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DOH again opened a probe into Bosch's operation this past April following New Times' investigation. Fischer agreed to cooperate completely, and investigators later interviewed three other Biogenesis clients, who all testified that Bosch had represented himself as a doctor. Despite that mountain of evidence, the department again closed the case. This time, Bosch got a $5,000 fine and a cease-and-desist letter, but again, there were no criminal charges.
The latest revelations from Fischer's records could change that, though. New Times has found at least a dozen high school athletes listed in Bosch's handwritten business records, including a batch of nine listed on one page from a 2011 notebook. All include the notation "H.S." (high school) next to their entries.
Among those names were students from John A. Ferguson Senior High, West Broward High, and University School at Nova Southeastern University. New Times is withholding the names because most are minors.
The Miami Herald, which until last month had largely missed the Biogenesis story, interviewed Fischer in July. The whistleblower told them his records showed Bosch routinely selling drugs to high school athletes.
"This was never about professional ballplayers or stars — this was about criminal activity and injecting underage athletes," Fischer said of his reason for cooperating with the DOH probe. A week later, the Herald reported that two assistant U.S. attorneys in Miami had opened their own investigation into the fake doctor. And last week, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced plans to institute random testing next year in response to the reports.
Then there is the farce playing out in a Miami-Dade courtroom. Last week, Circuit Court Judge Dresnick gave Fischer a month to turn over everything he has to MLB or face contempt-of-court charges. "Why am I being bullied like this?" Fischer asked of reporters after the hearing. "Major League Baseball is the bad guy here, not me. You wouldn't be here without me, and this is my cupcake? This is my thank you?"
It's a fair question. MLB, without a doubt, deserves credit for the suspensions handed down last week. For once, historic cheats like Braun and A-Rod were given punishments that fit their crime.
Yet it's hard to feel that justice is served when a whistleblower like Fischer faces mounting legal battles and a documented lawbreaker like Tony Bosch continues to walk free. Especially in a town where MLB has trampled over taxpayers and fans alike for decades.
"Jeffrey Loria benefited with a tax-free stadium built with public funds for private profit," says Burgos, the University of Illinois professor who grew up in Fort Lauderdale playing baseball. "A-Rod is a unique case, obviously, since he's signed contracts that will eventually earn him north of half a billion dollars. But on the other hand, Loria will basically walk away with that same amount thanks to this deal... and he's not going to die early because he abused PEDs to get there."