Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/1/13
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The St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team is known for its crazy promotions. Jose Canseco wants in on the fun. Canseco, the 48-year-old former Major League slugger who has admitted to steroids use, campaigned on Twitter throughout the day Friday for the Saints to give him a look. Canseco (@JoseCanseco) sent several tweets to his nearly half a million followers, including: "the @stpaulsaints are world class marketeers. Help me come up with some other promo nights that can help them draw. ideas? cansainto." Canseco's Twitter spree likely stems from a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in which columnist Jim Souhan met with Canseco in Florida. This isn't the first time Canseco has lobbied on Twitter for teams to sign him. But given the Saints' penchant for wacky antics to draw fans to the stadium they held events such as Atheist Night last year, among others he may be knocking on the right door. Even at 48, Canseco still believes he can play the game for an independent team such as the Saints. "I eat right. I don't drink, I don't smoke, none of that crazy stuff," Canseco told the Star Tribune. "I love sports. I love baseball. Having good genetics doesn't hurt." Canseco spent 17 seasons in the major leagues with seven different teams. He broke onto the scene with Oakland, as he and Mark McGwire teamed up to become the Bash Brothers. In 1988, Canseco hit an American League-best 42 homers and drove in 124 runs. Three years later, he again led the AL in home runs with 44. In 1998 with Toronto, Canseco hit a career-high 46 home runs and finished his career with 462 homers. His last year in the majors was 2001 with the Chicago White Sox. Since then, Canseco has tried to keep his career going by playing for several minor league teams, most recently in 2012 with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. If he had it his way, Canseco would suit up once again, this time in a St. Paul Saints uniform. "hey @stpaulsaints i would give my left --- to play for you guys," Canseco tweeted. "i will swing a bat until the day i die it is all i ever wanted to do since before i can remember it is who i am and who i was and who i will." Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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