Sunday, February 12, 2017
Because this past week was the annual nadir of baseball news, and because the political Patriots are getting some headlines, this week’s OTP link is unabashedly unconnected to baseball:
In the wake of the Patriots’ thrilling 34–28 overtime victory, six players, five of whom are African-American—Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, and Alan Branch—announced they would skip the team’s ceremonial visit to Trump at the White House. All this dissidence, of course, capped an N.F.L. season marked by the San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s weekly ritual of kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
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Posted: February 12, 2017 at 10:04 PM | 2310 comment(s)
Friday, February 10, 2017
Three swings, and Jerry Hairston Jr. believed.
“I was blown away,” the former major leaguer said, recalling the first time he saw Sanders Commings hit.
Hairston had not known what to expect from Commings, a former defensive back at the University of Georgia and for the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Commings, who turns 27 on March 8, wanted to return to baseball, a sport he played well enough at Westside H.S. in Augusta, Ga., to be selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
He informed Hairston of his intention to resume his career as an outfielder when the two were playing pickup basketball in Scottsdale, Ariz., last November. Injuries had limited Commings’ NFL career to two games, both in 2013. In his own words, he missed baseball “like crazy.”
“I love baseball,” Commings said. “It’s a sport I’ve loved my whole life.”
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, January 3, 1917:
That certain baseball magnates are considering a plan to utilize their ball parks for professional football and to back financially a league of national proportions next fall is the report brought here from Detroit.
The plan involves the organization of a league along the lines of professional baseball…Among the cities mentioned as prospective members of the new league are Chicago, New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Columbus. The season would begin at the close of the baseball season and continue as long as the weather was favorable.
Professional football? A national football league? That’s just crazy. It’ll never work.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Washington Herald, December 20, 1916:
Pat Moran, Eddie Burns, Sherwood Magee, Chief Bender and other ball tossers who have been spending the off-season in Philadelphia have been watching football closely.
All these stars agreed that a football player who also played baseball in the spring made the best receiver of forward passes.
There is some history of crossover between baseball players and receivers.
Friday, September 30, 2016
“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”
Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is Kenny Gonzales has spent seven years on Bo Jackson, and he knows him and his family better than anyone. We have to believe in Kenny.”
That Saturday afternoon, Jackson and Woods arrived at Royals Stadium and sat down with Schuerholz, Stewart and Gonzales. The general manager wasted no time. “Bo,” he said, “do you really want to play baseball?”
Jackson was young and green and raw but haltingly sincere and steadfast. “Mr. Schuerholz,” he replied, “that’s why I’m here.”
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