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The Moment Jose Canseco Decided To Turn To Steroids To Enhance His Game

In the early Nineteen Eighties, Jose Canseco was like some other minor league ball participant working arduous to enhance his recreation in hopes of sometime making it to the majors. However, Canseco skilled a traumatic occasion that he says made him flip to unlawful avenues to make his imaginative and prescient a actuality.

The yr was 1984, greater than 20 years earlier than Canseco revealed an explosive memoir detailing his use of efficiency-enhancing medicine all through his complete main-league profession (calling out lots of his fellow gamers for doing the identical). Canseco was simply 20 years previous again then, enjoying good, trustworthy baseball for the Modesto A’s.

Then, a telephone name modified his life.



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Canseco made his Major League debut with the Oakland A’s. In his first full season with the group in 1986, he was named the American League’s Rookie of the Year.

As the World Series champ and as soon as American League MVP tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” in a revealing interview, it was his sister on the opposite finish of the road sharing some tragic information.

“My mother prior had been affected by complications. [My sister] stated, ‘Come home instantly,'” Canseco recollects. 

Once home in Miami, Canseco arrived on the hospital the place his mom, Barbara, was being cared for. “I go into this room and my mother is connected to this machine that retains you artificially alive. She was lifeless. Her mind was lifeless,” Canseco says. “I cried my eyes out.”

I promised her proper there on the spot that I was going to grow to be the most effective participant on the earth for her, it doesn’t matter what it took.

Barbara died of a mind hemorrhage.

“My mother had by no means seen me play skilled baseball,” Canseco continues. “I promised her proper there on the spot that I was going to turn out to be the most effective participant on the earth for her, it doesn’t matter what it took.”

So, earlier than he returned to the sector, Canseco acquired in contact with a pal who he had suspected of utilizing efficiency-enhancing medicine.

“I requested him, ‘What might I use to grow to be greater, quicker, stronger?'” he says. “I began there, utilizing PEDs.” 

From there, Canseco’s rise and fall have been equally mighty. He opens up about his regrets, receiving dying threats and his life at present on this weekend’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, airing Saturday, April N, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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