Oh boy, now it is getting real dirty.
There is a rumor being passed off by ESPN as a news story claiming that Jose Canseco tried to blackmail former teammate Magglio Ordonez. The story goes that sometime in 2005 someone acting on Jose’s behalf called Magglio asking for money to fund a movie. In return, Mags would have his name kept off Jose’s next book, due March 31st, titled ‘Vindicated’.
See, I knew M.L.B was up to something when Jose’s ghostwriter quit abruptly and leaked to the media that Jose was pretty much full of it. I hinted that perhaps M.L.B paid off that writer as a way to keep bad publicity away from what is now the dirtiest sport in America. This rumor is even worse because it depicts Jose in the worst possible light when in reality, Jose himself never called and denies any of it.
It’s interesting to point out that Magglio had his very best power numbers in his 11-year career exactly one year after playing with Jose in 2001. If you think Magglio is the innocent one, you probably also believe Mark McGwire is going into the Hall of Fame. I just hope that when Canseco’s book drops just before Spring Training, Magglio’s name is all over it. The fact that the F.B.I got involved and Magglio wanted nothing to do with pressing charges speaks volumes.