NY Daily News: Miami Clinic Owner Cut Deal With MLB Because A-Rod Wouldn’t Pay Him

  • Rick Chandler

I’d hate to be an attorney involved in this big MLB steroid scandal: I’d be showering six or seven times a day. So putrid. Major League Baseball’s star witness, South Florida anti-aging clinic owner Anthony Bosch, isn’t exactly the perfect witness. According to the New York Daily News, it seems that he approached Alex Rodriguez, the biggest name among the alleged dopers, and requested what amounted to hush money. When A-Rod wouldn’t pay, Bosch turned to MLB and offered to cooperate, in exchange for concessions.

This is turning into an episode of The Sopranos.

Due to mounting legal debts when MLB filed a lawsuit alleging Bosch had sold performance-enhancing drugs to players, Bosch turned to Rodriguez, according to the Daily News.

A-Rod refused to pay him what he wanted,” said a source. “Baseball was worried about that.”

MLB reached an agreement this week for Bosch’s cooperation in its long-running investigation into one of the biggest drug scandals in baseball history and plans to meet with him on Friday.

The Daily News reported Wednesday that baseball was concerned Bosch might turn to players for financial help if MLB didn’t lock him into an agreement to testify.

“They were afraid someone else would pay him,” said the source. “Bosch is the only guy that can provide them with what they need.”

Baseball officials, said the Daily News, agreed to drop its lawsuit against Bosch if he testified for them. Also, MLB would pay his legal bills, protect him for any civil liability and “provide him with personal security.”

MLB officials have also told Bosch they would intervene with any law-enforcement agencies that might prosecute the South Florida businessman because he acknowledged he provided performance-enhancing drugs to ballplayers.

“This raises a lot of serious ethical problems,” one source said. “It’s indirect compensation for information.”

No kidding. But can you really blame Bosch? Was he supposed to take all the heat himself while a dozen or so millionaire ballplayers just walked away? Of course the answer is that he shouldn’t have been involved with illegal substances in the first place, but that decision is long gone.

The bigger question is, does pretty much everyone in MLB take some sort of performance enhancer? Is it just a matter of who gets caught in baseball’s very worn and hole-filled gill net? You have to wonder after this.

Meanwhile, the poor New York Mets somehow got dragged into this. Turns out they are Bosch’s favorite team, and he even once formed a softball team with fellow medical professionals called the Miami Meds.