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Jose Canseco is going to write a third book

Feb 9, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

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I’d probably mock this a bit more if Snooki, JWoww and The Situation hadn’t already gotten book deals. I mean, those guys make Canseco seem like F. Scott Fitzgerald:

Unlike in 2005 and 2008 – when his books “Juiced” and “Vindicated” named baseball stars in the same sentence with PED use – Canseco, who has recently taken to Twitter to his spread his message and pitch his wares, says book No. 3 will be an honest look at how telling the truth cost him his livelihood.

“Basically the name of the book is, ‘The Truth Hurts.’ It destroyed my life,” Canseco told the Daily News Tuesday. “It’s completely accurate, of course. I only write books that depict truthful things.”

I feel bad that Jose Canseco is miserable, but really, what did he think would happen when he decided to expose Major League Baseball and so many of its marquee stars?  That they’d embrace him and give him a job and stuff?  Jose Canseco complaining about being blackballed and financially ruined by baseball  is like Upton Sinclair complaining about how he can’t get that gig down at the meatpacking plant.

In a perfect world, the messenger is never killed. But we don’t live in a perfect world. And Canseco doesn’t live in the real world.

  1. Brian Murphy - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    “Jose Canseco complaining about being blackballed and financially ruined by baseball is like Upton Sinclair complaining about how he can’t get that gig down at the meatpacking plant.”

    BOOM!

    He’ll have to write a fourth book centered around his comeback to Major League Baseball.

  2. xmatt0926x - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    He’s an odd guy. I remember catching some kind of show about him about a year ago and it followed him around while he saw a shrink and went through a forclosure, etc and he honestly seemed like a guy that had no idea why people didn’t think he was great. It’s one thing to be an ass and kind of know your an ass and you just don’t care what people think, but he really doesn’t seem to get why people look upon him in a negative way. He was like a wounded puppy. You’d almost feel bad for the guy if you didn’t realize that the only reason he is somewhat friendly to people now is because his life has sunk so low. Its like a few months ago when he said he could hit 50 hr’s again if a team gave him a chance. He really believes it. He’s like Lenny Dykstra and George Costanza. It’s not a lie if you really believe it.

    • ditto65 - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:28 AM

      “He’s an odd guy. I remember catching some kind of show about him about a year ago and it followed him around while he saw a shrink and went through a forclosure, etc…”

      And then he rode away on his custom chopper. Reality, where are you?

  3. kiwicricket - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    I just know you used that particular pic because of the weird nipple/side-boob thing Craig.

  4. baseballstars - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    I don’t have a lot of pity for him. He’s not a good person. He might have done the right thing when it came to outing roiders (including himself), but this is also a man that used to charge people to hang out with him, spent a little bit of time with them, then would go nap. He’s always trying to find new ways to make money, including MMA, and doesn’t care about throwing people under the bus for a temporary buck.

    I appreciate his truthfulness, I did enjoy Juiced, but I don’t have much pity for him.

  5. frankvzappa - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    uhhh…isnt this a baseball blog? who or what are those three people/things that you began the article with? is The Situation in any way related to The Machine?

  6. paperlions - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Does anyone think he’d have a job in MLB even if he didn’t “write” any books? What coaching/playing/scouting/front office skills could he possibly possess?
    .
    He made about $35MM for playing baseball, the fact that he pissed it all away has nothing to do with the books.

  7. phillysoulfan - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    “I feel bad that Jose Canseco is miserable, but really, what did he think would happen when he decided to expose Major League Baseball and so many of its marquee stars? ”

    Guess you’ll have to buy the book and find out?

  8. thefalcon123 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Oh poor, poor Jose, pissing away his millions of dollars. Did you know his divorces cost him at least a few million each? (I know, perhaps he shouldn’t have tried to run his wife off the road with his car). And he has 16 long years before his sad, little 180k per year pension kicks in.

  9. Professor Longnose - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Gee, usually when someone writes the truth and gets attacked for it, you go ballistic. Funny how you abandon that position in this case.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      People aren’t attacking Jose Canseco. They simply aren’t giving him a job after he exposed them all as cheaters and hypocrites. Good for him for doing so. But, really, the guy cannot expect to have those people turn around and give him a paycheck.

  10. Ick McWang - Feb 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    i like the upton sinclair reference. very fancy. i wonder how many people reding this blog have read “The Jungle”

  11. ditto65 - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    I am still appalled at the way Upton Sonclair exploited Jurgis and his family. Working doubles at the plant, laoding sausage casing with a saw dust/rancid meat concoction, just to have some muckraking upstart destroy his ability to provide for his family. No wonder he turned to socialism.

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