Jose Canseco recently saw the movie "Moneyball," and he has an idea for a Hollywood ending to his own baseball career.
The former Bash Brother reached out to A's general manager Billy Beane via Twitter, looking for a shot to sign with the A's as their designated hitter. Canseco, now 47, was the 1988 American League MVP with Oakland but hasn't played in the majors since 2001 as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
Though he says he's spent the past decade trying to get back to the majors, watching "Moneyball" -- the Oscar-nominated movie based on a book written about Beane, his former teammate -- renewed his passion.
"I'm trying my hardest and damndest," Canseco said Tuesday in a phone interview with this newspaper. "I can't get anybody to give me a chance. I saw the movie "Moneyball", and I was amazed at what Billy had to go through. I guess if you love something ... that movie really got my juices flowing. I love baseball, people don't know that about me. I miss it so much."
As recently as 2011, Canseco served as a player/manager for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American independent league. He recently began working out at On Deck Baseball Academy in Las Vegas, where he now lives.
He said he still weighs 250 pounds, right around his playing weight, and swings the same size bat -- 36 inches, 35 ounces -- that he always did.
He claims to also be tutoring a group of minor leaguers at the academy.
"I'm 47, so my legs are not going to be what they were, but my bat speed and hands are still the same," he said. "I can't believe how fast (they are). I'm shocked how I haven't lost a beat there."
The chances of any team giving Canseco a look are far-fetched.
He slugged 462 homers in the majors, but he's resurfaced in the limelight in recent years for much more controversial reasons. He wrote a tell-all book in 2005 -- "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big" -- in which he not only admitted his own steroid use but blew the whistle on former teammates such as Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and Rafael Palmeiro as alleged steroid users.
Canseco posted his e-mail address to his Twitter account, inviting Beane to contact him. He has yet to hear from the A's GM.
"You know what my dream would be?" Canseco said. "I would love to come out to the Oakland Coliseum again and take batting practice. If anything, just do that."
The former right fielder has drawn headlines for other exploits seemingly out of left field.
He fought former child actor Danny Bonaduce to a draw in a celebrity boxing match in 2009. That same year, he lost a mixed martial arts bout to Choi Hong-man. He also appeared briefly on the show "Celebrity Apprentice" last year.
Canseco said he doesn't feel his wacky off-field exploits might hurt his chances of being taken seriously by major league teams.
"Actually it should work for me because that kind of stuff keeps me in shape," Canseco said. "I try to stay in shape as much as possible, so I do the kick boxing, the MMA, celebrity boxing ..."
At the very least, he should have some handy new moves if he ever charges a pitcher's mound.