While the fans in Albuquerque and Los Angeles may not care what Manny Ramirez took or when he took it, the Drug Enforcement Agency does. And that’s bad news for a couple of doctors.
Investigators believe the prescription for human chorionic gonadotropin, known as hCG, was written by Pedro Publio Bosch, 71, a physician who has practiced family medicine in Florida since 1976. His son, Anthony Bosch, 45, is believed to have worked as a contact between his father and Ramirez. It's unclear how far along the DEA is in its inquiry but sources indicated that investigators want to know whether either man ever procured improper or illegal prescriptions for other people. DEA officials could not immediately be reached for comment….
Anthony Bosch is well known in Latin American baseball circles, sources say. His relationships with players date at least from the earlier part of the decade, when he was seen attending parties with players and known to procure tickets to big league ballparks, especially in Boston and New York.
Baseball gave Manny a slap for his part in all this — he misses 50 games without pay, which stings, but is not going to cause permanent damage.
But doctors getting arrested by the DEA — if it comes to that — is a different matter entirely. Prison is no little slap.