BRONX, N.Y. — Looking back on this 20th anniversary of the 2000 World Series champion New York Yankees, that team sure added a lot of different pieces to get across the finish line. The player additions were a lot more than 1998 and 1999 squads. These guys were all made their contributions but their time was mostly short-lived in the Bronx. David Justice, Glenallen Hill, Jose Vizcaino, Denny Neagle, Luis Polonia, Luis Sojo returned and of course, Jose Canseco.
On Aug. 7, 2000, the Yankees claimed the 35-year-old slugger off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The move caught many, including Yankee manager Joe Torre, off guard. Yet, general manager Brian Cashman made the move to block other clubs from obtaining him.
After homering nine times in 61 games with the Devil Rays, the 1988 AL MVP and bash brother, smashed six homers in 37 contests with New York. It’s still a little surreal that he played with the Yankees. The uniform doesn’t quite fit and I’m pretty sure he didn’t own a hat or glove during his days in the Bronx. He did, however, earn a ring with one at-bat in the World Series (a strikeout).
As you’ll see in the clips below, Canseco made the most of his blasts in pinstripes: