By turning to Tony Bosch to help them make a case against Alex Rodriguez in the Biogenesis investigation, Major League Baseball has become a safe house. Bosch feared for his life, CBS reporter Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" says he was told, because associates of A-Rod threatened Bosch's life after failing to bribe him. So he turned to MLB for protection.
Bosch also told "60 Minutes," Pelley says, that he developed and administered a PED program, supplying six banned substances to Rodriguez and personally injecting him sometimes because A-Rod feared needles.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled Saturday that Rodriguez must sit out all of the 2014 season, including any postseason the New York Yankees might play. Rodriguez had appealed MLB's original suspension of 211 games, the longest in league history short of a lifetime ban. Rodriguez claims he hasn't used PEDs in a decade.
A "lengthy interview" with Bosch will be broadcast in full Sunday night that gets into "all of the specifics" of Bosch's relationship with Rodriguez. Here are the details to expect, Pelley says:
Bosch claims that associates of Rodriguez attempted to bribe him to stay quiet. When that didn't work, he says they attempted to get him out of the country, and when that didn't work, he says, he started getting death threats.
He was afraid for his life, he tells us in the interview, and that drove him into the arms of Major League Baseball. Baseball told him that they would protect him, would give him security and would defend him legally.
It's hard to imagine Major League Baseball turning into a witness relocation program, harboring Bosch and "protecting" him from associates of A-Rod who allegedly threatened his life. Did the commissioner open up his Milwaukee home to Bosch to keep him out of harm's way from A-Rod's alleged hitmen? It sounds absurd, but what about this story doesn't? Also: If MLB is paying Bosch's way, it's clear that they're OK with him speaking to CBS. Bosch is telling the story they want told, that A-Rod would do anything to save his hide, to be used against him later if necessary.
Bosch tells CBS a different story than he did earlier in previous interview. Bosch denied to ESPN using his Biogenesis clinic to supply PEDs to MLB players, saying media reports about him weren't true. Instead, he claimed to be just a nutritionist. The New Times of Miami broke the story a year ago that A-Rod and other MLB players got PEDs from Biogenesis, a now-shuttered clinic in South Florida that advertised itself as a chemical fountain of youth. Later, Ryan Braun of the Brewers was linked to the clinic, and it resulted in him serving a 65-game suspension at the end of the 2013 season.
Back in August, "60 Minutes" reported that A-Rod had leaked Biogenesis documents implicating Braun and others to the media, including Yahoo! Sports.
Of course, when A-Rod goes to court, he's going to try and make Bosch look like the worst witness in history. It might not be enough to get A-Rod's suspension overturned — and it didn't sway Horowitz much — but Bosch has shown that he can't exactly be trusted.
And there's still at least one or two pieces of this puzzle missing. Assuming what Bosch says is true, are we to believe A-Rod couldn't conjure enough money to bribe him? Perhaps Bosch believes that MLB can help protect him from prosecution in U.S. courts, but it's hard to figure how MLB would have any sway there.
Meanwhile, with A-Rod saying he's still going to spring training at Tampa in five weeks— and the Yankees still owing him three more seasons and $61 million — it's anybody's guess what happens next in this soap opera.
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