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HE SAID, HE SAID
Tom Verducci
February 21, 2005
TRUTH AND logic have not always been Jose Canseco's companions. In Juiced he wrongly writes, for instance, that baseball owners were "caught colluding again" last year. He writes that owners threw him out of the game to "quiet" him because he might expose the steroid problem but also for the exact opposite reason: to announce that "steroids had gotten out of control."
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February 21, 2005

He Said, He Said

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TRUTH AND logic have not always been Jose Canseco's companions. In Juiced he wrongly writes, for instance, that baseball owners were "caught colluding again" last year. He writes that owners threw him out of the game to "quiet" him because he might expose the steroid problem but also for the exact opposite reason: to announce that "steroids had gotten out of control."

His infamous account of shooting steroids in a bathroom stall with Mark McGwire is also open to debate, if only because no teammate has corroborated it and because Canseco has been fuzzy on how often he injected McGwire--first writing "more times than I can remember" but then telling 60 Minutes "probably twice."

Whatever credibility he has further suffers when he promotes himself as a Dr. Perricone of the steroid set, claiming that steroids and human growth hormone can help "stop the aging process, or at least slow it down by 90 percent." Canseco hasn't always been consistent in his prosteroids stance, either, as this comparison of his literary efforts shows.

From Strength Training for Baseball: Avoid Injuries and Improve Your Stats by Increasing Your Strength, by Jose Canseco and Dave McKay (1990)

"A word about steroids: don't use them.

"Steroids may create the illusion of great gains in short periods of time, but they have a debilitating effect on your body chemistry, and in the long run you will be much worse off for having used them. The ultimate price you will have to pay is far, far greater than any short-term gain.

"Also, baseball is not a game of large muscle. It is a game of strong, solid, durable muscle. Therefore, steroids have virtually no value even in the short term, if you are serious about baseball."

From Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, by Jose Canseco (2005)

"The average baseball player shouldn't really be ashamed of his steroid use....

"... Carefully controlling the amounts of steroids you take, administering them at the proper time--that's the way to make them work for you, without risking your health.... If you're smart, and careful, and know what you're doing, you can use them to reach your true potential....

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