The “Godfather” of steroids Jose Canseco has been through controversy from the start of his baseball career to this present day.
Canseco is one of the few MLB players that admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his career. He was definitely not the only player in his era to use steroids. Canseco wrote a book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, where he “snitched” on a vast majority of MLB players that were juicing at the time. Some of the MLB players that Canseco stated that were steroids users in his book: Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan González, and Roger Clemens.
Jose Canseco was a fan favorite in Oakland from 1985-1992 and then had another stint with the A’s in 1997. Canseco accomplished many awards during his 16 years in the MLB;First player ever to join 40-40 club, 6 time All-Star, 2 time World Series Champion, 4 time Silver Slugger Award, AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, and AL Comeback Player of the Year. Of course most of those awards are tainted because of his use of steroids.
As crazy as this might sound I consider Jose Canseco a hero for cleaning up the game of baseball. Yes, he cheated but he is one of the few who admitted it and he virtually cleaned up baseball by “ratting out” other MLB players. A vast majority of the players Canseco accused of using steroids has indeed took steroids. Most of the past or present MLB players do not admit to taking steroids even though there is proven evidence that they did. I believe Jose Canseco is great for baseball and he is the reason for baseball being clean.
There are a lot of people that think Canseco is a bum who turned his back on the game and everyone has a right to an opinion but I strongly disagree. Don’t get me wrong steroids are terrible for baseball and nobody should use them but he admitted to his wrong doing. Like I said earlier most players do not admit to their wrong doing which is why Conseco has my respect for not only telling the truth but by cleaning up the sport I love.
Jose Canseco should be remembered as one of the men who cleaned up baseball. Just imagine if Canseco didn’t sell out his teammates and other players, you can’t tell me guys like Mark McGwire would admit to it if they weren’t accused. Jose Canseco should have the legacy of a great player who made some dumb mistakes but admitted to his wrong doing and saved baseball.