Jose Canseco has returned to professional baseball. Despite an 11-year absence from the game, Canseco, who is 47-years-old has signed a one-year contract with the Worcester (MA.) Tornadoes, an indepedent league team
and a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. Canseco, who last played in the Major Leagues in 2001, hit 462 home runs with a .266 lifetime batting average.
During his career, Canseco was a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, American League (AL) Rookie of the Year, and AL Most Valuable Player. Canseco has admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his playing career, and wrote a tell-all book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, in which he claimed that the vast majority of MLB players use steroids.
Team owner, Todd Breighner, says, “We’re very optimistic Jose will be a very solid ball player for the Tornadoes as our goal is to continue to bring high-level baseball to Worcester. Minor League baseball is all about affordable family entertainment whose teams become part of the social fabric of the communities who support them. As an industry, we believe we make communities stronger through the great game of baseball; Worcester is a terrific example of that.”
The 2012 CanAm League season starts on Thursday, May 17th as the Tornadoes battle the Newark Bears at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium at 6:35 p.m. The first Tornadoes home game is on Monday, May 21 at 7:05pm; they host the three-time defending champion Quebec Capitales.
FOUR-TIME STATE CHAMPIONSHIP COACH RETIRES
Cissy Dyer, who won four state championships (two in slow pitch softball and two in women's basketball) at Murphy High, has retired. Dyer was 227-50 during a 15-year stay with the softball program. She led the Bulldogs to state titles in 1990 and 1991. They were state runner ups in 1989; she won 354 games in 22 years with the women's basketball program, and she led the Panthers to state championships in 1995 and 1997. The Panthers finished second in the state in 1994.
Photo Courtesy: Jose Canseco, PHOTO SUBMITTED