Jose Canseco, whose book "Juiced," which focused attention on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball and led to congressional hearings on the subject, now says he never should have written the book and named names of alleged steroid users. I never realized this was going to blow up and hurt so many people. During the program, the year-old Canseco said he "wanted revenge" on Major League Baseball because he believed he had been forced out of the game. The book was his means of getting even, and he named names "to show I was telling the truth" about steroids in baseball, he said. Canseco last played in and retired in with career home runs, a.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man in history to belt more than forty home runs and swipe more than forty bases in the same season.
Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseball player and ushered in a new era of superathletes who looked like bodybuilders, made outrageous salaries, and enjoyed rock-star lifestyles. And the ticket for this ride? Behind the gaudy stats and the glamour of his public life, Canseco cultivated a secret just about everyone in MLB knew about, one that would alter the game of baseball and the way we view our heroes forever.
Canseco made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs that were only just beginning to infiltrate the American underground. Anabolic steroids, human growth hormones -- Canseco mixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as "The Chemist. Sluggers scooping up pitches at their ankles and blasting them out of the park, pitchers cranking fastballs inning after inning -- Canseco showed the players how to customize their doses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, and baseball as we know it was the result.
Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burst into the headlines as players balloon to herculean proportions and hundred-year-old records are not only broken, but also demolished. In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on a life of dizzying highs and debilitating lows, provides the answers to questions about steroids that millions of fans are only now beginning to ask -- and suggests that, far from being a passing trend, the steroid revolution is only a taste of things to come.
Who's juiced? According to Canseco's authoritative account, more than you think. And baseball will never be the same. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 28th by It Books first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Juiced , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 31, Carol Storm rated it liked it. So many cheap thrillers claim to take you "inside the mind of a psychopath" but I've never read a book that lives up to that promise like JUICED.
Jose Canseco tells his own story, and boy does he ever come across as a stone-cold psychopath in total denial about just about everything. Not only does he have an addictive personality, but he says things in this book with a straight face that I'd previously heard only in really bad B-Movies from the Fifties! Mad scientist much? It's only a matter of time before an entire race of people are raised on steroids, and who knows what they'll be able to accomplish? Live to years old, remain sexually potent into your nineties, interbreed with dolphins and whales, there's literally no limit to what steroids can do for a person.
Do you know what it means to feel like God? None of this is to say that Canseco is stupid or intentionally dishonest about his years in the game. Within the limits of his madness he's actually very perceptive. It's not hard to see why the all-white fraternity of sports writers would crucify a loud-mouthed Latino like Canseco while a redneck good ol' boy like Mark McGuire could dope up openly for years.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone who hates watching baseball with their husband but really loves intense, chilling sci-fi thrillers about mad scientists who want to take over the world by injecting everyone with dangerous performance enhancing drugs. View all 4 comments. Sep 17, Moira rated it it was ok Shelves: baseball.
Warning: I'm going to use a bad word in this review. Sorry, it's unavoidable, and if you want to stop reading here that's fine. Just know, if you go forward, a bad word will be said.
A bunch of times. So at first when this book came out I was like, no way am I reading that!? It's not like me to ignore high profile baseball books. I forced myself to read Moneyball despite my bitter, painful, deep-seated hatred of the A's, specifically t Warning: I'm going to use a bad word in this review. I forced myself to read Moneyball despite my bitter, painful, deep-seated hatred of the A's, specifically the height of the moneyball era A's, and I love that book, so I had to do this.
And guess what? I kind of liked it? I kind of liked it. I feel weird saying that. Here's the bad word part. Jose Canseco is an incredible asshole. If you were reading this book hoping to find some hidden heart of gold, or some deeply buried sense of humility and gratitude, you would be supremely disappointed.
Because Canseco is just a super asshole. But the thing is, there are a lot of assholes in baseball, and Canseco at least has the good sense to know what an asshole he is.
And he's a really honest asshole. When this book came out no one would have guessed that a few years later we would all have been like, man, Canseco was RIGHT! He was right.
About A-Rod and everything. Plus it's a kick to read. It's totally fun gossipy beach reading, in fact I read it on a beach in Puerto Rico, which may have improved my disposition toward it. But it never bored me, and while Canseco's never going to win a Pulitzer, he or his ghost writer isn't embarrassing to read either. That said, I'm only going to give it two stars, because I have to give this asshole's book at least two stars less than I gave Dirk Hayhurst's book The Bullpen Gospels.
Hayhurst is a total sweetheart, and Canseco- well, you know. Interesting thing though, Hayhurst really struggled in the majors while Canseco was a star.
Maybe assholes make better athletes. View all 3 comments. Aug 15, Scott rated it liked it. I'm glad I never got around to writing a review for this back when I actually read it, because now I get to do it with the benefit of hindsight.
And the only reason I'm even doing it now is because it popped up toward the top of my list today, and I happened to notice it. And that led me to have the following thoughts: "Hey, I never wrote a review for that. Everyone wrote Jose off as a lying tattletale, but the elephant in the room now is that HE WAS 1 I'm glad I never got around to writing a review for this back when I actually read it, because now I get to do it with the benefit of hindsight.
It's only fair. For those who don't know the back story, Jose Canseco played major league baseball from - When the wave of stories about steroid use in baseball finally started to break in the early-mid 's, he was labeled the poster boy for the era. In response to this, Jose promised to write a tell-all book. This book is the product of that promise. At the time, people came out of the woodwork to call him a liar, but in the wave of congressional hearings and positive steroid tests that followed, Canseco turned out to be right on just about every single count.
Many think that writing this book was a tacky move, especially since he outed so many fellow steroid users, but he definitely had his motives. Canseco believes he was: A. Black-balled out of baseball due to steroid use debatable, since he was 36 years old during his last major league season ; B. Singled out as the scapegoat for the steroid movement despite being no more guilty of steroid use than countless others true ; C. Picked as the fall guy largely because he is, by his own admission, a brash, outspoken, and sort-of sketchy guy who also happens to be Hispanic - all things that don't sit too well with the dominant white culture absolutely true.
Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big
The book is autobiographical, and it focuses on Canseco's days as a major leaguer, his marriages, his daughter, and off-field incidents including his barroom brawl in The book deals primarily with anabolic steroids, drawing upon the personal experiences of Canseco. He also believes he was blackballed by baseball when Bud Selig decided that the league needed to be cleaned up. One of Juiced' s central precepts is that steroid use is not in and of itself a bad thing, as long as the person is being monitored by a physician and the dosages are small. Canseco believes that steroids cannot only improve the game of baseball but also improve and lengthen lives and that more research needs to be done on the topic. Canseco claims to discredit many of the myths regarding steroids, asserting that they do not break down a person's body if used correctly and can actually help a person recover quickly from injuries. I never realized this was going to blow up and hurt so many people.
Canseco regrets naming names in his book about steroids
Another scandal has enveloped baseball, and once again it revolves around steroid use, thanks to former baseball player Jose Canseco's new book. Read an excerpt. A Look to the Future These past few years, all you had to do was turn on a radio or flip to a sports cable channel, and you could count on hearing some blowhard give you his opinion about steroids and baseball and what it says about our society and blah blah blah. Well, enough already. Steroids are here to stay. I guarantee it. Steroids are the future.