Mark McGwire shuts down Jose Canseco’s attempts to reconcile

Mark McGwire shuts down Jose Canseco’s attempts to reconcile

Mike Oz

Big League Stew


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One Bash Brother wants to make amends. The other Bash Brother wants to bash that idea entirely.

Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, two sluggers baseball history will link forever, aren’t any closer to reconciling, despite recent attempts by Canseco. The two of them were the Bash Brothers for the Oakland Athletics in the late ’80s, hitting homer after homer and bashing forearms as they crossed home plate. They also became the faces of baseball’s steroid era. When Canseco named McGwire as a PED user in his 2005 book “Juiced,” their friendship ended.

Canseco, high off the nostalgia from last weekend’s 25th anniversary reunion of the 1989 A’s World Series team, has been trying to apologize to McGwire. But McGwire, now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is not hearing it. He told ESPN Los Angeles:

“It’s too late. I don’t care to ever speak to him again. What he did was wrong … I can care less what he does.”

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Canseco told reporters at the reunion festivities:

“Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him. I idolized him for a lot of reasons — the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across.”

Canseco then sent out a number of tweets aimed at McGwire on Wednesday (name misspelling and all):

Mark McGuire I know you’re mad at me, but believe me…. No one is more mad at me than myself for writing that book.

I respected u as a player & person. Ive suffered more than anyone from writing this book..I don’t know how else to say I’m sorry. – your fan

Mark I don’t blame you if you can’t forgive me. I can barely forgive myself


Mark let’s do a hr challenge for charity. If I win will you forgive me 🙂

That last idea is soooooo Jose Canseco. Always a spectacle.


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