Jose Canseco bottoms out

New Times strikes a blow for justice against the onetime superstar.

When Leila Shennib, a 24-year-old California model with superhero abs, met a tanned older guy with a tree-trunk neck at a charity event two years ago, she had no clue who he was. Only after they went bowling the next day did she realize she was dating Jose Canseco.

He didn't seem like one of Miami's greatest baseball players. Nor did he act as if he were the deranged steroid fiend she had read about. He was sweet, funny, vulnerable. For the next year and a half, she followed him everywhere. When he was evicted from his house in Los Angeles, she even moved with him into a friend's mother's converted garage and then to Laredo, Texas, a place she describes as "like a Third-World Country where no one speaks English and you have to watch baseball seven hours a day."

Still, she was happy enough making sandwiches for the infamous slugger's minor-league games — until his wild mood swings, his anger, and his ego brought her back to her senses. She broke up with him this past March.

Canseco and Shennib in happier times.
Courtesy of Leila Shennib
Canseco and Shennib in happier times.
A teddy bear Canseco sent Shennib the day before he tweeted her phone number to the world.
Courtesy of Leila Shennib
A teddy bear Canseco sent Shennib the day before he tweeted her phone number to the world.

Two months later — after weeks of Facebook rants and an angry phone conversation with her mother — he took revenge. Calling Shennib an "egotistical bitch" and promising she was an "easy lay" if given some pot, Canseco tweeted her cell phone number to his 400,000 online followers. She was devastated.

"I'm 24 years old," Shennib says. "This is when I should be starting my life, not dealing with a 47-year-old who can't get his shit together."

Miami long ago ditched its juiced-up hometown hero, but in the past year, the disgraced slugger has hit a new low. He sent his twin brother Ozzie to box in his place at a celebrity match in Broward, publicly raged against Shennib, and barraged the world with strange tweets during his gig as an indie-league baseball coach in the tiny border town of Yuma, Arizona.

On top of all that, when New Times questioned him last week on the phone about his attacks on Shennib, the roided-out Bash Brother called a reporter a "piece of shit." When New Times caused a national stir by publicizing Canseco's phone number just as he had done with Shennib's, he called us names and promised vengeance. "Don't be so ignorant," he added.

Canseco was born in Havana in 1964, immigrating to Miami with his family when he was 9 months old. He went to Coral Park High, where he was skinny and relatively unimpressive on the diamond; he didn't play varsity ball until his senior year in 1982, when he was third-team All-Dade. He did not graduate.

But he worked his way into the minors, hit the gym (and, the world would later learn, the pharmacy), and packed on 50 pounds. By 1986, Sports Illustrated called him "a 6-3, 225-pound, Cuban-born Roy Hobbs" — referring to the film The Natural — as he cruised to a major-league Rookie of the Year award. One of only two Cubans playing in the bigs, Canseco was a hero on Calle Ocho.

When his MLB career ended in 2001, he had racked up an impressive resumé: the 1988 American League MVP, the first player ever with 40 homers and 40 steals in a season, and 462 career dingers. But he also had amassed a well-earned rep as a knucklehead. His ex-wife Jessica later said he had regularly abused her and cheated with "hundreds" of conquests he derisively called "road beef."

Canseco's true mark on baseball, though, wasn't his stats or his philandering; it was his 2005 tell-all memoir, Juiced. Canseco admitted the obvious truth: He had abused steroids for years, and he named teammates with whom he had allegedly shot up roids — stars including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Giambi. Sure, it was a self-serving payday, but it also turned out to be mostly true.

But Canseco paid the price. He was ostracized from the game, and from the Magic City. In 2008, the city commission voted to strip his name from SW 16th Street near his alma mater.

Meanwhile, his fortune, blown on mansions, cars, and women, dwindled to the point that he desperately tweeted about having no money and no friends. He tried his hand on at least three reality TV shows, wrote a widely ignored second book, and, in late 2010, traveled to Texas to play baseball for the Laredo Broncos, a low-end, semiprofessional team that has since folded.

After a stint on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, he hit a new low: This past March 28, he tried to trick hundreds of fans who had shelled out cash at Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to see him box in a celebrity match. Jose sent Ozzie in his place, a ruse quickly sniffed out by promoters, who canceled the fight.

In April, shortly after Shennib ended their relationship, Canseco and Ozzie signed on with the independent Yuma Scorpions. The experiment so far has made the Hindenburg disaster look like a fender-bender.

With a 15-28 record, the Scorpions are the worst team in the league. Canseco has all of two home runs on the year, and his giant dog Bruce escaped the clubhouse and delayed play by running around the field during one game, he said in a tweet. In the second inning of another game, he was served legal papers, according to ESPN. He even started a bench-clearing brawl — on Little League Day.

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31 comments
jackal125
jackal125

AMacau, I once knew a person with that name , bro you are one to talk about Canseco like that...i bet you have nothing to say bad about Afraud , Ortiz, Sosa, Ramirez , Bonds, clements, Mc Wrire..and hundreds of other players who tested positive..and had never ever pay their dues...canseco did.i am ashamed of knowing that you talk like that about one of the best Atletes ever played in MLB.... when you were a mediocre poor Sofball player you should stay ....calm and quiet...looks who's talking about EGO and being a RAT.........now that i see your picture , it is you my brother.....he he he he he what a loser.

jackal125
jackal125

man , this country is full of liers...but Canseco isnt one of them...people just want a piece of him...that lady still with him, planning to get marry...i really dont know whay these wipe asses liars are talking abour

DUDE
DUDE

Why would they post this GARBAGE LIES and NONSENSE. LOOK AT JOSES FACEBOOK. HE IS STILL WITH HER AND SHE IS STILL VERY MUCH WITH HIM SO...........

Don't Believe these tabloids garbage looser' wanting to earn a quick buck. Don't let your your life be filled with other peoples life's whom you are not even gonna ever come near.

RedBaron
RedBaron

Jose, I think you're calling the wrong people "a piece of sh**t". Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately?

Ducati999sps
Ducati999sps

I went to school with him at Coral Park and Ozzy and Him were doing roids back then, definitely not "Skinny and unimpressive" him and Ozzy were a-holes in 11th and 12th grade they havn't changed

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

New Times, day after day,article after article, you rag people prove that the only place your paper belongs is at fish markets to be used as Mullet wrappers.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

What about the fact that he never returned the baseball cards I sent to him in 1990 for him to sign?

irene
irene

i am so glad what your magazine has done. the cancesco brothers have always been trying to go beyond any means to get what they think they deserve. i saw them play high school baseball. no biggie. the city made their egos to high even when they own the famous strip club off of le juene in the mid 1990's. truly they need to grow up and get real jobs like the rest of the world. stop crying rivers when things dont go their way. they are grown men. and stop harrasing women of any age. i am super glad the new times posted his number, i could care less about wasting my time to call them.

Condomina
Condomina

Went to school at Coral Park w/ Jose and Ozzie, they are nice guys. He was a great baseball player for some time. Not in high school. I was one of two sophmores who made the varsity squad, if it wasn't for my knee injury in winter practive I might not be in front of this computer typing this. The other sophmore was George Tortelano. Roids or not you still have to hit a 95miles per hour fastball. Roids only give you power not the ability to hit the ball!

Theo Van Goh
Theo Van Goh

Well, Leila, look on the bright side. You could have hooked up with Luther "PUKE" Campbell.

YAK
YAK

I do believe she might not have known who he was. She is so much younger than him. Also, he once tried picking up a coworker of mine and she also had no idea who he was. They exchanged numbers. When she came back and told me about the older guy named Jose that she met and described him to me, I knew who it was and warned her. He called several times and invited her out to Los Angeles. Thankfully, she never did go out with him. In hindsight, she saved herself ALOT of trouble!

Former US Army
Former US Army

the woman was probably lying when she said she didnt know who he was...come on look at her...guaranteee if she didnt, the rest of her gold digging friends did...she just couldnt wait any longer to get to the end of the rainbow...boo hoo....sorry lady...bet we read about you and your next hook up soon enough...with a bigger wallet....

Former US Army
Former US Army

I met Jose Canseco years ago...he was with his brother...and I stopped him among a large crowd of folks and asked him for an autograph for my young nephew....I thought for sure he would be upset...concerned that I would cause attention to him....but no...he was polite, courteous, and even wrote a little note to my nephew telling him to do well in school etc...so until you walk in a man shoes you shouldnt judge him.

Juanparramiami
Juanparramiami

This is so wrong people leave his personal life in peace who cares!!!!!!! what a pice of shit is yahoo's news.

I remember
I remember

Isn't he the guy who ruined it for all of us by charging for an autograph? Players used to be more fan oriented.

Stephan Lottier
Stephan Lottier

i'm a miamian,jose B-is not!he is a crook who sent his brother to a boxing match.yeah assh*le we want to kick him when he's down.i have been trough alot more than jose-B has ever been through!spent all that money-WHAT A F*CKING LOSER!!!!!!!!!

Dontreply
Dontreply

again, after reading a new times news article, i wonder to myself: where is the story? that jose canseco is an asshole? that was last decade's news, fellas.

oh well, you do have all them nifty ads that need clicks...

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Leave the man alone for God's sake. A-Rod,Bonds,Petite,Clemens,and countless others have juiced up yet many idolize them. Yes, he's hit rock bottom. Yes he can sometimes be an asshole. But his ex wife Esther, fucked just about the entire Heat team when they were married and yet she was the victim. His second wife was a coke whore which is why he slapped the shit out of her. Now you idiots want to kick him while he's down. I'm surprised Uncle Puke isn,t accusing him of being a racist. You people suck. The Nat'l Enquirer has nothing on you !

thesaneone.
thesaneone.

wasn't he locked up for a while for aggravated battery or assault? Jose, you, sir, are a convict.

A_Constant_Reader
A_Constant_Reader

"Don't let your your life be filled with other peoples life's whom you are not even gonna ever come near."

Then why are you on the asshole's Facebook page, douche?

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

You, Ducati are full of shit. Jose was a strinbean in HS. He started on the Roids in Oakland with horseman and fellow bash brother Mark Mcgwire. Perhaps they seemed like assholes to you because they were popular and you were a nerd.

f b
f b

leave Brittney alone! Brittney has a shaved twat and canseco is a twat.. thus the reference

Edd Guill
Edd Guill

lol you guys are funny. he sold those cards to smoke weed. what could you expect from him?

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Irene, engage brain before tongue. Canseco's, off Lejune and Ponce in the Gables was owned by Esther Canseco Jose's first whore wife not by the brothers. So you saw them play baseball. No shit Irene!! That was their profession.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

That was brought up while I was writing the story, the argument against it being that there really wasn't much at the end of the rainbow. By Canseco's own admission (on Twitter, no less), the IRS was after him, he lived in a garage and didn't have any money. And there's only so much exposure your modeling career can get making sandwiches for an indie baseball team in Laredo.

f b
f b

so an autograph basically justifies wife beating?

f b
f b

all those guys are in a different level of douchebaggery. Jose takes the cake man when it comes to being the biggest joke in Baseball. Why is the newtimes picking on him? He decides to stay on the public eye. Goes on shows; does interviews.. you do all that, you are fair game. not like the guy is trying to live his life in peace.

'His second wife was a coke whore which is why he slapped the shit out of her."

not cool to hit anybody smaller than you... especially a woman. There is no justification for that. Personally I want this guy bankrupt and in jail like OJ.

f b
f b

you must be great with the ladies...freaking loser defending another loser

 
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