Originally Posted by TRF
I did mention i was paraphrasing.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Canseco was a MAJOR factor in making steroids popular. Every team he's played on has an aura of suspicion floating around over them, and nearly every teammate he had has that same cloud. Giambi, Palmeiro, Mac. All their numbers tainted by suspicion.
But had he not written that book, we aren't having this discussion right now. Congress does not intervene, and MLB does not enact the toughest drug penalties in their history. Maybe some of this happens eventually, but certainly not now or in the forseeable future. Bud finally had some leverage against the toughest labor union in professional sports, but it took an Act of Congress and a book to get it.
That still does not mean he should be rewarded. There is also the fact that if he didn't take the drugs in the first place, he would not be a part of this discussion. The only way I could seem him getting credit is if he had been a behind the scenes informant that received no benefit (other than the good feelings that come from doing the right thing without seeking personal benefit) from divulging the information.