Canseco returning to Ottawa

Jose Canseco is planning a return trip to Ottawa next month after taking part in the Home Runs for...

Jose Canseco is planning a return trip to Ottawa next month after taking part in the Home Runs for Autism fundraisers on May 12, 2012. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency/Files)

DOUG HEMPSTEAD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 PM ET

Jose Canseco liked Ottawa so much, he's decided to come back.

The former American League MVP slugger will put on a batting camp for kids and teens June 29-30 at Bell High School.

Unlike the May 12 home run derby fundraiser for CHEO's autism unit, this time Canseco will be paid.

The fee for the camp is $175 per day. It's designed to be a one-day camp, but participants are welcome to sign up for both days.

Evan Malamud, who organized the derby, is also behind this event. The pair became friends after Malamud -- an appliance salesman and beer-league softball slugger -- challenged Canseco via Twitter.

When he was in town earlier this month, Canseco took time for free autograph sessions at Hazeldean Mall and accepted every request for a photo or an autograph from the hundreds of fans who turned up at Ottawa Stadium to watch.

Malamud says the slugger took a shine to Ottawa.

"He likes it here," he said. "He missed his flight last time, so he got to spend an extra day. I took him down to Preston for a pizza and out to a nightclub that night."

He said Canseco isn't used to people being nice to him.

"He's used to people calling him an a**hole. He said -- if I could only meet a nice girl and settle down, Ottawa is where I would stay," said Malamud.

On the night out, he said Canseco felt at ease because everyone was being nice to him.

"He liked playing in Toronto, but prefers Ottawa," said Malamud. "He says Ottawa isn't stuck-up like Toronto."

The camp is intended for 11-17 year-olds and will teach them technical hitting skills. Canseco will provide one-on-one lessons on stance correction, diet, working out, footwork, arm positioning and swing.

The camp aims to have only 40 participants. Any money left over will be donated to the CHEO autism unit. The May 12 event raised $10,200.

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