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On This Day In Sports: Oakland Athletics Outfielder Jose Canseco Becomes MLB’s First Member Of The 40/40 Club

On this day in sports: September 23, 1988 Oakland Athletics outfielder Jose Canseco becomes Major League Baseball’s 1st member of the 40/40 Club. In that season Canseco tore the American League apart to the tune of 42 Home Runs and 40 Stolen Bases while hitting .307 and knocking in 124 RBI. Though Canseco has become somewhat of a joke nowadays for his “tell all” books and reality television appearances, he was quite a player in the mid 80’s to late 90’s. From his Rookie season in 1986 through the end of his professional playing career in 2001 Canseco had won 1 Rookie Of The Year Award, 1 American League MVP Award, 6 All Star selections (in both leagues), 4 Silver Slugger Awards, 1 Comeback Player Of The Year Award, and 2 World Series Championships.

Though it has never been confirmed Canseco self credits himself with widely introducing many Major League Baseball stars to Anabolic steroids. In his 2005 tell all book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big“, Canseco identified teammates Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Iván Rodríguez, and Juan González as steroid users and claimed to have introduced them all to the drugs. At the time of the release most of the players named denied the allegations, but with some arrest, admissions of guilt, and suspensions Canseco’s book has somewhat been proven to be true.

Regardless to what he has done Post-Baseball, Canseco was one of the better baseball players of my lifetime and of the “steroid Era”. Though his actions off the field leave many scratching their heads, his numbers can not be denied. His 462 career Home Runs place him at #32 all time and his achievement of at least 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases (40/40 Club) has only been done by 3 other players (Barry Bonds/1996, Alex Rodriguez/ 1998, and Alfonso Soriano/ 2006).

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September 23, 2010 - Posted by | Chicago White Sox, Jose Canseco, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Scores, This Day In Sports

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