Jose Canseco (“Parkway Joe”) is a preeminent baseballer who left an imprint on the history of US Major League Baseball (MLB). Additionally, he was one of the first professional baseballers who admitted to using steroids. In 2005 he wrote a whole book about it.
The Sportsman’s Bio
The future star was born on July 2nd, 1964 in Havana, Cuba. He was one of twins (his brother later became a sportsman). His parents left their homeland when their children were young. The Cansecos went to the USA, where José and his brother attended Coral Park High School.
In 1982, José stopped his education, because he was handpicked for the famous baseball club, Oakland Athletics. By that time the guy had already distinguished himself and attracted the attention of experts thanks to his excellent game and perfect results.
In 1985, after engaging in almost thirty MLB matches, Jose Canseco received an honorable award: Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year. 1986 was a period marked by his rise onto the pro sports career ladder.
In 1988, the sportsman was unanimously named the most valuable baseballer in the MLB. A year later, he missed matches because of a trauma, but still managed to perform in some games. The following year he completely recovered and began to play actively again, showing peerless results. He continued on that track for an astounding 10 years in a row.
In 2001, Jose also showed his best playing in the Chicago White Sox and half of the gaming season with the Newark Bears. In 2002, the sportsman left the professional field. A short two years later he attempted to return but his efforts were unsuccessful.
In June 2006, the GBL offered him an annual agreement. The following month the baseballer won Home Run Derby. During his outstanding career, Canseco played for Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees, and others. The outfielder participated in the All-Star MLB Match six times (in the 1980s and 1990s). After he finally retired, he often appeared on TV in various broadcasts including the Late Show, 60 minutes, and more.
Jose often encountered conflict with law enforcement bodies. In the fall of 2008, he was detained at the border while trying to smuggle illicit meds to the US from Mexico. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Incidents and Newsworthy Facts
In 2014, the former star shot his hand while in his own house, as reported by local media. The then 50-year-old Joe was cleaning a gun that shot at him unexpectedly. According to the source, Canseco nearly lost a finger on his left hand. They treated him at the medical center of the University of South Nevada.
After a while, he almost lost his fingers again by playing poker. He wrote in a tweet: “Dam I was playing in a poker tournament and something crazy happened to my finger that I shot off and they put back on.” Doctors assured the ex-baseball player they would manage to save the appendage but the athlete himself noted that the finger smelled bad and hung off him like it had no balance. The media reported that one witness filmed the incident on video and sold the recording to Canseco’s agent.
The athlete’s Twitter account is a screwy place. What is most curious is the Cuban’s constant search for an unusual joke or jibe. And it doesn’t matter at all why he’s doing it. Whether it’s out of greed or boredom, he expresses his opinions openly.
No living person could cope with any job better than Jose Canseco, according to the man himself. Name anything and Canseco will be as magnificent as a lord. Well, at least Jose thinks this way. In particular, he wrote that he could be the creator, the presenter, the producer, the participant in the reality show, the politician, the master of ceremonies, the editor. On that latter point, it didn’t occur to him that his written English is somewhat subpar.
He has become prominent for his amateur fights, which he held with celebrities. Interestingly, he’s won some of them. Canseco professionally practiced karate and taekwondo, earning a black belt in these disciplines.
Shaquille O’Neal and Canseco
Canseco competed in just one fight run according to MMA rules. It was against the South Korean fighter Choi Hong-man at the DREAM-9 championship in 2009. Canseco lost by knockout in the first round.
Basketball giant Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal is a big fan of mixed martial arts and spends a lot of time training in Brazil Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The conflict between the two stars was ripe for a long time and reached its apogee several years ago when Canseco wrote to O’Neal on Twitter “hey, pussy @shaq”
Shaquille didn’t fail to reply: “ill beat your ass rat boy the whole world saw u run from hung man Choy. Set it up ill break your jaw.”
O’Neal told Ariel Helwani in an interview that he was ready to fight Jose Canseco because he was convinced of his own skills:
“I’m pretty good. I could probably beat the hell out of Jose Canseco … I’ll probably knock him out in 42 seconds.”
“I need to just play with him a little bit. Give the fans their money’s worth and then knock him out.”
“UFC, street fight, laser tag. It doesn’t matter.”
O’Neal also expressed interest in a fight with Canseco’s former MMA opponent. Both fighters are 2.16 and 2.18 meters in height, respectively. It’s a battle we’d certainly pay to see!
According to Shaquille, Choi hasn’t answered. Shaq promised to knock the nonsense out of Jose Canseco and then fight with the “Che Man.”
Jose Canseco and Steroids
In 2005, his book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big” was published. In this autobiographical revelations, Canseco admitted that he administered anabolic steroid and PEDs to himself throughout his career, and named his sports mates who, according to Canseco, doped all the time.
The memoir includes other claims and anecdotes. The baseballer wrote that Madonna Louise Ciccone was infatuated with him (but he was unfazed by her feelings); that he ran a 3.9-second 40-yard dash reaching a milestone; that the MLB wanted to discredit him as he was “the godfather of steroids.”
Although some baseball stars have publicly renounced this, according to Canseco, the use of performance enhancers in big sports is a fait accompli.
What steroids did Jose Canseco use? We don’t know for sure. Specialists at the Evolutionary website suggest that he possibly resorted to the whole steroid cycle, including Anavar, human growth hormone (HGH), Winstrol, and Primobolan.
Here is a guesstimated list:
- Anavar – a steroid for cutting and getting ripped.
- HGH – baseball players may use it for recovery purposes and to treat injuries.
- Winstrol – moderate dosages of this drug may increase performance in sports.
- Primo – this med is used to stay lean and muscular during a fat-loss diet,
Canseco probably used the drug to reduce catabolism while maintaining a good physique.