This blog is generally a Jose Canseco-free zone because he’s a publicity-hungry clown.
But this latest bit of news is worth mentioning. According to a report in the Times, the FBI was contacted when Canseco tried to extort money out of Magglio Ordonez. In return for investing in a movie he wanted to make, Canseco would keep Ordonez’s name out of his book.
Ordonez elected not to press charges. “I don’t want any problems. He is probably desperate for money. I don’t understand why he is trying to put people down,” he said.
Canseco denied the charges. But then, this is the same guy who denied using steroids then wrote a book boasting about how great they were.
Let’s review for a second:
1. Professional journalist Don Yaeger passed on working with Canseco on his latest book, saying that his information is faulty. “I don’t think he’s got what he claims to have, certainly doesn’t have what he claims to have on A-Rod. There’s no meat on the bones,” Yeager said.
2. Canseco was dumped by his publisher, Berkley Books.
3. Canseco is now collaborating with Pablo Fenjves, the guy who teamed with O.J. Simpson to write If I Did It.
4. Now comes this latest story about extorting money.
You know what the sad part is? In late March, Canseco will leak information from his new book about Rodriguez and it will become a story just as the season is ready to start. He’ll find some unethical dupes to do his dirty work (probably WEEI in Boston; they love Canseco) and suddenly A-Rod will be surrounded by writers at his locker.
This is what baseball has become in the wake of the Mitchell Report. There never seems to be chance too just pick up and move on.