New York Yankees: PEDs

Joe: I don't talk PEDs with my players

June, 5, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he doesn’t discuss performance-enhancing drug use or potential penalties with his players.

“That’s something that the union, I think, discusses clearly with the players, and they understand that, so that’s handled through the union, I’m sure. But personally, I don’t,” Girardi said Wednesday, a day after “Outside the Lines” revealed that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be suspended for 100 games because of his connection with Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch. “Players are well-informed. That’s the bottom line. You’d have to have your head buried in the sand to know that there are repercussions if you don’t do things properly.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement on ESPN’s Biogenesis report.

“The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner’s Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation,” the statement read. “They are in the process of interviewing players and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association. The Commissioner’s Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.

“The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”

Girardi said he hadn’t spoken to Rodriguez on Wednesday and reiterated that when he does it will be strictly about “baseball stuff and rehab stuff like it always has been.”

Rodriguez is still working his way back from hip surgery.

Girardi said he doesn’t expect the investigation to be a distraction for his players.

“When we talk about this, my concern is about the game and the game being clean," Girardi said. "I’d hoped that we were through it, but obviously, maybe we’re not. But we’re going to find out.”

Asked how it would affect the team if A-Rod does get a 100-game suspension, Girardi responded, “We’ll cross that bridge. This is in MLB’s hands, and for me to speculate doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Girardi doesn’t know what the future holds for Rodriguez or catcher Francisco Cervelli, who could be suspended 50 games. Second baseman Robinson Cano's charity spokeswoman Sonia Cruz appears in the Biogenesis investigation, but a senior team official told ESPNNewYork.com that Cano “isn’t part of this.”

“I’m not privy to any of that information. If you want to find out stuff, you’re going to have to talk to MLB,” Girardi said. “That doesn’t come through my desk; it doesn’t come to me. My job is to manage the guys in the clubhouse, and I’ll continue to do that.”

Girardi was asked how MLB is going to get past this investigation.

“The game is always bigger than one individual, 10 individuals, 100 individuals, 1,000 individuals,” he said. “This game has went on for a long period of time, and I think the important thing is you try to learn from everything that happens in the game; good, bad or indifferent, you try to learn.

“But this is a great game and I love this game and I want what’s best for this game. And I think baseball’s trying to do that as well. Unfortunately, there’s some things that you go through in all sports that’s not what’s best for the sport, but you’re going to get through it, because as I said, it’s bigger than 100 players, it’s bigger than 1,000 players. This game has a long history, and it’s a great game that will continue to be a great game.”

Report: A-Rod tied to PEDs again

January, 29, 2013
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A report out of Miami contains new details that might link Alex Rodriguez to recent use of performance-enhancing drugs. The Miami New Times, in a long investigative piece, has details that suggest Rodriguez had close ties with Anthony Bosch, a South Florida nutritionist. The story says Rodriguez has made PED transactions as recently as during the 2012 season.

In 2009, when Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs, he said he took them only from 2001 to '03 as a member of the Texas Rangers.

Bosch has been under suspicion for a long time. Bosch allegedly gave Manny Ramirez the women's fertility drug that ultimately led to his first suspension in 2009. MLB is investigating Bosch's practices.

The New Times writes about specific times when Rodriguez allegedly made transactions with Bosch for performance-enhancing drugs. In Bosch's files, Rodriguez was listed as "Alex Rodriguez," "Alex Rod" or a nickname, "Cacique," a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief. Rodriguez's name appears 16 times in the records the New Times obtained:

Take, for instance, one patient list from Bosch's 2009 personal notebook. It charts more than 50 clients and notes whether they received their drugs by delivery or in the office, how much they paid, and what they were taking.

There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet." HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.

That's not the only damning evidence against A-Rod, though. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: "Test. cream ... troches prior to workout ... and GHRP ... IGF-1 ... pink cream."

IGF-1 is a banned substance in baseball that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth. Elsewhere in his notebook, Bosch spells out that his "troches," a type of drug lozenge, include 15 percent testosterone; pink cream, he writes, is a complex formula that also includes testosterone. GHRP is a substance that releases growth hormones.

There's more evidence. On a 2009 client list, near A-Rod's name, is that of Yuri Sucart, who paid Bosch $500 for a weeklong supply of HGH. Sucart is famous to anyone who has followed baseball's steroid scandal. Soon after A-Rod's admission, the slugger admitted that Sucart -- his cousin and close friend -- was the mule who provided the superstar his drugs. In 2009, the same year this notebook was written, Sucart (who lives in South Miami and didn't respond to a message left at his home) was banned from all Yankees facilities.

The mentions of Rodriguez begin in 2009 and continue all the way through last season.


There could be serious ramifications for A-Rod. If these allegations prove to be true, he could be suspended under MLB's drug policy, and the Yankees could try to void his contract. He is owed $114 million over the next five seasons.

Ex-Yankee Ventura offers his support to Clemens

September, 1, 2010
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Robin Ventura shared a clubhouse with Roger Clemens in 2002 and 2003 while both players were with the Yankees. Clemens pleaded not guilty on Monday to six felony counts related to his testimony before Congress in 2008, during which he denied using steroids or HGH. Ventura offered support for his former teammate on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve been reading about it in the papers and it’s unfortunate,” Ventura said of Clemens’ legal situatiuon. “He was a great teammate and a good friend. It’s just one of those things that you hope it all works out for him.”

Ventura was speaking at the TimesCenter in Manhattan on Wednesday, where he participated in the announcement of the Capital One Cup, an award given to the top athletic programs in Division I. The Cup is awarded based on a program’s cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports played in all three seasons.

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