It's been nearly 10 years since Jose Canseco sent shockwaves throughout the MLB world by releasing his New York Times bestselling book entitled Juiced.
A decade later, Canseco is sticking to his story, saying the only mistake he made was divulging MLB's "dirty little secret" in the first place. That dirty little secret Canseco is referring to was the widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs before the league started cleaning the situation up.
Despite the trouble Canseco and other admitted PED-users caused the game, they have received no more than a spot on MLB's imaginary blacklist. Meanwhile, baseball's all-time hit king Pete Rose continues to serve a lifelong banishment from the sport due to gambling. Canseco recently revealed that he believes what he did to baseball was much worse.
“I’ve seen other players in the past who’ve done a lot less and got blackballed. Can you imagine what Pete Rose did with gambling? They’re still holding it against him. What I did to Major League Baseball was a thousand times worse. I told the dirty secret.”
I couldn't agree more.
While there's no justifying that betting on baseball is acceptable, Rose never compromised the game as a player, guys like Canseco did. They inflated numbers and gave fans a product that wasn't 100 percent real.
Rose played the game the way it was meant to be played before his transgressions as a manager. Did both have the ability to alter the game? Yes, absolutely. But Juiced did more damage to MLB's image than anything Rose could have ever done.
What do you think?
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