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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray open to having dual NFL and MLB careers, but current contract forbids it

If you thought Kyler Murray had moved past baseball, you were mistaken. The first overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray was indeed forced to choose between the two sports after having excelled in both up to and throughout much of his collegiate career. A former outfielder for the University of Oklahoma, he served double duty in also being the team’s star quarterback.

Also a former infielder, Murray is the only player in the history of either sport to be selected to the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and the Under Armour All-America Football Game.

He was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 2018 MLB Draft and signed a $4.66 million contract with the club, but wasn’t slated to report to spring training until 2019. Following a Heisman-winning 2018 season for the Sooners, however, he opted to remain in football and the decision saw him land a fully guaranteed four-year, $35.2 million rookie contract in Arizona.

With his first NFL season now in the books, he readily admits baseball still flows through his veins.

There will be folk screaming in the East Bay tonight- everyone else, on the other hand….


QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 19, 2020 at 11:07 AM (#5917343)
So is this “hey the money was good but #### getting the #### kicked out of me once a week kinda blows.”
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 19, 2020 at 01:58 PM (#5917376)
Hey, remember back when he ditched the A’s for his “true passion” in football, and I said he was full of crap, and just about everyone here said I was wrong?

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