MLB has been investigating, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, a Miami clinic run by Anthony Bosch and today the Miami New Times reports that patient records have connected Alex Rodriguez, and five other major leaguers, to HGH use from 2009 to 2012.
Here’s an excerpt:
There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.
That’s not the only damning evidence against A-Rod, though. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: “Test. cream… troches prior to workout… and GHRP… IGF-1… pink cream…”
…There’s more evidence. On a 2009 client list, near A-Rod’s name, is that of Yuri Sucart, who paid Bosch $500 for a week-long supply of HGH. Sucart is famous to anyone who has followed baseball’s steroid scandal. Soon after A-Rod’s admission, the slugger admitted that Sucart — his cousin and close friend — was the mule who provided the superstar his drugs. In 2009, the same year this notebook was written, Sucart (who lives in South Miami and didn’t respond to a message left at his home) was banned from all Yankees facilities.
The mentions of Rodriguez begin in 2009 and continue all the way through last season. Take a page in another notebook, which is labeled “2012″ and looks to have been written last spring. Under the heading “A-Rod/Cacique,” Bosch writes, “He is paid through April 30th. He will owe May 1 $4,000… I need to see him between April 13-19, deliver troches, pink cream, and… May meds. Has three weeks of Sub-Q (as of April).”
This is obviously big news, but it is not exactly shocking. A-Rod has been connected to HGH in the past. The time frame also fits as A-Rod was recovering from his first hip surgery back in 2009 and could have used HGH to help him recover quickly. And if you remember back to 2009, he did recover quicker than expected and had no rust when he finally got back to the field. He’s also been breaking down ever since so there was reason for him to keep using even beyond 2009.
A-Rod, of course, was linked to steroids before 2009 too, but at the time he insisted that he only used from 2001 to 2003, that it was a mistake, and that he stopped. This implicates that A-Rod has been using banned substances for a good portion of his MLB career. This is significant because he always had that shadow cast over him, but we could always say it was over and done with. Now, if this is true, it’s clear that this guy is a creation of drugs and that he’s taking them even as his body is falling apart. If he’s had any chance of getting into the Hall of Fame before today, he has no chance now.
The big question is obvious — can the Yankees use this to get out of the remainder of his contract? The answer to that is probably not. Nobody has used a positive test or an admission to void a contract before. The Yankees tried and failed with Jason Giambi nearly a decade ago. So it seems unlikely they can get out from A-Rod’s deal now. They would certainly like to and will probably at least check in to see if anything has changed, but don’t get your hopes up.
This is different then the last time A-Rod was outed. This time he’s been caught red handed and very well could receive a 50-game suspension in connection to this. There is also the fact that the Yankees still owe him $114 million over five years and after his second hip surgery we don’t even know if he’ll ever play again and he’s unlikely to have an opportunity to wash away his sins with a big October like last time.
Other players linked to in this report were Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, all of whom have been suspended recently for testing positive for PED’s. Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez were also named, but their connection isn’t as blatant as A-Rod and others’.