Canseco Drops Steroid Bombshells in New Book

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Canseco Drops Steroid Bombshells in New Book
    Former MVP Reportedly Says He Injected With McGwire, Giambi

    NEW YORK (Feb. 6) - Jose Canseco says in his upcoming book that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers to the drugs, the Daily News reported Sunday.

    The long-awaited "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," is scheduled for release by Regan Books on Feb. 21. Regan publicist Paul Olsewski told The Associated Press in an e-mail that the release date could be moved up.

    Parent company HarperCollins posted a book description on its Web site that said Canseco "made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs" and added the 1988 AL MVP "mixed, matched and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as 'The Chemist."'

    The Daily News did not quote from the book and said it was still being edited. The newspaper would not say how it got the information.

    Canseco did not respond to an e-mail from the AP.

    Canseco said he, McGwire and Jason Giambi shot steroids together in the bathroom stall at the Oakland Coliseum, the Daily News reported. McGwire has always denied using steroids.

    "I have always told the truth and I am saddened I continue to face this line of questioning," McGwire told the newspaper.

    Canseco said he introduced Texas teammates Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez to steroids after being traded to the Rangers in 1992.

    "Neither our current owner, general manager and manager were with the Rangers then," Texas spokesman Gregg Elkin said. "The Rangers continue to support baseball's initiative to get steroids out of the game."

    Canseco also said President Bush, the Rangers' general managing partner at the time, must have known about the steroid use.
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    White House spokesman Trent Duffy did not specifically address Canseco's assertion, but said Sunday that Bush's position on steroids "has been known for some time," noting that he condemned the drugs in his 2004 State of the Union address.

    A few years ago, Canseco claimed that 80 percent of major leaguers had taken steroids. Last spring, he said: "I think the numbers may have changed. Who knows? Maybe the numbers have diminished."

    Canseco hit 462 home runs in a major league career from 1985-2001.

    Baseball recently adopted a tougher steroid-testing program after the sport came under increased scrutiny about the drugs. Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Giambi testified before a federal grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative known as BALCO.
  2. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2005
    This should come as no surprise, given the size of McGwire's forearms. His biceps are the size of at least a medium pizza from Domino's!

    This bodes terribly for the MLB, considering the recent death of Caminiti by heart attack, after years of admitted steroid use.
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    i honestly dont think this book is going to make a difference. whenever espn conducts polls (and i've seen gallup and AP do this also), it shows up that something like 80% of people think that there is a steroid problem in baseball. this book wont change anyone's mind who wasnt swayed by the balco investigations, etc.
  4. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    I thought I read somewhere that McGwire admitted to using some human growth hormone during his, at the time, record setting year. However, at the time, it was perfectly legal. I will let others decide if it were ethical or not.

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