Major League Baseball officials impeded an investigation by the Florida Department of Health into Biogensis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they had been asked not to obtain, reports Mike Fish of ESPN.
The Department of Health has closed their case against Bosch, who is not licensed to practice medicine. A state offical told Fish that the limited scope of the investigation and its conclusion were "direct results" of MLB purchasing documents related to the clinic. The official also alleges that the league knew the documents were intended for Florida investigators and that their purchase of the documents prevented the department from gathering evidence.
A MLB official denied to Fish that the league impeded the investigation, and also suggested that the investigation "was more a regulatory than criminal undertaking and therefore not as serious." The official also indicated that MLB investigators have cooperated with investigations by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The same official acknowledged that "nobody would have been disciplined" by MLB without the purchased documents. More than a dozen players were suspended for their roles in Biogenesis case, with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez currently appealing his 211-game suspension.