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A-Rod’s Advanced Drug Regimen

Although Alex Rodriguez finally waived the flag of surrender and dropped his lawsuit against the MLB for suspending him, we have learned quite a bit about the evidence the league had on the star player’s use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Alex Rodriguz’ PED program created by Biogenesis was a high-priced mix of high-tech drugs.

According to documents the league obtained from Bioigenesis, the lab where Rodriguez and a slew of other baseball players went for their PEDs,  Rodriguez’s $12,000 per month drug regimen appears to utilize some of the most sophisticated drugs and diet programs in use today. In four distinct, month-long phases, Rodriquez’s cycle included hGH, GHRP, CJC, Testosterone cream, L-Glutathione cream, Melatonin, Testosterone Troche, Clomiphene, iGF-1, hCG and a host of other vitamins, omegas and other dietary supplements.

Tony Bosch, Biogenesis owner and the developer of this high-priced program, likely got most of the drugs for these programs from legitimate drug-makers through his father Pedro Bosch who is a family physician and was listed as Biogenesis’ medical director. However, some of the drugs in the list were likely procured through underground labs because investigational compounds like GHRP 2/6 are not available on any regulated market.

“My guess is that [Biogenesis] was getting them from [online sources] and administering and reselling it to [Rodriguez],” said Jose Garcia, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist at Baylor College of Medicine who has been involved in studies of GHRP 2/6 in an interview with MedPage Today. “You would never go to a site like this because there is no quality control so you never know if these products are contaminated or if they contain what they’re supposed to. Not even for animal experiments.”

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In exchange for immunity from lawsuits brought on by the MLB against Biogenesis and its associates, Tony Bosch turned over the evidence that eventually sunk Rodriguez.

Despite Dr. Garcia’s adamant plea for people to stop taking these kinds of drugs, they are known to the bodybuilding community as some of the best advances in lowering unwanted levels of estrogen during a testosterone cycle. But just as the hefty price tag for Biogenesis’ PED program indicates, these drugs can be very expensive.

As for Rodriguez, the most expensive part of his drug program will be his 162-game suspension from MLB which will take him out of the 2014 season completely – without pay.

As for Tony Bosch, now that Rodriguez has dropped all of his lawsuits against MLB, his players’ union and everyone else he threatened to sue over his getting caught, it looks like MLB will drop its own lawsuit against the Biogenesis founder on the grounds that he and his associates committed “intentional and unjustified tortious interference” with contracts between MLB and its players by providing them with banned substances.

It was MLB’s threat of litigation that forced Bosch to hand over information on Rodriguez and other baseball players who were using PEDs from Biogenesis, which is how the information on Rodriguez’ drug regimen (see below) was released.

Alex Rodriguez’ Drug Regimen

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Alex Rodriguez Suspension Points to Increasing Angst Over Steroids

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didn’t follow through with his threat to ban Yankee’s third baseman Alex Rodriguez from baseball for life, but his 211 game suspension without pay is certainly the most severe punishment ever sought by baseball for doping allegations. Rodriguez has denied any wrongdoing (of coarse) and is appealing his suspension. Meanwhile, the other MLB players, including All-Stars Nelson Cruz and Johnny Peralta, who are caught up in the Biogenesis scandal are quietly taking their 50 game suspensions.

picture of Alex Rodriguez up to bat against Oakland in 2010.

Alex Rodriguez up to bat against Oakland in 2010.

Much has come out about the Biogenesis scandal since the story first broke in early January by the Miami New Times. Biogenesis was an anti-aging clinic that supplied HGH to MLB players and has been linked to NBA, NCAA, boxing and tennis players as well, although no formal actions have been taken in those sports yet. Most of MLB’s evidence linking athletes like Rodriguez to the clinic comes from a suit brought on by MLB against Biogenesis in which the names of several players, including Rodriquez, were disclosed. Rodriguez is getting hammered especially hard because he allegedly paid people to destroy evidence of his involvement in the clinic.

In addition to his connection to Biogenesis, Rodriguez also consulted BALCO founder Victor Conte for what both parties say were for legal nutritional supplements. Although some may raise their eyebrows as to what really transpired between baseball’s most infamous steroid supplier and Rodriguez, it makes sense that if Rodriguez were taking HGH or other PEDs, he would seek the advice of Conte on what nutrition and supplements work best with the drugs. But either way, this new revelation can’t look good in the eyes of MLB investigators who will paint a portrait of Rodriguez as someone who carouses with the steroid sect of sports.

Although much of the athletic world has condemned Rodriguez and the other players for their involvement with Biogenesis (fans have been booing Rodriguez at nearly every at bat he’s had since his appeal let him play ball again until final sentencing), there are a growing number of people who think it is time for baseball, and sports in general, to ease up on steroid restrictions. Steroid drugs can be seen as either a performance enhancing drug that helps players cheat their way to success, or as a useful medication to give strength back to a body damaged by injury and exertion.

It is fairly obvious by Selig’s harsh suspension given to Rodriguez which camp he is in. However, baseball has seen punishments come down before – denial of Hall of Fame status, lawsuits, game suspensions without pay, etc. – and yet players still take the risk of getting caught and take steroid drugs. It makes me wonder whether competitive advantage is the only motivation or if longevity in a sport that ravishes the muscles, joints and ligaments is a greater incentive. But until sports see the use of steroids as a medical tool to heal aging players and regulate their use by doctors, we can expect Selig and MLB to grow more and more angst over the steroid problem in baseball.