Former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco tells the Fox business network that Mitchell Report on steroid use by major league baseball players is a slap on the wrist. “The report proved nothing. It just proved what we already knew.”
Canseco’s name appears 105 times in the Mitchell Report. That’s more than Barry Bonds (103) or Roger Clemens (82).
“I saw the list of players and there are there are definitely a lot of players missing. I don’t know what they accomplished or what they are trying to prove.”
Asked further about players not included in the report, Canseco said of Alex Rodriguez: “All I can say is that the Mitchell Report is incomplete. I could not believe that his name was not in the report.”
Canseco wrote in his 2005 book, “Juiced,” that he took steroids with former teammates Mark McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro and catcher Ivan Rodriguez, and claimed other players used steroids too.
Canseco is penning a new book and told Fox’s Brian Kilmeade earlier today that Alex Rodriguez would be included in that work.
In Mitchell’s report, Canseco is cited as the first target of public speculation about steroids in baseball. In 1988 a Washington Post writer said Canseco was “the most conspicuous example of a player who has made himself great with steroids.”
Canseco denied using steroids at the time. He won the Most Valuable Player award that year.
He changed his story in his book, in which he reveals his use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone and said usage of them was widespread throughout the league.
On “Larry King Live” last night, Canseco was asked whether steroids taint records set by great sluggers and pitchers like Roger Clemens.
“Well, it's going to depend, because now we're realizing that there were so many members in this steroid era that I think you can't just say, OK, one pitcher shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame because he was using steroids, if he was using steroids, because all the hitters were probably using steroids.”
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