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Jose Canseco is best known for his record-breaking Major League Baseball career.
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" The allegations contained in Canseco's book helped spark the 2007 Mitchell Report, the culmination of a 21-month investigation into steroid usage in Major League Baseball led by Senator George Mitchell. The investigation revealed that baseball's long-ball era—a period of the late 1990s and early 2000s when decades-old home run records were obliterated by hulking stars like McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds—had been,
as Canseco suggested, fueled largely by rampant steroid use.
In 2008, Canseco wrote a second book, Vindicated, which further elaborated on the place of steroids in baseball and accused clean-cut New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez of using the drugs. Rodriguez eventually confessed to juicing earlier in his career, though he insisted he had stopped using steroids years earlier.
In 1988, Canseco married Esther Haddad, and they remained married for three years until divorcing in 1991. He then married a Hooters waitress named Jessica Sekely in 1996, but they too divorced in 2000. Both of Canseco's ex-wives cited incidents of domestic violence as the cause of divorce.
Once celebrated as one of the most popular stars in Major League Baseball, Canseco's name has since become virtually synonymous with the game's "steroids era." While some revile Canseco for steroids abuse and then ratting out former friends and teammates, others admire him for being brave enough to blow the lid off Major League Baseball's rampant problem with performance-enhancing drugs. Canseco himself expresses little regret for his choices, either in the past or in the present. "I wanted to be the best baseball player in the world," he said. "That was my goal, my only goal, really, and I never let things stand in the way of my goals. So in that sense, no, I'm not ashamed of it. I cared so much about winning, and about making the game more exciting for the fans, that I did what I had to do."
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