Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta has become the 12th player to be linked to the Coral Gables, Florida Biogenesis Wellness Clinic where it’s reported that multiple Major League Baseball players received performance enhancing drugs.
Some players named in the original report by the Miami New Times were Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez. Braun of course have already tested positive for PEDs, but the test was thrown out due to the sample being “contaminated” by sitting in a refrigerator for a night. And Rodriguez has already admitted to using drugs but claimed he had stopped after the 2003 season, which would be a lie if these reports turnout to be true.
In the case of Peralta, it seems he is not directly linked to PEDs but his name is present in notes of Tony Bosch and not corresponding to any drugs. Braun’s name is also not connected to any specific drugs, but it is under a category titled “Moneys Owed”, which may lead to other allegations as this story becomes clearer.
I think that it’s safe to say that anyone who has ever looked at Peralta would say that he isn’t exactly the first person you would suspect is on steroids. Peralta has came out since the report in a statement from his attorney saying, “I have never used performance enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.” He doesn’t have a huge build, and has never been an unbelievable player. As I have written in the last couple days he isn’t exactly fast, and he isn’t exactly super strong.
I would be extremely shocked to hear that he was in fact on PEDs, and I feel pretty safe saying there is little chance that he is or was. For the others named in this report, I’m not so sure. Braun very possibly could have been on them and there is no doubt in my mind that Rodriguez was. As baseball fans we will have to keep a close eye on this story as it unfolds and hope that our favorite players are not involved. Who knows who will be accused next?