Jose Canseco discusses steroids in baseball and his role in cleaning up the game

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email
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Controversial former MLB All-star Jose Canseco stopped by Four Winds Field Sunday for a home run derby and a meet and great with fans. Afterwards he sat down for an interview and discussed steroids in baseball.

In 2005, four years after retiring from baseball, Jose Canseco wrote his tell all book "Juiced: Wild times, rampant 'roids, smash hits and how baseball got big." In the book he admitted to taking steroids as well as outing other players and teammates, including former home run king Mark McGwire, as users of performance enhancing drugs.

Canseco described it as the "P.E.D era." He claimed that everyone from the front office to the club house knew what was going on.

"What people have to understand is that the players association nor the league, when we had the player meetings, ever spoke about that," Canseco said. "So it was allowed and endorsed at the same time."

Canseco estimates that roughly 80% of all players were using during that era which is why he was fine with using it himself.

"They say if you use P.E.D's then you are cheating. But, if the pitcher is using P.E.D's, if the infielder is using P.E.D's, if the outfielder is using P.E.D's, and you are using P.E.D's it is an even playing field. Why are you cheating?"

Since the release of his book the MLB has cracked down on steroid use and Canseco says he helped play a role in getting that started.

"I think that if I don't write the book and there is no supervision then I think steroids overwhelm the game."

Even while Jose believes he helped the game he doesn't anticipate a call from Cooperstown anytime soon.

"I understand it. I understand that I wrote a book against Major League Baseball and told the truth that kind of uncovered a dirty secret that they had." He added, "I definitely have no chance of getting in to the Hall of Fame. I have a better chance of being abducted by aliens then being inducted to the hall of fame."

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