Baseball slugger Jose Canseco has been accused of using steroids to build his big body and become a star in the 1990s. And while steroids have been illegal in the US since 2004, a number of athletes, including Olympic sprinters, have used the drug anyway. Steroids make our muscles grow bigger and stronger and can change our bodies, but they also have side effects.

In the case of Canseco, whose mother died of cancer this year, he was motivated to use steroids after she was diagnosed, he claimed. He began injecting and using steroids around the time he was a minor, and he claims that after his mother died in 2005, he committed himself to becoming one of the greatest and most respected baseball players of all time, and using steroids to achieve that goal.

Jose Canseco was larger than life when he was one half of the Bash Brothers Band in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Along with Mark McGwire, his strength has helped the Oakland Athletics win three consecutive World Series. These two were among the many players of the era involved in the steroid scandal that rocked baseball. Canseco can trace his use of PEDs to a promise he made to his dying mother.

Love him or hate him, Jose Canseco has baseball

word-image-3676 word-image-8852 Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics hits during an MLB game at Oakland Coliseum Stadium during the 1990 season. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) COMPARED TO: Jose Canseco earned more than $45 million, but divorce and taxes wiped out his fortune In the book, published in 2005, Canseco is considered both a rat and a hero. Juice: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big is his book in which he claims that up to 85% of major league players have used steroids. Canseco named former teammates, including McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro, and admitted to injecting them. The book topped the New York Times bestseller list. Palmeiro strongly denied having used steroids after his name was called. In August 2005, he was suspended by Major League Baseball after testing positive. During the trial, McGuire refused to answer questions, saying he didn’t want to talk about the past. He later admitted to using steroids. Although he doesn’t have many friends, Canseco has helped bring order to the sport. Suspensions for doping still occur, but at a much lower level. His numbers are Hall of Fame worthy, but he probably won’t get in because of his steroid use. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would be undisputed performers with their stats, but would likely be excluded due to their steroid ties.

His promise to his dying mother led him to take steroids

. RELATED TO: Multiple offenses by Jose Canseco and his MLBtwin brother, Ozzie. In a recent interview with VladTV, Canseco said when he started using steroids. He said it was because of a promise he made to his mother after she suffered a brain aneurysm. It was in the middle of the 1984 season that Canseco’s mother passed away while he was a freshman in high school. My mother never saw me play professional baseball, he said. She was on her deathbed and had already succumbed to a brain aneurysm. I promised him there – something changed in me somehow. The switch went off, and I said: Mom, for you, I’ll be the best player in the world. At that point, literally two or three days later, I found steroids. This promise has accompanied Canseco throughout his career. He did everything he could to fill them. I started taking PEDs and became obsessed, literally obsessed with becoming the best player in the world.

Canseco was one of the best players in Major League Baseball

. COMPARED TO: Jose Canseco’s epic fall is complete after a strangefight announcement. With those steroids, Canseco became the most valuable player in the league in 1988. He led the league in home runs (42) and scored 124 runs. He posted a .307 batting average and led the Athletics to a World Series victory. That season, he also became the first player in MLB history to hit 40 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases. Canseco is a six-time All-Star. In 1989, he led the Ace team to the World Series title. He finished his career with 462 home runs and a .266 batting average. In the 1988 season, he was the best baseball player in the world. He kept his promise to his mother. Canseco did what he promised his mother, even if he had a little help. All statistics are from Baseball Reference.

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