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Saturday 21, Mar 2015

  Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

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Yuri Sucart, a cousin of Alex Rodriguez, is expected to plead guilty on charges of distributing performance enhancing drugs, according to records filed in Miami federal court.

In August 2014, Sucart was arrested along with six others, including Anthony Bosch, owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida that was at the center of a doping controversy that engulfed some of the most prominent stars of Major League Baseball. Court records also show that Bosch had been expected to testify against Yuri Sucart if the case had gone to trial. In February, Bosch was sentenced four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute testosterone.

Yuri Sucart procured performance-enhancing drugs for Alex and knows about his romances with many women, his zany legal strategies, and his drug use. Sucart is scheduled to face trial on April 6 in federal court on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be called as a witness.

Yuri will become the eighth and final defendant (to plead guilty) who is associated with the notorious Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that provided performance enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and other professional baseball players. In recent months, Yuri has been repeatedly hospitalized with blood clots and other ailments and a heart condition. Prosecutors will ask U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga to sentence Sucart to eight months in prison while Sucart’s lawyer, Ed O’Donnell, will seek four months of house arrest for Yuri, citing poor health in recent months.

Sucart remains the only defendant not to have pleaded guilty but it is widely believed that he may change his not-guilty plea during a court hearing in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Yuri Sucart is charged with conspiring to distribute Testosterone and five counts of distributing testosterone, which are punishable by a total of 20 years in prison. According to court records, the lawyers of Sucart have threatened to disclose that Sucart was the “steroid mule” of Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Yuri Sucart’s wife, Carmen Sucart, has remarked the secrets of Rodriguez will be exposed in court. Previously, Carmen had disclosed that Alex Rodriguez came to their home in the spring of 2012 and asked them to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for $50,000 and an apartment. Carmen added that they declined the deal and Rodriguez peed on the wall. Carmen also reiterated her disdain for the baseball star and questioned her motives after A-Rod apologized for his disastrous effort to escape a season-long doping ban. Carmen said the letter to the fans is a lie and added the reckless campaign of Rodriguez and his denials, legal warfare, and finger-pointing had wrought destruction upon her family. She vowed that truth will prevail if the attorney of his husband gets to cross-examine Alex before a jury and audience at the Miami courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

Recently, Rodriguez, known as “A-Rod,” made a return to the field for the New York Yankees for spring training in Tampa after he was suspended by the MBL for the entire 2014 season over the Biogenesis doping scandal.

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Thursday 13, Nov 2014

  A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

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A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Saturday 23, Aug 2014

  Anthony Bosch Surrenders To DEA

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Anthony Bosch Surrenders To DEA

Anthony P. Bosch, the businessman at the center of the South Florida doping scandal, has surrendered to Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Bosch was involved in one of the longest-running dramas in baseball that ensnared baseball All-Stars like Alex Rodriguez. His involvement with baseball stars gave a bad name to anti-aging clinics and roiled the MLB Commissioner’s office. Bosch and a half dozen of his associates were charged by the prosecutors with distributing the anabolic steroid Testosterone to hundreds of people, including high school athletes. With Bosch’s assistance, MLB gave the longest doping ban in baseball to Rodriguez and suspended 13 other players, including stars like Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz.

The 50-year-old Bosch had struck a deal with prosecutors even before his arrest. Bosch was asked to help prosecutors expose his network to get a lenient sentence after entering a guilty plea. Bosch faces 10 years in prison.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Bosch and two of his associates formed a company called Scores Sports Management, Inc. in March 2011. This company took preloaded syringes of testosterone for aspiring baseball prospects, ages 12 to 17, in Dominican Republic. Until late 2012, Bosch continued to dispense performance-enhancing drugs. Previously, Bosch denied giving performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players but later became the star witness for Major League Baseball against Alex Rodriguez.

Bosch started offering Testosterone and other chemicals beginning in October 2008 to patients at the anti-aging clinics he co-founded in South Florida. Bosch forged prescriptions and scoured the black market to obtain the drugs. Some of Bosch’s patients were high school students, ages 15 to 17, who would visit him with their parents. Prosecutors remarked Bosch admitted to treating at least 18 minors.

The court document said the clinics’ customers were not only ordinary people who just wanted to improve their physical appearance, but also others with different motives, professional baseball players (or athletes), minor league players, and college and high school baseball players who wanted to increase their athletic prowess by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Bosch regretted his actions, said Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for Bosch. In a statement, she said Tony Bosch recognizes that he has made mistakes in the past and has spent the past year working hard to correct those mistakes and added Tony Bosch recognizes that he has made mistakes in the past and has spent the past year working hard to correct those mistakes.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said our investigation revealed that these performance-enhancing drugs did go to minors, to professional athletes and to others and added it was a network of recruiters and folks in the black market. Mark R. Trouville, the D.E.A.’s special agent in charge in Miami said Bosch is not a doctor and he is a drug dealer. Bosch used to wear a white lab coat and refer to himself as “Dr. T,” which led most of his customers to assume that he was a doctor despite Bosch having no medical credential of any sort.

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Friday 15, Aug 2014

  Tiger Woods Received Treatment From HGH Guru

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A recently released book has revealed that Tiger Woods paid almost $200,000 to Canadian human growth hormone guru Anthony Galea and an associate for 63 visits to his home between September of 2008 and October of 2009.

The American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. He spent 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as world number one to become the dominant force in golf.

The book, “Blood Sport” by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, disclosed that the HGH guru received more than $76,000 for visiting the four-time Masters champion 14 times while Tiger Woods recovered from knee surgery between January and August of 2009. The book also cited an investigation by the Florida Department of Health that found Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, charged Tiger Woods more than $118,000 for 49 visits. The doctors also treated Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Rodriguez is presently serving a suspension of 162 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

The book by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts also maintained that Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods discussed their simultaneous treatments by the two physicians. The book suggests that the relationship of Woods with Galea was far more extensive than previously known. In 2010, the New York Times reported Woods received treatment from Galea at least four times, but the book indicates that Galea and Lindsay had met dozens of times with Tiger Woods. The New York Times had previously reported that Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, had deep ties to BALCO, the San Francisco-area lab that offered designer steroids to athletes. In 2009, BALCO founder Victor Conte told the Daily News that Lindsay was part of a group called “Project World Record” for making Olympic track star Tim Montgomery the fastest man in the world. Lindsay also worked with BALCO-linked athletes Marion Jones and Bill Romanowski.

The book quotes Hank Haney, Woods’ former swing coach, saying he was unaware of the specifics of meetings of Galea with Woods and added he never saw anything illegal occur during the visits of the doctors to Woods’ Florida home. Haney remarked he was there three or four of the times Anthony Galea was there, and he didn’t see anything. Woods’ former swing coach added he never saw Tiger do anything like that and went on to add that Tiger Woods is bigger and stronger from all the working out he does, but he’s not faster or longer because of it and it is not like he is avoiding injuries.

In 2011, Galea pleaded guilty in a Buffalo federal courtroom to a felony charge of bringing misbranded and unapproved drugs, including performance enhancing drugs, into the United States.

Meanwhile, Galea and Woods have maintained that Woods was never treated with performance enhancing drugs but with platelet-rich plasma injections that are legal to promote healing.

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Tuesday 08, Jul 2014

  Rodriguez Won 2007 MVP After Testosterone Exemption

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According to a new book, Major League Baseball officials allowed New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to make use of Testosterone during his 2007 MVP season.

The book, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts revealed that Alex Rodriguez was one of two players that season who were granted therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for androgen deficiency medications. It was further revealed that exemption to A-Rod was given two days before the start of spring training. According to the book excerpt, Major League Baseball entered into evidence several exemptions that were requested by Rodriguez since he joined the Yankees. It is surely a huge surprise for many as MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred called Testosterone “the mother of all anabolics” and remarked that testosterone exemptions are very rare as some people who have been involved in this field feel that with a young male, healthy young male, the most likely cause of low testosterone requiring this type of therapy would be prior steroid abuse.

Rodriguez hit a major-league leading 54 homers with 156 RBI during the 2007 season. The baseball star was recently suspended from baseball for using banned performance enhancing drugs that he purchased from the now-defunct Biogenesis Clinic.

A-Rod also applied for two other exemptions in 2008. According to the book, A-Rod, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was given permission to use Clomid that is prescribed to men diagnosed with hypogonadism and may also be used to prevent the formation of excess estrogens associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. MLB however denied him permission to use Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is used for weight loss while also producing Testosterone.

In a statement, MLB said all decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) under the Joint Drug Program are made by the Independent Program Administrator (IPA) in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the Office of the Commissioner or the Players Association. It was added that the process is confidentially administered by the IPA, and MLB and the MLBPA are not even made aware of which players applied for TUEs and the TUE process under the Joint Drug Program is comparable to the process under the World Anti-Doping Code.

The MLB officials also added that the standard for receiving a TUE for a medication listed as a performance-enhancing substance is stringent, with only a few such TUEs being issued each year by the IPA. It also revealed that MLB and the MLBPA annually review the TUE process to make sure it meets the most up-to-date standards for the issuance of therapeutic use exemptions. MLB officials also remarked MLB and the MLBPA have publicly issued the IPA’s annual report as recommended by the Mitchell Report since 2008 about which documents how many TUEs were granted for each category of medication and further added that we believe this high level of transparency helps to ensure the proper operation of the TUE process.

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Saturday 05, Apr 2014

  Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

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Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have decided it is time for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association by announcing longer suspensions for violators and other reforms.

According to the announcement, a first violation for performance enhancing substances will result in an unpaid suspension of 80 games increased from 50 games. A second violation will now carry an unpaid suspension of 162 games, which would be increased from 100 games while a third violation will still result in a permanent ban from Major League Baseball.

It was also announced that baseball players suspended for doping will also be barred from participating in the post-season of that year, irrespective of when their suspension ends. Moreover, these players will not be eligible for automatic shares of the players’ bonus pool provided to players on clubs that make the playoffs. Players who face suspensions for doping will now be subjected to six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests, all unannounced during every subsequent year of their careers.

The number of in-season random urine collections beginning the 2014 season for all players will more than double from 1,400 to 3,200. Meanwhile, blood collections for detecting the use of Human growth hormone will increase to 400 random collections per year. The Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association provided the Arbitration Panel with the ability to reduce the discipline of a player, subject to certain limitations, for the use of certain types of performance enhancing drugs if the player is able to prove at a hearing that the use was not intended to improve performance.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Major League Baseball is proud to announce some of the most significant improvements that we have made to our program in recent years. Selig added he is committed to constantly finding ways to improve the program in order to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the game and for MLB to serve as a model for other drug programs. Selig said baseball continues to try to escape the cloud of more than a decade of doping scandals despite having the toughest anti-doping policies in all of US pro sports.

Players’ union executive director Tony Clark said experience proves that increased penalties alone are not sufficient and added that’s why the players pushed for a dramatic increase in the frequency and sophistication of our tests, as well as comprehensive changes in a number of other areas of the program that will serve as a deterrent.

Last year, MLB imposed lengthy suspensions and fines on some of the most eminent baseball stars, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for their involvement in Biogenesis clinic scandal. Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was suspended for 162 games, keeping him off the field for the entire 2014 season. This was after Alex Rodriguez, considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was originally suspended for 211 games by MLB.

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Monday 27, Jan 2014

  Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

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Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez may have sued Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) against his reason season suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement, but it seems the Yankees third batsman is coming to terms with the fact that he will not be playing Major League Baseball in 2014.

The New York Yankees third baseman however expressed confidence that he will be back. Rodriguez remarked the full-season doping suspension he is scheduled to serve this year may actually turn out to be a “big favor” as he has been playing for 20 years without a timeout. According to the translation of a video at a promotional event in Mexico City, Rodriguez said he believes 2014 will be a good year to rest physically, mentally, and to prepare for the future and to start a new chapter of his life. A-Rod, who will be 39 when he is eligible to make a comeback, expects to return to the Yankees in 2015 and said there are three years left in his contract starting in 2015, and he expects to play very well and finishes his career in New York.

These remarks of Rodriguez were his first ever since an arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, reducing it to a full season of 162 games and the postseason. Alex Rodriguez has decided to continue his fight against the doping battle and his lawyers filed suit in a federal court, taking aim at Major League Baseball, the players union, and the arbitrator who heard his case, asking a judge for vacating his punishment. Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman, said this process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past eight months and Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge – whatever he decides – and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz found the baseball star using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts for obstructing MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

It is widely believed by some legal experts that the chances of a federal judge throwing out the decision reached by Fredric Horowitz, MLB’s chief arbitrator are bleak to say the least. It is not common for judges to intervene in cases where private parties – the league and the union – have agreed to an arbitration process for handling disputes and a judge will act only if Alex Rodriguez could prove that Horowitz was unfair or biased.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has revealed that Rodriguez wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration to stop attempts for disciplining the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also urged that two Rodriguez lawsuits in Manhattan federal court be combined into a single case. The attorney said Alex Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to `stand up’ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Thursday 23, Jan 2014

  MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

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MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

The Major League Baseball Players Association fired back on Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the 162-game suspension issued by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez was given a reduced suspension from 211 to 162 games by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz who also ordered that the third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well.

Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic scandal that provided banned performance enhancing drugs to baseball players. Arbitrator also found Rodriguez using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts to obstruct MLB investigation.

Union chief Tony Clark challenged inclusion of the MLBPA in the federal lawsuit by Rodriguez and called the claim completely without merit. Tony Clark, who replaced highly regarded union chief Michael Weiner in December, issued a statement to challenge inclusion of the union by Rodriguez in the federal lawsuit he filed earlier in the day against MLB and the MLBPA. In a statement, Clark wrote it is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association and his claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.

Clark was outraged that the New York Yankees slugger decided to attack Weiner in his lawsuit. A-Rod questioned the comments by Weiner, who died from a brain tumor, which suggested that the union would recommend the player make a deal if Major League Baseball has overwhelming evidence linking a player to a violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. Weiner had remarked we are not interested in having players with overwhelming evidence that they violated the (drug) program out there and added that most of the players are not interested in that and we did like to have a clean program.

The 41-year-old Clark was serving as the MLBPA’s acting executive director since  former executive director Michael Weiner passed on November 22. Jeremy Guthrie, who, along with Curtis Granderson, serves as MLBPA association representative, the union’s most senior player-leadership position, said at the appointment of Tony Clark as the union’s next executive director that although the need to name a new executive director was brought about by the tragic passing of Michael Weiner, a man we all loved and respected, we’re very happy to have someone like Tony take the helm of our union.

The Major League Baseball Players Association chief Clark remarked the Players Association has vigorously defended Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. He added that Rodriguez’s allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on the former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, and he is confident the Players Association will prevail.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has remarked that A-Rod wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration for stopping attempts to discipline the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also said Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘stand up’ to the Major League Baseball and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Sunday 19, Jan 2014

  Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

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Rodriguez Meticulous With Doping, Says Bosch

Anthony Bosch, the founder and former proprietor of the infamous anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, has remarked Alex Rodriguez was meticulous in his quest to exploit the advantages of performance enhancing drugs to gain a distinctive edge. Bosch said Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, wanted to become the sole member of the 800 home run club.

Speaking in an interview with the CBS News program 60 Minutes, Bosch said he personally injected the New York Yankees third baseman with performance enhancing drugs as A-Rod was “scared of needles.” According to a publicity release, Bosch said in the interview that Alex would ask him to inject at times. The 60 Minutes segment also disclosed that the baseball star spent $12,000 a month in doing business with Bosch, who claimed the most important objective of A-Rod was the 800 home run club. Bosch featured alongside Major League Baseball’s Rob Manfred in the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

The three-time American League MVP was the biggest name along with one-time MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Recently, the 211-game suspension of Rodriguez from Major League Baseball was lowered by an arbitrator to 162 games, plus any 2014 playoff games. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the suspension imposed on Rodriguez’, originally levied by Major League Baseball in August 2013, from 211 to 162 games and ordered that the New York Yankees third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well. In a lawsuit, MLB had claimed that Biogenesis and Bosch, along with others, created a violation of the players’ contracts by supplying them with banned performance enhancing substances. Rodriguez has never tested positive for a banned substance since he joined the New York team.

Bosch told CBS anchor Scott Pelley that he personally delivered banned substances including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1, and human growth hormone to Alex Rodriguez at least a dozen times and the baseball star paid him $12,000 a month in cash. Bosch added that A-Rod asked him for what he gave MLB superstar Manny Ramirez, a former Bosch client. Bosch also claimed that the associates of Alex Rodriguez tried to intimidate him for preventing him from helping with the MLB investigation into the player. Manfred told Pelley during the interview that he believes the threats Bosch said he received could be legitimate. He added the concerns seemed credible, particularly given that he identified individuals that we had our own concerns about, said Manfred.  Bosch also showed text messages between A-Rod and himself that demonstrated that the two at times were in contact daily.

MLB’s COO Rob Manfred and MLB dropped a lawsuit against Bosch and they are now paying for security guards for Bosch. They have agreed to cover his legal fees in return for his cooperation.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez issued a statement that said he had been clear that he did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court.

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Monday 13, Jan 2014

  Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

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Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid star of baseball, has been suspended for the entire 2014 season in a doping scandal. The New York Yankees third baseman was given a 162-game doping ban by an arbitrator instead of the 211-game ban imposed upon Rodriguez last August by the Major League Baseball.

The ruling by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz means that the slugger from New York Yankees will be losing more than $22m (£13m) for the games he is missing. The 38-year-old Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, was one of the few players who were linked with a now-closed Florida clinic that allegedly supplied banned performing enhancing drugs. Rodriguez said he would fight to reverse the ban and attack the ruling by terming it as one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve him having failed a single drug test, and is at odds with the facts. Rodriguez said the number of games sadly comes as no surprise as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. Rodriguez added he has been unfairly targeted as a first step for club owners for abolishing guaranteed contracts and imposing life bans for doping in the next contract with the players union.

A-Rod went on to add that he had been clear that he did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court. The ban imposed on Alex Rodriguez is the longest in the sport’s history for doping. Not only this, it raises the possibility that A-Rod will not play again. On the other hand, the Major League Baseball union said it “strongly” disagreed with the ruling but recognized that a final and binding decision has been reached. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) said we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached. A statement issued by MLBPA added that we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process which led to the decision.

Last year, Alex Rodriguez was suspended along with 13 other players include the Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun of Milwaukee Brewers, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera all of whom received a ban of 50 games.

Major League Baseball said the punishment imposed on Alex Rodriguez was over his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. The MLB also accused A-Rod of attempting to cover up his violations by obstructing the investigation.

Rodriguez and other baseball players were accused of buying and using performance enhancing drugs from a now-defunct Florida drug clinic, Biogenesis. A-Rod was also accused of interfering with the Major League Baseball investigation into Biogenesis, which many believed resulted in a harsher penalty. This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been associated with performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted to using these drugs while playing for a Texas team (between 2001 to 2003) but had denied using anabolic steroids since.

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