Simon Spotlight to publish 'Vindicated' by Opening Day

Updated: January 22, 2008, 3:25 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Jose Canseco is changing publishers for his sequel on steroids use in baseball.

Simon Spotlight Entertainment has picked up "Vindicated" and will publish it March 31.

Canseco's "Vindicated" was dropped last week by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA.

When asked if "Vindicated" would be controversial, Jennifer Bergstrom, publisher of Simon Spotlight told the New York Times: "Absolutely."

Bergstrom told the Times that problems that caused Canseco's earlier deal to fall through "surprised me a little bit, but it didn't scare us."

Canseco is collaborating with Pablo Fenjves, the ghost writer of "If I Did It," the book in which O.J. Simpson gave an imaginary confession to how he would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Fenjves replaced Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated associate editor who withdrew.

"Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big," Canseco's 2005 book, described his steroids use and implicated Mark McGwire, among others.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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