January 29, 2013

Pitcher's Dad Denies Son's Steroid Use

It seems like it's been, well, weeks since we've heard anything about steroids in baseball.

Now there's this.

According to the Miami New Times, records taken from an anti-aging clinic near the University of Miami reportedly link several big leaguers to performance enhancing drugs.  And the doctor at the forefront of all this...Anthony Bosch.

Yeah, the same cat who, in 2009, was connected to Manny Ramirez's suspension.

But, this time, Bosch's business extends well beyond the former slugger, it includes a number of players with ties to Miami.  Among them...Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Nelson Cruz.

Rodriguez, Cabrera and Colon have been linked to PEDs in the past, but Gonzalez and Cruz?  Those are new names.

And to fuel the fire surrounding Gonzalez?  The Washington Nationals' pitcher's dad, Max, is also listed as a client.

Naturally, the elder Gonzalez says his son has nothing to do with Bosch.

"My son works very, very hard, and he's as clean as apple pie," the Max Gonzalez told the New Times. "I went to (Bosch) because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that's it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I'd be dumb enough to go there?"

Major League Baseball has yet to mention any of the players listed in the report by name, but Tuesday morning they issued a statement saying the league’s department of investigations had already been looking into the connections in South Florida.


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