José Canseco

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  • 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)
  • Anaheim Angels (2001)
  • Chicago White Sox (2001)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (2004)

  • All-Star (AL): 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999
  • Rookie of the Year (AL): 1986
  • AL MVP: 1988
  • AL Silver Slugger: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1998
  • 40-40 season: 1988
  • World Series champion: 1989, 2000
  • Led AL in Slugging Percentage (.569), Home Runs (42), RBI (124), Extra-Base Hits (76) and At Bats per Home Run (14.5) in 1988
  • Led AL in Home Runs (44) and At Bats per Home Run (13.0) in 1991
  • Ranks 66th on MLB Career Slugging Percentage List (.515)
  • Ranks 30th on MLB Career Home Runs List (462)
  • Ranks 61st on MLB Career RBI List (1,407)
  • Ranks 82nd on MLB Career Extra-Base Hits List (816)
  • Ranks 69th on MLB Career Sacrifice Flies List (81)
  • Ranks 21st on MLB Career At Bats per Home Run List (15.3)
}} Jos Canseco y Capas, Jr. (born July 2, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is a former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball, and is the twin brother of former major league player Osvaldo "Ozzie" Canseco Capas 'Ozzie Canseco'.


Canseco's family left Cuba with his cousins and extended family when he and his brother were infants. They relocated to the United States, with Jos and Ozzie growing up in the Miami suburb of Hialeah, Florida. Canseco did not attend college, having been drafted in the 15th round by the Oakland Athletics in 1982. He first received high regard for his remarkable power at one of his early minor league stops, with the Modesto A's in Modesto, California. Home run blasts of over 500 feet were not uncommon, and the fans would chant "Loot, loot!" to cheer him on.

He was a late season call up, playing in 29 games in the major leagues in 1985. Canseco was an immediate splash in 1986, his first full season, being named the American League's Rookie of the Year after connecting on 33 home runs and 117 runs batted in.

In 1987, he was joined on the team by Mark McGwire, who hit 49 home runs that year, and together they became known as the "Bash Brothers."

In 1988, Canseco became the first player in major league history to hit at least 40 homers and steal at least 40 bases in the same year by hitting 42 home runs and stealing 40 bases. That same year, he helped the Athletics to the World Series but they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. Canseco was unanimously named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1988 with a .307 batting average, 120 runs scored, 134 runs batted in, 42 home runs, and 40 stolen bases.

In 1989, Canseco missed roughly half the regular season with a broken wrist, but he still managed to hit 17 homers as the Athletics won their first World Series since 1974, beating the San Francisco Giants in four games. The 1989 Series was interrupted before Game 3 by a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Canseco came back to form in 1990, hitting 37 homers, despite the latter part of the season being compromised by what would become a recurring back problem and taking the A's to the World Series once again. But this time it was his team that got swept, losing to the Cincinnati Reds in four games. Canseco continued to be productive, but after 1991 when he hit 44 home runs his career hit a plateau, never accomplishing what many expected he was capable of in the face of frequent injuries and controversy.

In 1992 he was traded to the Texas Rangers (during the middle of a game while Canseco was in the on-deck circle no less) for Ruben Sierra, Jeff Russell, and Bobby Witt. The trade to the Rangers would be the first of many junkets around the league.

During the 1993 campaign, Canseco received unwanted attention for two on-field debacles that occurred within days of each other. On May 26, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Martnez hit a fly ball that Canseco lost in the lights as he was crossing the warning track. The ball hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run. The cap Jose 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, leading him to suffer further indignity and ridicule.

Canseco's personal life has also had its troubles. In 1989, his first wife, Esther Haddad, whom he married in November 1988, accused him of domestic violence after he allegedly ran his car into hers. That was the beginning of a series of accusations and run-ins with the law while Canseco was in the public spotlight. He divorced in 1991 and remarried in August 1996, to Jessica Sekely; he was arrested in November 1997 for allegedly hitting her. In January 1998 he was sentenced to probation and required to have counseling. The couple divorced in 1999. In October 2001, he and his brother 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; Canseco was charged with two counts of aggravated battery. In 2005, his ex-wife, using the name of Jessica Canseco, was featured in the September issue of Playboy magazine.

Canseco did have a productive season again in 1998, in which he hit 46 home runs and stole 29 bases, the most he had stolen since the 40 he stole in 1988. He was a Blue Jay that year, but his comeback was missed by most fans because of the home run race in the National League between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Canseco then went to Tampa Bay, where he was having a tremendous home run season (34 in 114 games; and was voted an All-Star) when he injured his back and was lost for the season. He was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees down the stretch in 2000, but was not a factor at all in the postseason.

Jose played sparingly 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. In 2002, Canseco was signed by the Montreal Expos but was released prior to the regular season. Canseco retired in May of that year after a string of injury-filled seasons. Canseco made a brief comeback attempt in 2004, but was not offered a spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers after a spring tryout. His 462 career home runs rank him 26th on the all-time list. Canseco was at one time the all-time leader in home runs among Latino players; he was later surpassed by Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa. Canseco has been distinguished four times with the Silver Slugger award. Three times as an AL outfielder in 1988, 1990, and 1991; and once as a Designated Hitter in 1998.

In 2007, he received 6 Hall of Fame votes. This accounted for 1.1% of the ballots, failing to reach the 5% threshold necessary to stay on the ballot for another year. He is, however, permanently eligible for induction on the Committee of Baseball Veterans ballot.

Minor league career

On June 29, 2006 the independent Golden Baseball League announced Canseco had agreed to a one-year contract to play with the San Diego Surf Dawgs. The six-time All-Star will be playing for the league maximum of $2,500 per month where he has said he plans to be the team's designated hitter and pitcher. The GBL, a league unofficially considered to be of the "AA" level, said Canseco has agreed to be subjected to its drug-testing policy "that immediately expels any players found using steroids or illegal drugs."

On July 5, 2006 Canseco was traded from the Surf Dawgs to the Long Beach Armada after only one game. Canseco requested the trade due to "family obligations".

On July 31, 2006 Canseco won the Golden Baseball League's Home-Run Derby.

Other teams that Canseco has played for in the minor leagues include the Medford A's, Pawtucket Red Sox, Newark Bears, Huntsville Stars, and Charlotte Knights.


In 2005, Canseco admitted to using anabolic steroids 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, Jason Giambi, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivn Rodrguez, and Juan Gonzlez as fellow steroid users, and that he injected them. Most of the players named in the book have denied steroid use. Giambi has admitted to steroid use in testimony before a grand jury investigating the BALCO case.

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. 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.

See also

  • List of Cuban Americans
  • MLB players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break
  • List of top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters
  • List of players from Cuba in Major League Baseball
  • List of Cubans
  • List of MLB individual streaks
  • List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
  • List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 RBI
  • 30-30 club
  • 40-40 club
  • List of Major League Baseball RBI champions
  • List of Major League Baseball home run champions
  • Major League Baseball hitters with three home runs in one game

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