OAKLAND, Calif. Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco said Saturdayracism was not the reason the Athletics failed to offer him a bigmultiyear contract, and that his earlier remarks had beenmisunderstood.
"My comments were made about society in general," Canseco said."I never accused the A's of racism. I never said that."
Canseco spoke to reporters Friday about how racism may haveplayed a role in the recent contracts signed by Will Clark and KevinMitchell of the San Francisco Giants.
"To me, Will Clark can't do anything wrong. He representsbaseball, America and you know the rest," Canseco said Friday."Mitchell is black and I'm Latin. So we don't (represent America)."
Canseco signed a $2 million, one-year contract for 1990 inFebruary, two days before his scheduled arbitration hearing.Mitchell signed another one-year deal for just over $2 million. TheGiants gave Clark a four-year, $15 million deal.