Originally posted on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Just in time for Christmas...John Rocker is releasing a book.

Matter of fact, baseball's favorite bigot even claims that, over the last year, he wrote at least 98 percent of the book.

"These are John Rocker's words, these are my thoughts, these are my opinions," one-time Atlanta Braves reliever told Macon, Georgia's WMAZ Wednesday night.

Rocker wrote "Scars and Strikes" in response to a 1999 Sports Illustrated article that he says "ruined his good name forever."  The book is said to mix "baseball memories with his political and social opinions". 

Some of the former big leaguer's remarks from that classic 1999 piece:

On ever playing for a New York team:

"I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
On New York City itself:

"The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"

On one-time Mets manager (and current Boston Red Sox skipper) Bobby Valentine:

"The guy is not professional. Could you see [Yankees manager] Joe Torre or Bobby Cox getting thrown out of a game and then putting on a Groucho Marx disguise and sneaking back into the dugout? If a player got kicked out of a game and did that, Joe Torre would probably suspend him for a week. Bobby Cox would probably demand that the player be traded and tell him not to come back to the team. The Mets' manager did it! That, and his college rah-rah s---? I don't like it."
So, do you think Rocker is now naughty or nice?  Better question (and not as cliche given the season)...are you going to check out his book?


This article first appeared on Hall of Very Good and was syndicated with permission.

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