Jose Canseco Capas, Jr. (born July 2, 1964), nicknamed "The Chemist," is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. Conseco was named Rookie of the Year in 1986, and Most Valuable Player in the American League in 1988. He was also the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season. After his retirement from Major League Baseball, Canseco competed in boxing and mixed martial arts. His identical twin brother is former major league player, Ozzie Canseco.
Canseco was born in Regla, Cuba and moved to Miami with his family as an infant. After graduating from Coral Park High School, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 15th round in 1982. Canseco was first recognized for his remarkable power at his early minor league stops with the Idaho Falls A's in Idaho Falls, Idaho and the Modesto A's in Modesto, California. He began the 1985 season with the AA Huntsville Stars, where he was nicknamed "Parkway Jose," for his long home runs that landed close to the Memorial Parkway behind the stadium.
During his baseball career, he made guest appearances on "The Simpsons" and "Nash Bridges." Since his retirement, Canseco has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "60 Minutes," "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch," "Boomer and Carton," "Howard Stern," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "CMI: The Chris Myers Interview." He also starred in season five of "The Surreal Life with Janice Dickinson."
Canseco received six National Baseball Hall of Fame votes in 2007, which failed to get him the 5% vote he needed to stay on the ballot for another year. However, the Committee of Baseball Veterans can still elect him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Before Jose Canseco was a major league baseball player, he played in the minor leagues, which wasn't nearly as financially lucrative or secure as his career in the major leagues. Jose is playing for B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team), which provides financial assistance to baseball players and their families, primarily focusing on providing medical coverage for players in need. Jose hopes that by competing on "The Celebrity Apprentice," he can put this charity on the map and assist athletes with financial or medical burdens.
1. What got you interested in being on Celebrity Apprentice?
I heard about the opportunity and was intrigued by the challenges, and it was for a great cause so I was excited to be involved.
2. How did you get involved with your chosen charity?
Since I was a baseball player I realized that the minor leagues have very poor financial support, especially in the medical and dental areas.
3. What is it like competing against fellow celebrities?
It was interesting to meet all the different personalities to say the least.
4. What about the competition was harder than you might have expected?
The long hours and the different types of tasks we were put through.
5. Do you have a favorite past winner or contestant from the first three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice?
I enjoyed watching them all.
1. What was it like hearing the words "You're fired?"
I was not fired.
2. Did you agree with Trump's rationale for your firing? Or did you think one of the other contestants deserved it more?
Again I was not fired.
3. What moment or moments on the show were you surprised to see? Were you particularly surprised by anyone's behavior on the show?
I think we were all entertained by Gary Busey's strategy.
4. Do you feel as though you've made any lasting friendships and business relationships from the show? With whom?
I became friends with all the guys and hope to keep in touch with them.
5. What was the best part of your experience? Why?
Accomplishing all the tasks we were given knowing that I was helping my charity. The most exciting night was when my girlfriend's dog gave birth to three puppies in the hotel room and I had to play doctor for a night.
6. Do you feel changed in any way by the experience? Has it had a lasting impact on your approach to life?
I think this experience has helped me work better with others and will definitely be an experience I will never forget.
7. What has the experience taught you about people?
That the jobs everyday people do are more difficult than they seem and should be given more credit.