Author/twitter sensation/former Major Leaguer Jose Canseco has signed a contract with the Can-Am League’s Worcester Tornadoes. The Worcester Telegram’s Jim Wilson helpful points out, “The Can-Am League does not have a drug-testing policy in place, instead leaving it up to the individual teams to make their own decisions.”
Tornadoes owner Todd Breighner said he did his homework on Canseco and is confident the slugger is serious about playing in Worcester and helping the Tornadoes at the gate and on the field.
“I don’t really think it’s appropriate to have a gimmick, so we talked for a couple of weeks and I wanted to make sure he was committed and in shape and was serious about playing baseball,” Breighner said. “I wanted to feel that we wouldn’t have a situation (where he leaves a team abruptly). There are no guarantees, but I do have a reasonable comfort level that he wants to be here.”
Breighner is not too concerned that Canseco’s controversial past will do anything to tarnish the Tornadoes family-friendly reputation.
“I think he truly loves the game,” Breighner said. “We’ll see what happens when he gets here. I think he’ll be very friendly to the crowd and he’s going to participate in the community.