Fans will have a chance to meet former Major League Baseball outfielder Jose Canseco from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka as he begins his Home Run Challenge tour.
Canseco will appear at Fan HQ inside Ridgedale signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, according to a press release tweeted out by Michael Rand of the Star Tribune. Canseco's tour will run for two months as he stops at 17 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, traveling over 16,000 miles. He will be in his own 40-foot personal RV with his four dogs and three tortoises.
Canseco played in the Majors for 16 years, winning Rookie of the Year in 1986 and Most Valuable Player in 1988, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He won two World Series during his career (1989-Oakland, 2000-New York Yankees). In 1993, Canseco created a blooper for the ages when a flyball bounced off his head into the stands for a homerun.
In 2005, Canseco released a tell-all book, admitting to using steroids and identified several former teammates such as Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro as steroid users.
While his major league career ended in 2001, Canseco has played for several independent teams since 2006. In early 2013, Canseco tried to persuade the St. Paul Saints via Twitter to bring him in for the 2013 season. The team decided not to sign Canseco, and he ended up playing for the Fort Worth Cats of the United League in 2013. Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune got a chance to catch up with Canseco about his interest in playing for the Saints.
Canseco is already on his way to the Twin Cities for his appearance, but has already run into some obstacles on his way in.