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Multi-sport star Deion Sanders thinks Russell Wilson should “seriously consider baseball”

Dec 12, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying a nice season. His team is 11-2 and has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot, and will likely soon wrap up the NFC West. What many have forgotten is that he was once a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He played second base in the Minors for two seasons in A-ball with Tri-City and Asheville, compiling a .710 OPS in 379 plate appearances.

He might have made a useful Major League player someday, but we can all agree he made the right choice to stick with football. Nevertheless, the Rangers plucked Wilson in the Rule-5 draft earlier today. And, according to ESPN’s Richard Durrett, it’s not just a gimmick meant to get publicity. Wilson told GM Jon Daniels he wants to join the Rangers in spring training.Deion Sanders, one of the few multi-sport stars along with Bo Jackson, thinks Wilson “should seriously consider baseball”.

Sanders enjoyed fame as an outfielder over nine seasons with the Yankees, Braves, Reds, and Giants; and as a cornerback with the Falcons, 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins, and Ravens. Few people should be dispensing advice to Wilson, but Sanders certainly can.

  1. pisano - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I think Deion should seriously think about retirement.

    • yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      He should concentrate on his true calling as an educator.

      http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/high-schools/headlines/20131203-report-deion-sanders-fired-again-from-prime-prep.ece

  2. edelmanfanclub - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    No way. While I admire Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, I cannot see a franchise qb risking injury like that. Although I would love to see another two sport athlete.

    • cktai - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:19 AM

      I mostly admire Bo Jackson’s acting skills.

    • mikeevergreen - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      If her were a DB or a WR, yes. But not a QB.

  3. flatsorter - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Run out all ground balls, Russ.

  4. beastmode5150 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Please no

    Hawks fans

  5. meatcarroll - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Of course Prime Time would say that, he’s already afraid for the next decade after seeing Wilson wallop his 69ers and Failcons.

    • joecool16280 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      You’d think by all the sh@$ talking Seahawks have been doing they’d actually have won something in their history.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      “wallop the 49ers”

      Last time I checked, the 49ers won 19-17 with Russell Wilson turning a pretty poor performance (15-25 199 yards 1 INT).

  6. yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Nobody could play a routine warning track flyball into a triple quite like Deion.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    As a QB I gotta think it will never happen.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Probably not, but it’s a good negotiating tactic.

  8. yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Brian Jordan was a far better two sport athlete than Sanders or Jackson. Jordan racked up 32.7 WAR in 5646 PA. Jackson and Sanders managed a combined 13.8 WAR in 4951 PA. Jordan was developing into one of the better safeties in the NFL when he retired to have an outstanding baseball career.

    • jm91rs - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Jackson got injured so there’s no way to say where he would have wound up. He wasn’t the same baseball player after the football injury.

      • cohnjusack - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Jackson was 28 when he got hurt, so he was probably at his peak. The Bo Jackson you saw his last couple of seasons was probably where he would have wound up…big power, poor on base skills.

      • yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        He was the most overrated football player who ever lived and nobody else comes close. He was twice the athlete Marcus Allen was and not half the football player.

  9. maikoch - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    But what does Leon Sandcastle think?

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  11. seanb20124 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    If he were a wr/db diva, then yes it would be a good idea. Franchise QB not so much

  12. gothapotamus90210 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Just a leverage tactic to get the Seahawks to give him guaranteed money. His rookie contract probably does not contain verbiage stating that he can’t play baseball. New deal, new money, no baseball clause.

    • Bryz - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      So he told the Rangers to pick him in the Rule 5 draft to get him a new contract and they agreed to help him?

  13. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Bo was twice the player Deion was at both sports.

    • jm91rs - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      At Baseball yes, at football probably not. Bo was in line to be a great RB, Deion was the greatest cover CB of all time. Deion was much faster, Bo was much more physical and strong. Deion tells a great story of playing against Bo when he was at Florida State. Bo broke through the line and was gone, but Deion could fly so he caught up to him and then Bo stiff armed him and drug him 10 yards into the end zone.

      • yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Bo used to routinely remove himself from games with strained quads or tight hamstrings. He did it @ Auburn and he did it in the pros. He also used to clean out his Royals’ locker in a snit periodically when he would get benched after one golden sombrero too many.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        If there weren’t video evidence of that play, I’d have a hard time believing it. Deion making contact with someone?

  14. tfbuckfutter - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I know it’s easier to type “multi-sport star” but can we please start calling him the far more accurate “single sport star and occasional middling baseball player?

    • 18thstreet - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Fair enough. But it was interesting for me to see how long his baseball career was:
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sandede02.shtml

      Played nine seasons, twice had an OPS+ over 100.

  15. jm91rs - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I like the idea of him going to Spring Training with the Rangers. That’s a great way to stay in shape and as long as the Rangers know football is a priority (it HAS to be when you’re a QB), I see no harm in it. He’s more likely to get injured practicing football than playing spring baseball.

  16. anxovies - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Better game, longer career, more money, and you can walk off the field to retirement rather than get hauled off on a golf cart.

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      All true. Of course, every scout that has been asked about Wilson’s potential called him a non-prospect. Sometimes, you don’t have a choice….and Wilson didn’t really have a choice.

      • yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Yep. Everybody in the Rockies organization loved him, but nobody thought he had much of a future in baseball.

  17. farvite - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    The 49ers should send a bag of $$ to the Rangers to get Wilson to play.

    It’s the only way SF will ever win the division again.

  18. billgatesbarber - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I guess the Fielder trade didn’t provide Daniels and the Rangers with as much press as they were hoping for this winter.

  19. beefytrout - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Deion Sanders hit a HR and scored a TD in the same week once. Also played in the Super Bowl and the World Series.

    Talent arguments aside, that’s simply an awesome life.

  20. winkeroni - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’m not sure Deion Sanders was a baseball star. He had 2 seasons with more than 400 plate appearances.

  21. thestatsishere - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I am a Rangers fan! So, I am not biased when I say that I disagree with Deion Sanders. As much fun as it would be to have Russell Wilson on the Rangers; I know that playing quarterback takes all of your time and focus unlike playing cornerback, which a lot of it is playing straight man-on-man coverage which takes less brains and more physical talent.

    Russell Wilson, focus on football. Or else people will compare you to Tony Romo and say you need to be more committed to football than his golf game/your baseball career.

  22. 1phillyexpat - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Occasional major league starter average lifetime earnings > 4 year average NFL star lifetime earnings under new CBA. Better job with more upside, less physical ruin.

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