Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

The investigation by Major League Baseball of an anti-aging clinic that was linked with the supply of performance enhancing drugs to baseball players has taken a new turn with the office of the commissioner paying a former employee of the facility for documents related to the case.

Reports also suggested that at least one player, possibly Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) linked to the clinic has purchased documents from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them. Many other players have also made attempts to buy the potentially incriminating documents related to the baseball doping scandal to keep them out of the hands of baseball’s investigators. The New York Times first reported the purchase by MLB and added that MLB investigators have ”what they believe is evidence” that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records. Although the information received by MLB regarding Rodriguez seems credible, it has no hard evidence to connect the Yankees star to such a purchase, according to ESPN. But A-Rod’s problems can resurface if the Major League Baseball can obtain either physical evidence or sworn statements, in which case the baseball player could face suspension from baseball, and could also face possible criminal charges.

The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth’s record by over a year. The star baseball player has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

Since baseball has no subpoena power, its officials were compelled to pay money for documents as its officials had been concerned that more than one player was trying to do the same. The payments are not expected to exceed several thousand dollars.

The now-closed South Florida clinic that operated under the name Biogenesis of America is suspected of providing performance enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, and Yasmani Grandal and even Ryan Braun.

Previously, a request by Commissioner Bud Selig through two of his top deputies — Rob Manfred and Pat Courtney – was declined by the Miami New Times that was first reported the case after which the MLB filed a lawsuit against six people with connections to the Biogenesis clinic. In the lawsuit, MLB accused the clinic of damaging the sport by providing players with banned substances and the banned drugs supplied included testosterone, human growth hormone, and human chorionic gonadotropin.

In the past, Alex Rodriguez was linked to a Canadian doctor who pleaded guilty in the United States to offering banned substances to players. The Yankees player met with baseball investigators on the matter and denied taking any banned substances from the doctor but his claims were somehow insufficient for the authorities though the federal authorities did not provide all the facts of the case.

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