When it comes to fans of Jose Canseco, there’s not a lot more dedicated than myself. I joined the club when he was on top of the baseball (and pop culture) world in 1989 and have stayed on the ride during several arrests, embarrassing moments on and off the field … and through his latest troubles with money and Twitter. Jose’s fall from grace, stardom, and life is almost epic. From dating pop stars and living the good life all the way down to being homeless and working at a memorabilia shop full-time signing autographs.
Recently, Jose has been in the news again but not for anything negative. Simply put, he wants to play in the Majors again at the age of 47. While most news outlets are just poking fun at Jose’s delusions like always, some have picked up the story and have tried to get comments from the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox, two teams Jose wants to tryout for. The problem is that Jose Canseco is a shell of his former self. Sure he may look good and his bulging muscles are for the most part still there but that’s all he’s got left.
In Jose’s final season in 2001 with the White Sox, he hit just .258. The prior year he hit .243 as he rode the bench with the Yankees. In fact, in the final six seasons of Jose’s career, he played on seven different teams. Three years after his last game, he tried out with the Dodgers, which went nowhere. It’s not just the blackballed claim, Jose is just not good enough to play anymore. If you need more proof, just look at last year’s independent league stats. In 60 games, he hit just .256 with 8 home runs and 55 strike outs.
If you can’t cut it with the Yuma Scorpions, there’s no hope for you against MLB pitchers.
I am not saying I would be opposed to seeing Jose Canseco wearing Oakland’s colors one more time. It would be a dream come true watching your childhood hero come back against all odds and show the world that he is still worth a damn. Unfortunately, this is not the movies and in baseball once your skills have eroded, they don’t just magically return after an 11 year layoff. Can you imagine Jose trying to hit off Tim Lincecum? He’d end up cross-eyed and on his back after striking out horribly. It’s just not gonna happen, at least I hope not.