103 Facts About Jose Canseco


Jose Canseco won the Rookie of the Year, and Most Valuable Player award, and was a six-time All-Star.

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Jose Canseco is a two-time World Series champion with the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees.

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In 1988 Jose Canseco became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season.

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Jose Canseco won the Silver Slugger award four times: three as an AL outfielder, and once as a designated hitter.

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At the peak of his career, from 1986 to 1991, Jose Canseco was considered the best baseball player in the world.

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At one time Jose Canseco was the all-time leader in home runs among players born outside the US; this was later surpassed by Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Carlos Delgado, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, and Miguel Cabrera.

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Jose Canseco was the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season for four different teams: Oakland, Texas, Toronto, and Tampa Bay.

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Jose Canseco has been surpassed since by seven players and as of 2022 he ranks ninth all-time.

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Jose Canseco has a twin brother, Ozzie Canseco, who is a former major league player.

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Younger Jose Canseco played baseball at Miami Coral Park High School, where he failed to make the varsity team until his senior year.

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Jose Canseco was named Most Valuable Player of the junior varsity team in his junior year, and of the varsity team the following year.

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Jose Canseco made his professional baseball debut with the Miami Marlins of the Florida State League and played Minor League Baseball with the Medford A's, Madison Muskies, Idaho Falls A's, Modesto A's, and Tacoma Tigers.

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Oakland A's hitting coach Bob Watson said that Jose Canseco was a mixture of Roberto Clemente, Dale Murphy, and Reggie Jackson.

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In 1985, Jose Canseco won the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award, and was a late "September call-up" for the Oakland Athletics.

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Jose Canseco played in 29 games in the major leagues in 1985, batting.

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Jose Canseco played both left and right field in 26 games and made 3 errors in 61 chances, with 56 putouts, 2 assist and 1 double play.

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Jose Canseco batted either fifth or third in the lineup and he established himself that year in his first full season as the starting left fielder for the Athletics.

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Jose Canseco led the league in outfielder errors with 14 and was third with 175 strikeouts.

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Jose Canseco followed his rookie season with a similar offensive performance in 1987.

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Jose Canseco only committed 7 errors, half of what he made the previous year.

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Jose Canseco hit a home run in opening day against the Seattle Mariners and had his first stolen base of the season.

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Jose Canseco was selected by fans to the All-Star Game as one of the starting outfielders, batting fourth in the lineup.

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Jose Canseco hit a grand slam in Game 1 during his first official World Series at-bat but it was his only hit in the Series.

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Jose Canseco's 40 stolen bases were the fourth highest in the league.

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Jose Canseco was third in the league in outfielder assists with 11.

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In 1989, Jose Canseco missed the first 88 games of the regular season because of a broken wrist during the preseason.

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Jose Canseco returned immediately after the All-Star break, hitting an opposite-field home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in his first game of the season.

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Jose Canseco hit 5 home runs in his first 35 at bats, but only 2 in the following 20 games.

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Jose Canseco managed to hit 17 home runs with 57 RBIs in barely 65 games played for the entire season, a pace equal to 40+ home runs and 130+ RBIs had he played a full season.

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Jose Canseco started to have back problems, an issue that would become recurrent in his career.

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Jose Canseco missed another 11 games of the season, and at times he was coming off the bench as a pinch hitter.

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Jose Canseco finished 3rd in the league with 37 home runs, behind Fielder and teammate Mark McGwire.

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Jose Canseco struggled both at the plate and in the outfield, missing on two key plays in Game 2.

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Down 2 runs to 1 and facing elimination in Game 4, Jose Canseco entered as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th, but he grounded out to third for the second out of the inning.

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Jose Canseco not being selected by his own manager despite leading the league in home runs, led many to believe that the relationship between Jose Canseco and LaRussa had started to deteriorate.

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Jose Canseco responded with his 42nd home run of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays, tying his career-best.

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Athletics returned to contention in 1992, and with 18 home runs by the All-Star break, Jose Canseco was voted to start his 4th All-Star Game in 5 years, though he was unable to play due to a sore right shoulder and was replaced with Joe Carter.

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Jose Canseco averaged 40 home runs, 125 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases per every 162 games played; captured AL Rookie of the Year honors, two home run titles, an MVP award, three Silver Slugger Awards, three American League Pennants, and a World Series ring.

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Jose Canseco was selected to five All-Star Games in his first 7 full Major League seasons.

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Jose Canseco hit 231 home runs from 1985 to 1992 for the A's, putting him 2nd all-time behind Reggie Jackson since the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968.

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In Texas, Jose Canseco joined Latino stars Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, and Ivan Rodriguez.

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Jose Canseco started the 1993 season relatively healthy, playing in all of the games of the first quarter of the season.

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On May 26,1993, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Martinez hit a fly ball that Jose Canseco lost sight of as he was crossing the warning track.

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The cap Jose 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 collection of ESPN journalist Keith Olbermann.

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Jose Canseco finished the season with 31 home runs and 90 RBIs in 111 games.

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Jose Canseco was named The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year and finished in 11th place in the AL MVP voting.

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Jose Canseco battled injuries, missing 50 games during the first half of the year.

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In Game 2, Jose Canseco faced pitcher Orel Hershiser, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

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Jose Canseco had a great first half to the 1996 season, hitting 26 home runs by the All-Star break.

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At the plate Jose Canseco had a productive season again, finishing the first half of the season with 24 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and 48 RBIs.

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Jose Canseco earned his fourth career Silver Slugger Award, his first as a designated hitter.

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Jose Canseco missed the Home Run Derby at Boston's Fenway Park and the chance to compete against McGwire.

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Jose Canseco had back surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the season.

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In February 2000, before the start of spring training for the following MLB season, Jose Canseco played in the MLBPA-organized Big League Challenge home run derby in Las Vegas at Cashman Field.

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Jose Canseco competed against a field of 12 that included notable sluggers such as Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mike Piazza.

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Jose Canseco won the tournament, defeating Rafael Palmeiro in the final.

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The Yankees won the AL East, but Jose Canseco was not on the team's roster for the Division Series or the ALCS.

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Jose Canseco was included in the final roster for the World Series against the New York Mets.

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Jose Canseco later called his Yankees tenure "the worst time of [his] life" due to receiving limited playing time.

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Jose Canseco lost the Anaheim DH spot to Glenallen Hill, with whom he shared at-bats for the Yankees the year prior.

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Jose Canseco finished the season playing in 76 games, hitting 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in only 256 at-bats, a pace of 30+ home runs and 100+ RBIs had he played the entire season.

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The Expos invited Jose Canseco to be part of their Triple-A team, but he declined the offer.

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Only 38 home runs shy of 500 for his career, Jose Canseco officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on May 13,2002.

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On June 29,2006, the independent Golden Baseball League announced that Jose Canseco had agreed to a one-year contract to play with the San Diego Surf Dawgs.

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Jose Canseco signed a short team deal with the Laredo Broncos of the United Baseball League on August 14,2010.

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Jose Canseco was not the oldest player on the team: his twin brother Ozzie appeared in 12 games, mostly as a designated hitter, and 52-year-old Tony Phillips appeared in 24 games, mostly as a third baseman.

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Jose Canseco joined the Quintana Roo Tigres of the Mexican League in 2012, but was reportedly banned for using testosterone.

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Jose Canseco quickly signed with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League.

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In early 2013 Jose Canseco played in the Texas Winter League but was only 3-for-16 at the plate.

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Jose Canseco signed with the Fort Worth Cats of the United League to start the 2013 season.

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In 2015,2016, and 2017, Jose Canseco had short playing stints in the Pacific Association, mostly with the Pittsburg Diamonds.

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Jose Canseco played 30 seasons of professional baseball over a span of 36 years between 1982 and 2018.

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In March 2011, Jose Canseco played a few games with the Valley Rays in the Pacific Coast Baseball League in Los Angeles.

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In May 2016, Jose Canseco made an appearance for the SoCal Glory in the 35+ MSBL Las Vegas Open – National Tournament.

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On December 20,2007, Jose Canseco was named in Jason Grimsley's unsealed affidavit as a user of steroids.

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Jose Canseco said the book was a "clarification" of names that should have been mentioned in the Mitchell Report.

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In 2010 Jose Canseco spoke out against PEDs advocating baseball's youth to not try them and criticized their effectiveness overall:.

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Jose Canseco 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.

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Jose Canseco has a film cameo playing himself in the 2017 basketball drama Slamma Jamma as a judge in a slam dunk competition.

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On January 24,2009, Jose 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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On November 6,2009, Jose Canseco defeated Todd Poulton in a Celebrity Boxing Federation bout in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Jose Canseco quit the show on the April 3,2011, citing his father's ailing health.

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Jose Canseco later announced on Twitter that his father died shortly after he left the show.

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Jose Canseco did earn $25,000 for his charity, the Baseball Assistance Team.

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In 2012, Jose 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.

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Jose Canseco still remains active with the charity as their spokesperson.

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TMZ reported Jose Canseco was in talks to star in the show, A League of His Own.

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In May 2013, Jose Canseco provided the foreword to the novel Air Force Gator 2: Scales of Justice by Dan Ryckert.

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On October 28,2014, Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself on his left hand injuring one of his fingers while attempting to clean his gun at home in Las Vegas.

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Jose Canseco was portrayed by Andy Samberg in The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience alongside Mark McGwire.

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On October 26,2019, Jose Canseco opened up his own car wash in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he signs autographs every Wednesday.

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On February 5,2021, Jose Canseco fought Billy Football from Barstool Sports in a boxing match, and was knocked out in the first round.

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On February 10,1989, Jose Canseco was arrested in Florida for reckless driving after allegedly leading an officer on a 15-mile chase.

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On February 13,1992, Jose Canseco was charged with aggravated battery for ramming his Porsche into a BMW driven by his then-wife Esther Jose Canseco after a verbal altercation.

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On March 19,1992, Jose Canseco pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and later underwent counseling and fulfilled a community-service requirement.

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In March 2003, Jose Canseco missed a court appearance while in California working out a custody dispute over his 6-year-old.

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In June 2003, Jose Canseco was arrested at his home for probation violation after he tested positive for steroids.

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In May 2008, Jose 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.

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On October 10,2008, Jose Canseco was detained by immigration officials at a San Diego border crossing as he tried to bring a fertility drug from Mexico.

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Jose Canseco stated the drug was to help with his hormone replacement therapy, needed due to his use of steroids.

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On November 4,2008, Canseco pleaded guilty in Federal court and was sentenced to 12 months' unsupervised probation by US Magistrate Judge Ruben B Brooks.

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In 2014, he returned to the Oakland Coliseum to take part in the reunion celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1989 World Series championship team; this marked the first time Jose Canseco took part in an official Major League Baseball event in almost 13 years.

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On June 7,2013, Jose Canseco was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation.

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