Via the Daily News –
Alex Rodriguez’s moment of truth — or at least some “loosey-goosey” version of it — will come on Friday, when baseball officials will interview A-Rod about his links to alleged Miami steroid dealer Anthony Bosch, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
The meeting, likely to take place in Tampa, is expected to be the prelude to an MLB attempt to suspend the fallen Yankee star for allegedly acquiring performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and the Biogenesis scandal that has engulfed baseball.
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, is believed to have already been interviewed as MLB investigators wind down their investigation into one of the biggest steroid scandals in baseball history.
A baseball source with knowledge of the investigation said that resolution (suspensions) would “definitely be before the end of the season” and very possibly within the next few weeks.
The Rodriguez interview will also focus on his past statements to baseball officials that he only used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03, when he played with the Texas Rangers — a period when A-Rod has said MLB had “loosey-goosey” rules on doping.
If Rodriguez is found to have lied to MLB about his drug use, those statements, combined with evidence that he procured drugs from Bosch, would form the basis for commissioner Bud Selig’s suspension of a player who was once baseball’s biggest star.
According to baseball sources, investigators have gathered ample evidence that Rodriguez has been involved with performance-enhancing drugs and are prepared to move for a suspension. However, sources familiar with the meeting say A-Rod has prepared a hefty defense that he believes will exonerate him.
MLB has already interviewed at least 10 players, according to sources, who are believed to have invoked baseball’s version of the Fifth Amendment.
Any guesses on how this will go down?