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Jose Canseco Talks 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Results, Jeff Bagwell and Mark McGwire

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame class has been announced, and Jose Canseco is not happy about it.

According to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez all earned the minimum 75 percent of votes needed to get into Cooperstown, New York.  

Canseco took to Twitter to complain about the results:

There’s going to be more drug users in Cooperstown then The YArd at San Queintin…How the f*** is Jeff Bagwell being inducted into the Hall of Fame and Mark mcgwire’s not that is disgusting. It’s a great day for the hypocrisy of the Hall of Fame voting induct all that used Peds or induct none. How it’s not Mark McGwire Sammy Sosa Roger Clemens Rafael palmeiro not in the Hall of Fame that is a travesty. And definitely bonds should be in the Hall of Fame are you kidding me that is disgusting. [sic]

The Hall of Fame induction debate centers around the use of performance-enhancing drugs, which Canseco knows all about. He is an admitted user and the author of Juiced, a tell-all book about illegal drugs in baseball.

His biggest argument seems to surround his former Oakland Athletics teammate Mark McGwire. In 2010, he confirmed he used steroids during his career. While the slugger did have 583 home runs, 12 All-Star appearances and an American League Rookie of the Year award, he never came close to receiving the required votes for the Hall of Fame.

McGwire was on the ballot for 10 years and never topped 25 percent of the vote, ending with 12.3 percent in his final chance last year.

Suspected PED users Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are still ballot-eligible, with each earning over 50 percent of the vote this time around.

Canseco alleges that Bagwell was also involved in illegal activity, although the Houston Astros star has denied it.

Although we might never know everyone who used PEDs during their careers, it seems the Hall of Fame voters have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to certain players.

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Jose Canseco vs. Michael Lohan Reportedly Set for Celebrity Boxing Fight

Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco is reportedly set to return to the ring in a celebrity boxing match against Michael Lohan.

According to TMZ Sports, Damon Feldman of 16 Minuteman promotions said the 51-year-old six-time MLB All-Star will lock horns with actress Lindsey Lohan’s father in Los Angeles in September.

Canseco is 5-1 in celebrity boxing matches, while Lohan is 3-0, per TMZ Sports.

The former Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox standout also has some experience in mixed martial arts, losing his only professional fight by submission to Choi Hong-man in 2009.

Most of Canseco’s success came on the baseball diamond, as he retired with a career batting average of .266 with 462 home runs and 1,407 RBI.

He was also the first player to ever join the MLB 40-40 club, smashing 42 homers and stealing 40 bases in 1988.

An official date and venue for the reported fight have yet to be announced, but due to Canseco’s star power and controversial personality, the bout promises to generate plenty of media buzz.


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Jose Canseco Accidentally Shoots Self in the Hand at Vegas Home

Six-time MLB All-Star Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the hand on Tuesday afternoon at his Las Vegas residence and is recovering at a hospital in the area.

Spencer Lubitz of KTNV in Las Vegas added specifics about Canseco’s condition:

Natalie Cullen of CBS 8 News Now received confirmation through police that an accidental shooting had occurred at Canseco’s home.

Canseco’s daughter Josie tweeted an update on her dad’s status:

Canseco, 50, enjoyed many of the best years of his career with the Oakland Athletics, winning an American League MVP award in 1988 and his first of two World Series titles in 1989.

The slugger hit 462 total home runs but discredited the power element of his game to a degree by publicly admitting to extensive steroid use.

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Jose Canseco’s Bloody Halloween Costume Is Cause for Concern

Trick or treat? How about trick or murder-clown.

That’s what Jose Canseco is dressing up as for Halloween this year, as evidenced by this insane outfit he wore to some spooky red carpet event where costumes of this nature are encouraged.

The faux-grisly image was spotted by Mike Foss of ForTheWin, who presumably checked in on Jose Canseco’s Twitter account for his weekly dose of bat-stick craziness (something we all do) and found an image of the former Oakland Athletics star in a clown mask and blood-spattered coveralls.

Yes, that was Jose Canseco, being arrested by a young Wilford Brimley. Brimley was just doing his job, while Canseco’s ex-girlfriend/now-girlfriend Leila Knight stood by, waiting to move in on the officer once her whack-job ex was off the streets.

Canseco also posted a video of himself  in the costume on YouTube. He’s still covered in blood, but this time he’s waving a bat and rambling about murdering his “haters.” It adds another layer of terror to the outfit, considering he’s an insane clown who also shoots his phone videos vertically.

Notice the dog barking at the end of the video. You don’t have to be Cesar Millan to realize that isn’t a fear-inspiring animal. That’s not a hound of Baskerville baying at the sliding glass door. It might be a poodle, possibly of the toy variety.

Regardless, it’s good to see that Canseco’s disproportionate fixation with his detractors is still intact, though he may be confusing haters with people who grew up loving him as an athlete until he kicked over their childhood dreams like a sandcastle.

Either way, it looks as though Canseco will be roving the streets at night with a bat this week. Take that however you wish.


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Jose Canseco Jumps Leagues, Signs with Rio Grande

Jose Canseco, age 48, has left the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League and signed with the independent Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League. 

The Valley Morning Star reports that Canseco—still an official member of the Tornadoes—will make his debut with the WhiteWings in the coming days. 

Canseco played 20 games for the Tornadoes, putting up numbers you would expect from a 48-year-old: .194 BA, one home run, seven RBI, and 24 strikeouts in 84 at-bats. Aside from his low numbers, the fact that his former club had no prior warning of his departure leaves a bad taste in their mouths. 

The Worcester Telegram spoke with Tornadoes’ owner Rich Breighner, who says he was shocked when he heard the news from his GM Jorg Bassiacos, Friday at 9pm via text message—several hours after news of Canseco’s new signing had been published in social media. 

I’m sure Canseco will draw some fans to the game, but if you can’t do things the right way, people won’t take you seriously. I truly hope Canseco is in this for the long haul, and sticks with the team for the remainder of the season. 

This signing is not the only reason Canseco is making headlines. On Friday the Boston Herald reported that Canseco filed for bankruptcy protection. 

Apparently, Canseco has less than $21,000 in total assets with more than $1.7 million in liabilities, along with a considerable amount owed to the IRS. All parties involved could not be reached for comment. 

With just over a month left to go before the end of the season you can bet this isn’t the last time we’ll hear about the former MLB MVP. 

Hopefully it’ll be positive news, dealing with monstrous home runs.

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Jose Canseco Headlines a Busy Day for Drug Officials

Jose Canseco, who has been busy on Twitter with his usual rants, has been suspended by the Mexican League for refusing to take a drug test. According to ESPN, Quintana Roo Tigers‘ Team President said,   that doping-control doctors advised Canseco against taking the test because he was using a medicine to produce testosterone.

Canseco has been pledging his innocence, claiming that he has a prescription for testosterone and “can’t live without it.”

With his time in the Independent Leagues finished and now banned from the Mexican League, his playing days may again be officially over. 

In major league news, Jason Pridie, a former second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays and now a minor leaguer in the Oakland Athletic organization, is faced with the possibility of a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy. 

Pridie has had limited success in the pros. 2011 was his best year to date, as he played 101 games for the New York Mets. He batted .240 with four home runs and 20 RBI. 

ESPN reports that Pridie’s suspension was caused by a “drug of abuse,” not performance enhancers.


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Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies.

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Jose Canseco, Welcome To the Yuma Scorpions

When it comes to baseball, people have so many opinions on Jose Canseco that the debate can go on for hours. One thing we cannot dispute is his love for game, as evidenced by what has just transpired. 

Jose Canseco, baseball’s first 40-40 man, was named player/coach for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American Baseball League. 

Acting as manager doesn’t mean he will miss out on the action on the field.   

Canseco will lace on the cleats, playing first base and DH. According to the NAL, he will become the first full-time player/manager since Pete Rose, who handled the reins for the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1986.

In this ultra competitive industry, the decision of Golden Baseball League, Northern League and United League Baseball to form the NAL really shows the innovative ideas that the figure heads of this organization are coming up with. 

With three of the primary indie leagues forming this “super league,” who wouldn’t be interested in the concept? Not just from a fan’s perspective, but from a business point of view. Saying this, we all know what type of player Canseco is/was. We know his abilities, and we all know the damage he can do with a baseball bat. On the flip side, we know the personality and fanfare that Canseco can bring with him. 

Baseball is entertainment, and in the lesser-known leagues throughout minor league baseball, management is always looking for new and innovative ways to rejuvenate a city and increase the popularity of the game while at the same time staying competitive at affordable prices. 

What better way to build up the abilities of the team’s roster by having someone who has played the game at an elite level and knows the game inside and out?

The signing of Jose Canseco—along with his brother Ozzie, who will lend his knowledge as hitting/bench coach while suiting up on the field—is more than a promotional ploy. This has a shot to elevate the spirits of a city that has been hit hard by the economic difficulties faced by many. 

I spoke with Kevin Outcalt, Chief Executive Officer of the NAL, who said the signing has less to do with baseball and more to do with benefiting the community. 

“It’s a tough economy in Yuma, even more so than most the country as the Imperial Valley leads the nation in unemployment rate. And although this seems that it may be a bit risky for the Scorpions, it should be very entertaining for the team and the fans,” Outcalt said.

“In addition, he does have tremendous baseball knowledge and skills and went through extensive interviews in which he demonstrated that he is sincere and serious about this opportunity.

“He also played and was the bench coach for the Laredo Broncos last year under general manager Jose Melendez, who is the new GM in Yuma and gave very positive reports on his experience with Jose in Texas last season,” Outcalt continued. “I think that he should not be judged on anything but his actions in Yuma and look forward to him bringing entertainment and a successful team to Yuma.”

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Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and XX Retired MLB Stars We Wish Would Just Go Away

The scars of MLB’s recent past are beginning to heal and fade. The Steroids Era is growing smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror.

It’s been over six years since Major League Baseball was first embarrassed on Capitol Hill in the “steroids hearings” of March 2005. Over three years have passed since the release of the Mitchell Report.

Despite the march of time, there are still a handful of retired MLB stars who, well, we simply wish would just go away—Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens among them.

These players, whether we liked them or not, earned headlines during their playing days for just that—playing the game of baseball and playing it very well.

Now, in retirement, they grab headlines from time to time for all of the wrong reasons—not only adding further public embarrassment to their already tarnished images but, often, also bringing further shame to a sport that is increasingly gaining momentum in distancing itself from a checkered recent past.

Can’t these guys just go away?

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Jose Canseco: From Independent League Baseball to NBC’s The Apprentice

For a time, Jose Canseco wasn’t one of the best players in Major League Baseball, he was the best player in baseball.

Canseco became the first player in history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season. In the 1989 American League Playoffs against the Toronto Blue Jays, Canseco blasted a 484-foot home run into the fifh level of Toronto’s Sky Dome, which to this day remains the dome’s longest home run. 

Following his sudden and shocking departure from Oakland in the middle of the 1992 season, Canseco’s personal life and a series of baseball bloopers began to turn his image from one of the greatest sluggers in the game, to one of the most misunderstood. 

Rumors of dating Madonna, bar fights, a fly ball bouncing off Canseco’s head for a home run, and then an arm injury suffered during a relief pitching appearance that resulted in season ending Tommy John surgery—Jose Canseco’s career was a roller coaster.

At the end of it all, Canseco played 17 seasons with seven different team and belted 462 home runs, drove in 1,407 runs, stole 200 bases, and batted .266. Canseco was named Rookie of the Year in 1986, AL MVP in 1988, Comeback Player of the Year in 1994, and won two World Series titles.

Then Canseco opened Pandora’s box.

In 2005, Canseco admitted to using steroids after feeling black-balled by Major League Baseball, and released a best selling book naming players who he personally injected with steroids.

The book caused a firestorm that to this day is being felt. Later this March, former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds will go to trial on chargers of lying to a federal grand jury about steroid use.

Canseco even brought up Alex Rodriguez and the use of steroids almost a full year before Selena Gomez’s Sports Illustrated story broke.

Big name after big name and sure fired Hall of Famers fell by the waistline, McGwire, Sosa, Palmiero, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, all victims of the steroid era, some with personal ties to Canseco.

Canseco has been eaten up and spit out by every major sports news network in the country. Whether getting knocked out in a boxing match or getting evicted from his home, Canseco’s off the field issues have been given more spot light than his allegations, which have never proven to be false, not once.

Yet, things have begun to turn around for Canseco.

In August 2010, Canseco signed a contract to play independent ball in Laredo, Texas. His signing became front page news, as the 46-year-old former MVP and World Series champ had gone from the highest level of professional baseball to the lowest, yet Canseco took everything in stride.

In his first at-bat, Canseco blasted a home run to deep left-center field and this time, the media responded in kind by covering Canseco’s blast. In 11 games, Canseco hit 4 home runs with 13 RBI and hit .385.

Six months after returning to professional baseball, Canseco is back in the headlines, and it isn’t steroid related. Instead, it’s Canseco joining Donald Trumph on NBC’s The Apprentice, which is set to air on Sunday, March 6.

Canseco will be playing for his charity, B.A.T., which stands for Baseball Assistance Team. Canseco’s charity aims to assist minor league baseball players who don’t receive pension, dental, or medical care.  

Is this a comeback for Canseco? Redemption?

To have gone from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows with ushering in the steroid era, the evictions, and independent league baseball, Jose Canseco has been on an amazing ride since his playing days in the Majors were over. And Sunday, Jose Canseco is back in the spot light.

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MLB Hall of Shame: Jose Canseco and the 25 Most Highly Suspected Juicers Ever

The sooner the mass public accepts the fact that steroids were ingrained into the fabric of baseball during the “Steroid Era,” the better.

There was no test for it. It was a part of the game.

Now every time someone hits a home run, eyebrows raise across the MLB and the same question runs through every expert’s mind: Is he juicing?

While steroid usage has certainly decreased dramatically in recent years, the success of these 25 guys make it pretty easy to assume that something was going on behind the scenes. Without further ado, here are the 25 most highly suspected juicers in baseball.

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