Saturday, January 5, 2008

Canseco "Does Not Have The Goods" On A-Rod

According to the New York Daily News, Jose Canseco's plans for his follow-up to the steroid confession Juiced is already losing credibility. Former associated editor of Sports Illustrated, Don Yaeger, who was supposed to collaborate on the book has decided to pass on the project. Essentially, Yaeger told the Daily News Canseco ain't got $h*t on Alex Rodriguez.

From the Daily News:

Jose Canseco’s sequel to his 2005 best-seller “Juiced” has hit its first snag.

As the Daily News first reported last weekend, former Bash Brother Canseco has finalized a deal to publish “Vindicated” with Penguin Books, with a planned release date to coincide with Opening Day.

But former Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger, who was scheduled to collaborate with Canseco on the book, has passed on the project. Yaeger said Friday that Canseco does not have the goods on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez that Canseco alluded to in media interviews last month.

“I’m passing,” Yaeger told the Daily News. “I had a chance to review the Jose Canseco (material) that he provided me. I don’t think there’s a book there. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t think he’s got what he claims to have, certainly doesn’t have what he claims to have on A-Rod.

“There’s no meat on the bones.”

Yaeger said what he was provided with fell far short of the Canseco boasts. "The thing is, if he had all this material, why wasn't it in the first book?" asked Yaeger.

There you have it; them bones is bare.

Jose may have been "shocked" that Rodriguez was not included in the Mitchell Report, but no one's shocked by this devastating blow to Vindicated. No doubt Canseco knew some of the goings-on of the steroid renaissance, but deep down he was always just a opportunistic media-whore looking to turn a quick buck.

Maybe he can write a new tome.... just title the project Evicted, expressing the hardships of a fallen cheater author. The only one vindicated, here, is Alexander the Great.

· Hankenstein Refuses To Shut Up

Hank Steinbrenner continues to broadcast Yankees internal debate on Johan Santana:
“Nothing is really decided at this point. I’m still leaning towards doing it. There’s others leaning not to do it. There are some others that are leaning to do it also. Disagreements within the organization. Nothing major, but just different opinions. I’ve changed my opinion a couple times.”
He also explained though Cashman is the general manager, "I am going to make the final decisions."

On December 2, here's what Hank told Bill Madden of the Daily News during what Little Steinbrenner referred to as his last interview:
"My dad always loved the limelight," Hank says, "and that was part of the reason he never wanted to retire. Me? I could take it or leave it, although I do enjoy connecting with the media and, by association, our fans."
Gee, Hank sure seems to be taking a lot more of the limelight than leaving during his first few weeks on the job. Like I said two months ago, shut your yap Lil' Stein.

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