In writing the article, “1989 Oakland A’s World Champions: Where Are They Now?”, I realized that there was so much to write about Jose Canseco that he needs his own article.
First, I need to get one thing straight. Canseco has never been one of my favorite players. He is not considered the classiest guy, and he was a notorious womanizer from the start. His twin brother Ozzie was well known at a restaurant-bar where I worked in Huntsville, Alabama when he played for the Huntsville Stars. Let’s just say that neither one was the type you’d want to bring home to your family. Canseco was, however, a very popular player in the late eighties/early nineties, and a part of the 1989 Oakland A’s World Champions, though he missed most of the 1989 season due to his wrist injury.
Canseco is a player who has been in the news often. I don’t know if he is continuously trying to stretch his time in the limelight, or if he just can’t help himself. You probably know that in 2005 he admitted to using steroids, as well as naming other players who used in a tell-all book. “Juiced”, was controversial and poorly-written but still went on to become a New York Times Best Seller. His 2008 sequel, “Vindicated”, claimed that Canseco was out to clean up the game. He went to expose Alex Rodriguez in this book, and he talks about how much he hated A-Rod.
Shortly after Canseco’s second book was released, he went on to accept a challenge from Vai Sikahema to fight him for $30,000 in Atlantic City. The 5’9″ Sikahema knocked 6’4″ Canseco out in the first round. The following year he fought child-actor Danny Bonaduce and the match ended in a draw.
Jose has been married twice, with both marriages ending partly because of domestic violence. In the first marriage he allegedly ran his car into his wife’s car, and in the second he was arrested for allegedly hitting his wife (whom he’d met working as a Hooter’s waitress). He has said that “Madonna wanted his baby”, and most recently proposed to Lady Gaga (whom he’s never met) via his Twitter account.
In March of this year, Jose Canseco was supposed to have fought Billy Padden at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida, but instead try to pass off his twin brother Ozzie by sending him to fight instead. It didn’t work. Jose has tattoos and Ozzie does not. Duh. During this time he was also a star on Celebrity Apprentice, but left the show with a sudden departure when his father became ill and subsequently passed away.
As of April 2011, both Jose and Ozzie Canseco have signed on to manage the Yumica Scorpions, a minor league baseball team. Jose is the official manager as well as DH and first baseman. Ozzie is the hitting coach.
If Lady Gaga ever responds positively to Canseco’s offer, he may just run off and forget about his new team. I don’t think Ozzie has anything to worry about.