The Miami New Times dropped a bombshell on baseball today, reporting on a Coral Gables-based anti-aging clinic that it describes as "the East Coast version of BALCO." In addition to implicating University of Miami benefactor Alex Rodriguez—for whom the Hurricanes' home field is named—the story links Miami's baseball strength and conditioning coach and two former players to the clinic.
The New Times turned up numerous handwritten notebooks and payment records that connect Rodriguez and former Hurricane stars Yasmani Grandal and Cesar Carrillo to performance-enhancing drug purchases from Biogenesis, the clinic run by Tony Bosch. Jimmy Goins, who is in his ninth year as the strength and conditioning coach, is also listed in multiple Biogenesis client lists, according to the New Times.
"The University of Miami is aware of media reports regarding one of our employees and an intensive review is underway," UM's athletics department said in a statement. "We will not comment further on personnel matters."
Other former Miami players who have previously been linked to PEDs include Ryan Braun, though Braun's 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug rules was overturned on appeal. Today's news is surely troubling for the 'Canes. Writes the New Times:
"Indeed, there are two patterns of the names of athletes in Bosch's records: (1) Most have direct ties to Miami and often to the UM Hurricanes baseball program, and (2) a number have already been caught doping—which suggests that either Bosch isn't particularly gifted at crafting drugs that can beat performance tests or his clients aren't careful."
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