Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders did it well. Michael Jordan not so much. Russell Wilson tried it before. They are all tremendous athletes who have been good enough to take a stab at professional baseball.
The Texas Rangers raised some eyebrows today when they selected Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson in the MLB rule 5 draft. It’s the third time a major league team has drafted Wilson since his high school days in Virginia.
He played two seasons in Colorado’s minor-league system, one with the short-season Class A Tri-City Dust Devils and another with A-ball’s Asheville Tourists. Wilson hit a combined .229 in that time, while also playing college football first at N.C. State and later at Wisconsin.
“It’s a blessing for sure, but at the same time my focus is on football, ” said Wilson during his Wednesday press conference. ” Mr. Daniels (Rangers GM Jon Daniels), and I talked about it, and he knew that. They basically wanted to let me know they got my rights from the Colorado Rockies.”
Wilson is still excited about the prospects of mixing in with some of the Texas big leaguers.
“I’m sure I’ll go down there to spring training and hang out with some of their players. That would be kind of a cool experience. That’s down the road. I’m trying to win a game this week.”
Hawks teammate Richard Sherman certainly wouldn’t bet against Wilson succeeding on the baseball diamond.
“It’s a good deal, I’ve never seen him play baseball, but I’m going to guess he’s pretty good,” said Sherman. ” I did see him play softball and he was a freakin’ wringer. I’m re-doing the roster for my softball game this year. He’s definitely going to be on my team.”
The Seahawks injury report was a bit brighter Thursday as several front line players were listed as full participants. Cornerback Richard Sherman (foot), RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), and LB Mike Morgan (knee) and WR Doug Baldwin (neck) in that group.
Tight end Zach Miller missed his second practice in a row with a rib injury. WR Percy Harvin and CB Brandon Browner were also out and unlikely to play Sunday against the Giants.
CB Tharold Simon and DE Greg Scruggs have been placed back on Seattle’s physically unable to perform list, so they will not be able to play this season.
New York’s biggest injury concern is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who doesn’t know if he’ll be able to answer the bell against the visiting Seahawks.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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