The Washington Times - March 12, 2013, 01:23PM

MIAMI — The Miami New Times announced on Tuesday that the newspaper has decided not to turn the records it obtained in their investigation of Biogenesis over to Major League Baseball.

The investigative report done by the New Times and published Jan. 29 tied several star Major League Baseball Players to the clinic and the suspicion of performance-enhancing drugs. Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was one of those players, along with headliner Alex Rodriguez and several other athletes. 

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Major League Baseball then launched its own investigation into the clinic and its ties to the MLB players. That investigation is still ongoing.

In the days and weeks since the initial report, Gonzalez took and passed a drug test that included blood and urine samples, stated his innocence in the matter on multiple occasions and was reported to not have received performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis or owner Anthony Bosch. 

Gonzalez, who will pitch for Team USA Tuesday night in Miami, has worked to move past the issue during the spring and has done his best to remain his usual upbeat self in the clubhouse.

The New Times had initially said it would consider allowing MLB to take a look at the files they obtained from Biogenesis and use them in part of their own investigation.

Editor Chuck Strouse wrote on Tuesday, however, that it has ultimately decided not to and listed a litany of interesting (and some perhaps surprising) reasons as to why he made that decision.

What this means for Gonzalez, of course, is unclear. The inability to obtain the documents likely hinders MLB’s investigation, but the New Times includes a “hitherto-unreported Florida Department of Health criminal probe into clinic director Anthony Bosch,” as one of their primary reasons.

If there are legal proceedings involved, the records obtained may end up becoming a matter of public record in court and they could be viewed that way. The New Times also noted that they’ve already put a large portion of their documents online for MLB — and anyone else — to view for themselves. 

You can read Strouse’s entire explanation for the decision here, and background on the issue in the many links above.