There’s More to Baseball’s Doping Scandal Than Meets the Eye

MLB Doping Scandal

Although the doors are now locked and the clinic is seemingly out of business, the unassuming office building that formerly housed Biogenesis contained enough secret dealings to fuel one of the biggest doping scandals in baseball history. Most know by now that a total of 20 Major and Minor League Baseball players have faced suspensions following their association with the Florida-based anti-aging clinic, including the New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez. As with any scandal that comes to light, there’s a lot more to the story that what has been reported on the surface. Here are five pieces of the puzzle you haven’t heard…

1. Biogenesis wasn’t the first venture in “entrepreneur” Tony Bosch’s history. In fact, Bosch started several different companies before Biogenesis, and all had the same outcome: failure. The charismatic man, self-described in his composition notebooks as an educator, leader in hormone replacement therapy, and molecular biochemist, always started strong, but then closed down his ventures amid financial strain. There was medical supply company Cardio-Respitory Lab, a consulting venture called Miami Med Management that lost an investor more than $60,000, and a firm named Colonial Services. All seemed successful for a few years, but eventually buckled under the weight of money troubles. Added to the mix were Bosch’s two failed marriages, unpaid child support, foreclosures, and lawsuits. It all adds up to a picture of a man who failed to uphold the successful and distinguished reputation he tried to build for himself. Then came Biogenesis, and a hopeful chance to become the success he hoped to be.

2. It wasn’t just baseball players. In Tony Bosch’s detailed notebooks, he recorded client lists, payments and patient prescriptions. What was notable about these records was that they described in great detail the illegal drug regimens he was recommending for elite and pro athletes, many of whom were baseball players but also tennis player Wayne Odesnik, University of Miami conditioning coach Jimmy Goins, and Cuban Olympic boxing star Yuriorkis Gamboa.

3. Bosh went to great lengths to conceal patient names in his personal notebooks with code names. However, some names were disguised in some records, but often were listed together with real names in other places, making it easier to decode a virtual “who’s who” of professional sports players. A-Rod was also “Cacique,” “Mostro” was Melky Cabrera, Ceasar Carillo was nicknamed “Al Capone,” and the Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz was “Mohamad.”

4. The original investigation was led by a Miami New Times staffer and a disgruntled former Biogenesis employee. Once the venture named Biogenesis started to go south, as had all the other businesses associated with Bosch, some former employees were justifiably upset. One had worked for the clinic for two moths with no paycheck. Former staffer Porter Fischer, a patient who had done some marketing work for Biogenesis but was on the outs with Bosch over a loan, emailed Miami New Times reporter Tim Elfrink saying he had information linking Biogenesis to pro baseball players.

5. The drugs involved in the scandal were all banned or illegal in the realm of professional sports. The detailed records show athletes receiving HGH, testosterone creams, IGF-1, and GHRP, which releases growth hormones. The special concoctions created by Bosch included a pink cream containing testosterone, a drug filled lozenge called a troche, and a Sub-Q mixture of HGH, IGF-1 and other drugs. Bosch’s notes even include instructions for how to get the regimens to the players, and notes on a clean-up period that would allow the athlete to pass a drug test in the clear.

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