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The Alchemist is right again

Posted on: January 12, 2010 4:16 pm
He's not a good guy.

He's kind of a rat fink.

He's not someone you can embrace.

But, once again, Jose Canseco, the original high profile baseball Alchemist, is dead on right.

Remember, it was Canseco who first wrote in his book "Juiced" that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids in a bathroom stall. McGwire denied the claim then and now.

Canseco looks truthful and not just about McGwire. Almost every slugger Canseco has accused of using performance enhancing drugs has been linked to them.

Canseco is the biggest and arguably the sole reason why we know who's used and who hasn't. He got the steroid ball rolling.

Is Canseco a good guy? No, he's a rat, and no one likes rats.

But he's been right on almost everything and everything when it comes to baseball and steroids.

The Alchemist strikes again.
Category: MLB
Tags: Jose Canseco

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 6:56 pm

The Alchemist is right again

Canseco in my opinion is a peice of crap.  In my world if you want to air your dirty laundry, go right ahead and do it.  When your doing it you shouldn't throw other people under the bus.  This guy is making a lot of money by screwing over his former teammates and friends.  That's BS. 

As for him being honest about it....yeah he's been honest.  Probably the only one that has been.  But here's the thing when you get pulled over for speeding do you try to get out of it? or do you just say yep i was speeding and i deserve a ticket?  I think all those guys knew they were in the wrong but just were trying to get out of it.  Canseco on the other hand is like the kid in 2nd grade who tells the teacher when you're screwing up. 

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:36 pm

The Alchemist is right again

The kid has no ethics. No way would I play for him.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 10:46 am

The Alchemist is right again

No, nobody has filed any libel, slander, or defamation lawsuits against Jose Canseco.  Why?  Because if they did, they would have to prove that he lied, and that is very difficult to do when Canseco told the truth about steroid usage.  Everybody in baseball knows that steroids were being used, and yet everyone from the owners to the managers to the players to the batboys in the clubhouse all kept their heads in the sand and pretended that they didn't see what was going on.

Critics can go ahead and call Jose Canseco every bad name and bad description they can think of, just don't call him a liar.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2010 9:03 am

The Alchemist is right again

So let me get this straight.

Someone tells the truth about a massive cheating scam (because that what it boils down to) going on in basesball and he's the rat?

Don't we try to teach our kids to tell the truth at all costs?

The main culprits are more liked then the guy telling the truth?

Tony LaRussa playing "What me worry?"  AKA as "I had no idea" about McGwire using steroids?

These are just a a small portion of the questions that should be popping up about this story.

I do not believe Jose Canseco's motives were pure in coming forth with all this information, nevertheless it is the truth and how that makes him the bad guy rather than all these guys who lied, sidestepped, set fraudulent records and played us the last 5 years, I have no idea.

I keep going back in my mind to the homerun race between 2 ROIDERS (Sosa and McGwire) and how it capitivated the nation and it all was a big lie. They knew it and continued to lie about it for years. Now McGwire says he's suffering? he joking?.....he needs to ask Roger Maris who's single season record he fraudulently broke about suffering during the year he legitimately broke Mantle's record.

or How about the Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron record nonsense? Everyone seemingly was pulling for Barry even though we knew he was full of Roids.

This whole story makes me sick and none of the players linked should hold one MLB record or EVER enter the Hall of Fame.

Seriously, who's the rat here?

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 8:27 am

The Alchemist is right again

Steve and anyone else who says what you say,

Steroids were ILLEGAL (unless taken with a valid prescription), PERIOD!

Yes, it was not written in the "Rules of Baseball" that steroids were illegal. It is also not written in the "Rules of Baseball" that murder is illegal.

If actions are illegal in the USA, and you perform in the USA, your actions are illegal, PERIOD!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2010 1:20 am

The Alchemist is right again

" Canseco who first wrote in his book "Juiced" that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids in a bathroom stall. McGwire denied the claim then and now"

Canseco was traded from the A's in 1992. McGwire hit 52 home runs in 1996, four years later. In 1995-1996, Oakland remodeled their stadium to appease Al Davis, building a huge grandstand in centerfield where their were no seats. Part of this grandstand encroached into the outfield, requiring the fences to be relocated 10-15' closer to home plate. No steroid is capable of shortening the fences, but shortened fences will make what was once a warning track pop fly out into a home run.

In 1997 the Cardinals remodeled their stadium by placing the bullpens behind the outfield fence. To do this, that park moved their fence in 10-15' shorter than when Jack Clark and Ozzie Smith played. Steroids certainly did not tell the Cardinals to move their bullpen.

It's not like every home run McGwire hit was a blast. Some balls that cleared the fence used to outs for him. Now they are home runs.

These two stadium changes to both of MGwire's home parks had more to do with McGwire's home run increase than any magic elixir could.

In addition, it did not hurt that the National League has a lower strike zone, which McGwire was experiencing for the first time.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 1:16 am

The Alchemist is right again

mcgwire coudld've come clean in 2006, as the statute of limiataions had run out, but had he made a wrong step in 2005, before congress he could've been prosecuted, even though it would've been a longshot, but it appears he told congress behind closed doors of his steroid use and had not a spinless alberto gonzalez offered immuinty he would've probably backed some of what canseco said, as he wanted to come clean but couldn't.  So canseco took a polygraph, so what, canseco is a rat, and if his stories are true, then it would've been hard to notice to 6 ft monsters over 240 + lbs, with spikes and they would've made nosie

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 11:57 pm

The Alchemist is right again

Then don't comment if you don't like it.  He has as much right to use it as an example as you do replying about it.

Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2010 11:42 pm

The Alchemist is right again

I have to agree 100%. As bad of a person as he is he has been proven right time and again.

He accused numerous players, many of whom denied the accusations, and many of them threatened lawsuits for defamation and the like and yet none of them have ever filed suit against him. I feel mostly because many of them have been caught in the time before they would be outed as cheaters, you know, when baseball was doing the tests just to "check the numbers."

In the end, I don't like Canseco, but dislike even more the guys who either continually deny the accusations only to come out years later or that give some half-assed explanation. McGwire has done both.

Any of these guys that say McGwire was contrite and sincerely apologetic need to check themselves because someone who was so truly sorrowful for what he did wouldn't have waited until he was going to again enter the baseball world before he actually came clean.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 11:33 pm

The Alchemist is right again

I agree with you that everyone did it and that it probably is closer to 75% than most people want to admit but it actually was against the rules.  The problem is there was no penalty for getting caught - which is absurd!

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