Juiced author and broke entrepreneur Jose Canseco will report to a Texas minor team -- the Laredo Broncos. Apparently Canseco cannot sell enough steroid books to cover his bills.
Note the comment by the league president. He thinks that having a washed up irresponsible ex-major league All-Start is a league highlight. Celebrity once again trumps intelligence.
The 46-year-old Canseco, a central figure in baseball's steroid era, was introduced Monday as a member of the Laredo Broncos -- one of six teams in the United Baseball League.
Canseco says he'll play designated hitter, serve as a bench coach and pitch for the team. He'll play in Laredo's remaining six home games this season.
The former slugger named names and detailed steroid use around major league baseball in two memoirs. In one, he admitted using steroids and claimed that up to 85 percent of players also did.
Canseco hit 462 home runs in 17 major league seasons. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1986 and MVP in 1988, after he hit 42 home runs and stole 40 bases.
"My first step was getting back into the game, in whatever way, shape and form," Canseco said. "I don't know how I'll perform physically, since I'm 46 and haven't played at this level in a long time. We'll see what happens."
In the 1960s there was a TV series about Texas Rangers called 'Laredo' staring William Smith. Smith looks like he could have taken Canesco.