Jose Canseco

Birthdate07/02/1964
Death Date
Debut Year1985
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees
Positions Designated Hitter, Right Field

Jose Canseco is a former Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player with 462 career homers. Should he receive Hall of Fame consideration?

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Autographed 1986 Donruss Rookies card

Autographed 1986 Donruss Rookies card

In 1986, Jose Canseco was voted the Rookie of the Year after ranking fourth in the league in homers, and second in runs batted in. Shown here is Canseco’s card from the 1986 Donruss Rookies set. He took baseball by storm and led Oakland to three straight World Series appearances that included the 1989 championship.
Autographed 1987 Fleer A.L. Pitcher's Nightmare card

Autographed 1987 Fleer A.L. Pitcher's Nightmare card

Jose Canseco was the 1986 Rookie of the Year and immediately respected as one of the American League’s most feared sluggers. In this card, he’s paired with future Hall of Fame outfielders Jim Rice and Kirby Puckett. All three have penned their signatures on this card that’s nearly
Jose Canseco in right field at Dodger Stadium in the 1988 World Series

Jose Canseco in right field at Dodger Stadium in the 1988 World Series

The American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1988, Jose Canseco led his Oakland team to the World Series against an underdog Dodger team. Though the A’s lost in five games, Canseco did his part going 5-for-16 with a double, three homers, four RBI and four runs scored.
A young Jose Canseco signs an 8x10

A young Jose Canseco signs an 8x10

Jose Canseco burst onto the scene in 1986, earning the Rookie of the Year Award in an All Star season. The Cuban slugger clubbed 33 homers with 117 runs batted in. His career spanned 17 years with 12 seasons of 20 or more homers. He was a six-time All Star and four-time Silver Slugger.

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014 Leave a comment

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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