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The students were instructed to give a urine sample in a bathroom adjacent to a trophy room. Some weeks later, the team first heard that Sanchez and Albir were suspended. Santiago says Morris held an all-team meeting. Alfonso "Flaco" Otero was formerly a coach on the Westminster baseball squad and has run baseball camps at UM for more than 20 years. He has known Sanchez since he was 12 and confirms the player was suspended for testing positive for PEDs.

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  7. And failing such a test at UM took some skill, says the Hialeah-born Alfonso. He recalls UM football players speaking openly about using Whizzinators, fake penises designed to fool drug testers. Another option was checking into the hospital with any ailment, which negated the test. Third, if athletes didn't show up at the Hecht Center on time, they were told to go to an outside testing center.


    So the most common ploy was for ballplayers to give their driver's licenses to similar-looking teammates who were clean and have them urinate at an outside center. The UM team's steroid reputation was so widespread it even reached players from other colleges. But besides the one speech following the suspensions of Albir and Sanchez, Morris and other coaches didn't seem too concerned about getting to the bottom of the problem. The Hurricanes fell flat to end the season, losing against the Huskers in a game in Lincoln, Nebraska. Four of the five players who went in the first ten rounds — Braun and Carrillo, both drafted in the first round, as well as Gaby Sanchez and Israel Chirino — were named in Bosch's records, with Braun and Carrillo destined to be suspended in the Biogenesis case.

    Those names come as no surprise to teammates like Raudel Alfonso, who says they were all in the team clique surrounded by constant steroid rumors. It's exactly those sorts of draft results that drive college players to juice. Though Alfonso says he didn't use steroids at UM, he gets why players did. The college baseball grind is "miserable," he says.

    You wake up at 5 a. When you see another player able to stand in the shower, you wonder if he's on PEDs, and you want to feel that same comfort. And they were everywhere. For his part, Alfonso says if he wanted to procure steroids, he knows whom he would have asked first: Marcelo Albir.

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    Another associate of the team, in an interview with an author of this article, says that when he did buy steroids, he got them from Albir. And Major League Baseball came to believe that Albir was the conduit to players like Braun for Tony Bosch as well, according to a league official with knowledge of the Biogenesis investigation. But sometimes he could be prescient.

    One of the reasons he homed in on UM ballplayers was because they would potentially graduate to the bigs and open another avenue for Biogenesis into the major leagues. And that's exactly how it played out. Years later, after Biogenesis exposes revealed to some extent Bosch's infiltration of UM player and coach ranks, the school still appeared more concerned with damage control than rooting out the problem. The university released a defensive statement in the wake of the scandal pointing out that 3, student-athletes had been tested for PEDs since and that all had passed.

    But the school doesn't test for HGH. And "the university did not specify why it chose to release results that began in ," read an Associated Press article about the statement. Four were future major-leaguers. Carrillo and Braun were later suspended over their ties to Bosch, while Albir was embroiled in expensive civil litigation. Sanchez, Valencia, and Chirino were either cleared of wrongdoing or never punished. Though it's unclear when Bosch began treating them, the records make it obvious that the links to UM that Bosch maintained, particularly with Lazer Collazo, were key to his relationship with this stable of players.

    Soon after noting that he planned to meet with the ex-pitching coach about the former UM star Sanchez, Bosch's records suggest he set up several meetings with the Marlins first baseman. By , when it appears the first meeting occurred, Sanchez was struggling desperately and would be shipped back to the minors. Once a prospect on par with Braun, Cesar Carrillo underwent Tommy John surgery in and never regained his pitching form. After several years of bush-league ball, he made his big-league debut for the Houston Astros in , but his first start came against the Milwaukee Brewers, a powerful lineup anchored by none other than Ryan Braun.

    Carrillo was shellacked, giving up eight runs, including a two-run homer to his ex-teammate. Two games later, he was sent back to the minors for good. The notebooks indicate the pitcher turned to Bosch to break back into the bigs.

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    The Biogenesis chief had at least six meetings with Carrillo and noted he had sold him HGH and testosterone.