Canseco will talk after book is released

Updated: February 8, 2005, 8:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Coming to a bookstore near you this Valentine's Day: Jose Canseco's new tell-all book.

The New York Times reported Monday night that HarperCollins, the publisher of "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," has decided to release the book Feb. 14 instead of Feb. 21, which was the original release date.

Jennifer Suitor, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins, also told The Times that CBS is moving up a report about Canseco on "60 Minutes" to this Sunday. The report originally was to air Feb. 20.

Canseco, who won't give any interviews until the book is released, told The Times on Monday: "I will give a huge press conference, internationally and worldwide, when the book comes out. I'll answer any questions then."

The New York Daily News published details of Canseco's book, which is still in the editing stages, in Sunday's editions.

Canseco writes that he personally injected Mark McGwire with steroids and that he saw McGwire and Jason Giambi inject each other, according to the paper.

In his book, Canseco also writes that President Bush "had to have been aware" of rampant steroid use on the Texas Rangers when he owned the club in the early 1990s, the Daily News reported.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said he spoke to Bush about alleged steroid use.

"If there was, he was not aware of it at the time," McClellan said.

Canseco claims he introduced the performance enhancers to Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez when he joined the Rangers in 1992.

Rodriguez and Gonzalez said that they had not seen the book and declined comment. Palmeiro denied using steroids in a statement Monday.

Canseco hit 462 home runs in a major league career between 1985 and 2001. He played seven full seasons for the A's before being traded to Texas in '92. He also played for Boston, the Yankees, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Oakland again, and the White Sox.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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