There’s a Canadian steroids supplier who has a history of hobnobbing with MLB stars. His name — or code name, at least — is Max.
We know nothing else about this character.
Not yet, anyway.
We certainly would learn more about Max if Alex Rodriguez comes out and denies what Jose Canseco wrote about him in his new book, Vindicated. So far, the New York Yankees’ third baseman has refused to comment on claims in Vindicated that he was introduced to Max in the late 1990s by Canseco, when the latter was the Blue Jays’ designated hitter. A-Rod also has remained mum on the author’s allegation that he used Max’s services.
Canseco, though, swears he has assurances from Max that he would step forth in public and confirm the A-Rod info.
“I’ve got an ace in the hole,” Canseco said. “So there’s no way (Rodriguez) will fight me.”
Considering Canseco’s accuracy record, he’s probably right again. But we here at Metro wish to extend this offer to Max: Send me an e-mail. We’ll talk. One of the contemporary Jays, by the way, tells me he thinks he knows exactly who you are.
• Steroids stoolie Brian McNamee, incidentally, is selling Roger Clemens memorabilia on EBay.
The ex-trainer, who Mitch-slapped Clemens by implicating him in the Mitchell Report during the winter, has the memorabilia from their days together with the Jays and the Yanks.
McNamee plans to use the money for juvenile diabetes.
• Rance Mulliniks is a joke.
How does the ex-Jay-infielder-turned-Sportsnet-analyst possibly expect to be taken seriously after telling The Star’s Chris Zelkovich last week that Toronto will win the World Series this season? How laughable is that?
Any objective person in or around MLB knows the Jays will be hard-pressed to finish out of fourth spot in the AL East.
Mulliniks’ silliness is reminiscent of all the shameless media homers in Toronto who actually picked the Raptors to finish atop the NBA’s Eastern Division this season.
As objective types knew when the season opened, the Raptors are a mediocre team, can’t beat decent opponents and play under a coach (Sam Mitchell) who doesn’t use his bench well and is often outsmarted.
• John Gibbons is doing himself a disservice with his honesty. The Jays’ manager keeps acknowledging he’s “under the gun” and likely will be fired as soon as the Jays lose a few games in a row.
He’s making it easy for general manager J.P. Ricciardi to pull the trigger.
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