‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #17
Jose Canseco – 1986 Donruss
Ah, we finally make it to the player that this series was named for – Mr. Jose Canseco!
When his name is mentioned today, it’s very possible that Canseco’s baseball career is not even mentioned. But, back in the late 1980’s and through the 90’s Canseco was king of the baseball world.
Jose Canseco debuted with the Oakland A’s in 1985 and played in just 29 games. His efforts earned him a full-time position with the team for the ’86 season and Canseco took full advantage of his playing time. Although his batting average was relatively poor, at .240, Canseco was crushing monstrous home runs and driving in runs regularly. With a stat line that read .240/33/117, Canseco earned the Rookie of the Year award as well as his first All-star berth.
1988 is the year that Jose Canseco blew the baseball world out of the water. As the offensive star of the team, this member of the ‘Bash Brothers’ put together the most dominant power hitting and base stealing season of any player prior. With 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases, Canseco became the first member of the ’40/40 Club’. With these incredible feats, Canseco also hit .307 that year, his highest ever during his 17-season career. And with 120 runs scored and 124 RBI, Canseco was an obvious and unanimous choice for the MVP Award.
By the end of his career, Jose Canseco had tallied 462 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Like many aging stars, his power and speed wore off as he got older but Jose still managed to display flashes of his greatness. In 1998 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and 14 years after his debut, Jose was able to amass an incredible 46 home runs and 29 steals. He ended his career as a 6-time All-star and 4-time Silver Slugger winner.
Over the course of his career, Jose Canseco made 4 trips to the World Series, winning 2 championships. With Oakland in 1990, Canseco hit .357 with 1 home run, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI. And then in 2000 as a member of the New York Yankees, Jose won his 2nd title while appearing in just one game and getting 1 at-bat.