And to think, baseball’s steroid controversy can, in many ways, be attributed to the Angels’ implicit labeling of Canseco as “damaged goods.” [The Angels, ironically, replaced Canseco with Glenallen Hill, who was later named in the Mitchell Report.]
How different would baseball be today had Mike Scioscia chosen to look the other way? If Canseco plays the entire 2001 season with the Angels, does he develop the grudge that created much of this firestorm?
While the Chicago White Sox later took a flier on Canseco, it was likely the Angels’ release of the former “Bash Brother” that resonated loudest across the baseball world.
Scioscia and, to an extent, Bill Stoneman, don’t get enough credit for changing the course of baseball history with one seemingly mundane spring training roster move, a move that could have contributed to Canseco being black-balled from the game.
Reading between the lines, it seems that it was more than Canseco’s “long-term health” that Mike Scioscia didn’t like.