LAS VEGAS — Former Oakland A’s slugger Jose Canseco was hurt in an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon at his home in Las Vegas.
Canseco accidentally shot himself in the left hand while cleaning a gun Tuesday, a Las Vegas police spokesman said.
The six-time all star earned numerous awards during his years with the A’s in the 80s and helped his team win the 1989 World Series. He hit more than 450 home runs during his 17 seasons in the big leagues and was the first player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.
His performance on the field was mostly overshadowed by his off-the-field controversies. In February of 1989, Canseco was arrested for reckless driving after allegedly leading an officer on a 15-mile chase. He was found guilty and fined $500. Months later, Canseco was arrested in California for carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his car.
Canseco most notable moment came in 2005 after the release of a tell-all book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, in which he claimed that more than 80% of MLB players took steroids. Canseco named former teammates Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Iván Rodríguez and Juan González as fellow steroid users. McGwire and Giambi admitted publicly to using steroids.
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