|Edinburg Roadrunners – No. 32|
July 2, 1964 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 18, 1990 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 13, 1993 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||4|
Ozzie Canseco had a brief major league career, playing in 24 career games with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals between 1990 and 1993. In 1991, he played in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
Canseco was drafted as a pitcher by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. In stark contrast to the prolific, power hitting career of his twin brother, Ozzie never hit a major league home run.
Canseco currently holds the Atlantic League single season home run record with 48, which he achieved while playing for the Newark Bears in 2000, After the season ended Canseco was named the league's MVP. Later he played one season in the Northern League. In 1991 Canseco signed a one-year contract with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League.
While the brothers played together for the Oakland A's, fans nicknamed Jose "Hose A" while Ozzie was nicknamed "Hose B".
On April 11, 2011, it was announced that Ozzie and his brother would play for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American League. In addition to playing, Ozzie would be the bench coach and Jose would manage the team.
Canseco appeared on an episode of VH1's The Surreal Life (Season 5) as a José Canseco impersonator. At the end of the program, it was revealed that he was José's twin brother. He has also reportedly appeared at baseball card shows and book signings passing himself off as his brother. It was also widely reported by tabloid papers that Ozzie had slept with Jose's wife while impersonating him.
In 2002, Canseco pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a nightclub fight on October 31, 2001. He and his brother got into a fight with two California tourists at a Miami Beach nightclub that left one man with a broken nose and another needing 20 stitches in his lip; Canseco was charged with two counts of aggravated battery. The brothers received probation and community service - Ozzie was sentenced to 18 months probation, 200 hours of community service and anger management classes.
In 2003, Canseco was sentenced to four months in jail for possessing an illegal anabolic steroid and driving with a suspended license. Police stopped Canseco on May 1, 2003, because the tinted windows on his Lincoln Navigator were too dark. The steroid Nandrolone and a syringe were found in the SUV during a search.
Ozzie's most recent arrest came in January 2011. Ozzie was arrested for DUI on January 15 at 2:37 a.m. His blood alcohol level was a .115 at the time of his arrest.
- Newark Bears 2005 team yearbook.
- SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL; Ozzie Canseco to Japan - New York Times
- Canseco twins plead guilty to felony
- ESPN - Sentence leveled for steroid, traffic offenses - MLB