A-Roidgate Rages On

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the practice field of the of the George M. Steinbrenner field during spring training, Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in Tampa, Fla.
(A-Rod, AP Angel Presinal, Los Angeles Times/Carlos Chavez Yuri Sucart Daily News/Schwartz)

The Alex Rodriguez Story Is Falling A-part
Amateur Hour... Courtesy of The Professional

NY Daily News: Steroid-Linked Trainer Accompanied A-Rod for 2007 Season
ESPN: Presinal Had Strong Ties to A-Rod; Rodriguez Could Face Suspension
ESPN 2007 Archive: Presinal's Past Makes MLB Wary About His Present
ESPN: Primobolan Not Legally Available in Dominican Republic Like A-Roid Said
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Just Another Day, Another Round of New Questions for The Ultimate Cheater
... Who Spoke Briefly Today

New York Daily News and we're still counting how many reporters: "Embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez has had a long relationship with a steroid-linked trainer who's been banned from major league clubhouses, four independent sources told the Daily News.

Angel Presinal, who was banned from private areas of every MLB ballpark after an October 2001 incident involving an unmarked gym bag full of steroids, has been tight with the Yankee slugger dating back to his time with the Texas Rangers, several sources said.

A former New York-area scout says Presinal, whose named surfaced in the Mitchell Report, was with Rodriguez in New York and Miami as recently as this past fall.

MLB has warned players to stay away from him.

He has been thrown out of clubhouses in Cleveland, Anaheim and Texas.

"He's an unsavory character," said a source.


Who's Your Trainer?

Pedro and Nomar back in the day

Pedro: 'Nao Has Worked with Me a Long, Long Time'

2.14.07, ESPN, Mike Fish: Angel Presinal: "Boston wanted to do surgery on Pedro Martinez [during the 2001 season]. Pedro says, 'I don't need surgery. I want to first try with my personal trainer.' He came to me at the end of the season and I worked with him. He had no operation and he came back and challenged Barry Zito for the Cy Young."

And David Not Only Works Out at His Place, He Was a Client...

"The walls of his [Presinal] cramped office in the bowels of the basketball arena are lined with photos of Presinal and some of the top-shelf players he professes to have trained: David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez, Raul Mondesi, Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Stan Javier, Adrian Beltre, Ruben Sierra, Vladimir Guerrero." -- 2.14.07, Mike Fish, ESPN.com


Hey, Nao! He's No Angel

Angel Presinal wearing a Sox cap
(Victor Perez / ESPN)

And He's Wearing a (Gulp) Sox Cap!


This Just In ...

David Ortiz on Comcast SportsNet Sports Tonight
(BDD / Comcast SportsNet Screen Image)

Papi Address Six-Degrees-of-Angelgate

On Comcast SportsNet, Ortiz Says He Just Got His Work in at Presinal's Place

2.20.09, Ortiz on Comcast SportsNet Sports Tonight: “This place where he [Presinal] works it is a facility that’s like five minutes away from my house. It’s like an Olympic place where everybody go and hit, run, do all their work in. That’s like in the middle of everybody’s house. So we all go there and workout and… he’s a good trainer. He’s the guy that… he’ll teach you how to train. How to get your body ready to go, but besides that, I have no idea about all this...

"He got into some trouble before from what I hear and that’s something that he’s got to deal with, especially with what is going on right now but like I say, you have a facility close to your house, when I’m there, and I go and get my work in cause otherwise you show up here then nobody wants to see you so, we go there. Get our work in. That’s about it."

March 2006 MLB.com: More on Angel and the DR WBC Team, His Clients
July 2005 LA Times: Another Look Back at Nao and His Client List
Peter Gammons on SportsCenter: 'I Worked Out There, But Didn't Take Steroids'
In Other Worlds: Manny: 'A Choice of Winning or Losing' for LA Says Boras
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2.21.09, Gerry Callahan on WEEI: "And then he [Youkilis] just walked over, bat in hand, I thought he was going to smash some stuff on the table, and just... we had it out."

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