Just when you thought Oakland A’s legend Jose Canseco may have faded away, he has resurfaced once more.
Naturally, he has taken to Twitter for his latest proposal. This time, he has challenged Aaron Judge, claiming he can hit a softball further than Judge can hit a baseball.
Jose Canseco looking to face off against Aaron Judge in distance contest
There are some questions about this proposed contest. How many pitches would each person get? What type of bat would be used – wood or aluminum? Would Canseco get slow pitch or fast pitch softball offerings? And would there be a handicap?
As it is, there is at least one person scoffing at Canseco’s claims. Former major league first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones claims Canseco would not be able to outhit him, let alone Judge. Considering that the Yankees’ slugger had a 465 foot homer on his march to 62, and had previously belted two homers of at least 495 feet, Canseco might not stand much of a chance.
There was a time when the former A’s star would have been a challenge. In fact, his 540 foot homer into the fifth deck of the Rogers Centre during the 1989 ALCS is considered the longest home run in major league history. But those days are long behind him.
Maybe Canseco can turn back time and make this a contest. Of course, he is not beholden to the same drug rules that Judge is due to his status as an active player. Canseco could juice up all he wants in an attempt to turn this into an actual challenge for Judge. At this point, why not?
Jose Canseco has challenged Aaron Judge to see who can hit a ball further. It would be a fascinating matchup to see, even if it won’t happen.