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Deion Sanders takes batting practice with the Orioles

Sep 26, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

In town for Thursday’s Browns-Ravens game, Deion Sanders suited up for the Orioles and took batting practice prior to Wednesday’s game. has the report:

Sanders, who spent parts of nine years in the big leagues, was given a locker next to Adam Jones. He looked pretty good in BP for someone who said he hadn’t swung a bat in several years, hitting several balls to the outfield. And even at 45, he’d probably still be a quality option on the basepaths.

Sanders last played in the majors in 2001 with the Reds. That was after a three-year absence, and he hit just .173 in 75 at-bats. Sanders had his best season in 1992, hitting .304/.346/.495 with an NL-leading 14 triples and 26 steals in 303 at-bats for the Braves. Obviously, Sanders was a much greater talent in football than he was in baseball, but even so, he may well have gone to a couple of All-Star Games had he focused on baseball exclusively as a pro.

  1. schmedley69 - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Where’s McCarver? Where’s McCarver?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      • bobulated - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        And thus did Deion live out the fantasy of the Fox baseball viewers everywhere that have suffered years of McCarver’s brutally inane and simplistic “color” commentary.

      • nolanwiffle - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:57 AM

        That remains one of the most classless acts ever seen on TV. That’s a grown man?

    • pisano - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      I agree with McCarver about this assh*le, I’m pissed at Directv for putting this over the hill idiot on their commercials. Every time his commercial comes on, I turn to another station until the ads over.

  2. braddavery - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    It’s a shame we may never see another true two-sport player like Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      My favorite was always Danny Ainge…just because he was the last guy you would ever suspect to have played in two different major sports leagues.

      Judging by his career 47 OPS+ with the Blue Jays, he certainly made the right call jumping to the NBA

  3. mdpickles - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Hands down, one of the greatest athletes to ever play sports in this universe.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Hook him up with a job, O’s.

    He’s gotta pay for his kids $450 a month haircuts somehow.

  5. rgledz - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Deion can’t touch Bo. He was an average major leaguer at best, Bo was an All-Star and a All Pro. Props to him as a football player though. HOF says it all. Too bad Bo got hurt, he could have done the same.

    • jimbo75025 - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      Yup, had it noy been for tha one play which screwed up his hip, Bo would have had a legitimate shot to be in the HOF in both sports.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        sorry Bo had “no chance” at being a HOFer in baseball

    • theotherfamousamos - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      That’s true but “average major leaguer” means he’s a better baseball player than 99.99 percent of the population. Even easily forgettable guys like Brian Jordan fall into this category – average-to-above-average baseball and football players but nowhere near HOFers in either sport – are among the most gifted athletes on the planet.

  6. bigharold - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Was he wearing those tiny little wings like the dish commercial? Perhaps that explains his success at BP?

  7. dunkindan - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    just ridiculous to be that talented. if the seasons were more spread out I think Tony Gonzalez could of played in the NBA.

  8. dannythebisforbeast - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    John Kruk was a point guard in college. Weird fact of the day

  9. hushbrother - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Deion was recently elected to the Douchebag Hall of Fame. A well deserved honor.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I have a fun story about Deion. When he was in his baseball heyday a friend of a friend attended a game and was there during warmups. Everyone in the crowd was trying to get his attention for an autograph and he just kept warming up. Then, the friend of a friend busted out a football while calling Deion’s name. Deion saw this, laughed and had him throw him the football which he signed and threw back. I thought it was clever and I guess Deion did too.

  11. wethog66 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    F*** Neon Deion.

    Redskins Fan

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