Evans Clinchy
Friday April 20th, 2012

The Worcester Tornadoes, of the independent Canadian-American Association, have agreed to a one-year contract with former major-league star Jose Canseco, now 47.

“We expect Jose to bring a lot of excitement to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field,” Tornadoes GM Jorg Bassiacos said in a statement. “He brings vast, high-level major league experience to the team and we expect him to be a very strong contributor. We are looking forward to a very successful season.”

Canseco slugged 462 home runs and drove in 1,407 runs in 17 seasons in the major leagues. He last played on Oct. 6, 2001 with the Chicago White Sox, and he's been angling for a comeback ever since. This is a start.

“I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win.” Canseco's career resumes in less than a month -- the Tornadoes open their season on May 17 against the Newark Bears.

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