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From ‘Juiced’ to bankrupt

Jose Canseco, the man famous for starting the clock on one of baseball’s darkest hours, is in the news again.

And no, it’s not because of steroids: Canseco filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada earlier this week.

In 1986, Canseco was the American League’s rookie of the year. Two years later, the Oakland A’s outfielder was the AL MVP. His 462 home runs in 17 seasons had him in the Hall of Fame conversation until 2005, when he co-authored a tell-all book that chronicled his longstanding history with using performance-enhancing drugs.

“Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big” identified numerous ex-teammates as users, including former Oriole great Rafael Palmeiro.

Many players denied the accusations, including Palmeiro, who was suspended in 2005 for a positive drug test. Major League Baseball soon declared war on performance-enhancing drugs.

Canseco wrote a follow-up book in 2008, “Vindicated,” where he revealed additional information on new players and their PED use. He’s been shopping a third book that will reportedly not out any more players as steroid users.

But, given his current financial situation, will he change his mind? After all, everyone loves a good scandal.