Out MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The steroid scandal first revealed by the Miami New Times in January may now take some of the best players in baseball off the field. ESPN’s Outside the Lines program is reporting that Major League Baseball is considering benching at least 20 players for 100 games for using performance enhancing drugs.
The suspensions are tied to Anthony Bosch who operated a now defunct clinic across from the University of Miami. Paperwork obtained by the New Times lists all-star players including Miami’s own Alex Rodriguez who plays for the New York Yankees.
Wednesday Yankees manager Joe Giraldi told reporters, “I worry about baseball being affected as a game. And what it’s been through the last 15 years. And that’s my concern.”
Toronto all-star outfielder Melky Cabrera is listed in paperwork as well. There is even a handwritten letter, presumably from Bosch, trying to get paid for services rendered. It reads in part, “In me helping him, I put my busin. (business) and all my dr’s at risk by fabricating pt. charts and phony prescriptions. I did it b/c you promised me compensation and I trust you.”
Bosch is now turning on his clients. ESPN is reporting he plans to cooperate, listing clients. In return he is hoping to get leniency in any criminal investigations or civil suits.
Former UM baseball slugger, now Milwaukee Brewer outfielder, Ryan Braun has fired back. He denied Bosch gave him performance enhancing drugs.
“I addressed it in Spring Training. I will make no more further statements about it. The truth is not changed. I don’t know the specifics of that story that came out today but I’ve already addressed it and commented on it and I’ll say nothing further about it so. I hope you guys can respect that,” Braun said.
Bosch has spoken once since being exposed. He came to Braun’s defense.
“I haven’t offered Braun any services,” Bosch told Outside the Lines. “I just answered a few questions for his legal team, not for Braun.”
Today at a home listed for Bosch in Coral Gables his father answered the door. He had no comment. The home ironically is located two blocks for University of Miami’s athletic facilities.
As of right now Major league baseball is not commenting on this story.