Posted January 13, 2014

Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch: I personally injected A-Rod with PEDs

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Tony Bosch spoke out about his former client, Alex Rodriguez, for the first time Sunday night. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tony Bosch spoke out about his former client, Alex Rodriguez, for the first time Sunday night. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Anthony Bosch, the founder of the former Florida clinic Biogenesis, said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night that he injected New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs.

It was the first time Bosch has spoken publicly about his clients at Biogenesis, 14 of whom have been suspended for using PEDs, including Rodriguez.

Bosch told CBS’ Scott Pelley that he personally injected Rodriguez with drugs because he was “scared of needles.”

“So at times,” Bosch said, “he would ask me to inject.”

He said that Rodriguez used testosterone, insulin growth factor one, human growth hormone, and “some different forms of peptides.”

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According to Bosch, Rodriguez paid about $12,000 a month for performance-enhancing drugs. He first met the MLB All-Star in 2010, shortly before he hit his 600th home run. He wanted to get to a bigger number — 800 — and wanted Bosch’s help.

“Alex cared. Alex wanted to know. He would study the product. He would study the substance,” Bosch said. “He would study the dosages because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance objectives. And the most important one was the 800 Home Run Club. … Which was only going to have one member — Alex Rodriguez.”

The in-depth interview with Bosch detailed text message conversations between he and Rodriguez. The interview aired one day after an arbitrator shortened Rodriguez’s suspension to 162 games — plus the 2014 MLB playoffs. It is the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history.


69 comments
leyahsdad
leyahsdad

this has nothing to do with whether or not he did what it is about not is selig trying to get him out of the game 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Is there anyone, anywhere, that does NOT believe that A-Rod shot up? So why does it matter who did it?

Fyreboy
Fyreboy

They are both liars.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

$12K a MONTH? I'm in the wrong business.  Come to think of it, with obama in office I'm not in any business

PO'D in boca
PO'D in boca

i watched the entire episode. Tony is a scumbag liar, bottom line

Did A rod take PEDS most likely yes. but this guy is out of a bad Sopranos episode. 

also bothers me that MLB had to pay for this info, and to come out in New Times article is a joke, 

Again did he take PEDS yes but this Bosch is still a scumbag and if he know others that he supposedly has injected than MLB keep paying him and get all the dirty laundry out NOW

Marchoir
Marchoir

And how does this differ from Barry Bonds and Greg Anderson? There is no doubt that Anderson directly injected Bonds. Anderson went to jail more than once for refusing to testify against Bonds. That could just as easily be Anderson sitting on "60 Minutes" instead of Bosch. There is also little doubt that Bonds has used more PED's, and over a longer period of time than anyone other than perhaps Ken Caminiti. so why is the A-Rod thing being treated as somehow bigger or more egregious than Bonds? They both are what they are. As far as performance enhancing drugs, no player can ever surpass Bonds. Yet, most all the others are always treated worse by the media. It's as if those who robbed convenience stores are savaged and scapegoated by the media, while the guy who robbed Ft. Knox is walking away with a smile and giving the world the finger. There has always been a marked difference in how Bonds has been treated as opposed to the other steroid players.Let's be very clear here. ALL of these players are dirtbags. ALL of them, not just some of them. NONE of them should ever see Cooperstown. Not a single one. You either put ALL of them in the HOF, or you keep ALL of them out. However, the media and guys like Dan LeBatard want to "pick and choose" between the offenders, and permit some of them to pass, while barring the door for those whom they deem not to be politically correct. They want to make McGwire and Rodriguez, the poster children and scapegoats, while at the same time greasing the skids for Bonds to slide in. If Bonds is allowed into the HOF, then ALL of them have to get in, including Palmeiro, Sosa, Pudge, Clemens, Petitte, "Juan Gone", and yes, Jose Canseco. Otherwise the process becomes nothing but politics and affirmative action. We all know the drill. This cannot be allowed to happen. Voters must treat ALL of the them equally, and without any bias whatsoever. But they won't. They never do. The entire "Steroid Era" thing is about only one player, and that player is Barry Bonds. Any argument in favor of admitting these players is really about only one player. It's ALL about Bonds, and about the politics of race. Bonds has always been treated differently, is being treated differently now, and will be treated differently in the future. 

enderland
enderland

I just hope the depths to which A-Rod has stooped doesn't in any way lessen the sins of McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, and Clemens. Those four cheating scumbags, and every other PED user, must never be let into the only hall of fame in sports that really matters.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

2014 age 38   New York Yankees  $25,000,000 salary
$30m in marketing bonuses for HR milestones from 660 HR to 763HR

2015 age 39   New York Yankees   $21,000,000 salary
$30m in marketing bonuses for HR milestones from 660 HR to 763HR 

2016 age 40   New York Yankees   $20,000,000 salary

$30m in marketing bonuses for HR milestones from 660 HR to 763HR 

2017 age 41   New York Yankees   $20,000,000 salary
$30m in marketing bonuses for HR milestones from 660 HR to 763HR

L7
L7

MLB COO Rob Manfred: "I think the most important point to remember is that for the first time in the history of the Joint Drug Agreement, the player accused of wrongdoing did not take the stand in his own defense. So whatever Mr. Rodriguez has said publicly, the fact of the matter is the evidence in the case contains no denial from Mr. Rodriguez."

dchiu2013
dchiu2013

This guy is a real scumbag, Bosch.  He deals illegal drugs for money and turns rat for MLB. He got paid by players and MLB.  

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Such a stupid interview.  Now baseball can act like they came down tough on this guy while in reality they ignored this for 15 years.  They knew it was going on, but they liked the fact that all the home runs made baseball more popular.  Bud is just covering his own azz.  The worst part of the whole interview is the self rightous interviewer  "How could you do this to baseball"  wow.

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

Am only one who thought when Bosch mention that Arod and A-Rod' s people wanted Bosch to go flee to Columbia until the BioGenisis thing blew over, that if Bosch stepped on an Avianca flight to Columbia that he would have never have made it back to the U.S. alive.  Bosch stated they offered him $20-$25k to go on the lam.  I think Bosch would have been gunned dow by a $500 sicario in less than 24 hours.  Let's see, have a document criminal whacked or risk permanent harm to your legacy and the loss of $25 million in wages.  I don't know, maybe A-Rod was still under the impression that Columbia does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.  He would be wrong, of course.

iammagicland
iammagicland

So when is Bosch going to jail for dealing all these illegal drugs (since he's not a doctor, it's illegal for him to possess them)?

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Yeah I agree the only reason Bosch told is because he was caught why didn't he say something when he first shot A-Rod up?

kfraz754131
kfraz754131

@PO'D in boca  If Bosch is a “scumbag”, what does that make A-Rod? When people are dealing in criminality they are not dealing with people who attend church every Sunday. People are convicted everyday on the testimony of “scumbags.” Bosch may not be the ideal witness, but there has been no evidence or testimony to contradict anything he has said. A-Rod could have testified in his on defense but decided to walk out of the proceedings. Also, all of the other players caught up in the scandal, apologized and took their suspension. A-Rod in is arrogance, thought he could beat the system. In my opinion, he got what he deserves.

S12
S12

@MarchoirActually, it was pretty clear that Bonds reacted to the acclaim given to Sosa and McGwire and essentially said to MLB, the press, etc F*** you all, if you think those guys are talented let me show you what a real baseball talent can do with these drugs and then went in to the usage full bore.
So to say he used them longer than Arod is absurd, particularly in light of the Miami connections that we can be pretty sure Rodriguez has been using since High school (not to mention Anthony Galea and his giving Hgh to Rodriguez as well).

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

@MarchoirJust because MLB was unable to obtain hard core documentation against Bonds and other in no way mitigates that A Rod used PEDs. Should everyone get away with murder because someone else did? That is basically your whole argument, that A Rod should not be punished because someone else was not punished. Shameful post!

ianforbes
ianforbes

@MarchoirWow. You're a complete moron. No doubt Bonds took PED's but who the hell are you to say that no player has ever taken more. Are you Casper the friendly ghost and are able to see what everyone is doing at all times of their lives? Just say you're a Bond hater and Aroid fan boy and be done with it. Bonds was treated differently? You must be high. Bonds was constantly dogged about steriods and the government tried to get him jailed because of it. Dufus.

Featbeat1
Featbeat1

@enderland It IS the only HOF that matters. The voters do a good job , or try to at least keep selection to the top 1 percent where as the Football HOF has a bunch of guys go in every year. Really , is there that many guys who play that steroid fueled sport in the top 1 percent? Talk about scumbags getting into HOFs, ya know ray lewis will go in no problem.  And please don't tell me a huge chunk of NBA players aren't juicing. They don't play the game with class anymore. But like serious nut cases. Now ,as for the topic at hand, meaning the whole A-Rod thing... all parties involved have their own agenda. They all put their spin on it . Just like politicians do. We live in a crooked society run by crooks. Sports is not excluded.  For years Selig was commish and owner of the Brewers at the same time. Please don't tell me there was no conflicts of interest on the part of the owners as a group in electing him the commissioner. The owners have an interest in what's best for the game as far as enhancing their own wealth. If one of their players is a huge draw that puts more money in their pocket. And the player's pockets. The only ones who get hurt are the fans. In many ways. Now everyone is pretending to give a damn about the drugs and expect us to all take the bait? Well, fans should show all parties involved that we are not soft in the head and can think for ourselves and call it as it is. It's a corrupt business. A-Rod was right in only one regard about not accepting the suspension originally handed down. And that is the number of games that far exceeded any other handed down to EVERY other cheater. They get 50 games and he's supposed to accept 211 games?  Where did Selig come up with that number? That alone has to make everyone wonder if he's being a scapegoat. And how un-biased can an arbitrator be if he is suspending A-Rod for a whole season when all the others got 50 games?  Keep all of the record holders involved in steroids out of the hall. Keep it the best HOF. It is a shame really. There has always been a serious void for me with Pete Rose being excleded. But he did that to himself.  Just as did Sosa, Bonds, McGwire, Clemens, Palmeiro, Pudge. and the others. True voids to the HOF if they had put up those accomplishments without the drugs. But that strong possibility, their egotism and lack of integrity is the price they have to pay. Playing the game isn't supposed to be about personal record breaking stats.  It's supposed to be about playing the game for love of the sport and being World Series champs. So let's not be soft in the head and quit taking the bait of one side or the other. They are all scumbags.

Median2
Median2

@enderland The only one that really matter is the only one with proven PED addicts in it, absoultely hilarious. I hope all you baseball fans enjoy watching drug addled idiots play the sorriest excuse for a professional sport still played today.

kfraz754131
kfraz754131

@enderland I wish MLB had the courage to remove Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, and Clemens from the record books.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@enderland Whats even more stupid is that until the last CBA MLB never pushed for regulated testing for Roids!  Even if they did they always backed off.  It was finally on this last one they rammed it through but still to me that says they tacitly approved of it because it wasn't a high priority.  Since there was no way to really test for it and there was really no punishment in place for it I don't think you can keep those guys out.  They will be kept out of course because a majority of people agree with you and not me but that's up to them and you.  Really I am just hoping you can see things another way.  I was very much like you for along time but then I realized a few things and said "How can I justify punishing people when basically EVERYONE in the sport from that era was juicing?"

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@L7 There was no stand to take and A-Rod had nothing to gain by speaking to the MLB appointed arbitrator.  A-Rod is a d-bag, however he unintentionally did the Yankees a solid by freeing up some cash.  That said, the documents were stolen.  They would not be admissible in a court of law.  Also, Bosch would be opening himself up to a deposition and under oath.  Bosch is one smiley dude and I cannot see him doing too well under cross examination.  

William27
William27

@dchiu2013so A-ROD was an innocent child in the hands of the evil scumbag?

you think we figured that out

but A-rod couldn't !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MikeKing
MikeKing

@jackgorfin At the end of the piece 60 minutes said that Selig reputation/legacy was going to be for putting forth the hardest PED tests in the history of sports.  I was mad and yelling at the TV saying that is one take the other is him and his entire staff putting their heads in the sand while it was making them money and saving the sport.  Let that be part of his legacy as well!

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@jackgorfin By the late 90's, baseball player's were starting to be built like tortillas and they were putting up offensive numbers before seen.  Brady friggin Anderson hit 50 homeruns as did a poker in Luis Gonzalez.  Selig was either willfully ignorant or complicit.  I assume the latter.  The owners, managers, players all deserve blame.  It's funny that only a few are singled out.  Atleast by better living with chemistry they got to keep their million dollar checks and were able to sign lucrative multi-year/multi-million dollar contracts.  Heck, a middling player like Melky Cabrera was able to juice up in a contract year and get caught and suspended and still sign a fat contract in the off-season.  

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@iammagicland Lemme let you in a on a secret.  No its not.  If he is a licensed lab that makes Roids for Doctors use then he can posses all the hell he wants.

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

@MatthewEugeneHaag That's actually untrue. In previous work stoppages part of the problem with the players was MLB wanted drug testing. Part of that was in relation to performance enhancers. The players' union never agreed to testing until the problem became a big thing in the media. That was when the players' union got the idea fans hated steroids and the players who took them and that players who took them would likely never get into the HOF.

S12
S12

@JizzMasterZero@L7Of course there was a stand.  That's what you do in an arbitration.  You testify on your own behalf.  Wake up.
Bosh WAS deposed, and testifed, under oath, at the arbitration hearing.  Official arbitrations are conducted much like a judicial hearing with sworn testimony and official transcripts. "
Rodriguez knew that he couldn't testify, which is why he made that ridiculous show of leaving b/c Selig didn't testify, even though he has NEVER testified at ANY hearing.

enderland
enderland

@JizzMasterZero@L7 " That said, the documents were stolen.  They would not be admissible in a court of law."

Good. I like it when truth overcomes technicalities. :-)

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@meandmesa @dchiu2013 Roids aren't illegal in perscribed doses with a Dr.'s order.  Beyond that some of you use them everyday in a topical form.  Some of you with asthma or other things use them in your inhalers.  Roids are not illegal. The way some people USE them is.

S12
S12

@JizzMasterZero@jackgorfinAnderson did that in 1987, NOT the late '90s.  In addition Tom House has openly discussed his, and teammates usage in the 1970's.

Pete Rose's gambling ring from the Dowd report went to federal prison NOT for gambling, but b/c they were convicted of sale and distribution of steroids.

William27
William27

@JizzMasterZero@jackgorfinif MLB was really against steroids they would not allow people like Melky to get fat contracts

MLB sucks

but A-Rod is not an innocent babe

bayareafan
bayareafan

@hypermeganet @JizzMasterZero You send him there because it would only take one discontented Comparative Literature major to whack him.  You could probably pay in cronuts.

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@dchiu2013 @JizzMasterZero Did you watch the interview with Bosch?  It was not long after the idea for Bosch to flee to Columbia, that he decided to cooperate.  And it was not an accusation.  I merely floated the idea out.  You know that people have been killed for a whole helluva lot less than ruining someone's career and atleast $25 million in wages for 2014, plus the no doubt millions in attorney fees and the possibility that the Yankees' now have a fighting chance to void the rest of A-Rod' s contract.  Yeah, I am sure the idea of making Bosch disappear never crossed A-Rod' s mind.  Do you think anyone in Medillin, Cartegena, or Bogata would give a sh!t if they found a dead American scumbag quack in their midst?  Maybe in your fantasy land, things like that don't happen but it's time from you to remove your A-Rod Fathead poster off of the wall in your room above your parent's house and accept that A-Rod is just a bad guy.  And like with all bad guys, all bets are off and you can never underestimate what they will do.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@MatthewEugeneHaag@iammagicland 

Ummmm...no.

A-Rod, is that you?  Or is it A-Rod, Inc., trolling for popularity points?

There are rules regulating drug quantities.  If someone has an enormous stockpile of meds whose legal doses are typically small, he's busted.  Unless he has a huge number of clients all taking those smallish doses, he's in big trouble.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@MatthewEugeneHaag@meandmesa@dchiu2013 

Oh, right.

Using spray steroids to control nasal swelling, or prednisone tablets to fight certain medical conditions, is the SAME as injecting Deca-durabolin to pump yourself up.

Suuuuure.  Learn some pharmacology before you post.