Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball

Book - 2008
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In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal -- and no one believed him. His New York Times bestselling memoir Juiced met a firestorm of criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players, many of whom Canseco had personally introduced to steroids -- with a needle in the ass. Baseball's former golden boy, Rookie of the Year, onetime Most Valuable Player, and owner of two World Series rings was called a liar.Now, steroids are back in the headlines. Record-breaking athletes are falling from grace, and the infamous Mitchell Report confirmed the names of major leaguers who have indeed used steroids while others remain under investigation. The answer is clear: Jose Canseco told the truth. And why wouldn't he? He started it all. Finally, in Vindicated, Canseco picks up where Juiced left off, revealing details even more shocking than in his controversial first book. He spills never-before-implicated names -- arguably the biggest in the game of baseball -- and explores the mystery of one celebrated player about whom key information was suddenly excised from Juiced at the last minute. He talks candidly about what the Mitchell Report did -- and didn't -- get right, why steroid use became so rampant, and how his life has changed since he tore the lid off Pandora's box.Lest there be any doubt about theveracity of his claims, Canseco subjected himself to three lie detector tests, one of which was conducted by a former FBI special agent and top polygraph examiner who investigated the Unabomber, Whitewater, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Transcripts of those taped interviews are also included in this straight-talking examination of the current state of baseball. This time, he's not just out to clear his name. He's out to clean up the game.
Publisher: New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2008.
ISBN: 9781416591870
Characteristics: vii, 259 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.


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Oct 29, 2015

When I was a kid, there was no bigger baseball player than Jose Canseco aka The Chemist. Dominating the late 80s and early 90s alongside Mark McGwire, his steroid use made him the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season. And when he wrote his book Juiced in 2005, describing in detail how prevalent steroid use was in the sport, MLB and their allies in the media desperately tried to discredit him. But in the end, Canseco had the last laugh as all the players he outed were shown to have used steroids during that infamous era of baseball. In his follow-up titled Vindicated, Canseco describes his nerve-wracking testimony in front of Congress and his valid criticisms of the Mitchell Report in 2007. He holds nothing back this time, outing Roger Clemens and A-Rod, a player he absolutely despises (when you read about what Rodriguez did, you will too). Although there is a lot of padding to stretch it out to over 200 pages, baseball fans who followed the scandal plagued 2000s will want to read Canseco's perspective.


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