Well, this is an interesting little wrinkle. And by interesting, I mean a great way to keep us all very busy until pitchers and catchers report in five more days.
As Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports report, Ryan Braun shows up on three separate documents, though unlike the Alex Rodriguez ones, there are no steroids or supplements or Netflix Instant Queue choices next to his name. He also appears on a list marked “baseball” alongside Alex Rodriguez, Cesar Carillo, and newcomers to BioGenesis, Francisco Cervelli and Danny Valencia.
Now, this raises a lot of interesting questions like: why would someone keep a handwritten list with “Baseball” as the topline? Did Anthony Bosch never hear of Excel or Word? And what are the chances that this is just terrible preparation for a fantasy draft?
Braun released a statement which reads, in part:
During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
“There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.
There is still a lot of information that will be coming out as BioGenesis’ paperwork is reviewed, and honestly, Baseball, as an entity, should be commended for the work they’ve done as they continue to investigate.
But for Braun, no matter what the facts may be, this is probably too much for his reputation to take. Those who were able to overlook his positive test following the appeal will probably use this as the damning evidence, whether Anthony Bosch was a “consultant” or not.