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Report: Jesus Montero linked to performance enhancing drug scandal in Miami (updated with response from the Mariners)

Post by Ryan Divish on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:58 am with 9 Comments »
February 6, 2013 10:43 am
AP photo/Ted Warren
AP photo/Ted Warren

About 2 a.m. this morning, the New York Daily News posted a story that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero has been linked to the performance enhancing drug scandal at the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami.

You can add Montero’s name to the list players that include Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and now even Ryan Braun have been linked to it.

From the story ...

More bad news for agents Seth and Sam Levinson: Their client, former Yankee catcher Jesus Montero, is named in records from a South Florida anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs, the Daily News has learned.

Montero, a top prospect who was traded to the Mariners before last season, is just the latest client of ACES, the Levinson brothers’ Brooklyn-based sports agency, who has been linked to Biogenesis, the now-shuttered Coral Gables clinic operated by self-described “biochemist” Anthony Bosch.

The Levinson brothers have been under investigation by MLB since last summer, after another client, former Yankee Melky Cabrera, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. The Daily News first reported in August that Cabrera had tried to avoid a 50-game suspension by creating a fictitious website for a supplement he claimed had inadvertently caused him to test positive. The bizarre attempt to avoid discipline fell apart when MLB officials began investigating Cabrera’s claims.

There isn’t a lot more about Montero in the story. But I’m assuming more reporting will be done on this. It’s not over. The Mariners are aware of the report.

From the Mariners ….

The Seattle Mariners strongly support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and are disappointed any time we hear of any players potentially involved with banned substances.

We are aware of the report which appeared today in the New York Daily News and have been in contact with Major League Baseball to discuss it.

This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner’s Office. At this time, with no additional information, we will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded, and all other questions should be directed to Major League Baseball.

Let’s not indict the guy until more news comes out. But if you are a Mariners fan, you should be concerned. This is not something that should be brushed aside.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. edstang45 says:

    Sheesh this is all we need

  2. Thanks for the update on this Ryan. I am looking forward to more information on this as MLB’s investigation moves forward. I’m not such a homer as to believe that no M’s player would get caught up in PED use, but Montero clearly didn’t have the same type of year, stats/impact wise, that guys like Brain, Gonzalez, Cabrera, etc. had. Maybe (I’m hoping anyway) A-Roid mentioned that clinic to him when he was still with the Yankees, he talked to the clinic, didn’t like what he heard, and never pursued it. Yeah, okay, maybe I am a homer after all.

  3. This is pretty pathetic to know that these players are linked to performance enhancing drugs and their performances weren’t enhanced they couldn’t even help the Mariners win their way out of a paper bag even if both ends were open.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    Jesus, does anyone wait for facts to form an opinion? That article doesn’t give hardly ANY information. The link to PEDs is tenuous at best so far even with people like AFraud and Gonzalez. Not to mention Braun doesn’t even have PEDs listed next to his name is that log book of unknown origin. I could write some names down in a log book and put dollar amounts and PEDs in there too. Doesn’t mean anything. If they can find some proof of payments like they did in the Mitchell Investigation then they will have something. Wake me up when they do.

  5. Crap.

    Mind you, I continue to think the entire steroids with hunt is a joke & political smokescreen.

    But nonetheless,…………… CRAP.

  6. “with hunt” should have read “witch hunt”.

  7. nonstopjoe says:

    The efficacy of the drugs is called into question given his performance last season.

  8. sincere says:

    I feel when one of the Stars of any sport is connected to performance enhancing drugs,no one seems to be surprised.

  9. artdad11910 says:

    Lord deliver us. You know it’s time to get an NBA/NHL/Babe Ruth league franchise when the press continues to push nonsense as cutting edge journalism and the latest “shocking” sports headlines (Real Pretend Headlines – “Dead Girlfriend” Is Actually Made-to-order Dr. Phil On-air-diagnosed Gay Love Fantasy; Americans Reeling at News of More Deer Antler Spray Abuse; A-Rod Has Lost His Charm; PEDs in the MLB . . . ).

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