Once again, the MLB and steroids are mentioned in the same story.
In a story by Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, the names of high profile baseball players such as Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, and Melky Cabrera are mentioned in connection with Anthony Bosch, owner of now-closed Biogenesis, a clinic that provided steroids and other banned substances to its clients. Per usual, most of the implicated players have declined comment.
However, one player has spoken publicly, swearing his innocence. In a tweet published about noon today, Nationals’ superstar pitcher Gio Gonzalez disputes both using performance enhancing drugs as well as knowing Bosch:
According to Bosch’s personal notebooks, Gonzalez paid $1,000 for an order of supplements:
There’s also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez’s name appears five times in Bosch’s notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, “Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.” (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)
The father of Gonzalez, however, admits to receiving drugs from Bosch:
Gonzalez’s father, Max, also appears on Bosch’s client lists and is often listed in conjunction with the pitcher. But reached by phone, the Hialeah resident insists his son has had no contact with Bosch.
“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” the elder Gonzalez says. “I went to Tony 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?”