Born in Havana
on July 2, 1964, Jose Canseco is one of the most colorful baseball players in recent memory. Canseco has...
- been arrested for excessive speeding and handgun possession.
- had a ball bounce off of his head and over the fence for a home run
- seen his first wife go on a public rampage after a loss, calling his manager a "punk"
- suggested that baseball use a bright orange ball that would be worth more runs when hit out of the park
- gone on the disabled list after hurting himself pitching curveballs in a brief relief stint with the Texas Rangers
- claimed that if he played outfield his whole career, he would have had 500 home runs and 600 errors.
- been elected to the All-Star team without playing a single game in that season
Despite all this, Canseco, when healthy, is one of the most feared sluggers in the majors, and has compiled a list of accolades...
- Became baseball's first 40-40 man in 1988 (hit 40 home runs and stole 40 bases in the same season)
- Won the American League Rookie Of The Year award in 1986
- Won the American League MVP in 1988
- Became the first foreign-born player in history to hit the 400 home run plateau.
Through 1999, Canseco has hit 431 home runs in his career, which ranks 25th all-time, and driven in 1,309 which ranks 70th on the list. He has played for Oakland (where he and Mark McGwire
were known as the Bash Brothers
, and Tampa Bay