Jose Canseco wants to help Tim Tebow transform into a true power hitter — just not in the way you might think.
Canseco, a self-proclaimed steroid user during his major league career, offered to be the Mets prospect’s personal hitting coach for free. He believes he knows how to fix Tebow’s swing and wants to teach the former Heisman Trophy winner the art of being a power hitter.
“He needs help,” Canseco told TMZ Sports. “I just saw him. The swing looks so mechanical, so bad. I’m surprised nobody’s helping him out.”
When asked how good of a hitter Canseco could turn Tebow into, the former Oakland A’s star noted how “extremely strong” Tebow is and that right-handed pitchers will throw into the sweet spot of his left-handed swing.
Canseco, who also played with the Yankees in 2000, hit 462 home runs during his 17-year career — though some of them were chemically assisted during the steroid era. He thinks he can get Tebow to his level of production without the juice.
“I could easily get him up to, at the major league level, 35 to 45 home runs,” Canseco said. “At the Triple-A level he could hit 50.”
So how does Canseco plan to make that happen?
“I can really turn him into a power hitter just working on his technique and his attitude,” he said. “His swing is really too short and too rotational to create power.”
Tebow has hit 14 home runs in 701 minor league at-bats. He collected his first two his of this spring on Monday.