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Anti-aging Fla. Clinic PED suspensions?MLB players implicated Aug. 5: Suspensions, A-Rod appealing


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#1 Zumayaaaa

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

What does everyone think of the recent news linking Gio Gonzalez to a steroid clinic? That's some pretty bad company to keep.

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A three-month investigation by the New Times as allegedly revealed links between a Miami PED clinic called Biogenesis and six prominent MLB players: Gio Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, and Bartolo Colon.
The report states that the names included -- as well as several others left out of the report -- were all part of Biogenesis records given to the New Times by a clinic employee shortly before the company shut down last month.
Though the company advertised as an anti-aging center, according to the New Timesreport the records are also clear in describing the real business of the clinic: selling everything from Human Growth Hormone to anabolic steroids.
The head of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, as well as his father, Pedro, have been tied to steroid distribution in the past, as the pair were linked to Manny Ramirez's steroid suspension in 2009.
Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into the Bosches with the help of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, reports the New York Daily News, as the family duo appears to be tied to several clinics in the south Florida area.

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Edited by RotoRaysfan, 29 January 2013 - 11:13 AM.
Topic changed since story expanding to multiple players...


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

Is there going to be an investigation? As a Phillies homer im very interested to see what is going to happen.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

Pretty crazy news, I would think his stock will drop just for fear of suspension. Nelson Cruz makes some sense now though, he was constantly injured and probably wanted help with those injuries
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Can ARod get his money back?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

Nelson Cruz makes the most sense really. He was a AAAA player really before ahem... yeah.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

Can someone get Steph Curry hooked up with this doctor?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Since Grandal already got 50 games - if true, likely this was the source.  For anyone else though - the 50-game hammer looms large, given the revised drug policy covers this type of usage (if it can be confirmed).  Big news for sure, if true - shows a glimpse of how prevalent HGH use was before serum testing....
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

  • HGH promotes and increases the synthesis of new protein tissues, such as in muscle recovery or repair. This is the way new muscle is built.
  • Recent research suggests its involvement in the metabolism of body-fat and its conversion to energy sources. Tests were conducted in obese people and medical use in treating obesity was proven beyond a doubt. Pro's have used GH as a way of maintaining and increasing lean mass while dieting for years.
  • It improves the sleeping pattern, makes for less unintended awakenings and betters REM-stage sleep.
  • HGH produces more energy
  • It may improve sexual performance
  • It builds stronger bones
  • Improves the quality and duration of heart and kidneys

Those are the benefits of using HGH.  Now we will have to hear the media tell everyone that taking HGH makes guys like Willie Bloomquist have the ability to slug 50 HR's with a cycle of it.  Sigh.  

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

View PostRotoRaysfan, on 29 January 2013 - 10:29 AM, said:

Since Grandal already got 50 games - if true, likely this was the source.  For anyone else though - the 50-game hammer looms large, given the revised drug policy covers this type of usage (if it can be confirmed).  Big news for sure, if true - shows a glimpse of how prevalent HGH use was before serum testing....
Melky and Colon were also both suspended 50 games last year.  Probably the biggest surprise or disappointment name for many I assume is Gio.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

View Postparrothead, on 29 January 2013 - 10:42 AM, said:

View PostRotoRaysfan, on 29 January 2013 - 10:29 AM, said:

Since Grandal already got 50 games - if true, likely this was the source.  For anyone else though - the 50-game hammer looms large, given the revised drug policy covers this type of usage (if it can be confirmed).  Big news for sure, if true - shows a glimpse of how prevalent HGH use was before serum testing....
Melky and Colon were also both suspended 50 games last year.  Probably the biggest surprise or disappointment name for many I assume is Gio.

Forgot about BFC, Melky can likely claim this was his source too.  If the 3 players already suspended confess and proof of purchase records implicate the others - well, it will taken while, but it will be hard for players confirmed on hard records to deny.  

Re: HGH it's been covered too many times to count - but the gain is the ability to recover faster post-injury and between training sessions - increasing the amount of training players can do.  Not surprised pitchers and hitters would be named...going to take a while, but the PR battle likely begins soon...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

Wow, a young Gio Gonzales is the stunner.  Makes me glad now I never got him in my drafts.

Hey would he, if proven guilty, get the same 50 game suspension as a SP pitcher?  Would seem more fair to suspend him longer since he only plays every 5th game.

With A-Rod possibly out for the season plus this looming as a suspension for the following year, does that mean his career is pretty much washed up?  And can we add him to the list of star players who may not see the inside of Cooperstown any time soon?  How the mighty have fallen and all like that.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

View PostThe Big Bat Theory, on 29 January 2013 - 11:12 AM, said:

Wow, a young Gio Gonzales is the stunner.  Makes me glad now I never got him in my drafts.

Hey would he, if proven guilty, get the same 50 game suspension as a SP pitcher?  Would seem more fair to suspend him longer since he only plays every 5th game.

With A-Rod possibly out for the season plus this looming as a suspension for the following year, does that mean his career is pretty much washed up?  And can we add him to the list of star players who may not see the inside of Cooperstown any time soon?  How the mighty have fallen and all like that.

Every player gets 50 games for their first suspension.  SP's only play every 5th game (or so) - so that means they would miss 10 starts or so, but they only start 30+ games in an entire season - the same proportion exists, regardless of bat vs. arm.

It's very premature, and as the RW blurb pointed out, every player would have the ability to appeal - so it's unlikely any news will come soon.   But, if this story gains more traction - then the 50-game spectre is going to drop Gio & Cruz's value down tremendously.   In some ways, it would be worse to have a long drawn-out process (unless it was so long it didn't involve the 2013 season - which seems doubtful, given MLB past history) - since a 50-game suspension later on involves stretch run, fantasy playoffs, etc.

It adds a ton of uncertainty if you are drafting soon - for those that are drafting in March or later, you can bet we'll find out if MLB wants to pursue this, and how seriously...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

View PostRotoRaysfan, on 29 January 2013 - 11:16 AM, said:

View PostThe Big Bat Theory, on 29 January 2013 - 11:12 AM, said:

Wow, a young Gio Gonzales is the stunner.  Makes me glad now I never got him in my drafts.

Hey would he, if proven guilty, get the same 50 game suspension as a SP pitcher?  Would seem more fair to suspend him longer since he only plays every 5th game.

With A-Rod possibly out for the season plus this looming as a suspension for the following year, does that mean his career is pretty much washed up?  And can we add him to the list of star players who may not see the inside of Cooperstown any time soon?  How the mighty have fallen and all like that.

Every player gets 50 games for their first suspension.  SP's only play every 5th game (or so) - so that means they would miss 10 starts or so, but they only start 30+ games in an entire season - the same proportion exists, regardless of bat vs. arm.

It's very premature, and as the RW blurb pointed out, every player would have the ability to appeal - so it's unlikely any news will come soon.   But, if this story gains more traction - then the 50-game spectre is going to drop Gio & Cruz's value down tremendously.   In some ways, it would be worse to have a long drawn-out process (unless it was so long it didn't involve the 2013 season - which seems doubtful, given MLB past history) - since a 50-game suspension later on involves stretch run, fantasy playoffs, etc.

It adds a ton of uncertainty if you are drafting soon - for those that are drafting in March or later, you can bet we'll find out if MLB wants to pursue this, and how seriously...

I feel like its worse fantasy wise to loose someone like Gio especially if he kept up his stats from last year. Loosing a melky type production isn't that terrible because he can be replaced by a waiver of that is on a hot streak. An ace pitcher putting up elite stats I feel like is much harder to replace
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:33 AM

HGH probably benefits pitchers more than anything.  It excellerates recovery time, and a lot of studies show the elbow and shoulder joints are the main areas that receive the quickest recovery time.  Outside of that it really isn't a performance enhancer.  That is why I don't call them performance enhancers, I call them recovery enablers.  Helps keep players bodies fresh.  Playing 162 games is a grind, players will always look for an edge.  I am not leery of any statistical downgrades from the players mentioned above, I am more worried that maybe there bodies aren't equipped to last a full season.  Don't let the media trick you into thinking without HGH these guys would be Mackey Sasser and Ryan Feierabend type talents.

Edited by Cmilne23, 29 January 2013 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

View Postcowbell204, on 29 January 2013 - 09:42 AM, said:

Can ARod get his money back?


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Edited by jsp2014, 29 January 2013 - 11:40 AM.

I will never draft Francisco Liriano ever again.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

View PostCmilne23, on 29 January 2013 - 11:33 AM, said:

HGH probably benefits pitchers more than anything.  It excellerates recovery time, and a lot of studies show the elbow and shoulder joints are the main areas that receive the quickest recovery time.  Outside of that it really isn't a performance enhancer.  That is why I don't call them performance enhancers, I call them recovery enablers.  Helps keep players bodies fresh.  Playing 162 games is a grind, players will always look for an edge.  I am not leery of any statistical downgrades from the players mentioned above, I am more worried that maybe there bodies aren't equipped to last a full season.  Don't let the media trick you into thinking without HGH these guys would be Mackey Sasser and Ryan Feierabend type talents.

Over the course of a full season having a player that is recovering quickly and feeling fresh every game vs a guy who is burnt out is a big difference. So therefore it is a performance enhancer. These guys will almost surely see downgrades in their year-end statistics.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

View PostCmilne23, on 29 January 2013 - 10:38 AM, said:

  • HGH promotes and increases the synthesis of new protein tissues, such as in muscle recovery or repair. This is the way new muscle is built.
  • Recent research suggests its involvement in the metabolism of body-fat and its conversion to energy sources. Tests were conducted in obese people and medical use in treating obesity was proven beyond a doubt. Pro's have used GH as a way of maintaining and increasing lean mass while dieting for years.
  • It improves the sleeping pattern, makes for less unintended awakenings and betters REM-stage sleep.
  • HGH produces more energy
  • It may improve sexual performance
  • It builds stronger bones
  • Improves the quality and duration of heart and kidneys
Those are the benefits of using HGH.  Now we will have to hear the media tell everyone that taking HGH makes guys like Willie Bloomquist have the ability to slug 50 HR's with a cycle of it.  Sigh.  



Damn this stuff sounds great, I need to get me some!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

A suspension for Gio seems unlikely:

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

If you use. Have a great couple of  years. Get paid. Get famous

Then

There is no reason not to use.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

View PostCmilne23, on 29 January 2013 - 11:33 AM, said:

HGH probably benefits pitchers more than anything.  It excellerates recovery time, and a lot of studies show the elbow and shoulder joints are the main areas that receive the quickest recovery time.  Outside of that it really isn't a performance enhancer.  That is why I don't call them performance enhancers, I call them recovery enablers.  Helps keep players bodies fresh.  Playing 162 games is a grind, players will always look for an edge.  I am not leery of any statistical downgrades from the players mentioned above, I am more worried that maybe there bodies aren't equipped to last a full season.  Don't let the media trick you into thinking without HGH these guys would be Mackey Sasser and Ryan Feierabend type talents.

I never thought I'd see Mackey Sasser and Ryan Feierabend referenced in the same post.  You made the dream come true sir.




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