Everyone knew this day would eventually come after Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch was highlighted in an investigation involving anabolic steroids and MLB players one year ago. The DEA finally accumulated enough evidence to haul in all of Bosch’s associates for processing, while Bosch himself has reached a deal with the DEA in which he will plead guilty to the distribution of anabolic steroids.
Even though Bosch’s associates had to be brought in by DEA field teams, Bosch surrendered to the DEA regional office in Fort Lauderdale early Tuesday morning.
Clearly, this is a huge win for MLB and everyone involved with the sport. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in the game today, which is why bringing down Bosch, who has been the face of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball over the past year, is a big victory. Bosch could serve up to 10 years in prison for the distribution of anabolic steroids to MLB players as well as high school players.
It is clear that damage has already been done as evidence of the 20 suspensions MLB handed down last season. The most notable players included Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera. However, it was imperative to get Bosch in handcuffs and make him pay for how he has disgraced baseball.
As alarming as it is to hear how Bosch affected professional baseball, it is even more concerning how he got involved in providing performance-enhancing drugs to high school and college athletes. A reported 15 high school and college athletes received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch while acting as his patient.