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Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era Hardcover – July 8, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954637
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Blood Sport

"Have you read Blood Sport, the jaw-dropping new A-Rod/Biogenesis/steroids book from Newsday investigative reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts and Miami digger Tim Elfrink? If you care about baseball's clean future, you really have no choice." —Ellis Henican, Newsday

“A rollicking new book that reads like tragicomic noir fiction.” - Huffington Post Live

“Blood Sport” is riveting…The story of Rodriguez’s alliance with Bosch — and their eventual falling-out, with disastrous consequences for both — is a tragicomedy filled with characters straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel: fake doctors, ex-cons, small-time grifters and a shady tanning-bed repairman whose theft of some Biogenesis documents set in motion much of the legal drama that ensued.”—The Washington Post

“Tim Elfrink’s stories have brought down Alex Rodriguez, shut down the clinic that provided A-Rod performance-enhancing drugs, led to the record-breaking suspension of more than a dozen major leaguers and helped to usher in a new, seemingly cleaner era for baseball.”—The Omaha World-Herald

““Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era” is full of juicy bits.” –CBS New York

“Once again, baseball proves to be more scandalous than a telenovela!”—Perez Hilton

“Earnest, well researched, well written…go for the book.”—The Epoch Times

"My Book of the Year so far...[the book] arrived at the most timely moment when the matter of drugs, whether recreational or performance enhancing, is a raging debate in all sports." - David Mackintosh

About the Author

Tim Elfrink, managing editor of the Miami New Times, was the very first reporter to break the story of the Biogenesis scandal. His original story won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He lives in Miami.

Gus Garcia-Roberts is an award-winning investigative reporter for Newsday, Long Island's daily newspaper. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2014 for the paper's series on police misconduct. He previously was a staff writer at Cleveland Scene and the senior writer at Miami New Times. He lives in Brooklyn.

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One of the most well written and informative books I have read.
Sean Culnan
The newer Yankees like O'Neill, Brosius, Martinez, Girardi, and the Captain Derek Jeter have provided many thrills and great wins.
This usually only happened when I had to take a moment to shake my head at how amazing some of the details are in this book.

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I have read every major steroid/PED book related to sports since Canseco’s two books… including but not limited to “Game Of Shadows”…Radomski’s book… Romanowski’s book… the Clemens expose’(s)… the A-Rod expose’… etc. … and I would rate “Blood Sport” right at the top of this list. The first thing potential readers should be made aware of is the fact that the authors cover much more than just the Biogenesis scandal. An awful lot more in fact! Even James “Pud” Galvin in 1889 being involved with a concoction of “chopping testicles off live dogs and guinea pigs grinding the organs into a paste, refining it into liquid and then shooting the vile concoction under the skin.” Also included are the Pittsburgh Pirate drug trials… Canseco/McGwire/et al… Balco… and of course all the way up to the modern day Biogenesis fiasco. No detail is skipped… and the story flows like a raging river. The documentation is superb as players… dates… drugs… dollars… are literally reproduced directly from phony Doctor… scammer… and unfulfilled dreamer… Tony Bosch’s own handwritten note pads.

The main subject amongst many big name subjects is Alex Rodriguez… and the impunity with which he abuses the legal system as well as the moral system from the time he was in high school… is as disgusting as it was in all the other books I’ve read. Ryan Braun comes off entirely despicable… not only with his lie after lie… while putting himself on a phony pedestal of truth… but in the way he attacked the employee who picked up and shipped his dirty urine sample… which by the way… “ACCORDING TO LATER REPORTS, THE URINE SAMPLE HAD COME BACK WITH A 20:1 RATIO OF TESTOSTERONE TO EPITESTOSTERONE. THAT WAS FIVE TIMES THE 4:1 MARKER THAT FLAGGED A POSITIVE TEST.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John T. Sostak on July 10, 2014
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"I'll even cheat to win," Alex Rodriguez once said. From Blood Sport by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts.

Blood Sport is fantastic, and about more then A-Rod. Although I'm pretty sick of his negative presence in baseball, I was still interested in reading this book after hearing an interview with the authors on WFAN. The reason I really love this book is the reporting is so detailed that it feels like no stone is left unturned. When a question popped into my head, it was answered within pages. It isn't about A-Rod as much as it is about the performance enhancing drugs, along with elicit drug culture in baseball.

Blood Sport is thorough and details the Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch's life and business. This part of the book I find the most interesting. The large cast of characters was great and each one was worthy of a book in their own right. I wish x-ray worked for this book on Kindle because the characters kept me flipping around.

The HGH ant-aging industry which is enormous in South Florida. Blood Sport details it with plenty of history on how it started.

You don't need to be interested or a fan of Alex Rodriguez to find this book fascinating. I couldn't put it down because of the reporting on a unique modern pharma topic. Elfrink and Garcia-Roberts wrote an awesome book which I have no reason to believe isn't completely accurate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 28, 2014
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"Blood Sport" is about far more than Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and PED's. It's also about a culture in sports that promotes cheating for the sake of self-aggrandisement and the almighty dollar. Thoroughly researched by authors Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, "Blood Sport" offers a blow-by-blow description of the history of the events that eventually led to the suspensions of some 15 Major League ballplayers, most notably the season-long (2014) suspension of Alex Rodriguez. Although a well-documented, detailed, and accurate account of these events, the book reads more like a piece of well-written fiction, in which intrigue, back-alley deals, robberies, and double-crossing all play their role in bringing these suspensions about. In the end, no one emerges as a hero, certainly not the players who were guilty of trying to circumvent baseball's ban on PED's, nor shady characters such as Tony Bosch, whose clinic supplied players with various banned substances, nor, for that matter, the agents of Major League Baseball, whose heavy-handed tactics, payoffs to witnesses, and legally questionable practices display the same win-at-all-costs mentality that has led so many players to take drugs to gain an edge over their competitors.

Not only does "Blood Sport" provide a detailed account of the story that culminated in the suspensions of Rodriguez and others, but it also goes beyond professional baseball. Although of secondary importance to the main story, we read of the use of PED's at the high school and college level as well (particularly at the University of Miami, which is located right across the street from Tony Bosch's clinic), and the use of such substances in other sports is also noted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookcrazy on July 21, 2014
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I'm reviewing this while only halfway through with the book. I already know that I love it. It's a factual tale that reads like a spy novel, and is as down and dirty as any detective thriller. The sad part is that it is about known and often beloved baseball players; Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriquez. That star athletes would try to get an "edge" isn't surprising, it's been happening since sports began; what is horrendous about this tale is the lengths they would go to, the people they would "throw under the bridge", and the lies they would tell once caught, in order to maintain a fiction. This isn't a pitcher tarring a baseball, it's players risking their bodies in order to play one more season, or, in some cases, to get into the majors.
The authors also manage to add asides that really make the narrative fascinating. Who would have thought a book about Biogenesis would cover the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos, the catcher for the Washington Nationals? It's in there, and it really holds the readers interest. I've not been a huge fan of the Commissioner, but once he decided to rid the league of steroids (finally), he went after them with a squad determined to find the culprits. You can't make some of this up, nor some of the characters involved. They're larger than life, and stranger than fiction.
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