Jose Canseco – Kenny Powers: Can You Tell The Difference?

Wayne TestoriCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2010

Jose Canseco – Kenny Powers: Can You Tell The Difference?

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    Andy Warhol once asked the question “Does life imitate art or does art imitate life?” 

    At the time, could he have been referring to the eerie similarities of the lives of Jose Canseco and Kenny Powers?  Probably not. 

    For one thing Warhol never watched HBO, he was more of a Bravo guy.

Historical Coincidence

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    There is no denying it, when comparing the career paths of ex-major league ball players Jose Canseco and Kenny Powers the similarities between these two are more striking than the Lincoln-Kennedy assassination coincidences.  Check it out.


The Sweet Taste of Success

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    Both Jose Canseco and Kenny Powers once ruled their sport.

    In 1988 Jose was on top of the baseball world, becoming the first major league player to hit at least 40 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in the same year.  He was also unanimously named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

    In 2002, a then rookie, Kenny Powers put his name on the sporting map by closing out game seven of the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles with his 101 mph fastball.

From Success to Excess

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    Both Jose and Kenny’s on-field success helped propel them into a world of off-field excess.  Jose’s playboy lifestyle would often find him surrounded by women and expensive cars. 

    As for Kenny, his “party like its 1999” mentality meant he spent more time hitting the bars than the strike zone.

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Ball

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    Both Jose and Kenny each discovered they shared an inner voice that needed to get out.  For Jose, he wrote the book “Juiced”, an anabolic tell-all about the use of drugs in major league baseball.

    As for Kenny, he found creative solace by dictating the motivational audio- book “You’re F’ing Out, I’m F’ing In.

A Senseless of Style

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    Both Jose and Kenny share the sense of style.  True, their style is 100% douchy, but somehow they each make it work.

Rock Bottom

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    Both Jose and Kenny discovered the hard way, what goes up, must come down.

    Bankrupt, Jose found himself living in a friend’s garage.

    While Kenny’s fall from grace left him living in what he called “the butt-hole of America”.


A Jack of No Trades

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    Without baseball, both Jose and Kenny experienced first hand just how limiting their career options are.

    Jose had a short-live career as a MMA combatant while Kenny’s foray into the world of professional cockfighting ended before it began.

The Comeback

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    Both Jose and Kenny have once again returned to the one thing they know best, baseball.

    Currently Jose is with the independent minor league team the Laredo Broncos.

    While Kenny is set to return to the pitching mound with his new team in Mexico, The Charros.