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Published on May 7, 2012
WORCESTER, MA — The Worcester Tornadoes introduced Jose Canseco yesterday, and the seemingly ageless slugger didn't disappoint, hitting a series of home runs while saying all the right things. That included informing fans of the independent league baseball team that he's serious about the latest attempt to extend his professional career.
Canseco has been branded as a sideshow since his last appearance in the major leagues 11 years ago thanks to Twitter and reality TV, but he stressed that isn't the case here.
"Guys, don't take this as a joke or a circus," Canseco said while looking into a wall of cameras after slipping on a No. 33 pinstriped Tornadoes jersey and doffing a cap in the team's black and orange.
"Come out and watch me and you can be the judge if I can still hit a baseball. I pride myself on the art of power hitting."
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Canseco, who turns 48 in July, looks to be in good shape and claims his bat speed is still at an elite level. He freely admitted he can't run like he used to, and it's unlikely you'll see him playing the field — not that that was ever a strong suit anyway.