Jose Canseco jumps leagues, signs with Rio Grande

08/04/2012 1:54 PM - Devo

Jose Canseco 4.jpgJose Canseco, at 48, and known for going on some undecipherable twitter rants, has left the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League and signed with the independent Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League. 

The Valley Morning Star reports that Canseco, still a member of the Tornadoes, will make his debut in the coming days. 

Canseco played 20 games for the Tornadoes putting up numbers you would expect for a 48-year-old: 194 BA, one home run, seven RBI and 24 strikeouts in 84 at-bats. But the fact that his former club had no idea that he left the team leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. 

The Worcester Telegram spoke with Tornadoes’ owner Todd Breighner who says he was shocked when he heard the news; 

“It was shocking to me,” said Breighner, who learned of Canseco signing with Rio Grande from Worcester general manger Jorg Bassiacos via text message at 9 last night, several hours after news of his arrival in Rio Grande was the talk of social media. 

I’m sure Canseco will draw some fans to the game, but if you cannot do things the right way, people will not take it seriously. I truly hope Canseco is in this for the long haul and sticks with the team for the remainder of the season. 

This signing is not the only reason Canseco is making headlines. On Friday the Boston Herald reported that Canseco filed for bankruptcy protection. 

Apparently Canseco has less than $21,000 in total assets with more than $1.7 million in liabilities, along with a considerable amount owed to the IRS. All parties involved could not be reached for comment. 

With just over a month left to go before the end of the season you can bet that this is not the last time we will hear about the former MLB MVP. 

Hopefully it’s all good and deals with monstrous home runs.

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