Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Biogenesis clinic records available for the right price: Report

If collecting ordinary baseball cards has become passe and begging for autographs feels like a thing of the past, collectors might be in the market for souvenirs with a little more clout — let's say the Biogenesis records linking major league players to Anthony Bosch's scrutinized clinic.

A lot of interested parties are looking for the scandal-ridden documents reportedly involving Major League Baseball's biggest names. Documents that could possibly keep a player like Alex Rodriguez or Ryan Braun out of the Hall of Fame.

According to a report in The New York Daily News, the Bosch clinic's records have become available to the highest bidders in sort of a black market baseball trade show — and people aren't collecting them to be framed and hung — so to speak.

The seedy world of baseball memorabilia has officially collided with the seedy world of Anthony Bosch.
The detailed documents linking dozens of Major League Baseball players to Bosch and performance-enhancing drugs that are floating around the back alleys of South Florida have landed in the hands of at least one consigner looking to peddle what he described as “the kind of stuff that keeps someone out of the Hall of Fame.”
The consigner recently contacted a prominent memorabilia dealer with an offer to sell what he said were “original documents” from Bosch’s clinic for which he said he had already rejected a $50,000 offer from a different bidder.
He added that he had already sold “copies of them to a fool.”
The documents offered for sale include detailed information about the purchases of performance-enhancing drugs — and possibly player signatures.
The memorabilia dealer, who requested anonymity because of the controversial nature of the documents and the evidence they might contain, declined the offer. The seller, who did not identify himself, asked the dealer to pass along the information to any clients who might be interested.
An interested party then contacted the seller, who told the person the documents from Bosch’s now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic are “black and white. It’s all there.
You’ve read about it, the list of names. It’s serious stuff. Kick it around, kick it around. You might have a direct line to some of these guys, I don’t know.” 

 According to the Daily News story, some of the parties who have already purchased the documents from Bosch's clinic or have been given access to them include:

  • The Miami New Times, which broke the story about the Biogenesis clinic and its records linking it to some of baseball's biggest names
  • Yahoo!Sports, which reported that Ryan Braun's name had appeared on a list at the clinic
  • ESPN, which has named five additional players on clinic documents
  • Rodriguez, who reportedly got the records possibly to destroy them
  • Major League Baseball, which purchased copies of the documents for several thousand dollars

The source of the coveted Biogenesis records (reportedly thousands of pages) is believed to be former employees and disgruntled business partners dealing through middlemen. Although it is unclear how they acquired the records, reports The Daily News.

"I know they are stealing from each other," said one source familiar with the transactions. "These are not nice folks."

According to the seller, he hasn't been through all of the pages but said." I know what the whole story is. But I looked at a little of it and it was enough.

“I’m thinking, what if these were numbered and framed. People love and hate this game. I’d work with you on something like that.

“But if you got somewhere where you can put it.”

Memorabilia finally crosses to the dark side.

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