A Miami New Times News article implicates an anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis in Coral Gables, Florida has been providing more than a dozen baseball pros with HGH and other illegal substances. Some of the names highlighted in the article include Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, and Melky Cabrera. Records were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and the owner suddenly vanished. The records that are included in this article outline how much these players spent and the days they spent it. It reminds me of the Mitchell Report with the extreme attention to detail in the report. As a baseball purist, it pisses me off that players continue to cheat the game and the fans. These players are running out of unsophisticated answers as to why they are linked to these reports: My wife and I are trying to get pregnant, My brother gave it to me, or its a a fake website. As for Rodriguez, he admitted to doping during a three-year window, 2001-2003, while he played with the Texas Rangers. There is now significant evidence that he purchased multiple substances from the east coast BALCO. These world class athletes have access to the finest doctors and training facilities in the country, but it always goes back to some shady guy that works in a strip bar that supplied the illegal substance. This is a great opportunity for Major League Baseball to increase the penalties for players that cheat. First offense - 100 game suspension and your name never gets on the Hall of Fame Ballot. Second offense - Lifetime ban from Major League baseball.
Veteran first baseman Nick Johnson has decided to retire from Major League Baseball. Johnson battled through several injuries during his 10-year career. He spent his final season with the Baltimore Orioles, but played the majority of his career with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.
Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said that if Ryan Madson (elbow) is not ready to start the season, he will likely miss no more than the first week of the season. Madson began throwing off a mound earlier this month, but the Angels won't have him appear in Cactus League games until mid-March. Ernesto Frieri will fill in for Madson as the Angels closer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced a deal with Time Warner Cable. Its a 25-year deal for $8 billion, and Sports Net LA will launch in 2014. There are questions surrounding how MLB will handle the revenue sharing that comes along with this deal, but it appears it will be approved.
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1958 - Stan Musial broke a National League mark by signing a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals for six figures ($100,000).