Anthony Bosch, founder of former South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, said in an interview with 60 Minutes that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was meticulous about his use of performance-enhancing drugs and that he injected drugs into Rodriguez.
The interview airs Sunday night and a partial transcript of the interview was obtained and published by the New York Daily News.
Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his connection to Biogenesis was shortened to 162 by an arbitrator Saturday.
The interview, as well as text messages between Bosch and Rodriguez, indicate that Rodriguez was obsessed with using PEDs to help him try to become the only major-leaguer to reach 800 home runs. He has 654 homers.
Bosch injected drugs into Rodriguez because he was “scared of needles.”
“So at times, he would ask me to inject,” Bosch said.
Bosch described Rodriguez as secretive and himself as accommodating.
“Try to use service elevators. Careful. Tons of eyes,” Rodriguez wrote to Bosch in a text message in June 2012 in Atlanta.
Bosch said in the interview that Rodriguez paid $12,000 per month for PEDs from Bosch.
“Alex cared. Alex wanted to know,” Bosch said. “He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages, because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance, objectives. And the most important one was the 800 home run club.”
Rodriguez sent Bosch a text during a spring training game in April 2012 after he had three RBIs.
“Really good. Explosive,” Rodriguez wrote.
“Go with same protocol,” Bosch replied.
Bosch spokeswoman Joyce Fitzpatrick said in a statement that Bosch believes Rodriguez’s suspension is fair and deserved.
“Tony Bosch doesn’t take joy in seeing Alex Rodriguez suspended from baseball, but he believes the arbitrator’s decision was appropriate,” she said Saturday. “He is glad to have the arbitration behind him and believes he can play a valuable role in the future by educating athletes about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.”
The 2014 suspension also includes all potential playoff games. Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended after MLB investigated Biogenesis. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun received the second-longest ban of 65 games, which he served. The other players were banned 50 games.
Rodriguez can participate in spring training, MLB officials told ESPN. The Yankees can relegate Rodriguez to the team’s minor-league facility in Tampa, Fla., because he is not on the 40-man roster.
The team will reportedly not make a decision until meeting with the commissioner’s office.
Rodriguez plans to attend spring training.
The Yankees can also cut ties with Rodriguez, but they would still owe him $61 million.
Rodriguez announced on his Facebook page that he will contest Saturday’s decision in federal court.
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said in the statement. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.
“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.”
Rodriguez repeated his claim that he has not taken any PEDs while playing for the Yankees since 2009.