesn't just shine a harsh light on America's drug-addled pro sports. It also makes clear that federal crackdowns have done little to police anti-aging clinics, which earn millions annually from average citizens wanting to look younger and from elite athletes seeking an edge.
"Anti-aging clinics contend their services are legal because they are treating aging as a disease. Therefore, they'll tell you, testosterone is a medical necessity for aging adults, as is human growth hormone in some cases," says Shaun Assael, author of Steroid Nation, a book about the history of performance-enhancing drugs in competition. "But that's an argument that's already been litigated in sports."
(After publication, Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez denied use of performance-enhancing drugs and involvement with Biogenesis. Wayne Odesnik and Jimmy Goins also issued denials. Through an attorney, Anthony Bosch denied being "associated" with Major League Baseball players. Nelson Cruz denied any ties to Biogenesis in a statement released by Pittsburgh-based law firm Farrell & Reisinger. And through his attorney, Dr. Pedro Publio Bosch denied any involvement with the players mentioned in this investigation.)
I've never understood why the average fan cares if players take steroids, surely they want their heros to be the best they can be.
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Shaun’s book is really good. I learned a lot from that book. My favourite topic is about performance-enhancing drugs because I am helping my friend who is a tri athlete.
This is just one of the reasons I am so turned off by professional sports. This is something that if not addressed will possibly do major damage too collage and professional sports and the big money involved. Either it's a free for all and you can use whatever substance you want to put into your body, or it is honest and fair, and everybody plays by the rules? You can't have your cake and eat it too.
What I find hard to believe is that the DEA did not obtain enough evidence to prosecute Tony Bosch for criminal conspiracy, or at the very leas;t practicing medicine without a licence. Secret nicknames and codes to conceal his activities and other measures should have thrown up plenty of red flags. I believe this is the same DEA that desires to protect us from the dangerous marijuana that they claim has no medical value. There are a lot of influential and powerful people involved in this case whom would prefer that it would just go away. Many of these same people represent the Cuban American community who are careful to project a vision of success and achievement, and may resent a pillar of the community like Dr. Bosch having his name and reputation being dragged through the mud.
Great job New Times, this is a scoop worthy of comparison to "The New York Times" and their coverage of "Watergate" in the 1970's. This story has all the criteria that should deserve a Pulitzer. prize. Examples are: Big name professional sports players, high profile and connected movers and shakers, pharmaceutical giants, doctors and lawyers, and even the DEA. Some of the unfortunate victims are the athletes who respect their bodies and play by the rules, advertisers who are probably not aware of the cheating, and of course the kids who look up too these athletes. This is a black eye for almost all sports and casts a shadow of suspicion on all players. I am reminded of the television series "The Wonder Years" when Kevin Arnold and his father attend a professional baseball game to relive Kevin's father's nostalgia for the game. When Kevin approached a ballplayer for his autograph and the ballplayer asked for a large donation to sign the baseball, that is when Kevin's father knew the game had changed. Perhaps it is being naive, but baseball in particular has always been about mom, apple pie, and clean cut sportsmen who got the job done based on their individual abilities,, and not some formula cooked up in a laboratory..
I Dont understand why everyone is soo upset about these situations like they got screwed out a world series ring or somethin', bottom line is PED's cant make u hit a 95 mph fastball regardless how long u take 'em. These athletes have skills U and I will never possess and if they want to take somethin' to make them heal faster what's it to U? All these people talkin' about it sets a bad example for the kids, yada yada yada, sound stupid cuz guarantee U go ask kids if they kno what steroids are or if they kno how to get them they wouldn't. Most athletes don't start using steroids till college if not later and by then they're already adults and can make their own choices. Sooo,its really not hurtin' nobody but the user and these dorks who never made its feelings. BOOHOO!!!
These athletes have a lot to lose by not staying in peak condition. I'm only a weekend warrior but I still want to compete as well as I can. I use Deer Antler Stax by Velox Labs and it's totally helped me not only recover faster but just feel younger in general.
The penalties for players as well as the doctors that prescribe the drugs need to be stripped of wins, licenses, and any other accolades they have so-called earned. They should not be felt sorry for. If these players feel so insecure about their own abilities, they have to take drugs. What messege are they sending and example setting are they putting out to our children?
Tim Elfrink, you got the Miami NT a few shout-outs on SportsCenter tonight. Damn good journalism if you ask me (assuming A-Rod's assertion that the docs are all bunk is not true). Score a big one for the New Times!
It's obvious the punishment MLB'ers potentially face today isn't inhibiting them from juicing. It's time to scare the players into getting clean. Forget this weak 3 Strikes (50 games, 100 games, lifetime ban) you're out nonsense. Time to go get tough, time to go with 2 strikes! 1st strike you're gone 2 years. 2nd strike you're gone for good. Somebody please tell me if the players faced this kind of punishment they wouldn't clean up quicker than Ichiro can get down a 1st base line? Come on "Dud" Selig grow a pair of balls and get tough on the dopers!
Here's a hard fact for you,, 95% of all NFL players use HGH or TEST during a season. The only way RG3 is coming back next year after such major surgery is via the use of HGH to heal faster.
@RHReese Wow! Your attitude is a major problem with many people today, not just athletes! If we were to agree with you on this matter, that would mean there would be relatively no safety checks required which would push even wider open the illegal and UNSAFE use of virtually any drug simply because someone claims they "need" whatever the latest popular substance is! That behavior KILLS people - including some who are completely unaware of the inherent risks they are taking - all because some really smart con-artist is able to convince people that the "snake oil" he's selling is "safe" (because he says so)!
The least of my concerns is that so-called "superstars" are nothing but junkies who have found a way to fool others (especially innocent children who look up to them and seek to emulate them)! They're CHEATERS who have found a way to STEAL what they're not capable of doing on their own. I'd like to think that those who "are here to entertain us" are also trustworthy and doing what they do FAIRLY! Otherwise, they're simply PATHETIC LOSERS!
RHReese, what an ass you are....saying that these athletes are here just to entertain.....I guess you don't have kids that play sport and want to some day make it to the big leagues. These athletes such as Bond, Clements and Rodriguez are an insult to the sport...With their deeds they have put records out of reach for any law abidding athlete to strive for. I call entertainment athletes playing fair and hard and to see them sweat the game until they give in to time. That way I can tell my son that he might have a chance to become a good or even great player playing the game right.
You know what? Who cares ? The medical field with nurses and doctors are the ones that should be tested for drugs. These are just athletes trying to gain an edge not to influence kids . They aren't hurting anyone but themselves. You want to teach these children about these drugs? Start at home with the parents. Athletes are here to entertain us not to teach us right from wrong.
I personally don't have a problem with HGH or TEST or other performance enhancing drugs in any sports. Id much rather see a guy bash the ball out of the park. In fact whats the big deal about Steroids?.. They are legal in most places on the planet except the US and they shamed other countries like Canada and Mexico into blacklisting them. You can not stop performance enhancements,, the next generation science is already here its called Gene Dopping and you positively CAN NOT detect it. So stop with all the crying foul ball..All you've done is create another black market. We will find what we want one way or another..
yep, take em all down!!!! The athletes have misled us once again. How can i trust these people to raise my kids and instill values? I thank the media too, for taking the time to show highlights and psoting stats on how great these athletes are and then even better, how they say they were bamboozled finding out that the same athletes were enhancing their performance. It is time for all of to band together and fight this injustice, for my kids sake and yours as well. How can we move on as a society when all of this is determines how our kids are raised? This has changed the way i live day to day!! lets spend millions of dollars trying to prove that someone lied about taking a PEDs. that is what is important to our society. Live on nay-sayers of evil, long live justice.
Ok, so now have we seen enough of A-rod , more like HGH -rod!!!! now. Its time to clean this mess up some and send a message to the kids coming up, take em your out! He should be tossed with the rest and the ones like Bonds and others should never be allowed to get into the Hall!! They gave up that right the minute they stuck the needle in down deep or popped the pill, one hit or one catch more because of the drug was cheating and has no place. If any of these guys get into the Hall before Pete Rose, then Baseball is a shamble !!! he cheated as a coach, not a player and it wasnt stat involved anyways. Toss em All!!!
Please cease from associating Mekly Cabrera's name with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants didn't eve offer him a contract after the season. He's a Toronto Blue Jay.
So now those of us who would like to live longer and stay healthy are going to be denied our right to do so in order to keep professional athletes 'clean'. If that is the case, then damn the US government into Hell along with every professional athelete.
Sports Figures are sure not setting any great Examples for our Youth with respect to Truth, Honesty and Ethical Behavior as the American Way! NO SIR, THEY CERTAINLY ARE NOT! What are our Youths supposed to believe as to how they should behave in competitive situations? Should they adopt the "Win at any Cost" philosophy? Where Lying, Cheating, Unethical Behavior and Blatant Dishonesty are acceptable in order if they give them an edge at Winning or Profiting!
Maybe it would be a great idea to give everyone in Washington D.C some PEDs. And by everyone I mean everyone. From the top to the bottom. We may ge something done about jobs and the economy.
i get why names were blacked out, and great job and getting story but do think other names shouldnt b blacked out with the explanation of them being only in there once. imo leave yourselves to hiding someone or something
Oops*******another scandal.....so much CORRUPTION AND COVER UP......I guess the DEVIL is everywhere*****
GREAT STORY. GREAT FOLLOW UP. Way to get the scoop on every other newspaper and media outlet there is! Great work guys!
we realize that Armstrong could not have gotten away with it, and doped for so long without assistance from those in the Olympic community. I imagine we will find more and more cases of these so called professional sports figure doping, should we start looking for it while they are in college?
What about Tiger Woods' doping? Clearly, the PGA and Nike have covered it up!
See http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/is-redemption-possible-for-tiger-woods/#comment-2457 (see also the article itself)
@tulyfajardo He Cant.. period.. grow up and smell reality. If your kid wants to be an professional athlete and succeed , he will have to use PED or Gene Dopping to be competitive.
@jeff.winch And it WILL kill you!
why should they raise YOUR KIDS isnt that YOUR job ????? that is the problem with you people you whant others to do your job as a parent wtf raise your own dam kids!!!!
@swedefinn101 HA! So the SF Giants are now distancing themselves from players connected to steroids? That is rich...
@wootendw riiiiiight.... Me thinks you're a little off-topic.
@texasjustice Gotta do a better job confiscating them first.
@quilter1931Well if you think about it, his face is his livelihood, his allure... his twinkle! Everything he has he owes to that face.
@thinkster the article says nothing about the strength and conditioning coach "funneling HGH and steroids to the UM baseball program" that's a big stretch to make if you actually read the article. Here's a blog post that explains that http://www.stateoftheu.com/2013/1/29/3928436/miami-hurricanes-baseball-steroids-scandal
@logosgnosis @wootendw In case you can't figure it out, logosgnosis, the author's purpose in writing this article is to arouse anger towards companies such as Biogenesis for 'helping' athletes perform better even though the medications they sell do, in fact, help overcome the effects of aging. The fact is that Human Growth Hormone is healthy if taken in moderate doses and is especially good for healing injuries among older people such as myself. I happen to like to run twice a week, but a pulled hamstring will keep me with my 60+ year old body from doing so for 6 months. A little growth hormone could fix it in about 6 weeks. But in order to keep professional athletes 'clean', I am unable to obtain HGH.
@brodymlogan It was only a question. Let the TRUTH be FULLY determined. Right now, it sure does look like the NCAA has ALOT of work to do.
@jeff.winch @krussrn also probably the reason tons of NFL QB's have children born with all sorts of health issues. It doesn't only kill you but it's consequences are also inherited by your offspring (yes, full horizontal gene transfer).