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.
Except for Rodriguez, it will never be over. His steroid-stained past will probably keep him out of the Hall of Fame. Rather than accept responsibility, he consistently shifted blame over the years or lied about PED use. When the end of his career was near, however, he finally changed his tune, telling reporters last week at his locker in the Citi Field visiting clubhouse that, “I’ve made more mistakes than anybody.” He also invoked a version of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech when asked if he felt he had been put in a bad position for the 2016 season. “I’m one of the luckiest human beings on the planet,” said Rodriguez.