Report: Miami Clinic Supplied PEDs To MLB Stars

Jonathan Daniel

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and several other big names were mentioned in an article that says a Miami clinic supplied them with PEDs. You may or may not be surprised by this.

This doesn't have anything to do with the Cubs -- at least none were mentioned -- but this Miami New Times article says that several well-known major-league players were supplied with various forms of performance-enhancing drugs by a clinic in Miami:

Open the neat spreadsheet and scroll past the listing of local developers, prominent attorneys, and personal trainers. You'll find a lengthy list of nicknames: Mostro, Al Capone, El Cacique, Samurai, Yukon, Mohamad, Felix Cat, and D.R.

Then check out the main column, where their real names flash like an all-star roster of professional athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's hurler Bartolo Colón, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. There's even the New York Yankees' $275 million man himself, Alex Rodriguez, who has sworn he stopped juicing a decade ago.

Read further and you'll find more than a dozen other baseball pros, from former University of Miami ace Cesar Carrillo to Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal to Washington Nationals star Gio Gonzalez.

I make no judgments here, although you can be certain that MLB will be looking into this for possible PED suspensions. I do know that this topic has been blowing up all over Twitter Tuesday morning, so I thought all of you might like to discuss it. The article concludes with a warning to anyone who's still doing this sort of thing (the quote below is from Shaun Assael, author of Steroid Nation, a book about the history of performance-enhancing drugs):

There's no question that virtually every drug Biogenesis sold has been banned by every professional sport in America.

For the first time this year, baseball will check for HGH during the regular season; in the past, only a few offseason tests were employed.

"In the vast majority of leagues, you need therapeutic-use exemptions to even get near testosterone," Assael says. "And HGH is universally banned."

Anyway, as I said, this appears to be the big discussion topic of the day. Have at it.

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