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Canseco's book no chance to be another 'Ball Four'

Jim Bouton's book, "Ball Four," was a classic. Will Jose Canseco's new tell-all be one as well? Don't count on it.

Originally Published: May 22, 2002
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Jim Bouton, author of the most famous inside-the-clubhouse book in baseball history, has three words of advice for Jose Canseco regarding his threat to write a scorched-earth, salt-the-land, tell-all book: "No way, Jose.''

For one thing, Canseco may have had a relationship with Madonna and his own 1-888 phone line, but his career misses one crucial, Dickensian plot element Bouton had going for him in "Ball Four." And that is: "Jose lacks Joe Schultz,'' Bouton said, referring to the late ...

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