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Miami New Times won't give Biogenesis records to MLB

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The Miami New Times won't provide Major League Baseball with records obtained from the Biogenesis clinic, which linked Alex Rodriguez and others to performance-enhancing drugs.

An original report by the weekly paper had tied Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, Francisco Cervelli and Ryan Braun to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who supplied the medications. MLB has since launched an investigation.

New Times editor Chuck Strouse wrote an editorial to explain his position.

"Sorry, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. We won't hand over records that detail the inner workings of Biogenesis, the controversial Coral Gables anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied prohibited drugs to six professional baseball players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

The reasons are manifold. History plays a role in our decision. So do journalistic ethics and the fact that we have already posted dozens of records on our website. Finally, there is a hitherto-unreported Florida Department of Health criminal probe into clinic director Anthony Bosch."

Strouse also cited Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria as a reason for their lack of cooperation.

"One of our most significant motivations for denying baseball is right here in the tropics. His name is Jeffrey Loria, and he owns the Miami Marlins, who start regular-season play in just a few weeks. A March 1 story in the Atlantic called the pudgy art collector's stewardship of our baseball team, which has twice won the World Series, "the biggest ongoing scam in professional sports." The magazine's article describes, as New Times has in the past, how Loria hornswoggled $515 million in public backing for the stadium and parking facilities, then delivered a losing season and sold off all his best players.
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