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Steroid-Tainted Trainer Linked to A-Rod, Ortiz, Pedro

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…

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7 comments for “Steroid-Tainted Trainer Linked to A-Rod, Ortiz, Pedro”

  1. Steroid-Tainted Trainer Linked to A-Rod, Ortiz, Pedro: According to the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez has .. http://tinyurl.com/cygpqs

    Posted by Sports of Boston | February 20, 2009, 2:49 pm
  2. OK, we have to set a fair standard here. If this “further indicts” A-Rod, then we have to admit to ourselves that it “further indicts” Ortiz as well.

    Lets be real. David Ortiz did steroids. Looking at his stats, you can almost see the minute he started using (I would guess around July 2002, at which point he was batting in the 230s with 3 homeruns, when he finished with 20 homeruns and a 270 average. Traded to Boston the next year, and we know what happens next.).

    Now I don’t blame him – instead of being a mediocre player, he gets to be a legend, and he may never have to be a proven user. I bet that he would do it all over again. But he definitely was a user.

    So lets just set a fair standard. If you want to crucify a-rod over this, you need to do the same to Ortiz, unless A-Rod’s only crime was getting caught.

    Personally, I think it was the era, they both did what they did, and lets just make sure it ends now.

    Posted by oliver | February 20, 2009, 8:41 pm
  3. If I may quote myself from February 17th:

    “Beleive it or not, Ortiz is to me is questionable. I think that coming flat out and reprimanding A-Rod is his way of taking heat off of him (not that there was in the first place). I think he is trying too hard to make it clear to the public that he is clean and that is why I think he is up to something fishy.”

    I friggin’ knew it.

    Posted by Pete | February 20, 2009, 10:15 pm
  4. Now now, it’s not a guarantee that Ortiz did steroids. But…this news is extremely disheartening.

    Again…to me, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. I say they should release the 103 other names that tested positive in 2003. That’s the only way this controversy and witch hunt might come to a close.

    Posted by KC | February 21, 2009, 12:44 am
  5. [...] David Ortiz answered questions Saturday morning about his relationship with trainer Angel Presinal, who was banned from all major league clubhouses following an incident in 2001. Presinal allegedly traveled with A-Rod and his infamous cousin Yuri [...]

    Posted by Ortiz Downplays Association with Banned Trainer | Sports of Boston | February 21, 2009, 10:39 am
  6. after Pedro has adamantly claimed that he’s “dominated the steroid era,” this will also make him a liar. i’ve never been one to trust Pedro. the last few years have told us that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. they are now guilty by association, and it’s not exactly a stretch of the mind.

    many of the great Dominicans will now be tainted b/c of Tejada, Pedro, Beltre, etc….you have to wonder about Andruw…

    I know the Dominicans were extremely poor, but the future opinion will be that they cheated the system to make millions, whether it be that they lied about their age or took roids…anything to gain an advantage…which i dont blame them for based on where they came from…but they’re still tainted.

    Posted by Joe | February 21, 2009, 8:59 pm
  7. @JoshTruelove it was the exact same list. http://bit.ly/13Rtla

    Posted by Trev Eaton | September 16, 2009, 8:15 pm

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