Acid Flashback Friday: Jose Canseco’s 1998 season
It was arguably one of the most successful single seasons for a player in a Blue Jays uniform, yet nobody ever seems to ever mention it.
Why? Because it has a giant asterisk* next to it.
For this week’s Acid Flashback Friday, we take a look back at Jose Canseco’s short tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Canseco was signed by the Blue Jays on February 4th 1998 on a one year deal worth over $2 million dollars. Jose was brought in as the Blue Jays new designated hitter after Joe Carter left the team as a free agent and signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
While Jose Canseco had a relatively productive season with the Toronto Blue Jays, it was overshadowed by the home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Despite the whirlwind of steroid allegations surrounding his counterparts, Canseco claims he was clean during his stint with the Blue Jays.
Although he was just one off the single season club record of 47 home runs set by George Bell, Canseco still has the honor of having the Blue Jays club record for most strikeouts in a season with 159.
Perhaps more importantly than what happened on the field were the off-field allegations Jose Canseco was associated with during his time in Toronto
If you’ve read his book “Juiced” or the follow up “Vindicated”, then you know all about what was happening behind the scenes inside the Blue Jays clubhouse during the 1998 season.
One of the most hotly contested situations involving Jose Canseco was the infamous party at his Florida home in the summer of 1998 while on the road. Allegedly Roger Clemens was at the party which was being held for the Blue Jays players and their families.
Clemens on the other hand, adamantly denied this, going as far as to testifying in court saying that he never attended the party.
Regardless of whether or not Jose Canseco was using performance enhancing drugs during his time with the Toronto, he did what he was ultimately paid to do – hit home runs. And for that, I salute him.
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