In what can only be described as a bad version of Where Are They Now, the Sports Edition, Jose Canseco, of Major League Baseball fame, is now the Head Coach/Player for the Yuma Scorpions. The Scorpions, part of the Independent North American Baseball League, hired Canseco to be the newest skipper of the embattled team that has suffered from lagging attendance of late. One of the first moves for Canseco was to bring his brother Ozzie on board as a player and assistant.
Canseco, who is also famous for his tell all, name all book about steroid use in Major League Baseball, has spent time playing in Yuma, Arizona before. When he was playing with the Oakland A’s and when he played for the Golden Baseball League’s Long Beach Armada. Canseco’s stint with the GBL ended in a lawsuit that resulted in the GBL being awarded $250,000.
In local news reports, Canseco talks about his dedication to the team and indicates that he is acquiring a house near here. A recent expose indicates that Canseco is living just outside of Yuma, AZ on Martinez Lake near Fisher’s Landing. The fact that he has to travel eighty miles round trip just to get to Desert Sun Stadium, home of the Yuma Scorpions, might be evidence enough of his dedication.
While hiring Canseco has created a lot of hype off the field, it has not translated into wins on the field. The Scorpions are currently on a five game losing streak and are an anemic 2-8 in their last ten games. Both Jose and Ozzie have been battling injuries that have left them batting .267 and .286 respectively.
Also Canseco, who has been involved in controversy throughout his baseball career, continues to face challenges off the field. Apparently relocating to Arizona was not enough to keep him from the long arm of the law. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office served Jose Canseco with legal papers Tuesday during the second inning of the Scorpion’s home game against the Lake County Fielders.
Canseco acknowledged that the papers were regarding a lawsuit filed by controversial boxing promoter, Damon Feldman and stems from a charity boxing event that Canseco allegedly agreed to appear in. allegedly, Canseco failed to make an appearance in the match and sent his brother Ozzie in his stead. Canseco refused to comment further on the legal proceedings. The Scorpions went on to drop that game to the Fielders 10-4.