As he treated these UM players-turned-pros, Bosch continued to acquire fresh clients from UM. In 2009, D.J. Swatscheno walked into his office. Once one of the top high school pitchers in Broward County, he asked for Bosch's help in recovering from Tommy John surgery during his freshman year at UM. Swatscheno had the same drastic surgery as a sophmore and then — after transferring to Florida International University — a remarkable third time in one college career. His name appears at least a dozen times in Bosch's books.

Swatscheno's teammate Yasmani Grandal was a prodigiously talented catcher from Miami Springs. By his senior season in 2010, the catcher was eating college pitching for breakfast: His year-end stats included a .401 batting average and 15 homers. He was also one of Bosch's most loyal clients, as revealed by the notebooks. Bosch, who used the nickname "Springs" for the catcher, later hand-delivered drugs to him in spring training before his rookie year with the San Diego Padres.

Soon after Grandal's teammate Frankie Ratcliff was busted in 2010 with 19 vials of HGH, Bosch's reach into UM's current program grew even deeper. He began treating a well-respected veteran trainer: James "Jimmy" Goins, a balding, goateed man in his early 30s, had been working in UM's gyms since 2004. He was just the type of customer who made Bosch's eyes light up, and from his notebooks it's clear he had big plans for Goins. In one entry, he includes Goins' name under a scrawled heading about "Scores Sports Management," an agency that Bosch wanted to launch.

Former Canes players say legendary coach Jim Morris cared little about PED use on the team.
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Former Canes players say legendary coach Jim Morris cared little about PED use on the team.
Tony Bosch set up his clinic across the street from UM's home field.
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Tony Bosch set up his clinic across the street from UM's home field.

On Saturday, February 11, 2011, Bosch recorded a meeting with Goins as a new patient. They met more than a dozen times afterward. A handwritten page dated the next month shows what Bosch was selling him: MIC, amino acids, Winstrol, testosterone, DHEA, and IGF-1, an insulin popular with bodybuilders to stimulate muscle growth.

Goins later denied distributing PEDs to students and sued Miami New Times, the Miami Herald, and other media outlets — a case later dismissed by a judge. UM opened its own probe, conducting more than 50 interviews and bringing in a third party to test all of its baseball players; the probe closed in March 2013, and the school says it found that any claims that Goins gave drugs to athletes were "unsubstantiated."

But Bosch's records certainly suggest he attempted to milk the trainer for his connections. On the same page of notes outlining Goins' purchases, Bosch wrote he sold Goins a $75 Christmas gift certificate with a $100 bonus for referring new patients.

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