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Jose Canseco joins Worcester team

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 7, 2012 01:00 PM

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Jose CansecoFormer Red Sox player Jose Canseco was officially introduced as a member of the Worcester Tornadoes, an independent baseball team in the Can-Am League.

“Anyone who wants to shag baseballs is welcome to go over the highway,” Jose Canseco said, a reference to the proximity of Interstate 290 to the outfield wall at the team's ballpark.

Team owner Todd Breighner said signing the 47-year-old Canseco, who played his final major league baseball game in 2001, was not a publicity stunt.

“Clearly this is not a gimmick,” Breighner said. “Jose is here to play baseball. We're very proud to have Jose here,” Breighner said. “The team is excited, the ownership group is excited, Jose is excited.”

Canseco, an admitted steroids user, played for the Red Sox in 1995 and 1996.

Information and photograph provided by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Chris Christo photo).

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