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Canseco Signs with SD Surf Dawgs

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Surf Dawgs Sign Canseco 6/29/2006

    (Pleasanton, CA. June 30, 2006) The Golden Baseball League announced today that former American League Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Home Run Champion Jose Canseco has agreed to contract terms with the league and will join the San Diego Surf Dawgs beginning Monday, July 3rd and will play in the game that night at 7:05 PM versus the Chico Outlaws in Chico, CA.

    A press conference is scheduled for Monday, July 3rd at 2:00 PM at Nettleton Stadium, located on the Chico State Campus in Chico, California.

    Canseco will have a dual role with the Surf Dawgs as he will become an every day Designated Hitter for the team, and will showcase his knuckleball as member of the team’s pitching staff.

    “We are thrilled that Jose has decided to become a member of the Golden Baseball League,” said GBL President Amit Patel. “We strive to provide a high quality entertainment product, and Jose will undoubtedly be entertaining for our fans.”

    Canseco, 41, has had a spectacular professional baseball career. In seventeen big league seasons he was named Rookie of the Year and American League MVP, was selected as a member of six All-Star teams, and played in four World Series -- winning championships with the 1989 Oakland Athletics and 2000 New York Yankees. This will be his second stint in a professional Independent League. He previously played for the Newark Bears in the Atlantic League in 2001 and had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox.

    “We are excited to be the venue Jose has selected to prove to major league organizations that he can still be an asset to a big league ball club,” said GBL Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. “His signing provides yet another opportunity for the league to give our fans and our communities a great baseball experience.”

    “I’m excited to have Jose on the team, for both his playing abilities and for his veteran leadership,” said San Diego Surf Dawgs Manager Terry Kennedy. “We can use his offensive power to get us into the playoffs to defend our title, and I’m very interested in seeing him pitch to see if he can help us there as well.”

    A longtime sports and pop culture icon, Canseco’s notoriety raised to record heights in 2005 with the publication of his autobiographical best seller “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big” that detailed steroid use in professional baseball. Now weighing a sleek 230 pounds, down almost 30 pounds from his playing days, he has agreed to be subjected to the GBL’s tough drug testing policy that immediately expels any players found using steroids or illegal drugs. Last season nine players, out of over 200 tested, were terminated from the league for illegal drug use. “Jose will be treated consistent with all of our players regarding drug testing,” added Outcalt.

    Canseco will be playing for the league maximum of $2500 per month. He will also be entering into a marketing agreement with the Golden Baseball League which includes a special Jose Canseco apparel line and interactive events with fans and kids at all of the League’s ballparks.

    “I’m looking forward to having fun in professional baseball again, as I’ve really missed it,” said Canseco. “I love what this league is doing for players, communities, and families, and I want to be part of it. Rickey had a great experience with the Surf Dawgs last year and it will be great playing for Terry Kennedy and reminding him of the stomping my A’s gave his Giants in the ’89 World Series!”

    <A DH and a knuckleballer? This is some crazy ****!>
     
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  2. Thumper

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    yup, crazy ****!
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    As long as that dude stays out of the Chargers locker room.

    I don't want him dripping steroid-laden sweat all over the place and then one of our footballers gets jacked on a random drug test because he sat where Jose did.
     
  4. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    I think Canseco was playing in an Adult league up in LA, can you imagine him with an Aluminum bat? If he still has that power?
     
  5. WonderSlug

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    Is Canseco also going to bring his needle caddy?
     
  6. Thumper

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    Dawgs deal Canseco to Long Beach for Cuban

    Dawgs deal Canseco to Long Beach for Cuban

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20060706-9999-1s6dawgs.html

    Slugger wanted trade for family obligations
    By Glae Thien
    SPECIAL TO THE UNION-TRIBUNE

    July 6, 2006

    Jose Canseco's stint with the Surf Dawgs lasted but one game.

    The former major league slugger demanded a trade to a Golden Baseball League team closer to his home in the Los Angeles area because of family obligations. Yesterday, he was dealt to the Long Beach Armada for pitcher Yoankis Turino, a newly signed Cuban defector.

    “It was bizarre,” said Surf Dawgs manager Terry Kennedy, summing up Canseco's tenure with the club.

    Canseco, 42, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch as a designated hitter Monday at Chico in his first professional baseball game since 2001 with the Chicago White Sox. He missed Tuesday's game at Reno because of prior holiday plans.

    The trade demand stemmed from child-care issues, which require Canseco to spend more time than originally anticipated at his home in metropolitan L.A, Surf Dawgs General Manager Brian Watkins said.

    “This turned out to be a little sonar blip for us,” Kennedy said. “The guys sort of took it for what it was, and they just go on. It doesn't really affect anyone, and it frees up the DH spot for someone else. That's good.”

    The Surf Dawgs return home tomorrow (7:05 p.m.) to face the Chico Outlaws at Tony Gwynn Stadium. In addition, they will have a ring ceremony to honor last year's team that won the inaugural GBL championship. Future Hall of Famer and former Surf Dawg Rickey Henderson is scheduled to appear.

    Canseco – who created a stir with his 2005 book “Juiced,” in which he admitted using steroids and claimed many other players did, too – signed with the Surf Dawgs last Thursday after less than a week of negotiations initiated by team President and Managing Partner Gary Lochansky and Watkins, who each joined the club on June 25.

    The signing (for the league-maximum $2,500 per month) created attention for the team and the league, which began selling Surf Dawgs shirts with Canseco's No. 33 on the GBL's Web site. A Chico team-record crowd of 4,501 was reported for Canseco's game Monday against the Outlaws.

    “We're definitely disappointed losing Jose,” Watkins said. “But, as a result of this trade, we should be better off.”

    Turino, 27, escaped to the Dominican Republic and reached Los Angeles over the course of last month. A left-hander, he didn't pitch for Long Beach but could work in relief for the Surf Dawgs as soon as tomorrow, according to Kennedy.

    “I'm happy to have him,” Kennedy said, “but I have to see him further to determine his role.”

    Turino pitched for three Cuban national championship teams with the Havana Industriales. He was reportedly left off international teams because of concerns that he would defect.

    The Surf Dawgs will grant refunds to fans who purchased tickets for tomorrow's game in anticipation of seeing Canseco, Watkins said. The club said it received a few calls yesterday from fans in reaction to the trade, mostly seeking such refunds.
     
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    Hey, if Turino turns out to be a pretty good pitcher, maybe the Pads can buy him out. :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    Padres need hitting right now, not pitching.
     
  9. WonderSlug

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    Couldn't hurt to add another striker to the bullpen. :icon_mrgreen:

    Yeah, our pitching's been pretty good this year.

    I count at least a dozen lost games we could have won if only for a decent base hit. We left so many guys stranded on 2nd and 3rd in our losses and ended up losing by a run in a lot of those games.
     

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