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Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era [Kindle Edition]

Tim Elfrink , Gus Garcia-Roberts

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Praise for Blood Sport

“A rollicking new book that reads like tragicomic noir fiction.” —Huffington Post Live

“Blood Sport” is riveting…The story of Rodriguez’s alliance with Bosch — and their eventual falling-out, with disastrous consequences for both — is a tragicomedy filled with characters straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel: fake doctors, ex-cons, small-time grifters and a shady tanning-bed repairman whose theft of some Biogenesis documents set in motion much of the legal drama that ensued.”—The Washington Post

“Tim Elfrink’s stories have brought down Alex Rodriguez, shut down the clinic that provided A-Rod performance-enhancing drugs, led to the record-breaking suspension of more than a dozen major leaguers and helped to usher in a new, seemingly cleaner era for baseball.”—The Omaha World-Herald

““Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era” is full of juicy bits.” —CBS New York

“Once again, baseball proves to be more scandalous than a telenovela!”—Perez Hilton

“Earnest, well researched, well written…go for the book.”—The Epoch Times


The definitive and dramatic story of the Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis scandal, written by the reporters who broke and covered the story

On January 29th, 2013, an exposé by Miami New Times reporter Tim Elfrink set the sports world on fire. Elfrink revealed that a Miami clinic, Biogenesis, had been supplying illegal performance enhancing drugs – PEDs – to many of the nation’s top baseball stars. One name stood out among all the others: Alex Rodriguez, the highest-earning player in the game.

Over the next year and more the story would unravel with incredible details about tanning salon robberies, coded text messages, and furtive steroid injections in the men’s room. In late 2013 Alex Rodriguez would be hit with the longest suspension in MLB history, prompting an ugly fight between him and top league brass. Fourteen other players, including superstar Ryan Braun, were also given shorter suspensions. Tony Bosch, Biogenesis’s founder, would appear on 60 Minutes in an effort to tell his side of the story.

What’s already been reported in the press has been fascinating; but the story behind the headlines that Elfrink and Newsday reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts have unearthed is even more dramatic and full of new, shocking details. Using exclusive documents, never-before-reported records and interviews with top sources, this book takes the reader inside drug deals, athletes’ mansions, and confidential suspension hearings to tell the true story behind the sport’s continuing PED crisis.

Both news-breaking sports journalism and wild South Florida noir, Blood Sport is simultaneously a revelatory record of the steroid and PED era’s continuing evolution and a call to arms for how to end it – this time, for good.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 8527 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 482 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0147516269
  • Verlag: Plume (8. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HZ1EE40
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Von Rick Shaq Goldstein - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read every major steroid/PED book related to sports since Canseco’s two books… including but not limited to “Game Of Shadows”…Radomski’s book… Romanowski’s book… the Clemens expose’(s)… the A-Rod expose’… etc. … and I would rate “Blood Sport” right at the top of this list. The first thing potential readers should be made aware of is the fact that the authors cover much more than just the Biogenesis scandal. An awful lot more in fact! Even James “Pud” Galvin in 1889 being involved with a concoction of “chopping testicles off live dogs and guinea pigs grinding the organs into a paste, refining it into liquid and then shooting the vile concoction under the skin.” Also included are the Pittsburgh Pirate drug trials… Canseco/McGwire/et al… Balco… and of course all the way up to the modern day Biogenesis fiasco. No detail is skipped… and the story flows like a raging river. The documentation is superb as players… dates… drugs… dollars… are literally reproduced directly from phony Doctor… scammer… and unfulfilled dreamer… Tony Bosch’s own handwritten note pads.

The main subject amongst many big name subjects is Alex Rodriguez… and the impunity with which he abuses the legal system as well as the moral system from the time he was in high school… is as disgusting as it was in all the other books I’ve read. Ryan Braun comes off entirely despicable… not only with his lie after lie… while putting himself on a phony pedestal of truth… but in the way he attacked the employee who picked up and shipped his dirty urine sample… which by the way… “ACCORDING TO LATER REPORTS, THE URINE SAMPLE HAD COME BACK WITH A 20:1 RATIO OF TESTOSTERONE TO EPITESTOSTERONE. THAT WAS FIVE TIMES THE 4:1 MARKER THAT FLAGGED A POSITIVE TEST. BRAUN LATER SAID THAT UNION REPS, INFORMED OF THE FAILED TEST, TOLD ME THAT THE TEST RESULT WAS THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN ANY NUMBER IN THE HISTORY OF DRUG TESTING.”

There was one other deplorable character trait that all these big name “busted” stars had in common… it didn’t matter who you were… related or not related… you or anyone available… would be thrown under the bus so quickly… without even a second thought… that in my opinion… just as appalling as being an illegal drug user… a cheater in every sense of the word… a liar… beyond any imaginable definition… that their absolutely appalling lack of empathy for any other human being… might be their worst character trait of all.

Major parts of this book also shine a very dark light on the University Of Miami… U.M. … “The U”… there has been so much drug use there it’s almost hard to believe. Interviews with former players verify many facts… but the school itself and its coaches… don’t cooperate with the authors since as a private school they are not forced to. Suffice to say there’s a reason “non-Doctor” Tony Bosch eventually set up an office right across the street from the University.

The behind the scenes look at how Major League Baseball has reacted since the Mitchell Report is not only intriguing… but shows that they really are trying to straighten out this PED mess… unlike during the asterisk era of the 90-‘s and early 2000’s. Many times this book reads like a great crime mystery… and though sports fans know the final outcome… just like in a good movie there are characters that are extremely hard to believe… due to moronic maneuvers… or G-d like complex… thinking they’re above the law. Amazingly baseball actually approved A-Rod’s drug use for a couple of seasons.

The research on this book is stellar… the pacing is tremendous… and the entire story… whether you think you already know it or not is captivating. I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating book about far more the A-Rod 10. Juli 2014
Von John T. Sostak - Veröffentlicht auf
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"I'll even cheat to win," Alex Rodriguez once said. From Blood Sport by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts.

Blood Sport is fantastic, and about more then A-Rod. Although I'm pretty sick of his negative presence in baseball, I was still interested in reading this book after hearing an interview with the authors on WFAN. The reason I really love this book is the reporting is so detailed that it feels like no stone is left unturned. When a question popped into my head, it was answered within pages. It isn't about A-Rod as much as it is about the performance enhancing drugs, along with elicit drug culture in baseball.

Blood Sport is thorough and details the Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch's life and business. This part of the book I find the most interesting. The large cast of characters was great and each one was worthy of a book in their own right. I wish x-ray worked for this book on Kindle because the characters kept me flipping around.

The HGH ant-aging industry which is enormous in South Florida. Blood Sport details it with plenty of history on how it started.

You don't need to be interested or a fan of Alex Rodriguez to find this book fascinating. I couldn't put it down because of the reporting on a unique modern pharma topic. Elfrink and Garcia-Roberts wrote an awesome book which I have no reason to believe isn't completely accurate.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-researched story 28. Juli 2014
Von Doug Erlandson - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Blood Sport" is about far more than Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and PED's. It's also about a culture in sports that promotes cheating for the sake of self-aggrandisement and the almighty dollar. Thoroughly researched by authors Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, "Blood Sport" offers a blow-by-blow description of the history of the events that eventually led to the suspensions of some 15 Major League ballplayers, most notably the season-long (2014) suspension of Alex Rodriguez. Although a well-documented, detailed, and accurate account of these events, the book reads more like a piece of well-written fiction, in which intrigue, back-alley deals, robberies, and double-crossing all play their role in bringing these suspensions about. In the end, no one emerges as a hero, certainly not the players who were guilty of trying to circumvent baseball's ban on PED's, nor shady characters such as Tony Bosch, whose clinic supplied players with various banned substances, nor, for that matter, the agents of Major League Baseball, whose heavy-handed tactics, payoffs to witnesses, and legally questionable practices display the same win-at-all-costs mentality that has led so many players to take drugs to gain an edge over their competitors.

Not only does "Blood Sport" provide a detailed account of the story that culminated in the suspensions of Rodriguez and others, but it also goes beyond professional baseball. Although of secondary importance to the main story, we read of the use of PED's at the high school and college level as well (particularly at the University of Miami, which is located right across the street from Tony Bosch's clinic), and the use of such substances in other sports is also noted.

Elfrink and Garcia-Roberts are to be commended for their thorough research and their objective reporting. Although they make moral judgments from time to time, they do not let these get in the way of the story or color the reader's perception. Their background as newspaper reporters has stood them in good stead in making the finished product such a fascinating read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Doesn't Deliver on What I had hoped for 14. November 2014
Von R. C Sheehy - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have to say this book had great potential to be the book to blow the lid off steroid abuse in baseball and it really came up short. Rather than going into great detail on the entire culture abuse of steroids and PED it chose instead to focus on the suppliers of steroids. This is sadly atypical of all of the books to date on PEDs where we still see the athletes who cheated treated like poor gods lead astray by the terrible men who liked and cheated. After the 60 minutes interview I had much higher hopes that this would indict the entire process using A-Rod as the example. Rather it treats A-Rod as a unique player just as other books have done the same to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. If this is the best we can get on the subject we'll never get to learn much more than what we know.

Don't waste your time!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I already know that I love it. It's a factual tale that reads like ... 22. Juli 2014
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I'm reviewing this while only halfway through with the book. I already know that I love it. It's a factual tale that reads like a spy novel, and is as down and dirty as any detective thriller. The sad part is that it is about known and often beloved baseball players; Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriquez. That star athletes would try to get an "edge" isn't surprising, it's been happening since sports began; what is horrendous about this tale is the lengths they would go to, the people they would "throw under the bridge", and the lies they would tell once caught, in order to maintain a fiction. This isn't a pitcher tarring a baseball, it's players risking their bodies in order to play one more season, or, in some cases, to get into the majors.
The authors also manage to add asides that really make the narrative fascinating. Who would have thought a book about Biogenesis would cover the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos, the catcher for the Washington Nationals? It's in there, and it really holds the readers interest. I've not been a huge fan of the Commissioner, but once he decided to rid the league of steroids (finally), he went after them with a squad determined to find the culprits. You can't make some of this up, nor some of the characters involved. They're larger than life, and stranger than fiction.
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