Who is Jose Canseco and why is he famous?
Retired Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco participated in the 7th annual World Poker Tour Invitational in 2009 to benefit the Vine Group which assists with educational materials for English-speaking nations in Africa, and in the Aces & Angels Celebrity Poker Tournament with green celebrity Kim Kardashian to benefit firefighters in southern California injured in the line of duty. He will be on Celebrity Apprentice to benefit the Baseball Assistance Team, which aims to assist former baseball players and others who have fallen on hard times and are associated with the game.
As the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1986 and the first player to hit forty home runs and steal forty bases in a single season, José Canseco was one of the outstanding baseball players of his day. Canseco never played for a single team more than two and a half seasons, because of his controversial attitude — an attitude that is beginning to surface with Richard Hatch on Celebrity Apprentice 4. Canseco made himself well known when he outed much of major league baseball by by writing a book, Juiced, in which he claimed as many as 80 percent of all MLB players used steroids at some point in their careers.
Jose Canseco has argued in an introductory video his reasons for supporting the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), noting that many players are minor league players with no pension or other retirement from the years they spend playing. While Canseco said he played for 22 years, between major and minor league baseball, 16 years of which were played for the American League, one of two entities (along with the National League) that comprise Major League Baseball (MLB).
Jose Canseco has attended anger management classes, court ordered, after a physical conforntation with two bar staffers in Miami which resulted in an assault charge. So one can expect this big hitter to throw a few punches of his own on Celebrity Apprentice 4. Hopefully Donald Trump can keep Canseco and Richard Hatch, who is known for his ability to manipulate a reality television team cast from his perfromance in the hit series Survivor, from coming to blows.
Time will tell.
For now, he is on Celebrity Apprentice playing for charity — and as such can be considered a green celebrity.
The fourth episode in season 4 of Celebrity Apprentice aired Sunday, March 27, at 9 p.m. Eastern, on NBC.