FORT WORTH, Texas - Jose Canseco, the disgraced former American League Most valuable player and admitted steroid user, is still trying to remain with the game that made him famous.
But now Canseco, 48, has a much different role in baseball than he did when he was hitting tape-measure home runs as a member of Oakland's famed Bash Brothers.
Now Canseco is much like the San Diego Chicken or Max Patkin were, a sideshow baseball draw. That show took Canseco to Fort Worth Thursday where he began an eight-game stint at a player-coach for the Fort Worth Cats, a team in the independent United League baseball.
Canseco, wearing the familiar No. 33 and batting third as the designated hitter for Fort Worth, still has the bulking 6-4 frame that made him famous.
He also still speaks with the same candor he did as a player, addressing everything from his role in cleaning up major league baseball, his blackballing from the game and recent sexual abuse allegations, which he firmly denied.