Report: MLB to interview players in latest PED scandal
Major League Baseball plans to interview players that were named in an explosive report in the Miami New Times detailing a clinic’s involvement with distributing performance-enhancing drugs, but first wants to obtain documents that tied players to human growth hormones, reports Yahoo! Sports.
Officials from MLB plan to travel to Florida to talk with the Miami New Times editors and their legal team about the documents that were used in the story that named New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez along with several other players.
If the newspaper does release the records to the league, not only could it bolster MLB’s case when arguing for potential 50-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Cruz and Gonzalez, it could provide an ever greater look at the scope of Biogenesis owner and alleged peddler Anthony Bosch’s operation – and add more names beyond the sullied six.
“We will most certainly take that request very seriously,” New Times editor-in-chief Chuck Strouse said. “We’re in the business of reporting news. And we’re also in the business of justice. I don’t know what we would do if they asked. We’re talking with our lawyers, and we don’t want to stand in the way of any investigation. We’ll have to determine it when it comes to that.”
The newspaper plans to release more documents this week detailing Bosch’s involvement with the players. Gonzalez and Rodriguez both deny even knowing Bosch.