José Canseco Jr. is a Cuban-American former MLB outfielder and designated hitter. The Oakland Athletics drafted Canseco in the 15th round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft. During his time with the Oakland A's, he established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game.
He won the Rookie of the Year in 1986, and Most Valuable Player award in 1988, and was a six-time All-Star. Canseco is a two-time World Series winner with the Oakland A's in 1989 and the New York Yankees in 2000. In 1988 Canseco became the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season. He also won the Silver Slugger award four times: three as an AL outfielder (1988, 1990, 1991), and once as a designated hitter (1998). As of 2020, he ranks 4th all time in A's history with 254 home runs and is one of 14 players in MLB history with 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Despite his many injuries during the later part of his career, Canseco averaged 40 home runs, 120 RBIs and 102 runs scored every 162 games. As of 2019, Canseco's 462 career home runs rank him 37th on the MLB all-time list. At one time, Canseco was the all-time leader in home runs among Latino players.
In 2012, Canseco accepted a home run derby challenge by Canadian Twitter user Evan Malamud, father of an autistic child, as part of a fundraiser for an initiative called Home Runs For Autism. Canseco still remains active with the charity as their spokesperson.