The story of Jose Canseco’s life is fascinating. He was one of the best MLB players of the ’80s and ’90s. But after retiring in 2001, the outfielder become somewhat of a controversial figure. Canseco has dealt with legal issues and tried to defend himself against accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Now, Canseco is active on social media, which makes for an interesting read. Here’s what he’s doing now.
Jose Canseco’s MLB career
The A’s took Canseco in the 15th round of the 1982 MLB draft. Then, in September 1985, he made his debut. The A’s traded him to the Rangers during the 1992 season, and the outfielder ultimately played for seven teams in his 17 seasons.
Canseco has a career .266 average. But fans knew him as a power hitter who finished his career with 462 home runs and 1,407 RBI. The six-time All-Star was the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and won the 1988 AL MVP. Canseco was part of two World Series-winning teams, the A’s in 1989 and the Yankees in 2000.
Canseco’s post-MLB controversies
Since retirement, Canseco has had boxing matches against celebrities. His fights include a knockout loss to former NFL player Val Sikahema in 2008 and a three-round draw against former child actor Danny Bonaduce in 2009. He’s also competed in MMA matches.
In 2008, A&E Network made a documentary chronicling Canseco’s attempts to end his steroid use. He was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. Outside of his entertainment appearances, Canseco speculated in 2002 that the MLB “blackballed” him for his steroid use. He wrote a tell-all book, Juiced, released in 2005.
The autobiographical book shared his personal accounts of MLB’s rampant steroid usage during his career. Canseco was named as a suspect in a Las Vegas rape in 2013. But he was cleared and never charged with the crime. The next year, he accidentally shot himself in the hand when he was cleaning his gun in his home.
Jose Canseco on social media
More recently, Canseco has become a frequent user of social media. As you might expect, given his history, Canseco has been a lightning rod for controversy on Twitter and other social media platforms. One such example came in 2019, when the former Bash Brother got into a Twitter beef with Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.
He sent out what seemed to be some fairly innocuous tweets. But in them he accused A.Rod of cheating on Lopez with Canseco’s ex-wife, Jessica. He said he was with her when A.Rod called her a few months prior. Among the tweets, he challenged Rodriguez to a boxing or MMA match and offered to take a polygraph to prove he was telling the truth.
Earlier this year, he sent out a series of tweets detailing his plan for running for president, which included a platform of using an army of robots to root out corruption around the world. He also vowed to systematically eliminate racism, downsize politics by 70% and bring real change to the United States. In order to make his vision a reality, he asked all interested people to donate $1 to his campaign. But since he was born in Cuba, he is ineligible to be president in the U.S. He has also posted videos on his Instagram account of him playing golf during the pandemic.