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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As Major League Baseball prepares to punish New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez for his purported use of performance enhancing drugs, the man who blew the whistle on him and major league players feels A-Rod has no one to blame but himself.
“Do I think he (Rodriguez) is sitting home right now saying `Wow, maybe I should have re-thought my decisions?’ I hope he is. I hope this is a wake up call for him,” said Porter Fischer. “I hope he has more baseball to play, but he needs something more than a slap on the wrist to send a message to other players.”
Fischer is the former Biogenesis employee and investor who took boxes of patient files from the offices of Tony Bosch’s Coral Gables clinic. Those files reportedly contained the names of more than a dozen Major League Baseball players who are believed to have been given performance enhancing drugs by Bosch.
Fischer leaked those documents to the Miami New Times in January creating a media firestorm – the worst of it focused on A-Rod.
“Alex isn’t in this position because I exposed him. Alex is in this position because he was doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing again, allegedly doing something he shouldn’t be doing, said Fischer.
CBS4 Jim DeFede asked Fischer what sort of actions he thought the league should take against Rodriguez.
“I think it would be a shame if he got some kind of lifetime ban because I don’t think he deserves that, I really don’t think he deserves that,” said Fischer. “But MLB needs to make an example of somebody because otherwise this is just going to happen tomorrow, next year and the next year following on.”
And how did Fischer feel about Rodriguez saying that if it hadn’t been for him, none of this would have come out.
“I’m just the messenger. They are not my documents. I never met you man, I don’t know who you are. I don’t know if you are a nice guy, I don’t know if you are a jerk. And I really don’t care,” said Fischer.
Fischer said the players were never the focus of his actions; he wanted to expose Bosch and his alleged PED peddling clinic.
“Again I don’t know any of these ball players. It’s not me saying ‘Ha ha look at the ball players, look at the ball players, look at the ball players’. I was walking up saying ‘Hey look at what this guy is doing, look at this guy’s operation. You guys just happened to be clients of his. That’s not my business, that’s your problem, not mine’,” said Fischer.