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Jose Canseco is still trying to play baseball

Feb 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco is 47 years-old. He spent last summer as a player/manager in the independent Golden League, where he hit .256/.371/427.  But that’s not stopping him: he just signed to play this year for the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League. The team plays in Cancun, so I guess he’ll at least have some fun while he’s down there.

But fun isn’t what’s on his mind. He sees this as a path back to the majors. His statement:

“I am thrilled to be back in affiliated professional baseball. Playing and managing for the independent league Yuma Scorpions last year really rekindled my love for the game and facing the veteran players in that league made me realize that I can still hit at the major league level. I am grateful that Cancun has given me this opportunity and I hope to help them to a championship season and demonstrate that I can help a big league team.”

I go back and forth between thinking that Canseco’s desire to play in the majors again is pathetic and thinking that’s it kind of sweet in a twisted way. I mean, sure, he’s completely detached from reality, but maybe that detachment is actually the only thing that helps him get through the damn day.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    MLB doesn’t miss Jose Canseco. Enjoy Cancun, bro.

  2. jwbiii - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    The Quintana Roo Tigers were Julio Franco’s last team.

  3. braddavery - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I would LOVE it if Jose could get back into MLB. Regardless of what anyone thinks of him, he’s a physical freak of nature (even off the juice) and it would be an amazing/interesting story. EVERYBODY deserves a second chance. If he’s better than just ONE current player in MLB, then why the hell not.

    • kcfanatic - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      I agree. How much fun would it be to see him pinch hit in a game this season? Just one time. Heck, how cool would it be if the A’s brought him back just for opening day, let him hit and then pulled him and cut him? Just let him get that one last chance to hit a MLB fastball. It would be one of the best stories of the year.

      • cleverbob - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Hell, let him throw an inning in relief while they’re at it.

      • JBerardi - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        Why would that be fun or a good story? Who cares? There’s any number of washed up ballplayers in the world, what’s so special about this one?

    • kcfanatic - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      MLB looks down on him for blowing the whistle on his dirty little secret. They should embrace Jose. He is the reason we are finally through the steroid era.

      • JBerardi - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Actually it’s because after years of condoning rampant PED use in his league, Bud Selig decided he needed some sort of cudgel to beat the player’s union over the head with in the 2002 CBA negotiations, and here we are.

        Also, what’s this business with being “though the steroid era”? Ryan Braun not ringing any bells?

        Canseco is a rat, a clown, an idiot and a lier. He’s also got a history of violent behavior including against women. He is in other words a completely vial human being. I have no idea why anyone wants to see him anywhere outside of a prison.

    • JBerardi - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      If he’s better than just ONE current player in MLB, then why the hell not.”

      He’s not. I doubt he’s better than anyone at AAA at this point.

  4. The Rabbit - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I’m a big fan of delusions, but Jose, you are no Jamie Moyer.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Nor is he Rickey Henderson.

      • JBerardi - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Rickey Henderson deserves better than to even be mentioned in comparison with Jose Canseco.

  5. Max Power - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I knew lending Jose the “Eastbound & Down” Season 2 DVDs was a mistake.

  6. shaggylocks - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Bud Selig needs to throw him a little party and send him a gold watch or something. Maybe start sending him calendars with the birthdays of the younger major league players circled. The hints need to become increasingly less subtle, but Jose just doesn’t seem to be getting them.

  7. dsimp724 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    How great would it be to watch him step in against kenny powers

  8. thefalcon123 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I’d go with “pathetic” for Canseco. Aside from his past as a wife-beater, bar-fight enthusiast and being generally one of the most hated men in baseball, Jose’s recent exploits have included:

    -Posting his ex-girlfriends phone number on twitter and informing his followers she’s bang them for pot (apparently they’re back together now…how sweet?)
    -Sending his twin brother to fight for him in a MMA match
    -Asking lighting companies to trade him some chandeleers for a signed bat or two when he lost his after being evicted.
    -Putting up an ebay auction for people to spend the day with him while he was on house arrest
    -Apparently views himself as the Jesus of the baseball world: the wrongfully disputed, pure being of truth. Who then lashes out irrationally at everybody

    You know…after reading that list, having Jose Canseco back in the folds of Major League Baseball would be extremely entertaining.

    • JBerardi - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      “You know…after reading that list, having Jose Canseco back in the folds of Major League Baseball would be extremely entertaining.”

      He’ll be in jail before be’s back in the MLB. And that’ll be entertaining too, although we probably won’t get to see it.

  9. losangelasbasketball - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    The guy that said the steroid era is finally over is more delusional than jose can u see eco. News flash, the 2011 mvp was just busted and hes giving the floyd landis defense…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Apparently he wasn’t busted for anything yet seeing as how the appeals committee had asked for an extension after 25 days of deliberations.

  10. amaninwhite - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Jose’s heart skipped a beat when he first heard that the A’s were set to sign a Cuban outfielder.

  11. slavetothetrafficlight - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Interesting Fact: 52-year old Tony Phillips, Canseco’s teammate on the World Champion A’s, played for Yuma last year as well.

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