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Jose Canseco goes 3-for-20 in six games in the Texas Winter League

Feb 26, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco is still playing baseball. At least as long as someone pays him an appearance fee to show up. The latest someone: the Texas Winter League, where Canseco went 3-for-20 in six games in three days down in Harlingen, Texas over the weekend.

Adam Lawson of the Valley Morning Star spent a day in the dugout with Canseco and captured the essence of this Lion in Winter. It’s, predictably, not the prettiest sight.

But you know what? It’s at least real. What’s not real these days: Canseco’s once so-bad-it’s-good Twitter account. It used to quite clearly be Canseco writing things that were at turns funny, at turns sad. Now, much of the time, it is pretty clearly given over to writers who are either being paid to make Canseco a “character” or else they’re doing it for him pro bono.  Which, frankly, is sadder than his old real stuff about wanting to play baseball again.

  1. chill1184 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    His twitter account brightens my day

  2. kiwicricket - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Is Canseco not entitled to some sort of MLB pension? Is there such a thing? Reading that article is saddening. He’s lost the plot mentally, just needs to chill out and try enjoy his life somehow.

    Fishing, surfing and eating mango down in Costa Rica would be better than prolonging this nonsense.

    • carbydrash - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      He is entitled to pension, but you don’t start collecting the pension until your 62.

      From what I understand, the man is completely broke. I know he was evicted from his house and living in his friend’s garage at one point. So, expect at last another 17 years of this silliness before he collects his 110k a year.

  3. aceshigh11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Canseco is massive for his age. Is he still juicing?

    I’m asking that seriously…he’s said that he found steroids to be enormously beneficial to his overall health. In interviews, he never seems to have had any personal regrets about using.

    • jwbiii - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Very likely. He signed with a Mexican League team last off season and left right the start of spring training. My guess is that he didn’t know that the LMB tested and he knew that he wouldn’t pass.

  4. historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I love that movie!

  5. Jeremy T - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Is it just me, or does he look a lot like Sylvester Stallone in that picture?

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Hahaha! He does sorta’ look like Sylverster in that picture Jeremy. I didn’t notice it until you pointed it out. But I see it.

    • tuberippin - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM


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