The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.
Which made Canseco’s second benefactor — Mike Wallace — all the more important. John Hamlin, a producer at 60 Minutes , had gotten a tip about Canseco’s book from a friend at another network. (The friend couldn’t act on it because his employer was a Major League Baseball rights holder.) Hamlin began calling baseball people and confirming the details. Almost no one would talk on the record, but they suggested that Canseco’s account was true. One of the few allegations Hamlin couldn’t verify was Canseco’s insistence that Roger Clemens was juicing.
Then, looking to cash in, Canseco brought the entire baseball universe to its knees. He ratted everyone out and people called him a liar. Love him or hate him, Jose was the realest of them all. Everybody from the fans to the commissioner were guilty. The higher-ups allowed the steroid culture to exist for that green piece of paper and they'll be lying if they said different. Case in point: Major League Baseball began testing for steroids for the first time in 2003 under guidelines in which the results were to remain anonymous with no penalties imposed. What type of soft shit is that? If none of these players on this list are allowed in Cooperstown , neither should any of the managers or the execs that were associated with them, especially Bud Selig .