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According to the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez has been linked to a trainer that has been banned from all MLB clubhouses. That trainer, named Angel Presinal, was banned from all private areas in every major league ballpark after an October 2001 incident involving an unmarked gym bag full of steroids.
In addition to A-Rod, Presinal has worked with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and former Sox Ace Pedro Martinez. He’s also connected to Juan Gonzalez, Vladimir Guererro, Bartolo Colon, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, Moises Alou, Jose Guillen, Ervin Santana, Ruben Sierra, Francisco Cordero, Jose Mesa, and Juan Guzman, among others.
A former New York-area scout said that Presinal was with A-Rod in New York and Miami as recently as Fall 2008, despite the fact that Major League Baseball has warned all players to stay away from him.
Another source said Presinal traveled with Rodiguez for his entire 2007 MVP season, even staying in his same hotel. Presinal, however, stayed in a separate room with A-Rod’s infamous cousin, Yuri Sucart. A-Rod said Sucart injected him from 2001-2003 with an energy-boosting suplement called “boli.”
According to the report, A-Rod would avoid being seen in public with Presinal, instead meeting him in their separate hotel rooms.
In 2001, Presinal told investigators with Canadian Border Service Agency that a bag full of steroids belonged to then-Indians slugger Juan Gonzalez. Both players where questioned for several hours but then released because authorities did not have enough information to link either man to the bag. Presinal, Juan Gone’s personal trainer at the time, was identified in the Mitchell Report because of the incident.
“I work with [young players] so they can become superstars. You can see how hard these players work. It’s all clean work. And I always tell these kids that if they have a medical problem, to be responsible. Don’t just talk to any doctor. Make sure you be careful. Don’t get mixed up with any steroids or other stuff,” said Presinal after the incident in 2001.
Reaction: My goodness…this is kind of what I’ve been waiting for. I knew there was way more to A-Rod’s story than he let on, but I didn’t know how far it went. Give the folks over at the N.Y. Daily News and other publications a few weeks, and they’ll uncover everything that remains hidden.
To me, this further indicts A-Rod. Did he really need any of the drugs? I guess we’ll never know for sure…but I will say that I’m absolutely certain he was on some performance-enhancing drugs during the last few years with the Yankees, and not just from 2001-2003 with the Rangers.
As far as the connection to David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez, I hope Presinal simply trained them or was friends with them, and did not supply them with steroids. It would be a damn shame for those players to be tainted, and I just hope there’s nothing to it. I will say, however, that I think both Ortiz and Pedro should be further investigated. If both are eventually connected to steroids, at this point I won’t be surprised…