Jose Canseco was a combination of one of the original pioneers, the pied piper, and the ultimate whistleblower, when it came to the recent steroid scandal affecting professional baseball. Let’s put aside his own steroid use, which he makes almost zero denials of. His book called “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big” outed dozens of players who eventually were eventually confirmed for use of PED’s.
How’s this for being on the “hot list” for steroid use? Jose Canseco called Roger Clemens an “expert on steroids,” and the infamous Mitchell Report on PED use in baseball mentioned Clemens name 82 times. Clemens’ long-time teammate and best-friend (or former best-friend?) Andy Pettitte even testified that Clemens told him about his use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Of course, as many players of this era tended to do, Clemens continually denies any such wrongdoing.
Jason Giambi was a home-grown talent developed by the cash-strapped Oakland Athletics, who turned into a giant power hitter that would eventually sign a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers got their return on investment in Giambi’s first two seasons in New York, but once his name came up in the 2003 BALCO investigation for PED use, everything changed. Eventually, he reportedly admitted to using steroids to a federal grand jury.