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Saturday, August 03, 2013

NY Times: The $4,000 Deal Gone Sour Behind the Doping Scandal

Not many people know what their life’s worth is. I do. Four grand. That’s what they took from me. And that’s what I was going to get back.

Bosch treated [Porter] Fischer through 2011 and 2012, even as Bosch cycled through business partners and clinic locations. Fischer, who was looking to leave the “impersonal and spotty” corporate world, saw Bosch’s clinic as a business opportunity and in October invested $4,000.

Bosch told him the money would help the clinic get through a “slight cash-flow issue,” Fischer recalled. Bosch said finances were tight because “a lot of ballplayers were on hold because of the Melky thing” — a reference to baseball’s suspension last summer of Melky Cabrera, then an outfielder with the San Francisco Giants. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games last year after testing positive for an elevated level of testosterone.

As part of the $4,000 deal, Fischer joined Biogenesis as the marketing director and was given keys and alarm codes — “full access to the facilities.”

The partnership of Bosch and Fischer soured almost as soon as it began. Bosch rarely went to work and failed to pay employees, Fischer said. The clinic’s rent payments were late, and Bosch had stopped paying Fischer the money he owed him.

At one point, when Bosch could not be found and had stopped returning calls, another clinic employee said Bosch had gone to the American League Championship Series “to collect money.” [...]

On Oct. 30, Fischer went to the office after hours and took a stack of boxes filled with Bosch’s files.

bobm Posted: August 03, 2013 at 10:39 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. toratoratora Posted: August 04, 2013 at 01:05 AM (#4512441)
Nice Payback allusion
   2. Meatwad Posted: August 04, 2013 at 01:16 AM (#4512446)
so all of this is because of less than 4 grand? also if you invest 4k and get made marketing director of the place shouldnt that clue you into the fact it probably isnt going well nor will it end well.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: August 04, 2013 at 02:16 AM (#4512457)
So ARod's a deadbeat who doesn't pay his dealer on time ... clearly against the best interests of baseball!
   4. Bote Man Posted: August 04, 2013 at 03:41 AM (#4512463)
I'm really keeping this whole issue at arm's length, but I noted recently that there stand not one, but two huge billboards here in southeast Florida advertising "HGH and testosterone" complete with airbrushed photo of a muscular male torso and local phone number to call.

Curious how the fountain of youth has professional baseball players on the run while mere mortals are tempted by it daily as though it were nothing more than popping an aspirin. How many more Biogenesis clinics are still operating, perhaps dealing with other ballplayers who have not yet been caught?
   5. Bote Man Posted: August 04, 2013 at 04:48 AM (#4512464)
One more thought: now that Porter Fischer has cost a number of millionaires additional millions, maybe he should consider the Witness Protection Program? Or maybe growing a longer beard and moving to a log cabin in Montana? Jes sayin'.
   6. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 04, 2013 at 07:03 AM (#4512469)
The take away from all of this is that Victor Conte is a hell of a stand up guy.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4512673)
On Oct. 30, Fischer went to the office after hours and took a stack of boxes filled with Bosch’s files.

I raised this in another thread in regard to MLB, but it seems even more applicable to Fischer - why isn't this a violation of the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)?
   8. Jim Wisinski Posted: August 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4512689)
One more thought: now that Porter Fischer has cost a number of millionaires additional millions, maybe he should consider the Witness Protection Program? Or maybe growing a longer beard and moving to a log cabin in Montana? Jes sayin'.


Info on that here. He apparently knows more but has been threatened with death if he exposes some of the other names.

How many more Biogenesis clinics are still operating, perhaps dealing with other ballplayers who have not yet been caught?


There would have to be a bunch, right? It's unrealistic to think that this story happened to break about the only clinic out there obtaining PEDs for ballplayers.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: August 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4512698)

Fischer should have his boxes taken away.

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