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Monday, April 22, 2013

Report: Associate of Robinson Cano linked to Biogenesis

Major League Baseball is investigating whether a spokeswoman for Robinson Cano’s charitable foundation fostered a relationship between the New York Yankees second baseman and a South Florida clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, ESPN reported.

Sonia Cruz, who works for Cano’s RC24 foundation, is listed on documents from the Biogenesis clinic obtained by ESPN. She denied being a client of the clinic, but documents list her as owing money - $300 in both July and August 2012 - to the clinic.

She told ESPN Cano “definitely never did” receive anything from the clinic.

Cano, speaking to reporters before the Yankees’ game at Tampa Bay on Monday, said he has never had any involvement with Biogenesis, that Cruz remains a spokesperson for his foundation and that he does not feel the need to discuss the Biogenesis issue with her.

“I know what I’m doing,” he said, “and I know myself.”

Former Yankees teammate Melky Cabrera and current teammate Alex Rodriguez were more tangibly linked to Biogenesis in documents obtained by the Miami New Times. It reported that Rodriguez had bills that totaled as much as $4,000 per month and that his name appeared 16 times in documents it obtained.

Thanks to Sir Barnald.

Repoz Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:35 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4422751)
I shudder at the thought of being accused of something based on the people I've associated with over the years.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4422777)
Joe McCarthy would be so proud.
   3. Brian C Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:10 PM (#4422779)
This is outrageous. I demand that this spokeswoman be banned from playing Major League Baseball.
   4. Pingu Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:13 PM (#4422787)
maintained she met with a Biogenesis nurse outside the clinic, "just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women," she said.


And her total outlay was $600. Tough to get real jacked up on $600 of stuff. I'm missing the incriminating evidence that makes this newsworthy? But dear god would it start to get interesting if Cano really was/is using.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4422823)
I'm sure she's the only Sonia Cruz in Miami. I'm sure there are no women in Miami visiting anti-aging clinics.

If somebody wants to go dirt-digging, how about finding out how much Ms. Cruz is paid to be the spokesperson for the foundation and how much spokespersoning she does.
   6. Halofan Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4422840)
Athlete non-profits launder money better than most cartels.
   7. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4422892)
But dear god would it start to get interesting if Cano really was/is using.


I'll bite: Why?

Unless you mean this in a "watch people freak out over a virtual non-issue" kind of way. Like we saw with Melky Cabrera.
   8. Bob Tufts Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4422922)
If federal law enforcement had spent more time trying to look for and prevent IED's than creating lists of illegal or banned PED's, a few more people may be alive or not maimed today.

And yes, due to the political pressure and nature of this bipartisan "please won't somebody think of the children" witchhunt insanity I do not think law enforcement was truly capable of focusing resources, multitasking and doing other jobs while pursuing Bonds, Clemens et al. They followed the path that got them votes, not real results.
   9. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM (#4422961)
Bob Tufts FTW.
   10. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: April 23, 2013 at 08:02 AM (#4423029)
Let's just ban the entire Yankees franchise to be safe, OK?
   11. Bitter Mouse Posted: April 23, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4423038)
When I saw the headline I first read it as "Robinson Cano linked to Bigness" as I had to look twice before my brain decided to translate all the words correctly.

Other than that I got nothing, other than to echo the general sentiment expressed in the thread (especially the part about the Yankees).
   12. zonk Posted: April 23, 2013 at 08:44 AM (#4423044)
Typical.

No one gives A-Rod any credit for being a team player and buying all the Biogenesis records...
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 23, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4423098)
If federal law enforcement had spent more time trying to look for and prevent IED's than creating lists of illegal or banned PED's, a few more people may be alive or not maimed today.


To be fair, this particular report is about MLB investigating PEDs, not federal law enforcement, although I agree with you in principle.

This guy I used to know once got arrested for smoking dope, which makes me glad I am not a major league baseball player.
   14. The Good Face Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM (#4423159)
When I saw the headline I first read it as "Robinson Cano linked to Bigness" as I had to look twice before my brain decided to translate all the words correctly.


I first read it as "Biggionosis," which I assumed was a terrible disease that would cause Cano to hang on far past his prime as a player.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM (#4423170)
I have acgieved Biggiognosis. I understand what was going through his head during all 285 HBPs.
   16. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4423198)
Let's just ban the entire Yankees franchise to be safe, OK?


I back this proposal.
   17. Fanshawe Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4423204)
Report: Associate of Commissioner Bud Selig linked to Biogenesis

Major League Baseball is investigating whether Alex Rodriguez, member of a Major League Baseball franchise under the auspices of Commissioner Bud Selig, fostered a relationship between Selig and a South Florida clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, ESPN reported.
   18. The Good Face Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4423212)
I have acgieved Biggiognosis. I understand what was going through his head during all 285 HBPs.


*slow clap*
   19. base ball chick Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM (#4423229)
this is what happens when the commisioners office is intrested in getting players with big contracts suspended so as the owners get to keep more profit.

and to start a thing going where they can nail expensive players based on no evidence except unofficial "records" and hearsay.
   20. Squash Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4423286)
If federal law enforcement had spent more time trying to look for and prevent IED's than creating lists of illegal or banned PED's, a few more people may be alive or not maimed today.

I gotta say, that's a really cheap shot. And very untrue. And borderline insulting to people who were affected by that tragedy - using their suffering to score political points against a very small sideline of law enforcement is a little dirty, and lacks a serious sense of scope. Perhaps we should all keep some perspective.
   21. Bob Tufts Posted: April 23, 2013 at 03:52 PM (#4423617)
If we had kept perspective, we wouldn't have wasted millions of law enforcement dollars and man-hours since 9/11 looking through dumpsters for illegal or banned PED's and could have used limited resources elsewhere. That's not a cheap shot - it is what we did!

In a post 9/11 world, our law and political priorities should have been on safety - and not the words of Helen Lovejoy trying to score political points or listening to morons like Don Hooton talk about the children. Sob stories about kids make for great articles but help create poor pulbic policy!

Our economy went into the tank due to the fraudulent actions of lawyers and investment bankers - but at least the House Government Affairs Committee investigated baseball. We got Barry Bonds after eight years on obstruction of justice, but none of the lying Wall Street executives even lost their securities licenses for bringing down the world's economy.

--

And by the way, as a New Yorker (and a forme rBoston area resident that went to the marathon as a kid after the Red Sox 11am game a few times) I did have many friends and acquaintences die on 9/11. I'm tired of mourning and feeling someone else's pain. I grieve in private for the victims, not in some public circus of hand-wringing. But..whatver is your pleasure....

However, it is far better to follow Patton's advice and inflict pain.
   22. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4423640)
Bob Tufts FTW again.
   23. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4423646)
If we had kept perspective, we wouldn't have wasted millions of law enforcement dollars and man-hours since 9/11 looking through dumpsters for illegal or banned PED's and could have used limited resources elsewhere. That's not a cheap shot - it is what we did!


I totally agree the 'investigations' on PED's are a farce, done primarily for political gain. But I don't necessarily think that money could have been spent to stop a bombing like the marathon. I just don't see law enforcement dollars as all that limited, and after a certain point, it is just impossible to stop every crime before it happens.
   24. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4423652)
this is what happens when the commisioners office is intrested in getting players with big contracts suspended so as the owners get to keep more profit.


It's really more about grasping at Yankee straws as part of a decades-long effort to hamstring the franchise. I don't thing any other players are going to get dragged through the mud because a random employee of their nonprofit spent a few hundred dollars at a weight loss clinic. All that's missing is assigning another member of the RedSox front office to oversee the investigation.
   25. tfbg9 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM (#4423707)
All that's missing is assigning another member of the RedSox front office to oversee the investigation.


Lucchino gets results. He's your man, Stretch.

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