Former University of Miami standout Ryan Braun on Tuesday became engulfed in an ever-widening scandal linking Major League Baseball players to a Coral Gables clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.
Not long after Yahoo Sports reported that Braun’s name showed up in a handwritten logbook that once belonged to Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch, the star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers said he had “nothing to hide.”
Braun said in a statement first published by USA Today that he used Bosch only as a consultant while on his drug suspension appeal in 2011.
“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,” Braun said in the statement.
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Braun won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2011, the same year MLB said he tested positive for testosterone. Following an appeal, he was exonerated.
Though no specific drugs are listed alongside Braun’s name, the ledger indicates his name is indicated on a line, with “RB 20-30K” on the next. Yahoo Sports also reported that the handwritten Biogenesis notations also mentioned Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia — another former UM standout — and New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.
“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch,” Braun said. “I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Meanwhile, in their ongoing investigation, MLB representatives met Monday with staff members at the Miami New Times to discuss records it obtained linking prominent players to performance enhancing drugs.
They have since left town.
According to sources with knowledge of the probe, MLB has asked that the publication turn over the handwritten notebooks and logs allegedly belonging to Bosch.
“MLB came to us,” Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse said. “We still haven’t decided what to do with the records. We all agreed we’d be back in touch soon.”
The New Times reported last week that a number of players, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal were linked to Bosch. So, too, was UM strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins.
Miami Herald staff writer Casey Frank contributed to this report.