Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Biogenesis of America owner Tony Bosch
was sentenced to four years in prison by a federal judge on Tuesday.
Bosch pleaded guilty in October to a charge of conspiracy to distribute
illegal drugs, including steroids and testosterone to Major League Baseball
U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles sentenced Bosch and ordered him to surrender
Bosch ran a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in Florida that was at the center of
an extensive investigation by MLB in the summer of 2013. The probe led to the
suspensions of 15 players for using performance-enhancing substances, most
notably Alex Rodriguez, who sat out the entire 2014 season as a penalty for
his role in the scandal.
Rodriguez is set to return to the New York Yankees this season.
Bosch cooperated with authorities, including the Drug Enforcement
Administration, and also helped Major League Baseball in its investigation.
His testimony led to the Commissioner’s Office levying an unprecedented 211-
game suspension of Rodriguez that ran through the entire 2014 season. 2011
National League MVP Ryan Braun and 2014 American League home run champion
Nelson Cruz were among the players who received lighter bans after being
connected to Biogenesis.