Anthony Bosch was the founder of a Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis. He claims that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with banned drugs (including testosterone and human growth hormone.) Bosch also claims that he cooperated with Major League Baseball in part because he feared for his life. Rodriguez's suspension of 211 games has been reduced by an arbitrator to 162 games plus all playoff games next season. Nevertheless, Rodriguez's lawyers plan to file a suit in federal court to overturn the arbitration ruling.
Commissioner Bud Selig said, "In my judgment his actions were beyond comprehension," Selig said on the show. "I think 211 games was a very fair penalty." Of the 14 players suspended as a result of the Biogenesis investigation, Rodriguez was the only one to appeal the ban. Credibility may be an issue. Bosch himself is no saint. He was once fined $5,000 for practicing medicine without a license. Furthermore, Rodriguez never failed a drug test during the period in question. Bosch claims he personally injected Rodriguez because he was afraid of needles. (If Rodriguez can shoot up in front of a federal judge, does that further destroy Bosch's credibility?) Since the Joint Drug Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement requires confidentiality from both sides, why all the publicity now? Rodriguez's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina criticized Major League Baseball for participating in the 60 Minutes segment; however, it appears Tacopina also had his 15 minutes of fame in the same broadcast.
The players' association, initiated an appeal on behalf of Rodriguez. The players association expressed its disappointment in the public airing of the issues. "It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator's decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez.. MLB's post-decision rush to the media is inconsistent with our collectively-bargained arbitration process, in general, as well as the confidentiality and credibility of the Joint Drug Agreement, in particular... As a result, the Players Association is considering all legal options available to remedy any breaches committed by MLB."
The 38-year-old Rodriguez has denied he ever using banned substances after 2003. (A-Rod's hypocracy can only go so far as he apparently admitted in 2009 that he took steroids from 2001-03.) 60 minutes purported to show a redacted document consistent with a payment from "A-Rod Corporation" to Bosch's lawyer. (The nearly $50,000 payment was apparently returned. Why? Did the league pay Bosch more to talk? Admittedly, MLB is paying Bosch's attorney fees and paying for personal body guard security.) Bosch also claims that A-Rod's folks suggested that he "leave town" until the case was over. (Colombia was allegedly suggested as a nice destination or an extended vacation.) Bosch also claims that his ex-girlfriend received a text that said Bosch would not live until the end of the year. (If Bosch is such a great guy, why did his girl friend leave him.)
A lawyer allegedly advised Bosch to "align" with MLB because he needed some one as "powerful as Alex." (But if Bosch is so great at making up performance enhancing concoctions, why did he not take his own medicine and thus become a super hero of standing up to the slugger?)
Baseball and Bosch struck a deal in exchange for testimony. The deal was presumably better than anything offered by A-Rod. Is Bosch a dealer who suddenly developed a conscious or is he just a willow bending in the direction of whatever side looks sunnier? Only time will tell what effect this will have on the so called integrity of the America's past time... performance enhancement!