There are many anti-aging clinics in South Florida, and this isn’t the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a hotspot in baseball’s battle to clean up the game. The AP has not been able to reach Anthony Bosch, who allegedly ran the Biogenesis clinic, and a one-time associate of Bosch’s said it’s believed he has been out of the country “for a long time, like a few months.”
The Hurricanes bristle at the topic of a connection to Biogenesis. So does the city’s pro team, the Miami Marlins.
“Before I moved to Miami, I always had the view that Miami was the epicenter of everything, like the hanging chads and Elian Gonzalez,” Marlins President David Samson said. “There’s always something going on in Miami. And now that I’ve lived here for 10 years, it really is true. There’s always something here. So it didn’t shock me when I read about that laboratory.”
It also isn’t the first time the Hurricanes’ program has been tied to PED issues.
In 2010, a since-departed Miami baseball player was arrested and charged with trying to sell marijuana to undercover officers on university grounds, and police later found 19 vials of HGH at his apartment. Frank Ratcliff played last season at Pensacola State College and is now on the roster at the University of Houston.
Ratcliff did not respond to an email request seeking comment. It’s a topic everyone in the game seems tired of talking about _ and hearing about, for that matter.
“Same guys, same names pop up here and there,” said Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez, the longtime Yankees star. “It’s frustrating. It’s bothersome and it bothers me to hear and read about it. You want to stop reading and hearing about it. The only good thing that comes out of it is this drug-testing stuff is working. Guys are getting caught now. Now guys are saying, `It’s not that good of a plan.’”
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have a season to play.
“I think our school, as a university athletic department, does as good a job as any school in America at monitoring drug testing,” Morris said. “I don’t think anybody spends more money and is more cautious than we are to make sure we’re doing things the right way. What’s going on in Major League Baseball, I have no idea.”