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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bleacher Report: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Selected in MLB Rule 5 Draft by Texas Rangers

The Star-Telegram reporter quoted Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller on why his team decided to draft the QB given his current status in the NFL:

From a baseball standpoint, we feel like if he ever decided he wanted to come back to play again that he’d be a guy we’d want in our system

And presumably from a football standpoint, it would help the Cowboys.

BDC Posted: December 12, 2013 at 04:16 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 12, 2013 at 06:12 PM (#4617049)
Rangers beat writer Evan Grant blogged about this today on the Dallas Morning News website and concluded with this bon mot:

Wilson joins an ever-growing list of football talents the Rangers have acquired or drafted in recent years. While they did once trade for Heisman Trophy winner Rickey Willams, in the last five years they have drafted Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, Florida State quarterback (and likely Heisman Trophy winner) Jameis Winston and now Wilson.

Maybe the best football evaluators in Arlington are at Rangers Ballpark, too.
   2. madvillain Posted: December 12, 2013 at 07:55 PM (#4617115)
The best QB in Texas is now on the Rangers! Huzzah!
   3. Steve Treder Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4617122)
From a baseball standpoint, we feel like if he ever decided he wanted to come back to play again that he’d be a guy we’d want in our system

I get that this is a nearly-zero cost, no-downside move, but still ...

First, what is the likelihood that Wilson is going to decide that he wants to play baseball again, now that he's one of the hottest young star quarterbacks in the NFL, playing for a terrific team?

Second, assuming that he does decide to play baseball again (and it isn't because he's suffered some manner of football-career-killing injury, which would almost certainly also be a baseball-career-killing injury), this is a guy who hit .229/.354/.356 in 93 games at low-A and high-A, with 118 strikeouts in 315 at-bats, at the ages of 21 and 22 in 2010 and 2011. He's played no baseball since. What sort of a prospect would he now be?
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4617126)
Does Washington still have the rights to Tom Brady?

If so, they should trade Wilson for Brady just for the headlines and the reactions.
   5. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4617139)
From the post PRD cited:

In truth, the more practical application of the Wilson draft is as a motivational speaker. The club would like to get him to spring training to speak with younger minor league players. Essentially, the Rangers paid $12,000 for a motivational speech.

“Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”

Dallas Morning News
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4617140)

Maybe the best football evaluators in Arlington are at Rangers Ballpark, too.


In the 1980s, the Royals drafted Steve Bartkowski, Dan Marino, John Elway (and Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson). The guys across the parking lot drafted Todd Blackledge.
   7. Steve Treder Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4617155)
In the 1980s, the Royals drafted Steve Bartkowski

Actually they drafted Bartkowski in 1971. (He's my homeboy.)

The Mets drafted Dan Pastorini in 1967. (Pastorini played right field for the Santa Clara U baseball team when I was batboy.)
   8. Scott Ross Posted: December 12, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4617187)
what is the likelihood that Wilson is going to decide that he wants to play baseball again, now that he's one of the hottest young star quarterbacks in the NFL, playing for a terrific team?


Two years ago you might've replaced "Wilson" with RG3; right now I'm guessing RG3 would jump at the chance to play MLB.
   9. jobu Posted: December 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM (#4617236)
In truth, the more practical application of the Wilson draft is as a motivational speaker. The club would like to get him to spring training to speak with younger minor league players. Essentially, the Rangers paid $12,000 for a motivational speech.


I think it's a brilliant move, if Wilson is as good a guy who has as good a work ethic as he seems. He seems highly likely to show up for spring training. That will bring some additional fans out, but the big thing, I think, will be the rub-off effect on younger players.
   10. Steve Treder Posted: December 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM (#4617252)
right now I'm guessing RG3 would jump at the chance to play MLB.

Assuming that's true -- and I highly doubt that it is -- what MLB team would sensibly sign that broken-down hobbling project?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 13, 2013 at 01:33 AM (#4617270)
I think it's a brilliant move, if Wilson is as good a guy who has as good a work ethic as he seems. He seems highly likely to show up for spring training. That will bring some additional fans out, but the big thing, I think, will be the rub-off effect on younger players.


He's already said he intends to talk to the Rangers players in spring training:

“I’m sure I’ll go down there for spring training and talk to some of their players and hang out some,” Wilson said. “It will be kind of a cool experience. But that’s down the road.”


   12. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: December 13, 2013 at 06:16 AM (#4617293)
Two years ago you might've replaced "Wilson" with RG3.


Two years ago, RG3 was at Baylor.
   13. AROM Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4617331)
right now I'm guessing RG3 would jump at the chance to play MLB.


Not sure he'd jump at a chance to ride the buses to 12,000 capacity stadiums making $1500 a month though. Is there any reason to think that RG3 can play baseball, other than "he's a great athlete and can figure it out"? He didn't play baseball at Baylor. Searching internet bios mention he played in high school but no mention of how good he was, or how much time he put into it.
   14. BDC Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM (#4617379)
RG3 doesn't appear to have the arm to play anywhere except first base :)
   15. boteman Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4617386)
right now I'm guessing RG3 would jump at the chance to play MLB.

With his knee???
   16. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4617392)
Are inspirational talks from famous people the biggest waste of time and money or just a top 5 waste of time and money?
   17. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4617401)
Living in DC, I find the criticism of RGIII bizarre. The team has a mediocre offense and a terrible, awful defense, and somehow the lousy season is his fault? Looking at the stats, he's been an averagish QB this year, which isn't bad considering he's in his 2nd year and recovering from a knee injury.

I think this is all on Shanahan. This is one of the most poorly coached and run teams I've ever seen.
   18. Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 13, 2013 at 01:14 PM (#4617493)
Looking at the stats, he's been an averagish QB this year, which isn't bad considering he's in his 2nd year and recovering from a knee injury.


Especially considering he's only got 1 1/2 competent receivers.
   19. Traderdave Posted: December 13, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4617520)
Are inspirational talks from famous people the biggest waste of time and money or just a top 5 waste of time and money?


I've been to a few that were embarrasingly bad. So bad they had entertainment value, a la Showgirls.

   20. Greg K Posted: December 13, 2013 at 04:20 PM (#4617657)
Are inspirational talks from famous people the biggest waste of time and money or just a top 5 waste of time and money?

I once heard Romeo Dallaire speak at a function put on by the Rotary Club that was amazing. Not sure if it counted as an inspirational talk or not. (Or a famous person... but Dallaire is pretty famous in Canada).

I think he originally had a talk about "leadership" planned, but the guy opening for him was one of the leaders of Doctors Without Borders, and spoke about a recent trip to Afghanistan. So Dallaire scrapped his presentation ten minutes before starting and just talked about his experiences in Rwanda for an hour or two.
   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 13, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4617666)
He seems highly likely to show up for spring training. That will bring some additional fans out, but the big thing, I think, will be the rub-off effect on younger players.

Maybe the Texans should draft Craig Biggio.
   22. Greg K Posted: December 13, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4617668)
He seems highly likely to show up for spring training. That will bring some additional fans out, but the big thing, I think, will be the rub-off effect on younger players.

I'm slightly dubious about any part of this being a "big thing". The thing of it is that it's a fun and kooky story.
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2013 at 04:37 PM (#4617673)
I remember the Reds or some team drafted Notre Dame QB Carlyle Holliday, and played the Notre Dame fight song as they drafted him on the conference call. AFAIK, Holliday did not play baseball. I think this is along those lines.

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