Tag:Jose Canseco
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:28 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 12:47 pm

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

By Matt Snyder

Major-league headache Jose Canseco is back in the news. This time, the 47-year-old former slugger is trying to make a comeback in the Mexican League and has reportedly been busted for a banned substance. So he's out of the league now. Yes, I'm shocked, too.

ESPN Deportes reported late Wednesday night that Canseco admitted to Mexican League president Plinio Escalante about using a banned substance that was testosterone. The Mexican League is a Triple-A affiliation to Major League Baseball, but none of the teams are connected to actual MLB clubs.

Of course, Canseco took to the Twitterverse to plead his innocence -- or, really, it was more his "non-guilt."

"How can I test positive when I never took any test don't believe everything the media tells you.the truth always comes out I am not using any illegal substance," he said.

Of course, the ESPN report noted that Canseco refused a drug test, so it didn't claim he tested positive. It just said he admitted it to the president of the league. As far as I know, the president of the league isn't in the media. But that didn't mean the world's least accountable person was done.

Here are some more tweets. I'll spare the "SIC" in the quotes, just know that these are exactly as good ol' Jose typed them into Twitter:

"Don't be so quick to judge till you here the truth that's a sure sign of ignorance hatred and jealousy."

"The truth will always be in the center of controversy"

"I don't get it the more I tell the truth the more I am hated wow we are headed for self destruction"

Then Jose got into his defense. Which seems to be that five years ago some Doctors decided he needed to be on testosterone. More awesome tweets (please note the sarcasm):

"Doctors have been monitoring me ever since to make sure my levels are normal.that's why I don't use any illegal substances its prescribed"

"All I am on is prescription medication for low testosterone .legal and very important to my health"

And then the inevitable conspiracy theory:

"Someone big wants me out of Mexico .question is who and y"

Yes, Jose, someone "big" let you into the Mexican League because it's so vastly popular worldwide and then decided to get you to admit that you're using testosterone to the league president (and if said president didn't want him in the league, why did he allow him in to begin with?).

I couldn't care less for Canseco's "defense." Playing baseball isn't a right. It's a privilege -- one he's taken for granted his entire life. Hey, at least this news provided a break in his Twitter feed from begging Billy Beane for a job or telling his girlfriend Leila how much he loves her. So there's that.

Addendum: I've noticed some people in the comments saying Jose's story makes sense -- that he has to take testosterone. That may well be, but under the rules of MLB and its affiliates, you can't take testosterone and play. Period. So he's basically admitting he did violate the rules in his "defense."

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:25 am

Canseco earns tryout with Mexican team

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Shockingly unable to get a deal with the A's by asking on Twitter, Jose Canseco is headed to Mexico in an attempt to restart his baseball career.

Canseco, 47, earned a tryout with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League, the team announced on Sunday.

The former MVP and Rookie of the Year had taken to Twitter to beg A's general manager Billy Beane for a tryout earlier this offseason. Beane, obviously, didn't bite.

Canseco last played in the majors in 2001 for the White Sox and in the minor leagues for the White Sox in 2002. In parts of 17 seasons Canseco hit .266/.353/.515 with 462 home runs, in a career he's admitted was aided greatly by steroids.

Last year, Canseco played in 64 games with the Yuma Scorpions of the North American Baseball League, hitting .256/.371/.427 with eight home runs. He played in other independent leagues in 2001, 2006 and 2010.

Canseco took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm the news.

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Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:51 pm

Dykstra a no-show in fight against Canseco

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The only thing worse than paying to see the Lenny Dykstra-Jose Canseco slapfest on pay-per-view? Paying for it and one of the contestants pulling out.

Dykstra, the former Met and Phillie, pulled out of Saturday's scheduled boxing match with Canseco despite being paid $5,000 cash, according to Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Promotor Damon Feldman told the newspaper that he paid Dykstra on Thursday and was scheduled to give him another $10,000 after the fight. Dykstra then told promoters at 6 p.m. on Saturday that he wasn't going to show.

Gross reached Dykstra on his cell phone, but Dykstra said he'd call Gross back and didn't -- nor did he respond to text messages.

Gross also wrote he talked to a "friend of Dykstra's" who said Dykstra had never signed on to fight Canseco, nor did he receive any money. However, Dykstra tweeted about fighting Canseco and re-tweeted several well-wishers urging him on against the former A's slugger.

Canseco had been scheduled to fight Tareq Salahi, the White House party crasher, but Salahi pulled out and was replaced by Dykstra -- allegedly.

It seemed like a bad idea from the beginning, two disgraced stars fighting each other and a nation ignoring it. Or, this could be some elaborate hoax to drum up more interest in the fight at a later date. Either way, it's sad and a little pathetic.

Too bad Dykstra didn't have a twin brother he could send in his place.

H/T: Big League Stew

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:26 am

Brian Wilson is '2 Legit 2 Quit' in political ad

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Wouldn't you know it, but Brian Wilson is "2 Legit 2 Quit" -- but you probably knew that already.

The Giants closer is featured, alongside MC Hammer, NFL legend Ronnie Lott and others in an ad for San Francisco interim mayor Ed Lee's election bid. Yep, the Giants' closer isn't just schilling for chalupas, he's also getting political in his own way.

Lott is appearing in his second video for "2 Legit 2 Quit" video -- back in 1991 he was in the original along with Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Kirby Puckett, Roger Clemens, Deion Sanders, Isiah Thomas, Jerry Rice, Andre Rison, Chris Mullin, Roger Craig, Lynette Woodard, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, David Robinson and Jerry Glanville. None of those guys back in the day had the stones to rock the hammer pants, though, like Wilson does. 

Sure, I don't live in San Francsico, but if I did, how could I not vote for Lee with an ad like that? 

And, if like my sister-in-law, you can't get enough of Wilson, there's even the outtakes of his dancing. Hey, it's the offseason.


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Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 10:06 am

Pepper: MVP arguments heat up

By Matt Snyder

It's that time of the baseball season. You know, we're nearing September, so in addition to watching the pennant races, it's the time when people start to pretty heavily argue about the MVP of each league. In addition to arguing which players have the best numbers, two fundamental criteria spark discussion as well.

1. Are pitchers eligible? They are. But many believe they shouldn't be (see Evan Brunell's post on this).

2. Are players on teams not in contention eligible? They are. But many believe they shouldn't be.

On No. 2, enter Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays.

He leads the majors in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He's walked 21 more times than he's struck out. He has a cannon in right field, but can also play third if his team needs it. He's so scary to opposing ballclubs that he leads the AL with 18 intentional walks. And if you like this sort of thing, Bautista is dominating WAR (wins above replacement player), WPA (win probability added) and all other advanced value stats.

Basically, he's the most valuable player in baseball unless you discount him based upon his team.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous believes it shouldn't even be close.

“On and off the field you can’t find anybody more complete than him,” Anthopolous said (Slam Sports). “His work ethic, community work, character in the clubhouse, helping out teammates, they’re all first-rate. And his performance on the field has been as good as it gets ... defensively, offensively, changing positions in the middle of the season. I mean, check off all the boxes.”

It's going to be interesting to see how the votes fall, assuming things remain similar through the next five weeks of play. One thing that always makes me cringe is when people say something like "he plays for a losing team" or "how valuable can he be? They could finish fourth without him."

Look at the standings. The Blue Jays are three games over .500 and simply stuck in the wrong division. They'd only be four games out in the AL Central -- actually closer, though, because the schedule in the AL Central is worlds easier than the AL East. The Jays are most certainly not a "losing team."

And if you took Bautista off the Jays, they'd be far worse. It would be a much bigger hit to the team than if, say, the Red Sox lost Jacoby Ellsbury.

Hustle is bush league now? Evidently the Tigers were yelling at Rays' infielder Sean Rodriguez for ... hustling? Tuesday, Tigers starter -- and reportedly "possibly some others" -- took exception with Rodriguez for running hard on an infield pop out. Rays manager Joe Maddon took exception to that. "For anybody to bark at another player for … hustling is absolutely insane, ludicrous,'' Maddon said (TampaBay.com).

Canseco's life: I'd rather forget about Jose Canseco, but many aren't of that mindset -- witness his 400,000-plus Twitter followers. So if you want to read a lengthly feature on Canseco's "surreal" life, click on through to TheStar.com. It's well written and covers tons of material.

LoMo still in the dark: It was a bit odd when Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was demoted to the minors a few weeks ago. His batting average is a bit low, but his OPS is above average (115 OPS-plus) and he has 18 home runs and 61 RBI. Many believed he was being punished for being such an outspoken person Twitter and in other circles, though it hasn't been explicitly said. But he's back now and not worried about why. "I haven't talked to anybody. I don't really care. I'm just looking to move forward," he said (Sun-Sentinel.com).

'Cry-babies:' The Mets don't win more games because they are "cry-babies," according to former big-leaguer and current Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews. "Tell them Sarge said it - the Mets are crybabies," Matthews said (NYDailyNews.com). "That's why they lose."

Bell has more on mind than possible trades: Padres closer Heath Bell has heard his name in trade talk for quite a while now, but that's not the foremost thing on his mind. Specifically, his Dad has been battled cancer for a few years and just underwent open-heart surgery Wednesday. “It’s kinda helped me get through all the trade and waiver stuff,” said Bell (signonSanDiego.com). “Everybody’s talking about that and I’m thinking, “Man, I’m just glad my dad’s doing well.’ ”

No relief yet: White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy has been pretty good in short doses this season, but he doesn't believe that means he's in need of a switch to the bullpen, as he's still technically recovering from a rare surgical procedure. "I've had people tell me, 'Oh, you look good in short stints, Have you thought about going to the bullpen?'" Peavy said (ChicagoTribune.com). "To me, that's not a thought process of mind, simply because I haven't got to where the doctors told me you're as good as you're going to get. They told me from a year to 18 months, you are where you are."

It's opposite day: Did you ever think you'd hear a player talking about feeling less pressure playing for the Yankees than the A's? Yeah, me neither. But Eric Chavez has extenuating circumstances. He went from being one of the best third basemen in baseball to never being able to stay healthy on a consistent basis, thereby creating pressure for himself when he did get on the field. He was also being paid a pretty penny. Now, as a Yankee, he's feeling fine.

“All of that [pressure] is completely gone,” he said (NJ.com). “It was so refreshing going into spring training. I don’t want to say I had to change myself as a ballplayer, but I am, I’m different now. And I’m okay with that because I don’t have that big contract on my shoulders. There’s tons of hitters in here that will produce and you just have to be part of the team.”

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 3:34 pm

Canseco's ex-girlfriend speaks out on harrassment

By Evan Brunell

CansecoJose Canseco continues to make the news for all the wrong reasons, the most recent being a breakup with longtime girlfriend Leila Shennib.

Shennib took to the airwaves to defend herself, speaking to 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. about her relationship with Canseco, which has turned nasty due to his repeated attempts to win her back alternated with threatening her. He recently posted her phone number on Twitter (the tweet has since been deleted), causing a deluge of Canseco sympathizers to call Shennib and leave hateful messages.

Shennib said the two had been dating for almost two years and marriage was being discussed seriously. After the breakup and after she had blocked his phone calls and Facebook, he tweeted out a marriage proposal that she summarily rejected.

"I think everyone who has Twitter or knows anything about Jose knows he likes to go on his little rants and he really doesn’t have much credibility," Shennib said. "I think anyone with half a brain can look at this situation and see there’s got to be something missing here. I broke up with him about two or three months ago and he has tried every avenue to get back together with me. ... One day he would say, ‘I love you, I’ll do anything, I want to marry you.’ Then, the next day, he would be saying horrible things about me and harassing me and making up lies about me."

Shennib said she broke up with Canseco after he "did [her] dirty" by finding out certain actions he had done that she declined to reveal. She noted that she was going to get a restraining order because he would not stop trying to contact her and threatened her mother when she attempted to intervene and tell Canseco to leave Shennib alone.

On Twitter, Canseco alleges that Shennib is either a stripper or has a drug problem (or both) and says "u cant fix them."

Sounds like it's Canseco who can't be fixed, and who has led an increasingly bizarre life as of lately after blowing the top off baseball's steroids scandal when he authored Juiced in 2005.

“Honestly, I don’t know if it’s the steroids," Shennib said when asked if steroids was to blame for Canseco's erratic behavior. "Sometimes I think the reason why he is the way he is is because he has been through things in his life that no one else has been through. … I don’t feel he has what it takes to be able to deal with those things in a mature way and move on with his life. I feel like everything that’s happened has built up … and he just likes to take it out on other people.”

Canseco is currently player/manager for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American League, an independent baseball team. Canseco pitches as a knuckleballer and is also in the lineup with regularity, hitting .255 with two home runs. On the mound, Canseco has tossed 13 2/3 innings, posting a 7.90 ERA. He pitched six innings and gave up one run on Saturday... but was facing pitchers who, as a gimmick, acted as positional players for the game.

It is entirely unsurprising to see that Yuma is currently in last place with a 15-28 record in their division, 13 games out of first.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 4:32 pm

Independent baseball latest Canseco stunt

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose CansecoYuma, Ariz., has one of the country's highest unemployment rates. It's employed at least two more people, as the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American League has hired Jose Canseco as a player-manager for the team and given his brother a job, as well.

And, just so there's no confusion this time, Ozzie Canseco will be by his side as a player-bench coach-hitting coach. Really.

"I think it's exciting for Yuma," North American League president Kevin Outcalt told the Yuma Sun. "It's going to be a lot of fun. Jose is a very accomplished player, he has a lot of sway in the media and in pop culture and a fun time at Desert Sun Stadium for the fans."

Canseco, 46, hit 462 home runs in parts of 17 seasons with the A's, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rays, Yankees and White Sox. He's been starved for attention since retirement, first (successfully and by all accounts honestly) blowing the whistle on steroids, plus stints on reality shows and attempts at boxing and mixed martial arts. He is currently being sued after substitution his brother for himself in a boxing match in Florida.

It's not Canseco's first foray into independent baseball. He played with the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League in 2006. The North American League was formed this winter when the United League Baseball, Northern League and Golden Baseball League merged. The Golden Baseball League and the Armada sued Canseco when he left midway through the season and won more than $250,000 from the former slugger.

Canseco also played for the San Diego Surf Dawgs in the Golden Baseball League and the Laredo Broncos of the United Baseball League last season. He also played with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League in 2001.

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