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And thus did the Bash Brothers pass into baseball memory, there to dwell forever with the likes of the Gashouse Gang and “Tinker to Evers to Chance”. Jose Canseco has retired. I always rather liked Canseco, with his “Yeah, I’m a big-time sports star and I’m just going to have fun with it”. You have to like any ballplayer who, while playing outfield, goes to run down a deep fly ball at the warning track and has the ball bounce off his head and over the fence for a home run.

Canseco is one of those borderline players who will appear on many Hall of Fame ballots before he’s eventually admitted, if at all. I suspect he’ll eventually get in, but it may take him years into his “Veterans Committee” eligibility. Anyway, best of luck to him.

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