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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A’s Rickey Henderson, ‘gung ho’ for Kyler Murray, once had shot with Raiders

MESA, Ariz. — Rickey Henderson heard all the Kyler Murray comparisons. He knew the A’s top draft pick last year was a 5-foot-10 outfielder with speed and power, and that scouts were dropping Henderson’s name when describing Murray.

“We were all gung ho to see him here — especially me,” Henderson told The Chronicle. “You know me — I was like, ‘Who’s like me? Let me see him!’”

Henderson, the greatest player in franchise history, is in Oakland’s camp as a visiting instructor, and he had looked forward to working with Murray this spring. After winning the Heisman Trophy, however, Murray declared for the NFL draft and last Monday, he announced he is going to pursue football full-time.

Given how loopy Rickey! normally is, I’d rather not imagine what playing football would have done to him….

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: football, rickey henderson, two-sport athletes

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job, but it also became a recruiting trip of sorts when he arrived in Tampa Friday night.

That’s when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Because, when I want advice concerning taking a job in football, I always ask a baseball manager….

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, football, joe maddon, tampa bay

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Kyler Murray still plans to give up football for baseball after Oklahoma season

NORMAN, Okla.—Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said Monday that even though he thinks he could play in the NFL, he’s still preparing to move on with his baseball career and give up football after this season.

“As of now, that’s the plan,” Murray said.

This summer, Murray was the ninth overall pick of the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft. He agreed to a deal with the A’s that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

So, how do we interpret this decision?

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: football, kyler murray, making up your mind

 

 

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