Jose Canseco was one entertaining baseball player. A mix of power and speed, Canseco claimed the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1988 after becoming the first player to smack 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season. Sure there was the steroids factor, but Canseco, nonetheless, was fun to watch as a member of the Oakland Athletics.
Not that his playing days are over, Canseco is still fun to watch. He’s active on Twitter, usually hating on Alex Rodriguez and pushing his own car wash. He also has a difficult time spelling his own name.
Love him or hate him, Jose Canseco has always been entertaining
It wasn’t just in 1988 when Canseco tore up American League pitching. That season, he led the league in home runs (42) and RBIs (124) while stealing 40 bases. What about 1991? He led the league in homers again with 44. He also drove in 122 runs. How about 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays? Canseco smacked a career-high 46 home runs and added 107 RBIs.
Canseco’s career was marred by steroids. He felt like he was blackballed by Major League Baseball. He said he started using steroids after making a promise to his dying mother when he was in the minor leagues in 1984.
“My mother had never watched me play professional baseball,” he said during an interview with VladTV. “She was on her deathbed, already brain dead from a brain aneurysm. I promised her right there – something kind of switched to me. The switch went off, and I said, ‘Mom, for you I’m going to become the best player in the world.’ Right then and there, literally two or three days later, I found steroids.”
Canseco is known for his 2005 “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.” In the book, he claimed that up to 85% of major league players took steroids. Although he ratted out many players, he is often credited with helping clean up the sport from its steroid problem.
Jose Canseco now does his entertaining on social media but struggles with the spelling of his own name
Canseco’s playing days are well behind him. While there are no longer any balls bouncing over his head for home runs, he’s still keeping us entertained, whether he’s trying to or not.
Although he’s surprisingly toned down his tweeting a bit lately, the former slugger has been pushing Jose Canseco’s Showtime Car Wash which he opened in Las Vegas in 2019. There is absolutely nothing wrong with promoting your own business on Twitter unless you do it Jose Canseco’s way.
He does a nice job of selling his car wash, telling fans he’ll be there to sign autographs, but there’s usually one problem with his promotions. He struggles to spell his own name correctly.
He’s actually gotten one right — sort of. Except for capitalization in the last name and a missing apostrophe, he got the spelling right in his latest Twitter post. In his last four postings promoting the car wash, he’s gotten his name right once (going strictly spelling here). For Canseco, that’s batting .250 and keeps him fairly consistent. It’s only 16 points lower than his career batting average of .266.
Canseco has also been promoting his online store
A couple of months ago, Canseco opened an online store. While he was pushing his car wash and continuing to bash Rodriguez, whom he believes had a fling with Canseco’s ex-wife, he opened shopcanseco.com. The store has its typical shirts, hoodies, and novelty items. Some of the items commemorate his 40/40 season, while others poke fun of himself with a caricature that has a ball bouncing off his head.
At one point, he had shirt with a photo of himself and Jennifer Lopez, Rodriguez’s former girlfriend. Canseco had earlier predicted the two would break up, and he was correct. Those shirts are no longer listed in the store.
For $79, he will follow you on either Twitter or Instagram. He has his own coffee in the store. It’s an interesting mix of items. Keep in mind, however, if you want to place an order, it’s shopC-A-N-S-E-C-O.com.