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Quote of the Day: Baseball needs Jose Canseco

Apr 27, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

Major League Baseball should bring Jose Canseco underneath their umbrella,
and have him be a key spokesperson on steroids and making good
decisions.

Matt Minkus of the Tucson Citizen without any apparent irony.

You know, the reason why Jose Canseco was able to blow the whistle on steroids like he did was because he may have done more than anyone to popularize steroids among baseball players in the 80s and 90s and thus had all the names to name. And the reason why he did it was because he was dead broke after pissing away over $50 million in career earnings and needed to make a buck.

So sure, his whistle blowing may have served an admirable purpose, but that doesn’t mean you want him to be “a spokesman on steroids and making good decisions.”  Because he did a ton of the former and made hardly any of the latter.

  1. Rays fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    I agree with your post, but you’re killing me with that gawdawful picture. At least use one of the ball bouncing off his head for a HR for the other team. That at least would the edge off the PTSD symptoms we Rays fans still suffer from his “era” with a little laughter at his expense.

  2. David - Apr 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    You ever checked out Canseco’s twitter account? Good times.

  3. scatterbrian - Apr 27, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Jose Canseco is no Frank Abagnale Jr.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Macondo’s gain is California’s loss, especially on the highways. Among the good decisions Jose made while he was living here was trying to run his ex-wife’s car off the Palmetto Expressway at 90 MPH one night. Now it’s not as if having him gone makes the Palmetto completely safe, what with all those drivers from an unnamed large island within paddling distance still behaving like speed limits, demarcated lanes and the very concept of letting someone filter between you and the car in front of you were alien concepts, but at least most of them are sober in their martial highway spirit and can be reasoned with if you stick a grenade rifle out your window to demonstrate that you, at any rate, still believe in courtesy on the roads. Jose, he never thought in such conciliatory terms.

  5. michael standish - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    You might enjoy this:
    http://deadspin.com/372409/chasing-jose-by-pat-jordan
    Well, you can take Jose out of Florida, but you can’t take the dada out of Jose.

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