OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics invited the members of their 1989 World Series championship team back for a reunion on Tuesday, and a couple players were conspicuous in their absence: Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.
Canseco, who was otherwise occupied (see right), was hardly missed.
"This book had nothing to do with it, he was a bad teammate," Stewart said.
Stewart said Canseco "concentrated more on himself than the team. I don't think Canseco ever said 'we.' "
Stewart, who was one of the leaders of the A's playoff teams of the late 1980s and early '90s, said the team was nearly unanimous in disliking Canseco.
"Truth be told, I'm glad Canseco is not here," Stewart said. "I think anybody, if they were being honest, would say that."
McGwire, on the other hand, was missed. The A's invited him and even promised that he could be shielded from the media, but McGwire declined.
Now, McGwire sits in baseball exile, ever since his forgettable declaration that he was "not here to talk about the past" before a Congressional hearing on steroids in 2005. Since then, he's been virtually invisible from Major League Baseball, and he has gained little support in his three appearances on the Hall of Fame ballot.
When Stewart was asked if he thought McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame, he said: "I don't know. I don't really know the circumstances behind McGwire. I can tell you what I think. Do I think McGwire used [steroids]? No. Do I know that for a fact? No. He's not denied it and he's not affirmed it. Probably what the voters are waiting to see or hear is for him to say I didn't do it. I don't know whether he belongs or not. Shoot, I think I belong in the Hall of Fame, and I'm not."
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