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Canseco: He injected McGwire with drugs
The Associated Press
Jose Canseco says in his upcoming book that he injected Mark
McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers to
the drugs, the New York Daily News reported yesterday.
"Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball
Got Big," is scheduled for release by Regan Books Feb. 21. Regan
publicist Paul Olsewski told The Associated Press in an e-mail
that the release date could be moved up.
Parent company HarperCollins posted a book description on its Web
site that said Canseco "made himself a guinea pig of the
performance-enhancing drugs" and added the 1988 AL MVP "mixed,
matched and experimented to such a degree that he became known
throughout the league as 'The Chemist.' "
The Daily News did not quote from the book and said it was still
being edited. The newspaper would not say how it got the
Canseco reportedly says in the book that said he, McGwire and
Jason Giambi shot steroids together in the bathroom stall at the
Oakland Coliseum. McGwire always has denied using steroids.
"I have always told the truth and I am saddened I continue to
face this line of questioning," McGwire told the newspaper.
Canseco said he introduced Texas teammates Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan
Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez to steroids after being traded to the
Rangers in 1992.
"Neither our current owner, general manager and manager were with
the Rangers then," Texas spokesman Gregg Elkin said. "The Rangers
continue to support baseball's initiative to get steroids out of
Canseco also said President Bush, the Rangers' general managing
partner at the time, must have known about the steroid use. White
House spokesman Trent Duffy did not specifically address
Canseco's assertion, but said yesterday that Bush's position on
steroids "has been known for some time," noting that he condemned
the drugs in his 2004 State of the Union address.
A few years ago, Canseco claimed that 80 percent of
major-leaguers had taken steroids. Last spring, he said: "I think
the numbers may have changed. Who knows? Maybe the numbers have
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