Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco


7/2/1964, Havana, Cuba

Birth Name

Jose Canseco Capas, Jr.



Also Known As

José Canseco
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Jose Canseco is perhaps one of the most controversial athletes in recent years. He has openly admitted his steroid use during his professional baseball career, and wrote an autobiography, "Juiced," in which he "outed" many other players. He loves to be the center of attention, and most recently…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jose became the first foreign-born (Cuba) player to hit four-hundred home runs in MLB history.

    • On May 26, 1993, Jose tried to catch a fly ball hit by Carlos Martinez of the Cleveland Indians but the ball bounced off of his head and over the fence for a home run. The Indians beat the Rangers 7 to 6.

    • On May 29, 1993, Jose voluntarily pitched an inning for the Texas Rangers in a 15 - 1 blowout against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He hurt his elbow requiring season-ending surgery.

    • Jose was a six-time All-Star (1986, 1988-90, 1992 and 1999).

    • Jose won four Silver Slugger Awards (1988, 90-91 and 1998).

    • Jose is number 30 on baseball's all-time home run list with 462.

    • In 1993, Jose had to have Tommy John surgery after he injured himself going after a fly ball.

    • Jose was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1986.

    • Jose was the American League MVP in 1988.

    • Jose has two World Series rings, from 1989 and 2000.

    • Jose's Teams:

      Oakland Athletics (1985–1992, 1997)

      Texas Rangers (1992–1994)

      Boston Red Sox (1995–1996)

      Toronto Blue Jays (1998)

      Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999–2000)

      New York Yankees (2000)

      Chicago White Sox (2001)

      Montreal Expos (2002)

    • Jose once hit 30 homers before the All-Star break.

    • Jose joined Ruppert Jones, Ricky Lee Nelson, Dave Kingman, Alvaro Espinoza and Kevin Millar as the only players in MLB history to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction.

    • Jose was the first player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season. Since then, only two others have matched his feat.

    • Before the steroids scandal, Jose was known for his ability to hit home runs.

    • Jose played in the 1989 World Series, in which Game 3 was preceded by an earthquake.

    • Jose has a twin brother, Ozzie who also played baseball. He did not have the career Jose did playing only 24 games in the Majors while spending the majority of his career in the minor leagues.

    • Jose was born in Cuba, but his family moved to Florida when he was young. He grew up in Miami.

    • Jose is 6'4" tall.

    • Jose ostracized himself when he published an autobiography, Juiced, in which he outed many of his fellow baseball players as steroid users.

  • Quotes

    • Canseco: You get them-anywhere. It's-you can go right here to the corner gym and get it. It's that simple. It's that easy. But-obviously, I don't recommend using them or getting them without supervision, or a prescription, because they are illegal. (On steroids)

    • Jose Canseco: (On helping other players shoot up) Did I put them in contact with the people to acquire them? Yes. Did I educate them on how to use them properly, and what way, shape, or form, and when, and with what supplements? Yes. Absolutely.

    • Jose Canseco: I don't know if I'm directly trying to take on the whole baseball establishment. I'm just basically telling a story of my life.

    • Canseco: (On former teammate Mark McGwire) I think baseball owes McGwire a gratitude of thanks for putting baseball back on the map where it should be.

    • Jose Canseco: I think people are now realizing, or starting to realize, that every word, more or less, I said in the book is the absolute truth.

    • Jose Canseco: Every time I've tried to help a woman, I've been incarcerated. I've learned my lesson. I'm not doing it again.