The Florida newspaper that broke the Anthony Bosch/Biogenesis scandal will not be handing over files to Major League Baseball after all. The Miami New Times cited several reasons for this decision, including journalistic ethics, history, a previously unreported criminal probe into Bosch, and… Jeffrey Loria.
In a scolding piece of sorts, the Miami New Times blasted commissioner Bud Selig and name dropped just about every baseball scandal from the last 100 years as reasoning for abstaining from cooperating with MLB. The kicker, though, are the shots fired toward Loria.
“One of our most significant motivations for denying baseball is right here in the tropics. His name is Jeffrey Loria, and he owns the Miami Marlins, who start regular-season play in just a few weeks. A March 1 story in the Atlantic called the pudgy art collector’s stewardship of our baseball team, which has twice won the World Series, “the biggest ongoing scam in professional sports.” The magazine’s article describes, as New Times has in the past, how Loria hornswoggled $515 million in public backing for the stadium and parking facilities, then delivered a losing season and sold off all his best players.”
Ken Davidoff is no fool. Davidoff knows that if he sticks his microphone in front of burly former Yankees closer Goose Gossage, he’s going to get something good. Gossage is a legend and a Hall of Famer as well as the go-to guy for PED-related anger among former players.
In the ongoing saga of MLB players and the Miami New Times report on PEDs, Gio Gonzalez has stood his ground. The Washington Nationals left-hander was quick to issue a statement condemning the report’s inclusion of his name, despite what any Biogenesis ledger said.
Gonzalez, it has been purported, was not directly linked to any substances that appear on MLB’s banned list. According to a report from the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, Gonzalez is claiming to have been tested just two days after the release of the Miami New Times’ report. Predictably, Gonzalez reports a pass in his January 31st test.
Curt Schilling vaulted himself back into relevance last week when he regaled us all with a tale of how he was encouraged to use performance enhancing drugs back in 2008 when he was out of action with a shoulder injury. Schilling told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd that a former Boston Red Sox employee suggested that he should use a banned substance to help him recover, to which the outspoken right-hander refused.
Now, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, citing unnamed sources, reports that Schilling’s claims are “completely baseless”. Edes’ report states that investigations by both MLB and the Red Sox, conducted “within a week” of the alleged incident, concluded that there was nothing to the three-time World Series champion’s claims. Schilling reported the incident to then Red Sox manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein, who took the neccesary steps under baseball’s joint drug agreement. The PED conversation, while not confirmed, is believed to have been with former Red Sox rehabilitation coordinator, Mike Reinold.
Add another name to the Black Book of Infamy, as Jesus Montero just turned up in one of the nefarious notebooks currently boosting the February news cycle doldrums.
Montero, unsurprisingly, denies any knowledge of Anthony Bosch or the clinic. The Mariners issued a perfunctory statement about supporting the JDA and disappointment and so on and so forth.
There really isn’t much to add here. Jeff Sullivan gets in depth, as much as this passing mention of Montero warrants. This post is basically a vessel for the obvious joke seen above. Jesus Montero is bad, you see. And slow. It’s not really rocket science.
To the surprise of no one, Alex Rodriguez has followed Gio Gonzalez’s lead and issued a statement on the Miami New Times Biogenesis story. Unlike Gonzalez, Rodriguez went through an intermediary to issue his statement.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post on behalf of Alex Rodriguez:
“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”
So there we have it. The “documents” at the center of what appears to be the most amateur case of drug dealing this century, are not legitimate according to camp Rodriguez. Don’t go away fighting, latest chapter in the baseball/PED narrative… just go away.
Are we weary of PED talk yet? Judging by the reaction this Miami New Times report, there is a voracious appetite for drug speculation. Depending on your desire for outrage, there is enough in the MNT report to feed an army.
There are names – famous names and familiar names and new names in the baseball drug sphere. There are details of a sloppily-run medical clinic with questionable bookkeeping and details of creams, shots, and significant payments. There is enough to reignite the steroid debate anew.