Jose Canseco
American baseball player
Jose Canseco
José Canseco Capas, Jr., is a Cuban-American professional baseball outfielder, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Oakland Athletics (1985–1992, 1997) Texas Rangers (1992–1994), Boston Red Sox (1995–1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1998), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999–2000), New York Yankees (2000) and Chicago White Sox (2001).
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From Bench to Benchmark: Jose Canseco Is Twitter's Favorite Financial Analyst
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Swapping OPS for NIRP, the ex-slugger tosses out predictions on Japanese monetary policy, gold and Brexit, hitting more than .300.
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Jose Canseco, Financial Guru?
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Former Major Leaguer Jose Canseco has developed a minor cult following on Twitter for his financial market predictions. Photo Illustration: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal; Photo: Getty Images (Canseco)
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The Moment Jose Canseco Decided To Turn To Steroids To Enhance His Game
Huffington Post - 11 months
In the early 1980s, Jose Canseco was like any other minor league ball player working hard to improve his game in hopes of someday making it to the majors. However, Canseco experienced a traumatic event that he says made him turn to illegal avenues to make his vision a reality. The year was 1984, more than two decades before Canseco published an explosive memoir detailing his use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his entire major-league career (calling out many of his fellow players for doing the same). Canseco was just 20 years old back then, playing good, honest baseball for the Modesto A's. Then, a phone call changed his life. As the World Series champ and once American League MVP tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" in a revealing interview, it was his sister on the other end of the line sharing some tragic news. "My mom prior had been suffering from headaches. [My sister] said, 'Come home right away,'" Canseco recalls.  Once home in Miami, Canseco ...
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Twitter unverified Jose Canseco and fans had a field day with it
Fox News - 11 months
Twitter revoked Jose Canseco's verified status over the weekend, and other users on the social media platform were quick to troll one of the most well-known MLB steroid users about the loss of his blue checkmark.
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Bash Brother to Cash Brother: Canseco Hits Japan Bank Plan
NYTimes - about 1 year
A Japanese economic plan has prompted Jose Canseco to jump into a whole new field — financial advice.
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Jose Canseco Thinks Barry Bonds Belongs In Hall Of Fame Because Captain America Used PEDs
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Captain America may never have been allowed to join The Avengers had it been left up to members of the Baseball Writers' Association Of America. Despite incredible accomplishments during his peak hero years that included fighting the Axis Powers and the Red Skull, voters may not have been able to look beyond the impact that performance-enhancing drugs had on his career. After all, young Steve Rogers was, by all scouting reports, a weakling before receiving that special serum from Dr. Abraham Erskine that turned him into America's super soldier. This unlikely yet compelling "Captain America vs The BBWAA" storyline is the type thing one can find him or herself fixated on after a brief exposure to the Twitter timeline of Jose Canseco. The former steroid-abusing slugger turned social media misfit, railed against the BBWAA on Thursday morning for not electing Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other steroid-tainted superstars to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame. One year after the BBWAA shut ...
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Jose Canseco and goats? click to read
Fox News - about 3 years
The post Jose Canseco and goats? click to read appeared first on Gretawire.
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Goats found in Jose Canseco's car
CNN - over 3 years
Double plane crash survivor Austin Hatch is recruited to Michigan's basketball team and Jose Canseco is pulled over with goats in diapers.
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Let's not bash thoughts of 1988 rematch
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Mark McGwire could give Jose Canseco a tour of the home clubhouse at Dodger Stadium. What's not fantasy is a rematch of the 1988 World Series, when the Dodgers pulled off one of the all-time upsets with a five-game victory over the A's, highlighted by weak-kneed Gibson's Game 1-ending homer off the unsinkable Eckersley. The 2013 postseason is under way, a 10-team tournament that'll come down to two finalists, with the American League champion - thanks to the All-Star Game - owning the home-field advantage. The Red Sox and Cardinals, each with 97 wins, posted the best regular-season records. [...] there are reasons to believe the first all-California World Series since Angels-Giants in 2002 is coming, and it's about pitching depth and the ability to overcome injuries. The Dodgers dug from a 30-42 hole on June 21, and the A's did some digging of their own (20-22 on May 15), to run away with division titles. The Dodgers are without Matt Kemp (ankle), and Andre Ethier (ankle) is iffy ...
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Dennis Gilbert lists Calabasas home, buys in Holmby Hills
LATimes - over 3 years
Dennis Gilbert, a former Major League Baseball agent whose clients included Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Jose Canseco and others, has listed his Calabasas mansion at $6.395 million.
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Baseball and Steroids: What's the Big Deal?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Baseball has long been considered the quintessential American pastime. The nostalgia, tradition and reverence for the game are just some of the many reasons why there's such an upset over the use of "performance-enhancing" drugs in baseball. Most of us consider the use of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs to be, well, cheating, and nothing is as "un-American" as cheating. But consider this: players have attempted to gain artificial advantages in America's favorite pastime since the earliest days of the sport. Back in 1889, players were using a testosterone supplement derived from animal testicles for better performance on the field. Brilliant, no? Although it is impossible to know exactly what percentage of major league players actually have used steroids or other performance-enhancing substances over the years, numerous well-known (and obscure) players have come forward to suggest that use of these drugs has long been rampant in the game. For example, in 2003, Da ...
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Lincoln Mitchell: Baseball, Steroids and Cowardice
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Ryan Braun's recent statement regarding his use of PEDs likely convinced nobody of anything. Those who were predisposed to like Braun and want to move beyond the PED issue were probably satisfied with his statement. Those who either don't like Braun, or are absolutists regarding PED use were equally likely to be displeased and dissatisfied with Braun's statement. Ryan Braun, it seems, is just another rich man caught breaking the rules who exacerbated his problem by denials and obfuscation before finally offering an unconvincing apology. Perhaps if baseball does not work out for him, he could run for mayor of New York. The Braun episode itself was another, albeit unneeded, reminder that the PED issue in baseball has never been simply about steroids or the abstract notion of cheating, rather it has been about public opinion and media relations. Braun and his advisors are smart enough to understand that for MLB, PED use has always been less of a problem if done by somebody who ...
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Terry Lyons: Thanks A-Rod, Thanks for Nothing
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The revolving door of the Chicago hotel rotated like the very best precision timepiece and out strode Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While teammates pivoted to their left towards the team bus, Rodriguez turned to his right to a private livery vehicle awaiting to transport the multi-million dollar baseball star to 333 West 35th Street at the corner of 35th and Shields Avenue, undoubtedly taking a short-cut from the hotel to the South Side of Chicago, the baddest part of town. Rodriguez. the centerpiece of Major League Baseball's endless attempt to rid itself of the stigma of its very own superstars cheating their way to the upper echelons of on-field statistical success, was finally sentenced to 211 games of suspension from his sport, without pay. The suspension was levied on the darkest day in Baseball's long history of very dark days. On Monday evening, August 5, 2013, the Black Sox scandal of 1919 took its place as the second most gruesome scab on a sport often r ...
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Jonathan Weiler: After A-Rod Ban, Time to Talk More Seriously About Commissioner Selig's Own Tarnished Legacy
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that Commissioner Selig has thrown the book at Alex Rodriguez, it is past time for sports media to stop giving a free pass to the man who is most responsible for having allowed the steroid problem to fester for as long as it did -- the commissioner himself. Having presided over the so-called steroid era that virtually all fans, sports media and Selig himself claim has severely damaged the game's history, Commissioner Selig ought to bear ultimate responsibility for that era. At a minimum, Bud Selig should be barred from the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame voters have already set a precedent -- if you are tainted by steroids, you can expect to be blocked from Cooperstown (even when there is really no evidence at all connecting you to PEDs, as is true for Jeff Bagwell). Beginning with Mark McGwire's first failed bid, in 2007, many Hall of Fame voters have made clear that suspected steroid use is disqualifying, even concerning players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, w ...
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Lincoln Mitchell: A Lifetime Ban for A-Rod Would Be Bad for Baseball
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A few weeks ago a former MVP who, is still one of the best and highest profile players in the game, was suspended for the duration of the 2013 season. However, nobody is talking about Ryan Braun anymore because this story has been completely eclipsed by the possible lifetime ban now facing New York Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. The issues around this possible suspension are complicated because while most people recognize Rodriguez has been a user of PEDs, he has not failed a drug test since 2003. Rather he has been linked to Biogenesis, the medical lab which distributed PEDs to many players. More significantly, the discussion of Rodriguez's possible punishment appears to be somewhat capricious rather than grounded in policies or specific rules. Although Rodriguez is at the center of this issue and faces the loss of enormous amounts of money, whatever is left of his reputation and his livelihood, this story is only somewhat about Rodriguez. It is also a reminder of what a c ...
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Josie Canseco Is Your New Ireland Baldwin
The Superficial - over 3 years
Today we are all Fat Bald Guy In An Ed Hardy Bathing Suit Sticking His Tongue Out. Here’s Jose Canseco‘s 16-year-old daughter Josie Canseco in Miami yesterday because Ireland Baldwin‘s in New York with her dad so just assume the shots of Slater Trout banging her in a bikini will be kept to a minimum. Read More ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jose Canseco
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In May 2016, Canseco made an appearance for the SoCal Glory in the 35+ MSBL Las Vegas Open – National Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Canseco admitted to using anabolic steroids with Jorge Delgado, Damaso Moreno and Manuel Collado in a tell-all book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Canseco also claimed that up to 85% of major league players took steroids, a figure disputed by many in the game. In the book, Canseco specifically identified former teammates Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Iván Rodríguez and Juan González as fellow steroid users, and admitted that he injected them. Most of the players named in the book initially denied steroid use, though Giambi admitted to steroid use in testimony before a grand jury investigating the BALCO case and on January 11, 2010, McGwire admitted publicly to using steroids. At a Congressional hearing on the subject of steroids in sports, Palmeiro categorically denied using performance-enhancing drugs, while McGwire repeatedly and somewhat conspicuously refused to answer questions on his own suspected use, saying he "didn't want to talk about the past." Canseco's book became a New York Times bestseller. On August 1, 2005, Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days by Major League Baseball after testing positive for steroids.
    As of 2016 his 462 career home runs rank him 35th on the MLB all-time list.
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  • 2014
    Age 49
    On October 28, 2014, Canseco accidentally shot himself on his left hand injuring one of his fingers while attempting to clean his gun at home in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details After having surgery performed he was able to recover the full use of the hand.
  • 2013
    Age 48
    On June 7, 2013, Canseco was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation.
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    On May 22, 2013, Canseco was named as a suspect in a rape allegation in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details He broke the news himself on Twitter, denying the allegations and posting pictures and defamatory information about his accuser.
    In May 2013, Jose Canseco provided the foreword to the novel Air Force Gator 2: Scales of Justice by Dan Ryckert.
    More Details Hide Details In it, he claims the book about the alcoholic alligator pilot is a "weakly veiled" metaphor for his own life.
    He signed with the Fort Worth Cats of the United League to start the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2011, Canseco played a few games with the Valley Rays in the Pacific Coast Baseball League in Los Angeles.
    In early 2013 Canseco played in the Texas Winter League but was only 3 for 16 at the plate.
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    In 2012, Canseco accepted a home run derby challenge by Canadian Twitter user Evan Malamud, father of an autistic child, as part of a fundraiser for an initiative called Home Runs For Autism.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco still remains active with the charity as their spokesperson.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    He quit the show on the April 3, 2011, citing his father's ailing health.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco later announced on Twitter that his father died shortly after he left the show. Canseco did earn $25,000 for his charity, the Baseball Assistance Team. He is also a columnist for Vice magazine. Recently, Lane Patorti and Edward Stoney Landon have finished a reality show concept based on former professional athletes being placed into smalltown sports leagues. TMZ reported Canseco is currently in talks to star in the show, "A League of His Own."
    Beginning March 6, 2011, Canseco was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    As of December 2010, he has launched a Twitter campaign in hopes of getting invited to Spring training by Mets GM Sandy Alderson.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    On November 6, 2009, Canseco defeated Todd Poulton in a Celebrity Boxing Federation bout in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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    Canseco claims to hold black belts in karate and taekwondo, and to practice Muay Thai, as well as describing himself as "an expert with nunchakus". He made his mixed martial arts debut at Dream 9 on May 26, 2009, where he lost in the first round against kickboxer and occasional mixed martial artist Choi Hong-man as part of Dream's Super Hulk Tournament.
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    On January 24, 2009, Canseco fought radio personality and former child actor Danny Bonaduce in Aston Township, Pennsylvania; the three-round match ended in a majority draw.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    In May 2008, Canseco revealed that he had lost his house in Encino, California to foreclosure saying his two divorces had cost him $7 to $8 million each.
    More Details Hide Details On October 10, 2008, Canseco was detained by immigration officials at a San Diego border crossing as he tried to bring a fertility drug from Mexico. He stated the drug was to help with his hormone replacement therapy, needed due to his use of steroids. On November 4, 2008, Canseco pleaded guilty in Federal court and was sentenced to 12 months' unsupervised probation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks. The 2008 A&E Network documentary Jose Canseco: Last Shot chronicles Canseco's attempts to end his steroid use.
    In May 2008, Philadelphia sportscaster and former NFL football player Vai Sikahema accepted a challenge from Canseco to fight him for $30,000.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco claims to have earned black belts in Kung Fu and Taekwondo, while Sikahema fought in the Golden Gloves tournament won by Sugar Ray Leonard. The fight took place on July 12 in Atlantic City at the Bernie Robbins stadium. The Sikahema knocked out the Canseco in the first round.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    On December 30, 2007, it was announced that Canseco had reached a deal for his sequel to Juiced.
    More Details Hide Details The sequel is titled Vindicated, which hit bookstores by Opening Day 2008. This book has information on Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Belle as suggested by Canseco. The book was a "clarification" of names that should've been mentioned in the Mitchell Report. In a 2012 Sportsnet Interview article, Canseco said one of his only seasons without performance-enhancing drugs was in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays because he was in the process of a divorce and "didn’t want to use steroids while handling breakup-induced depression". While still a player, he has guest starred on The Simpsons and Nash Bridges. Since his retirement, Canseco has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, 60 Minutes, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, "Boomer and Carton", Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CMI: The Chris Myers Interview, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. In 2003, he was featured in the reality-TV special Stripper's Ball: Jenna Jameson with Dennis Rodman and Magic Johnson. He was a cast member in Season 5 of The Surreal Life with Janice Dickinson, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa, Bronson Pinchot, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Caprice Bourret, and Carey Hart.
    On December 20, 2007, Canseco was also named in Jason Grimsley's unsealed affidavit as a user of steroids.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco and Grimsley were teammates on the 2000 New York Yankees.
    On December 13, 2007, José Canseco and Jorge Delgado were cited in the Mitchell Report (The Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball).
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    On July 31, 2006, Canseco won the Golden Baseball League's Home Run Derby.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco signed a short team deal with the Laredo Broncos of the United Baseball League on August 14, 2010. He served as bench coach and designated hitter. On April 11, 2011, Canseco signed a deal as a player/manager for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American League. Canseco joined the Quintana Roo Tigres of the Mexican League in 2012, but was reportedly banned for using testosterone. On April 20, 2012, the Worcester Tornadoes, of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, announced that they had signed Canseco to a one-season contract for a salary of one thousand dollars a month. In the beginning of August 2012, Canseco left the Tornadoes due to concerns of not receiving his salary, a conflict which led him to sue the team. Canseco quickly signed with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League. However, his debut was delayed due to a family emergency.
    After playing one game for the Surf Dawgs, Canseco was traded to the Long Beach Armada on July 5, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He requested the trade due to "family obligations."
  • 2004
    Age 39
    He made a brief comeback attempt in 2004, but was not offered a spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers after a spring fling.
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  • 2002
    Age 37
    Canseco officially retired from Major League Baseball in May 2002 after spending some time playing for the White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights.
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    In 2002, Canseco was signed by the (Major League Baseball-ran) Montreal Expos, he was expected to be their left fielder (and DH during inter-league play) in what would have been Canseco' first time playing for a National League team, however, he was released prior to the regular season.
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  • 2001
    Age 36
    Canseco played with the Chicago White Sox in 2001, after being cut by the Anaheim Angels in spring training and spending half of the season with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League.
    More Details Hide Details As the White Sox DH he finished the season with 16 home runs and 49 RBI in 76 games, including the last multi-home run game of his career against the Kansas City Royals on August 1 of that year. His 462nd and last career home run came against Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    He struck out in his only plate appearance in the 2000 World Series against the New York Mets but earned his second World Series ring when they defeated the Mets in five games.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this achievement Canseco later called his Yankees tenure "the worst time of his life" due to receiving limited playing time.
    He started the 2000 season with the Devil Rays, hitting only 9 home runs in 61 games, and, by August, was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees, which caught many, including Yankees manager Joe Torre off guard, as the Yankees had four other players who fulfilled a similar role to Canseco.
    More Details Hide Details Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman made the claim to prevent the Athletics, Red Sox and Blue Jays, who were in a close race with the Yankees, from acquiring Canseco.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    He would come back for the final part of the year, finishing with 34 home runs for the 1999 season.
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    Canseco went to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999, and he took the American League by storm, hitting 10 home runs in April, and a total of 31 by the All-Star break (including number 400 for his career against Toronto's Kelvim Escobar).
    More Details Hide Details On pace for 60+ homers for the season, he was voted to the AL All-Star team as the DH, making his first All Star selection in 7 years. However, he injured his back days before the mid-summer classic and missed the game, as well as the Home Run Derby in Fenway Park where he planned to participate along with former Bash Brother Mark McGwire.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    After signing a one-year/2 million dollar contract, Canseco had a productive season again with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details For the first time in his career he wore other than his traditional #33, switching to #44 for the first part of the season (long-time Blue Jay and World Series hero Ed Sprague wore #33 for the Jays until he was traded later in the '98 season). He finished the season playing 151 games, his highest in 7 years. Splitting duties as DH and in the outfield, he hit a career-high 46 home runs, 3rd best in the AL, and stole 29 bases, the most he had stolen since the 40 he stole in 1988. He also lead the league in strikeouts with 159. He won the AL Silver Slugger award (4th of his career) but his comeback was missed by most fans because of the home run race in the National League between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In January 1997, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics, reuniting him with Bash Brother Mark McGwire.
    More Details Hide Details Health-wise, Canseco had a promising start to the season, playing in 83 games in the first half, and hitting 18 home runs by the All-Star break, but his season was again cut short due to injury. His 23 home runs of the season gave him a total of 254 in an A's uniform, good for 4th in franchise history. McGwire, who was traded to St. Louis that same season, is the all-time leader for the Athletics with 363.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996 Canseco had a great first half hitting 26 home runs by the all star break but he was sidelined during August and part of September due to a back injury.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 28 homers in 96 games.
  • 1994
    Age 29
    He was named comeback player of the year in 1994, and finished in eleventh place in the American League Most Valuable Player voting.
    More Details Hide Details After playing with the Rangers from 1992 to 1994, Canseco moved on to play with the Boston Red Sox in 1995 along with (former MVP) Roger Clemens and (eventual '95 MVP) Mo Vaughn. The Red Sox captured the AL East Division title to advance to the ALDS making it Canseco's first post season in 5 years, for the regular season he hit 24 home runs with a .306 batting average, his highest since '88. His last home run of the '95 season against Jesse Orosco was Canseco's 300th for his career.
    In the 1994 strike shortened season, Canseco again returned to his former status of power hitter with 31 home runs and 90 RBIs in 111 games.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco also stole 15 bases and posted a .282 batting average.
  • 1993
    Age 28
    On May 26, 1993, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Martínez hit a fly ball that Canseco lost sight of as he was crossing the warning track.
    More Details Hide Details The ball hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run. The cap Canseco was wearing on that play, which This Week in Baseball rated in 1998 as the greatest blooper of the show's first 21 years, is in the Seth Swirsky collection. After the incident, the Harrisburg Heat offered him a soccer contract. Three days later, Canseco asked his manager, Kevin Kennedy, to let him pitch the eighth inning of a runaway loss to the Boston Red Sox; he injured his arm, underwent Tommy John surgery, and was lost for the remainder of the season. In his pitching appearance, Canseco allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, throwing 33 pitches, but only 12 for strikes.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    On August 31, 1992, in the middle of a game and while he was in the on-deck circle, the A's traded Canseco to the Texas Rangers for Rubén Sierra, Jeff Russell, and Bobby Witt.
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    On February 13, 1992, he was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly ramming his then-wife Esther's BMW with his Porsche.
    More Details Hide Details On March 19, 1992, Canseco pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and later underwent counseling and fulfilled a community-service requirement. Canseco was arrested in November 1997 for hitting his then-wife, Jessica. In January 1998, he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year probation and required to attend counseling. In October 2001, Canseco and his brother, Ozzie, got into a fight with two California tourists at a Miami Beach nightclub that left one man with a broken nose and another needing 20 stitches in his lip; both were charged with two counts of aggravated battery. The brothers both pleaded guilty and received both probation and community service. In March 2003, Canseco missed a court appearance while in California working out a custody dispute over his 6-year-old. The judge revoked his probation and sentenced him to two years under house arrest followed by three years probation.
  • 1991
    Age 26
    Canseco continued to be productive, hitting 44 home runs in 1991 capturing the second home run crown of his career (tied with Detroit's Cecil Fielder) while finishing 4th in the MVP ballot.
    More Details Hide Details From 1986 to 1991 with the A's and despite missing roughly 120 games between 1989 and 1990 due to injury, Canseco averaged 34 home runs a year, had 100+ RBIs 5 times, captured AL Rookie of the Year honors, 2 home run titles, an MVP award, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, 3 American League Pennants, a World Series ring, 8 post season home runs and was selected to 4 All Star Games in his first 6 full Major League seasons. (He was also selected to the All Star Game in 1992 as a member of the Athletics before being traded to the Texas Rangers later that season.)
  • 1990
    Age 25
    Canseco came back to form in 1990, and was selected to the all star game with the most votes in the Junior Circuit.
    More Details Hide Details During the regular season he hit 37 home runs despite being hampered in the latter part of the year by what would become a recurring back problem. During this season he was given a then-record 5-year/23.5 million dollar contract making him the highest paid player in MLB history at the time. The A's returned to the World Series once again, but were swept by the Cincinnati Reds in four games.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    On February 10, 1989, Canseco was arrested for reckless driving after allegedly leading an officer on a 15-mile chase.
    More Details Hide Details He was found guilty and fined $500. On April 11, 1989, Canseco was arrested in California for carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his car. He was released on $2,500 bail and pleaded no contest.
    In 1989, Canseco missed all but 65 of the regular season games with a broken wrist, despite not playing a single game in the first half of the season he was voted as a starting outfielder for the American League All Star team and he still managed to hit 17 home runs as the Athletics won their first World Series since 1974, beating the San Francisco Giants in four games.
    More Details Hide Details Canseco had a solid postseason hitting for a .323 batting average and 2 home runs including one in the ALCS against the Blue Jays that reached the upper deck of the Sky Dome. Against the Giants in the World Series he hit for a .357 average with a home run in game 3. The 1989 Series was interrupted before Game 3 by a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    He was unanimously named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1988, with a .307 batting average, 120 runs scored, 124 RBIs, 42 home runs, and 40 stolen bases.
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    In April 1988, Canseco guaranteed he would hit at least 40 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in the upcoming season.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to record 42 home runs and 40 steals becoming the first player in MLB history to hit the 40-40 mark in a single season (a fact unknown to him at that time). In recognition of his record the street in front of his former high school was named after him but was later rescinded in 2008 after he admitted to previously using drugs throughout his career. That same year, he helped the Athletics sweep the Boston Red Sox in 4 games in the ALCS, for the series Canseco had a .313 batting average with 3 home runs in 4 games. The A's then met the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, a matchup that would feature the best hitter in the AL facing the best pitcher and eventual NL Cy Young Award winner in Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers would prevail, upsetting the A's in five games. Canseco hit a grand slam in Game 1 in his first official World Series at bat, but it would be his only hit in the Series.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    In 1987, Mark McGwire joined Canseco on the Athletics; McGwire hit 49 home runs that year and was also named the American League Rookie of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Together, he and Canseco formed a fearsome offensive tandem, known as the "Bash Brothers".
  • 1986
    Age 21
    He established himself in 1986, his first full season, being named the American League's Rookie of the Year (the first by an Athletic since Harry Byrd in 1952 with what were then the Philadelphia Athletics), with 33 home runs and 117 RBIs.
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  • 1985
    Age 20
    He played in 29 games in the major leagues in 1985.
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    In 1985, Canseco won the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award, and was a late season call-up for the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details He made his Major League debut on September 2 and struck out in his one at-bat against the Baltimore Orioles. His first hit was off Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees on September 7. and his first home run was off Jeff Russell of the Texas Rangers on September 9.
    Canseco started the 1985 season with the Class-AA Huntsville Stars and became known as "Parkway Jose", for his long home runs (25 in half a season), that went close to the Memorial Parkway behind Joe Davis Stadium.
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  • 1982
    Age 17
    The Oakland Athletics drafted Canseco in the 15th round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details He played minor league baseball with the Medford A's, Madison Muskies, Idaho Falls A's, and the Modesto A's.
    He graduated in 1982 and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics.
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  • 1964
    Born on July 2, 1964.
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