Coral Gables Steroid Dealer Finds Support From MLB
Anthony Bosch is the past owner of the Coral Gables, Florida anti-aging clinic that gained national attention after it was revealed that he and his business sold and administered illegal steroids to an assortment of Major League Baseball (MLB) players. While Bosch was convicted in federal court last year, the inside information he provided to MLB investigators and legal counsel allowed him to gain unlikely alliances with the same people who were once purusing him for his role in the illegal steroid use schemes of MLB players. In fact, the information provided by Bosch led to the record suspension of 14 MLB players. Now with Bosch’s sentencing looming, attorneys for the MLB have made it a point to let prosecutors know that Bosch actually played a big role in helping the MLB clean up America’s oldest national pastime. In fact, in a letter penned by the MLB’s attorneys, they liken Bosch to the historical New York Mets batboy who received lenient treatment by the courts after participating in the exposure of a past and similar baseball steroid scandal.
The Unique Partnership Between Bosch and the MLB
Currently, six people have been convicted in the most recent steroid scandal that has rocked the MLB. Now, the lawyer for one of the remaining defendants has been attempting to determine the current and past nature of the relationship between the MLB and Bosch. This lawyer’s concern about the relationship includes suspicions that the MLB paid Bosch millions of dollars for publicity, security and legal fees in exchange for Bosch’s cooperation with MLB investigators and attorneys. It is believed that Bosch began to garner MLB support after he agreed to turn on many of the patients whom he assisted with doping, including famous baseball player Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. It is believed that the MLB’s attorneys, including U.S. Senator George Mitchell of Maine, attempted to receive reassurances from the Miami U.S. Attorney that the office would make sure to take into account Bosch’s assistance with MLB when determining his prosecution.
In fact, in addition to the MLB attorneys meeting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami in 2013, the attorneys also submitted a follow-up letter that stressed how Bosch’s assistance had been “critical to MLB’s efforts to successfully sanction” 14 MLB players as well as the imposition of lengthy suspensions against Rodriguez and other players. Also highlighted was Bosch’s full cooperation with the investigation, which included Bosch’s testimony against Rodriguez during a time when “Bosch received threats from Rodriguez’s [associates] to induce him to lie about his relationship with Rodriguez.” Additional cooperation from Bosch included the provision of detailed notes to the MLB that outlined the human growth hormones and testosterone that Bosch sold to MLB players. Bosch also made available correspondences in the form of text messages that provided information about MLB players’ use of illicit drugs.
The letter from MLB attorneys to the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office acknowledged that the MLB attorneys had promised Bosch that they would inform federal prosecutors about the degree of assistance that Bosch had provided for their investigation. Furthermore, the MLB’s support of Bosch could be persuasive given that shorter prison sentence recommendations for cooperating witnesses are a standard procedure within the federal justice system.
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