Most of the focus of the Colorado Rockies’ search for their next manager is focused on first baseman Jason Giambi. But, there’s another, far more controversial former player who wants to throw his hat in the ring for the job as well.
Embattled former major leaguer Jose Canseco – yes, that Jose Canseco – replied to a tweet from Mile High Sports’ Peter Burns on Sunday that “if Giambi got an interview why not me.”
Talk about a guy who might stir the pot if he were to take the bench for the purple pinstripes.
Canseco is known for his, shall we say, outspoken ways. The 16-year major league outfielder/designated hitter and 1988 AL MVP admitted to using steroids during his career and directly named several other big names in his 2005 book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Canseco was one of the first people to blow the door open on the widespread nature of steroid use in baseball, and he’s caught plenty of flak for it.
Here’s the one small thing Canseco may have in his favor in all this, however: with the Rockies planning on restricting managerial duties down to only in-game decisions and dealing with the media (now that’d be fun with Canseco), many potential candidates may be turned off by the limited duties. The Rockies aren’t afraid to go unconventional, as the four-man rotation last year showed. So if Canseco is fine with being a half manager and willing to work with the Rockies’ different ways, maybe he’s worth an interview.
But then again, it might get a little awkward at 20th and Blake if Giambi comes back and Canseco’s the manager, considering Canseco named Giambi as one of the players who took ‘roids (although Giambi admitted to it as well).
Canseco wants to be the next Rockies manager. But will the Rockies give him a look?
Hey, crazier things have happened.