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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan, Worcester, Mass.) - He's not hanging up his bat just yet; 47-year-old slugger Jose Canseco has signed with the Worcester Tornadoes and says this is no sideshow.
“We want to welcome the newest member of the Worcester Tornadoes, Jose Canseco,” said general manager Jorg Bassiacos.
At a press conference Monday, the former major league outfielder and designated hitter was officially introduced as the team’s newest player.
The 47-year-old has a two-year contract with the Worcester tornadoes and says he is committed to playing ball.
“Be out there as an everyday player and adviser to the team, the players, and help the city develop,” he says.
Canseco ended his major league career in 2001.
He says despite his time out of the majors, he still has a lot to offer on the field.
“You're going to see excellent bat speed and a whole lot of power; that's what I bring to the game. That's what I do.”
At batting practice following the conference, Canseco took his first swings on his new home field.
Tornadoes management says the former MVP and rookie of the year is a good fit for the team.
They are looking to win a championship this year and say adding his experience to the team's roster will help.
“The guy can hit for power and we gave him a shot so we're very excited.”
With more than 460 home runs under his belt, Canseco says he now has something new to swing for in Worcester and it may have drivers on the lookout.
“Sooner or later, I’ll hit one for you about 500 feet; I’m looking at that highway. I want to land one not on it, but over it,” Canseco says.
He came close to his goal, hitting the highway's barrier one time.
Canseco’s hits kept the Tornadoes manager busy, retrieving balls from the around the highway.
Management says there have been talks about the possibility of protective netting.
Meanwhile, Canseco says he came to Worcester to play ball, and ownership says he's determined to prove he's taking it seriously.
“He has a two-year contract and just like any other player we're looking for him to do well…and we're excited.”
For more on the Worcester Tornadoes, visit the team's website.