Texas Rangers: Two memorable Jose Canseco moments
Former Texas Ranger Jose Canseco has been back in the news of late.
Jose Canseco has been a controversial figure throughout the baseball world for many years.
From the PED usage to his outspoken social media presence, he has been in the spotlight for both the good, bad and ugly.
Most recently, Canseco fought Barstool Sports intern Billy Football in “Rough N’ Rowdy 13.”
In a pay-per-view match, Canseco was KO’d within 10 seconds of the match beginning, saying his shoulder was torn for 3-4 months prior to the fight.
He struck out in the ring, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have some great moments as a major leaguer.
Canseco played three seasons with the Texas Rangers, hitting .269 with 45 homers and 151 RBIs.
Although it wasn’t his greatest stretch in the bigs, he did have two of his most memorable moments in Arlington during the 1993 season.
In fact, they happened within three days of each other. The first on May 26th, and the second on May 29th.
Beginning on the night of May 26th, the Texas Rangers were playing the Cleveland Indians, a game the Rangers would lose 7-6.
Even though the Texas Rangers went on to lose, all of baseball won that day, as one of the greatest baseball bloopers was born.
Jose Canseco was playing right field for the Texas Rangers when Cleveland DH Carlos Martinez drove a ball to right.
In what should have been a routine play, Canseco used his head (literally) and helped Martinez out with his offensive stat line.
As many fondly remember, the ball bounced off the head of Canseco over the wall for a home run.
Canseco has argued that it should be a four-base error, but current Rangers second baseman Nick Solak would argue for the homer.
Jose Canseco had some interesting moments as a member of the Texas Rangers.
The second memory of Jose Canseco would come three short days later against the Boston Red Sox.
In what ended up being a blowout, Jose Canseco came into pitch for the Texas Rangers.
Manager Kevin Kennedy called upon Canseco, a former high school pitcher, to face his former team.
Jose Canseco should’ve stuck to hitting.
He got all three outs, but surrendered two hits, three walks and three runs in his one inning of work, giving him a 27.00 ERA on the 1993 season.
Unfortunately, the 33 pitches took a toll on Canseco’s right arm, forcing him to undergo Tommy John surgery just a few months later.
Kennedy said later that he regretted the decision immensely.
"“I don’t feel good about it. I’ll take any heat you want to throw my way.”"
Jose Canseco would play eight more seasons, but never throw another pitch at the major league level.
Even though Jose Canseco only played three seasons with the Texas Rangers, he managed to have two of the most memorable moments in my memory, and one of the best bloopers in baseball history.
An elite hitter, Canseco struck out plenty of times, but also struck out pitching and now has swung-and-missed in the ring as well.