Ozzie Canseco

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Ozzie Canseco
Born: (1964-07-02) July 2, 1964 (age 57)
Havana, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1990, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 1993, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .200
Hits 13
Runs batted in 4

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Canseco Capas (born July 2, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball player and the identical twin brother of former Major League Baseball player José Canseco.

He was manager for the Brownsville Charros of the United League before the league's dissolution. He was previously the pitching and hitting coach for the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American League and the manager of the Edinburg Roadrunners.

Playing career

Ozzie Canseco had a brief major league career, playing in 24 career games with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals between 1990 and 1993. In 1991, he played in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.

Canseco was drafted as a pitcher by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. In stark contrast to the prolific, power hitting career of his twin brother, Ozzie never hit a major league home run.

Canseco currently holds the Atlantic League single season home run record with 48, which he achieved while playing for the Newark Bears in 2000, After the season ended Canseco was named the league's MVP.[1] Later he played one season in the Northern League. In 1991 Canseco signed a one-year contract with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League.[2]

While the brothers played together for the Oakland A's, fans nicknamed Jose "Hose A" while Ozzie was nicknamed "Hose B".

Yuma Scorpions

On April 11, 2011, it was announced that Ozzie and his brother would play for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American League. In addition to playing, Ozzie would be the bench coach and Jose would manage the team.[3] Ozzie played 12 games with 8 hits and 12 RBIs. His season batting average was .258.

Other activities

Canseco appeared on an episode of VH1's The Surreal Life (Season 5) as a José Canseco impersonator. At the end of the program, it was revealed that he was José's twin brother. He has also reportedly appeared at baseball card shows and book signings passing himself off as his brother.[4]

As manager of the Brownsville Charros in the United League, Ozzie pulled his team off the field with a 2-1 lead giving the RGV Whitewings a win.[5]

Legal troubles

In 2002, Canseco pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a nightclub fight on October 31, 2001. He and his brother got into a fight with two California tourists at a Miami Beach nightclub that left one man with a broken nose and another needing 20 stitches in his lip; Canseco was charged with two counts of aggravated battery. The brothers received probation and community service - Ozzie was sentenced to 18 months probation, 200 hours of community service and anger management classes.[6]

In 2003, Canseco was sentenced to four months in jail for possessing an illegal anabolic steroid and driving with a suspended license.[7] Police stopped Canseco on May 1, 2003, because the tinted windows on his Lincoln Navigator were too dark. The steroid Nandrolone and a syringe were found in the SUV during a search.


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