In an interview that will reverberate around baseball forever, Anthony Bosch, 49, the founder of Biogenesis, will tell 60 Minutes that he personally supplied and injected A-Rod with banned substances, reports CBS.
The interview airs just over 24 hours after Alex Rodriguez was banned by the MLB for the entirety of the 2014 season.
Here’s what you need to know about Bosch:
1. Bosch Will Admit to Personally Injecting A-Rod
The full list of revelations according to CBS will include:
-He personally delivered banned substances, including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1 and human growth hormone to Rodriguez at least a dozen times and Rodriguez paid him $12,000 a month in cash.
-He personally injected Rodriguez because “Alex is scared of needles, so at times, he would ask me to inject.”
-Rodriguez’s mission was to hit 800 home runs and that the Yankee slugger asked him for what he gave MLB superstar Manny Ramirez, a former Bosch client
-Text messages obtained by 60 Minutes between him and Rodriguez indicate that at times they communicated daily about the substances the slugger took on his “protocol”
-Says Rodriguez associates intimidated him to try to prevent him from cooperating with MLB in its investigation of the Yankee third baseman.
The 60 Minutes website also notes that A-Rod turned down “numerous” requests for interviews.
2. Bosch Previously Claimed His Innocence
Bosch had previously denied ever supplying A-Rod with any banned substances. His denials led to a lawsuit being brought against him by Major League Baseball. After Bosch changed his tune and co-operated with the MLB and now, Major Legal Baseball is taking care of his legal fees and personal security amid alleged death threats.
3. His Alleged Client List Was an All-Star List
Yahoo Sports reports that Bosch had a pretty impressive line-up of clients. Client who he supplied with performance enhancing drugs. The list for PEDs included A-Rod, obviously, Melky Cabrera, Ceasar Carrillo and Ryan Braun, listed as clients but not related to PEDs were Francisco Cervelli of the Yankees and Danny Valencia of the Orioles.
4. In 2011, He Was Let Off Scot-Free From a Previous Investigation
Don’t know what the hell is on Anthony Bosch’s upper forehead, but I don’t trust it. pic.twitter.com/8TpgbBgdSb
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) January 12, 2014
In 2011, it’s reported that the Florida Department of Health investigated Bosch but let him go without ever actually interviewing. Responding to anonymous tip, the DOH heard that Tony Bosch was practicing medicine without a license out of his offices near Miami University. His company, was then known as BioKem but became Biogenesis, was under surveillance by DOH investigators for four months between June and September 2011. The report into the investigation states that Bosch’s business partner, Carlos Acevedo, who is also under investigation by the MLB, was interviewed by the DOH in 2011. The report on his interview reads:
Contact was made with Carlos Acevedo, who was cooperative and offered a tour of this small office. It should be noted that this appeared to be a business office and not a medical office. No medical equipment was observed by this investigator. Mr. Acevedo stated BioKem is a marketing business that generates referrals to medical offices for weight loss and anti-aging. When asked if any medical doctors were employed, Mr. Acevedo stated the only doctor employed is Anthony Bosch, who is a PhD and not a medical doctor. Mr. Acevedo stated that Anthony Bosch is rarely in the office and is normally working to develop new referrals. No evidence has been found that the subject, Anthony Bosch, is practicing medicine.
5. Bosch Appears to Have Gotten Into the Family Business
In 2009, Bosch’s father, Dr. Pedro Bosch, was named as the supplier of the steroids which saw slugger Manny Ramirez banned for 50 games. ESPN reported at the time that Pedro Bosch and his son, Tony, were under investigation by the DEA over the supplying of illegal substances. The Miami New-Times described Bosch at the time as a “well-known hobnobber in Latin American baseball circles.” The report also states that neither of the Bosch family had criminal records, though Dr. Pedro Bosch faced a malpractice suit in 2004 that was dismissed.