Monday, April 6, 2009

Canseco's becomming desperate

We all didn't believe Canseco early on. Even after his book proved largely true, we still don't like to have to rely on him for our PED truths. But this... this is getting to the point of dangerous. It's getting awfully close to libel, isn't it?

Never mind that [Manny] Ramirez was asking for a mega-deal at age 36. Or that he was negotiating in a sickly economy, while weighed down by the heavy baggage of a surly reputation. Canseco will have none of it. To Canseco, the drawn-out negotiation, the lack of a long-term deal, the lack of interest all raise red flags, and so he tells the Bovard crowd that Ramirez's "name is most likely, 90%," on the list.

Canseco admits later that he has no way of knowing. But it makes sense to him, so he threw it out there -- kaboom! -- swinging for the fences, still.
If you have no idea, you can't say "most likely, 90%". You just can't.


The Common Man said...

Ah, but he can (and did). I think Craig would point out that a) the 90% comment and most likely comment makes this speculation rather than accusation, meaning it is not libel and b) Canseco can say virtually whatever he wants at this point because he has no assets for anyone to come after. What is Manny going to do, make Jose even broker?

Craig Calcaterra said...

Hard to say. Context matters. If I were advising him how to speak about this I'd tell him to stay away from the 90% figure or anything that suggests quantifying it because it probably is more harm than good if things ever went to trial.

That said: Jose may be a jackass, but he hasn't exactly been wrong about this stuff yet, has he? He mentioned A-Rod a long time ago in a similar speculative way.

I can't help but think that Canseco is an absolute moron about everything in life EXCEPT steroids, and there he's actually kinda savvy. He may know more than he's letting on.

Anonymous said...

Its pretty out there to start believing everything he says because he was right in the past. And that may sound silly if I was talking about anyone other than Canseco. But he seems ready to take the credibility he has and use it to do something stupid.

I'll just wait to the names come out. No need for speculation. And then when they do come out I won't care that they did it.