Former Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, revealed in 2014 that he had knowledge of other baseball stars using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Documents obtained by ESPN show that Rodriguez disclosed the information to federal agents during a meeting on January 29, 2014.
Rodriguez informed agents that Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun, and a third unnamed All-Star player were also clients of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch.
Rodriguez claimed Bosch told him about their involvement. The third player mentioned has never tested positive for PEDs and remains unidentified.
This revelation from Rodriguez came after he faced a 211-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s (MLB) PED policy.
His suspension excluded him from playing for the 2014 season. During the meeting with federal agents, Rodriguez was under a “Queen for a Day” agreement, which means he could share information without facing legal consequences.
Manny Ramirez had previous suspensions related to PEDs. In 2009, he faced a 50-game suspension while playing for the Dodgers. In 2011, with the Rays, he received a 100-game suspension, but chose to retire instead of serving it. Ryan Braun was suspended for his involvement in 2013.
According to ESPN, the third player Rodriguez mentioned was not previously suspected by federal agents and has never received an MLB suspension.
During the meeting, Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs he bought from Bosch, a fact he had previously denied. He said he spent about $12,000 a month on “doping protocols” from 2010-2012. The payment was sometimes made with petty cash from the Yankees’ team, but the team’s secretary was not part of this arrangement.
Rodriguez also shared that his cousin, Yusi Sucart Sr., provided him with PEDs for around ten years. Rodriguez alleged that his cousin later tried to get $5 million from him, purportedly as blackmail. Additionally, Rodriguez confessed to lying to Yankees president Randy Levine in 2012 about his ties to Bosch.
Rodriguez now co-hosts ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”