Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's case against Alex Rodriguez, described in detail during a "60 minutes" interview how he provided an array of performance-enhancing drugs to the New York Yankees third baseman and helped the suspended player use them.
Bosch, founder of the now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, told CBS' Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Sunday that Rodriguez paid particular attention to the types of drugs and dosages needed to bolster his performance. Testosterone and human growth hormone were among the banned substances he provided, Bosch said.
Bosch said that Rodriguez spent approximately $12,000 a month and that the two texted often about protocol and dosages.
"Alex cared," Bosch said. "Alex wanted to know. He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages, because he wanted to achieve all his human performance, or in this case sports performance, objectives. And the most important one was the 800-home run club."
Bosch said that he often administered injections because Rodriguez was afraid of needles. "So, at times, he would ask me to inject," Bosch said.
Bosch said he once drew Rodriguez's blood in the bathroom at a crowded nightclub.
Rodriguez, whose 211-game suspension from last year was reduced to 162 and any playoff games on Saturday by an arbitrator, has denied any wrongdoing and says he'll take his case to federal court, claiming his due process under MLB's collective bargaining agreement had been violated.
Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer, said in the segment that Bosch agreed to cooperate with the investigation because he thought his life was in danger.
The Major League Baseball Players' Assn. objected to Bosch's appearance on the show as well as that of Manfred. In a statement the union said:
"It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator's decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez.
"It is equally troubling that the MLB-appointed Panel Arbitrator [Manfred] will himself be appearing in the '60 Minutes' segment, and that Tony Bosch, MLB's principal witness, is appearing on the program with MLB's blessing."
MLB fired back in a statement by saying that Bosch's actions are his own.
"It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining about MLB's participation in this program given that Mr. Rodriguez's lawyer is also participating in the show," MLB's statement said. "As to Mr. Bosch's appearance, he is not controlled by us and is entitled to speak however he chooses about his interactions with Mr. Rodriguez."
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