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Anthony Bosch’s sentence cut by 16 months thanks to his cooperation with the feds


MIAMI (AP) The former owner of a South Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball steroids scandal that swept up New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will get out of prison more than a year early because of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles granted prosecutors’ request to cut Anthony Bosch’s four-year sentence by 16 months, or about a third off. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad Motiani said Bosch, who ran the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, revealed key evidence against at least four other people including a self-style chemist who supplied drugs made in his suburban garage and a sports agent who recruited players.

“He provided us with vital information that led to the prosecution of various defendants,” Motiani said at a hearing.

That included going through hundreds of pages of medical records involving baseball players, poring over text messages and emails and deciphering coded words used to describe banned performance-enhancing drugs and transactions involving them, Motiani said.

“If there was coded language that was used, he would tell us what that meant,” the prosecutor said.

Bosch, 52, is now likely to get out of prison later this year, according to Bureau of Prisons records. His attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said Bosch has been undergoing treatment for his own chronic drug abuse, attending counseling sessions with family members and even teaching high-school equivalency courses at a prison in Montgomery, Alabama.

“He’s made his time in prison meaningful and he’s been very active,” Ribero-Ayala said.

Bosch pleaded guilty in October 2014 to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, one of eight people convicted in the Biogenesis case. Evidence showed that Bosch falsely held himself out as a licensed medical doctor, accepting thousands of dollars a month to provide steroid injections to baseball players such as Rodriguez and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fourteen players linked to Biogenesis were suspended by MLB, including a season-long suspension in 2014 imposed on Rodriguez. A-Rod initially denied taking banned substances supplied by Biogenesis but later admitted he did, apologizing to Yankee fans in a handwritten letter.

His lawyers say Bosch also provided key information about Rodriguez’s use of banned substances to MLB investigators. No players were charged with crimes.

Rodriguez resumed his Yankees career last year and reached several milestones, surpassing the 3,000-hit and 2000-RBI plateaus and becoming No. 4 in all-time home runs with 678.


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The Blue Jays want a new spring training facility

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 22:  Florida Auto Exchange Stadium during the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Tronto Blue Jays on March 22, 2014 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Blue Jays are one of the dwindling few baseball teams who do not train in a single-site, state-of-the-art spring training complex. Rather, they’ve been in Dunedin, Florida in the same couple of joints since their inception as a franchise: one ballpark, one training facility three miles away. The park is nice and cozy if you’re going to take in a ballgame once in a while. It’s comfortably and unassumingly plopped down in a mostly residential neighborhood. Parking is not as easy as some other places, but it’s close to a lot of other parks and places to see and things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

The Blue Jays, however, are not there to pass a random March afternoon or two every few years like I am. They have to train there every year and use it as their Florida base of operations year-round. As far as that goes. it’s outdated and way less useful than the new, modern and integrated training facilities most other teams have. And it’s something they want to change. Mark Shapiro says he wants the major league facility to be “a state-of-the-art, top-notch facility, but (also important is) where we train, where we rehabilitate, where we look at putting our players all year round.”

The club would like to stay in Dunedin and has presented the city with its requirements, but you know how this dance works by now: they’ll expect the city to pay for it, the city will balk for a bit, then there will be a number of proposals, each more club-friendly than the last. Eventually the Blue Jays will use those offers to leverage another city, perhaps in conjunction with another club looking for new digs too, like the Braves. At the end of this, the Jays will have a new place, paid for mostly by taxes, with the actual city in which it is located being a secondary concern.

All of which means that, if you like cozy little ballparks unassumingly plopped down in mostly residential neighborhoods, figure that you only have a few seasons left to catch a game in Dunedin.

Buck Showalter thinks Chris Davis has enough money


The Orioles have reportedly offered Chris Davis a $150 million deal to stay in Baltimore. Davis is reportedly still considering it while trying to see if there’s anything more than that available out there. It seems like that may be as good as he’ll do, but you never know. Either way, he’s a free agent so he’s free to look for more money if he can find it.

Buck Showalter was asked about the Chris Davis situation yesterday. He said something interesting:

“How much is enough?” he said. “I asked Chris during the season, ‘Chris, when you walk into a Target store, can you buy anything you want. So, how much is enough?’ I love Chris, but if that (his decision) makes or breaks our team, shame on us.”

I wonder if Buck Showalter asks Peter Angelos if the millions, maybe billions, he’s made running the Orioles is enough. Or Rob Manfred if MLB revenues are so good and so high that earning more for the unique product he controls is unnecessary. If the fact that they can buy whatever they want means that wanting or expecting more is unreasonable.

I’d guess not, because that’d be a silly thing to ask. Baseball is a business and as long as people are willing to pay for the product — and will continue to pay more for the product over time as they determine is reasonable given the value they receive from it — the question of whether it’s “enough” is beside the point. In a capitalist system, one sells one’s product as long as there are buyers. And the price of the product is based on continuing demand for it, not whether the seller has sufficient assets in the bank from past sales.

Why the product a worker like Chris Davis sells — his labor — is not assumed by those in a capitalist system to be priced the same way has always been a mystery to me. That he should take less for a valuable and desirable service he provides because, in someone else’s view, he has “enough,” is almost a comical notion given how everyone else in that system operates. Yet that is widely assumed to be reasonable in baseball. Fans, media, the owners and the managers think that the players make too much and, on some level, should be satisfied with what they have. That they should not look to make more given that they can buy anything they want at Target, or whatever.

Marvin Miller and the MLBPA won the ground war when it came to getting players their fair share of baseball revenues. But they never did win the propaganda war. It’s still a majority view that the players are greedy and overpaid and that they should be honored to simply be allowed to play the game. The idea that they are the single most valuable part of baseball and that they should, therefore, take a huge chunk out of this multi-billion industry is impossible for many to swallow.

It’s not just baseball, of course. The idea that a man or woman’s labor is a product being purchased is lost on most people. Indeed, when one suggests that it is, one is often accused of being a communist. How ironic that is.