Canseco to play with Fort Worth Cats in opening homestand

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Jose Canseco is joining the Fort Worth Cats for their first homestand of the 2013 season, beginning on Thursday against Edinburg.

The Cats released a statement on their website announcing the move, as they signed the ex-big leaguer who is known more for his admitted steroid use and tell-all book than winning the 1988 American League MVP award.

Canseco, 48, will serve as a player/coach for the Cats during their opening eight-game homestand at LaGrave Field.

“I’m excited to come to Fort Worth and mentor the young ballplayers,” Canseco said in a statement. “I love Dallas/Fort Worth and I can’t wait to go up against Ozzie.”

Canseco is referring to his twin brother, Ozzie Canseco, who is managing Edinburg. Fort Worth and Edinburg are members of the United League, a six-team league featuring all Texas teams.

Canseco has a history with Cats manager Jim Essian, as they spent a spring training together with the Oakland A’s in the 1980s.

But, more than anything, the Cats are hoping this type of signing can boost some interest in the club. They haven’t been in great financial shape the past few seasons, and maybe having Canseco will increase attendance in a market where the MLB team is in first place.

“Jose played for the United League back in 2010 in Laredo and was a huge draw,” United League president Byron Pierce said in a statement. “We are excited to have him back in Texas and especially Fort Worth, where he has many fond memories of his time with the Texas Rangers.”

Canseco played with the Rangers from 1992-94, finishing 11th in MVP voting in 1994. He played in 193 games with the Rangers over three of his 17 big-league seasons, batting .269 with 45 home runs and 151 RBIs.

However, he later revealed in his book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, that he and fellow Rangers teammates used steroids, naming Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez.

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