Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco autograph
Birthdate 07/02/1964
Death Date
Debut Year 1985
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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In 1986 Jose Canseco smashed 33 homers and was voted Rookie of the Year

In 1986 Jose Canseco smashed 33 homers and was voted Rookie of the Year

Jose Canseco burst into the big leagues by hitting 33 homers in his rookie season of 1986. He finished fourth in the AL in bombs and second in RBI with 117. Two years later he became the first player in baseball history to record 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the
Facing Canseco was a nightmare for pitchers

Facing Canseco was a nightmare for pitchers

Jose Canseco was the 1986 Rookie of the Year and immediately respected as one of the American League’s most feared sluggers. In his first three full seasons Canseco slugged 106 home runs. In this Fleer card titles “A.L. Pitcher’s Nightmare”, Canseco is pictured with future Ha
Jose Canseco's 1988 campaign was historically excellent

Jose Canseco's 1988 campaign was historically excellent

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. The 1988 season pr

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(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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