Jose Canseco Plays Baseball in Mexico Without Steroids

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Jose Canseco, the former Major League Baseball Player who exposed steroid use in baseball with his autobiographical book “Juiced”, has been invited to try out for the “Tigres de Quintana Roo” of Cancun. The Quintana Roo Tigers are the defending champions of the Mexican Baseball League. The League is the only Minor League Baseball sanctioned triple-A league outside of the United States. However, Mexican League teams are not affiliated with any specific MLB team like United States based minor league teams.

The 47-year old Canseco has openly discussed his dream of playing in the Major Leagues once again. He told his Twitter followers that Cancun was the next stop in his comeback to the Majors.

Never give up your dream .I love baseball and I dream about playing again in the majors .just (cont) http://t.co/mwhhKb7R
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Jose Canseco

Canseco hasn’t played baseball professionally since 2001 when he last played for the Chicago White Sox. Canceco was allegedly blackballed by baseball due to his revelations of steroids in baseball with the publication of the 2005 book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big”. He referred to himself as the “godfather” of steroids and took credit for introducing the drugs to baseball.

Canseco openly discussed his own use of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in the book. But he got the most attention for naming fellow baseball players as steroid users. Mark McGwire, Juan González, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi were all using steroids according to Canseco.

While anabolic steroids are readily available without a prescription in Mexican pharmacies, steroids are not an option in the Mexican Baseball league according to Canseco. He will reportedly be tested for steroids by the Quintana Roo Tigers.

Canseco claimed to have permanently stopped using anabolic steroids several years ago. At one point since discontinuing steroids, he had been prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to treat the health problems associated with low testosterone levels.

Canseco described classical post-cessation symptoms of anaboic steroid induced hypogonadism (ASIH) in the A&E documentary “Jose Canseco: The Last Shot” in October 2008. His doctor prescribed a testosterone gel to treat the symptoms of low libido and depression.

His efforts to restore his own natural production of testosterone have also given him problems with the law. The San Diego Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Canseco for over nine hours after he was caught with a bottle of  human chorionic goandotropin (hCG) when crossing the international border. Law enforcement searched his home but did not uncover any steroids.

While Canseco likely will never put his steroid history behind him, he looks forward to a continued future in the sport of baseball.


Red, C. (February 14, 2012). Jose Canseco is trying to author another comeback, tweets his plans to start spring training with Quintana Roo Tigers. Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/jose-canseco-author-comeback-article-1.1022770