Alex Rodriguez has been named in a report about a south Florida supplier of performance-enhancing drugs, one that Major League Baseball officials are worried could grow into a massive scandal.
The list of athletes and trainers came from Anthony Bosch, described as a self-styled chemist active in Latin American baseball circles. The Miami New Times found that he distributed large amounts of human growth hormone, synthetic testosterone and other types of PEDs to players who previously had not been linked to the drugs.
From the Miami New Times:
“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.”
Major League Baseball has seen a spike in players testing positive for PEDs in the past year, one believed to be linked to South Florida suppliers, Yahoo! Sports notes.
The latest report implicating Alex Rodriguez and others is the first solid link to the South Florida area, the report notes. Evidence found that A-Rod received HGH, testosterone cream, and insulin-like growth factor, all banned by Major League Baseball.
If the Alex Rodriguez PED report does become a scandal for Major League Baseball, it won’t involve the courtroom. Law enforcement authorities looked into the Bosches supplying players ,but chose not to pursue legal action.