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MLB witness outlines A-Rod’s PED program on ‘60 Minutes’

  • In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

    In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York.  Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

  • In this image taken from video and provided by CBS, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's Chief Operating Officer, Rob Manfred, talks to CBS correspondent about doping case against Alex Rodriguez in an interview that will air on the Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 60 Minutes broadcast. On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 an arbitrator ruled that the NY Yankees' third baseman will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/CBS) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

    In this image taken from video and provided by CBS, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's Chief Operating Officer, Rob Manfred, talks to CBS correspondent about doping case against Alex Rodriguez in an interview that will air on the Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 60 Minutes broadcast. On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 an arbitrator ruled that the NY Yankees' third baseman will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/CBS) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

    In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

  • In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY
  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York.  Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
  • In this image taken from video and provided by CBS, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's Chief Operating Officer, Rob Manfred, talks to CBS correspondent about doping case against Alex Rodriguez in an interview that will air on the Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 60 Minutes broadcast. On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 an arbitrator ruled that the NY Yankees' third baseman will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/CBS) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • In this undated image taken from video and provided by 60 minutes, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 60 minutes will air an interview with Bosch explaining how he provided Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs during Rodriguez's relationship with Biogenesis. An arbitrator ruled Saturday that Rodriguez, NY Yankees' third baseman, will have to sit out 162 games for his illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/60 Minutes) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010.

Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS last night that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone.

Rob Manfred, the chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, said during the program that Bosch chose to cooperate in the investigation because he feared for his life.

MLB’s suspension of Rodriguez was reduced on Saturday by an arbitrator from 211 games to 162, plus all playoff games next season.

Commissioner Bud Selig, who did not testify during the slugger’s appeal, defended the largest suspension ever handed out under the Joint Drug Agreement.

“In my judgment, his actions were beyond comprehension,” Selig said on the show. “I think 211 games was a very fair penalty.”

Bosch said he began working with Rodriguez five days before the New York Yankees third baseman hit his 600th career home run on Aug. 4, 2010. Bosch said the first words out of Rodriguez’s mouth were: “What did Manny Ramirez take in 2008 and 2009?”

Ramirez was suspended 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug, his first of two offenses.

Of the 14 players suspended as a result of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, Rodriguez was the only one to appeal the ban.

A self-taught practitioner who was once fined $5,000 for practicing medicine without a license, Bosch outlined his relationship with the three-time AL MVP. He said he designed the program to help Rodriguez maximize the effects of the drugs and remain clean in the eyes of baseball. Rodriguez never failed a test during the period in question.

Detailing a clandestine operation, Bosch said the duo used code words for the drugs like “gummies” for testosterone lozenges, which Rodriguez sometimes took right before games. Bosch said he once tested A-Rod’s blood in the bathroom stall of a Miami restaurant.

Bosch also said he injected A-Rod with banned drugs because the slugger with 654 career homers was afraid of needles.

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