Scioscia And Canseco

We mentioned it a couple of days ago, but today Lyle Spencer expounds upon Torii Hunter‘s affinity for Alex Rodriguez, and Torii’s sadness in regard to A-Rod’s current situation.    

Apparently, Torii’s not the only one depressed by the news but should anyone actually be surprised by it? 

Say what you will about Jose Canseco, and there’s plenty to be said, but he’s been spot-on in his assessment of the steroid era

And to think, baseball’s steroid controversy can, in many ways, be attributed to the Angels’ implicit labeling of  Canseco as “damaged goods.” [The Angels, ironically, replaced Canseco with Glenallen Hill, who was later named in the Mitchell Report.]

How different would baseball be today had Mike Scioscia chosen to look the other way?  If Canseco plays the entire 2001 season with the Angels, does he develop the grudge that created much of this firestorm?

While the Chicago White Sox later took a flier on Canseco, it was likely the Angels’ release of the former “Bash Brother” that resonated loudest across the baseball world. 

Scioscia and, to an extent, Bill Stoneman, don’t get enough credit for changing the course of baseball history with one seemingly mundane spring training roster move, a move that could have contributed to Canseco being black-balled from the game.  

Reading between the lines, it seems that it was more than Canseco’s “long-term health” that Mike Scioscia didn’t like.

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5 responses to “Scioscia And Canseco

  1. Pretty sure I don’t follow you on the Canseco/Angels connection, unless it was tongue-in-cheek and I missed it.

    • 3daysofcryin

      It’s interesting to read those old L.A. Times articles through the lens of what we know now. Something was going on there. Tim Mead was quoted in one of those articles as saying, “It’s deeper than the numbers…”

      Canseco’s short spring stint with the Angels was bizarre, especially given the fact that they had signed him because they so badly needed a DH at the time (Mo Vaughn had just gone down with an injury).

      It was also the beginning of the end of Canseco’s Major League career. He signed with an independent team after the Angels released him, and then with the White Sox for a short time, but Canseco was actively concerned at the time that the Angels had ruined his career.

      They certainly didn’t ruin his career (he did a decent job of that himself), but it’s not a stretch, in hindsight, to think that Scioscia and Stoneman were troubled by what they or someone on the team knew (or saw).

      Given how everything played out, the Angels’ failed Canseco experiment is curious. It would be interesting to hear or read Canseco’s version of events.

    • 3daysofcryin

      The main point being that if the Angels don’t release Canseco that spring, and he plays all of 2001 for the Angels, does he develop the grudge that, in many ways, evolved into the “steroid controversy” as we know it today?

  2. Well, c’mon … the guy was the Chisox’ primary DH and he still couldn’t stay healthy, logging only 76 games and 256 AB’s… the guy was gonna fall apart eventually. I got to see him still attempting to play in the Golden Baseball League, f’r cryin’ out loud. Bitter is his middle name.

    • 3daysofcryin

      No doubt, he’s been bitter since, well, since the Angels released him in 2001. We’re having some fun, no doubt, but it’s still interesting (especially a few days before spring training starts).

      He did play in only 76 games for the White Sox, but they didn’t sign him until June 21 that year, either. His half-season line? .258/.366/.477, with 16 HR and 49 RBI. We’re no fans of Jose Canseco, to be sure, but he did produce for the White Sox in his limited time with them, making the Angel release even more curious.

      Thanks, by the way, for seeking some clarification….took the opportunity to make a minor revision to the post. And, of course, thanks for reading! It’s a pretty lame blog without readers like you (and the readers that you’ve helped bring us by way of links).

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