The Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American League have issued a press release to announce the hiring of Jose Canseco as “the first fulltime (sic) player manager in professional baseball since Pete Rose held the (sic) similar position with the Cincinnati Reds in 1984 – 1986.”
We get that Canseco is a jilted former Major League Baseball player with questionable brain power. Do we really need another reason to compare him to Charlie Hustle?
Joining Canseco in Yuma is his twin brother Ozzie, who will be the team’s hitting coach, play full time and, judging from recent events, sub in as (not for) his brother Jose when necessary.
According to the more famous Canseco:
I’m excited about my first chance to manage a club in professional baseball and to begin to transition my career to helping younger players and giving back to the game. But I know I can still play and hit so this player/manager opportunity was just what I was looking for. Two of my idols started as player managers – Frank Robinson (Cleveland 1975) and Joe Torre (NY Mets 1977), and I can only hope to follow in their footsteps.
And baseball blog writers across North America rejoiced.