Records belonging to Anthony Bosch and the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic contain the name of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Biogenesis was uncovered in the past week as an alleged supplier of performance enhancing drugs to a number of professional athletes, but the inclusion of Braun’s name is a new revelation. Major League Baseball is already investigating Biogenesis’ actions and records, but they are now expected to expand their search to include the possibility of Braun’s involvement.
Braun tested positive for a synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason. He didn’t challenge the results of the test and the subsequent 50-game suspension that was handed down, but rather the handling of the sample was what Braun and his lawyers opted to go after. Chain of custody concerns arose when it became known that the test-taker responsible for the sample took it home over a weekend, rather than shipping it to the lab immediately as protocol dictates. The suspension was thrown out and Braun eventually publicly denied using testosterone.
Braun has still been forced to cope ever since with the belief of many that he was in fact guilty of using a PED. With these latest allegations arising, he has since released a statement:
During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.
I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.
One of the key factors being investigated by MLB is the link between the Biogenesis clinic and Jimmy Goins, a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami, who was named throughout a number of the records obtained from the clinic. Goins has a relationship with a number of the players linked to these reports including Gio Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Cesar Carrillo, and now Braun.
Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Gonzalez, Grandal, and Carrillo were all included in initial reports regarding Biogenesis. In addition to Braun, these new reports also implicate Francisco Cervelli and Danny Valencia, though it’s worth noting that there do not appear to be any specifics within the clinic’s journals that mention what each player may have received from Bosch through Biogenesis.