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February 6, 2013

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Jhonny Peralta Makes Five ACES Clients Tied to East Coast BALCO

by Maury Brown

First, it was Manny Ramirez. Then, it was Melky Cabrera. More recently, it has been Bartolo ColonGio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, and Alex Rodriguez. Now, according to a report by SI.com’s Tom Verducci, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been found in the records of Tony Bosch and Biogenesis, the wellness clinic in Miami that is being coined the “East Coast BALCO.”

But, in a case that may be a more disturbing trend than a random assortment of MLB players being in the ledgers of the lab that has potentially doled out hGH, creams containing testosterone, and other banned substances, of the 12 players that have surfaced in the media with potential ties to Biogenesis, five have been or are currently represented by the player agency ACES, run by Seth and Sam Levinson.

Peralta is now added to Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Jesus Montero, and Melky Cabrera, whose 50-game suspension for elevated levels of testosterone and a fake website that he planned to use as a potential loophole to get out of any suspension, all have associations to ACES.

The Tigers issued a statement tonight regarding the SI.com report saying:

“The Detroit Tigers fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

We are aware of this report, however since this matter is currently part of an investigation by Major League Baseball, the Club is not at liberty to comment.”

This story is likely just beginning and begs the question, what potential fallout could still occur? And, is this the last player tied to ACES who surfaces as part of the investigation into Biogenesis? 

Maury Brown is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Richard Bergstrom

I'm not sure how much I'm buying this Miami clinic. Cabrera was already caught and loses nothing to confessing more, yet doesn't. Apparently the Miami paper that broke the story is being evasive about handing a copy of their evidence over to MLB.

And, yet again, spring training is about to start and a magical PED story breaks right before it just as it has every year for the last 5+ years...

Feb 07, 2013 07:34 AM
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What incentive does MLB have to falsify PEDs?

The timing itself does make sense purely from a publicity standpoint. The paper wants to maximize the attention paid to this story. The best time to release it is AFTER the Super Bowl and before Spring Training starts.

Again, where is the conspiracy?

Feb 07, 2013 11:45 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

If you're referring to my comment, I didn't mean to say MLB was falsifying PEDs. I'm saying I'm not sure yet whether I believe the Miami newspaper's report and/or how it has interpreted the "evidence".

Feb 07, 2013 21:30 PM
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A little perspective would help me sort out this information, please. Five players with ties to ACES have links to this clinic, but how many players are represented by ACES? If there are only eight total, then having five of eight tied to the clinic might point to something. But if ACES represents 239 MLB players, then five means next to nothing. Thanks!

Feb 07, 2013 12:12 PM
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