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The Yankees could face Jameis Winston tomorrow

Feb 24, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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Florida State University’s baseball team will play the Yankees tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field. And 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston could face them. He’s the team’s closer and he has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in three games this season.

I’m guessing the Yankees’ lineup will not be Opening Day caliber and no matter who is in it, the won’t be Opening Day ready. But it’s not everyday a Heisman winner faces a major league team.

  1. sportsdrenched - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Doesn’t this have to happen?

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      I thought he also plays outfield? Perhaps he’ll face them as a hitter.

  2. dondada10 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I got a chance to watch Winston play the other night on tv. He has a huge smile on his face the whole time.

    • henryd3rd - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Why would he have a huge smile on his face? He’s young, talented, reigning Heisman Trophy winner, starting quarterback for the reigning NCAA Football champs and he stands to make a lot of money in the future! Why shouldn’t he be smiling?

      • clydeserra - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        don’t forget the botched investigation into an alleged rape! having those charges behind him has to feel good.

      • dondada10 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        How was the investigation botched? I would love to read more about it. Are you saying Winston raped that girl but the police screwed it up?

      • Kevin S. - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:07 AM

        I can’t speak for clydeserra, but my perspective is we have no idea whether or not Winston raped her because the police refused to investigate until after it was too late.

      • hasbeen5 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        It’s not that they didn’t investigate, it’s that the press didn’t get wind of it until 11 months later when the “victim’s” family notified their reporter friend. I read the entire report when it was released, and they had text messages and witness statements that led the police to believe that no crime had been committed. When it became news, the State Attorney’s office did their own investigation and came to the same conclusion.

    • hasbeen5 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I’ll add that the SA here is not in the habit of cleaning up athlete’s mistakes. See Peter Warrick/Lavernious Coles Dillards case, and also the case of a football player named Travis Johnson. Star (thought not on the level of Winston) player who was accused of sexual assault. Basically no indication that he did anything wrong but the SA insisted on taking him to trial. Acquitted by an all female jury in 30 minutes.

  3. musketmaniac - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    maybe a little yankee justice would be him throwing his arm out.

    • gmfw7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Thats it…wish an injury on a young athlete who you dont know at all. Stay classy dude.

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    If Winston is a pro quality prospect, he should play baseball. I don’t care if he wins four Heismans. Top level baseball players make more money on longer, guaranteed contracts, have much longer careers on average, and that’s before we even get to health issues. It’s nice to be 50 and not have to try to remember where you put your crutches.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Winston’s not a pro-quality prospect, and even if he develops into one, he’d still be hard-pressed to top the $20 million he’d be handed before even taking a snap in the league as the #1 overall pick. As I said in a previous thread, he’s no Bo Jackson, and he’s not even Deion Sanders.

      • gmfw7 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Im not sure he’s not a pro quality prospect. In addition to closing he plays right field and from what I’ve read and watched he is a decent switch hitter (not a great average, but he doesn’t hit everyday so that could be misleading) with good on base numbers. He has incredible speed and instincts running the bases and a canon for an arm. He also throws in the low to mid 90s with decent secondary pitches which is why he’s the teams closer this season. I agree with you that his future is in football as he has already almost guaranteed himself the #1 overall pick in next years draft unless he regresses. I actually read something not too long ago that he plans on playing two more years at florida state, which could be a mistake as he’s risking injury and a decline in performace that could hurt his stock. However, from what he’s done so far I think he could definitely be an early to middle round pick in the mlb. There’s no reason to believe his future isnt in the nfl, but if he continues to play well he could be drafted in both sports which, no matter his decision for a career, is reallynimpressive

      • paperlions - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        Every scout that has been asked has said at this point he is a non-prospect. Poor approach at the plate, struggles to make contact, no power. Raw on the mound without the raw stuff to intrigue pro scouts.

      • jm91rs - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        I haven’t followed scouting reports on the guy, but nearly every NFL person that has been asked believes he’s going to sign with an MLB team after the next draft, then use that money to play ball and stay in college for another year or two. That’s the word from Jimbo Fisher anyway, perhaps wishful thinking.

      • hasbeen5 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        He may eventually be a prospect if he were to concentrate on baseball year-round. Right now I think it’s hard to get timing down in the box when he’s been focusing on football. He’s on a football scholarship so he misses baseball even for spring football practice. His arm is obviously great from the outfield but he takes bad routes and doesn’t get himself in position to throw. I think if he has a shot at the bigs it’s as a pitcher, but the shelf life of a closer isn’t much better that a fringe QB. And the consensus seems to be that he is not a fringe QB, but rather a generational type player.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        My comment was strictly hypothetical. Hence the “if” at the beginning. It was simply meant to describe the relative career paths of top football prospects versus top baseball prospects, and which way I believe a player who had an equal shot in either direction should lean. That is all.

  5. nymets4ever - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM


  6. joefla47 - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    REAL QUESTION IS THIS ~~~~~Will Winston RAPE any YANKEE FANS !!!!!!!

    • wethog66 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Nah the real question is how old are you and does your parents know you write crap like this on their computer?

  7. jm91rs - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    First of all, the money in MLB is not better for a fringe guy (best case scenario for Winston). QB’s are getting 15M+/yr if they’re above average after their rookie deals.
    Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Deion and Bo play the full baseball season, then switch over to football after baseball? Winston would have to do the exact opposite because no team is going to want their QB missing camp and arriving to the team after week 8. So Winston would have to play some baseball, miss a few weeks for summer camp, then leave the team for good when the NFL season is ready to start. Most baseball teams wouldn’t go for that set up, maybe if he’s just a reliever they could live with it, but he’ll never be available down the stretch for a team.

    A question though, baseball contracts are guaranteed. How did that work for Bo and Deion? Pretty risky to have guaranteed money in someone that’s playing a far more dangerous sport on the side.

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