Jose Canseco has been the one person to consistently tell the truth about cheating in the majors. He blew the cover off of the Steroid Era in baseball, partly for revenge after he felt he was blackballed for the game and partly to earn a quick buck, but there is no questioning that he was accurate. His accusations, which later proved to be true, tarnished the legacies of players such as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro.
Canseco is not done taking shots at former players. On Friday night, he dropped another allegation against McGwire, claiming that the former slugger was corking his bat.
Jose Canseco keeps dropping truth bombs
It is easy to dismiss Canseco these days. His random tweets border on insanity, especially when he talks of traveling through time and space or his friendship with space aliens and Bigfoot. He is definitely looking to make a quick buck any way possible, as we can all remember that disastrous 15 second bout against a Barstool intern.
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But this takes away from another aspect of Canseco. He has been the only person to consistently tell the truth about the Steroid Era in baseball. Canseco was mocked for years, with his allegations viewed as a way for him to sell his book about that time in the game. However, years later, he was proven correct, as those players either admitted to the PED usage they had previously denied or were caught cheating the game.
The wording of Canseco’s tweet is a little strange. It is not certain if he means that McGwire corked all of his bats, or that he would ensure that he used a corked bat at gametime. McGwire also would not be the only PED user to have used a corked bat; Sosa did as well and was infamously caught.
Time will prove if Canseco has once again brought another truth to light. At this point, these allegations cannot do much to tarnish McGwire’s legacy; the perception of his playing career is already ruined. All Canseco can do is bring the former idol down another notch which may be all he wants to do at this point.
Jose Canseco is alleging that Mark McGwire corked his bats. As easy as it is to dismiss Canseco, he had been telling the truth before about PED usage.