I’d like to add the University of Minnesota’s Eric Decker to the list. As a baseball player he is very raw but has huge potential as a potential 4-5 tool player with great speed and natural ability. He was drafted (late) both of the past two years by the brewers and the twins but decided to return for his senior year of football and enter the NFL draft. He was supposed to be about a second round pick as a wide receiver but he hurt his foot during football so he will probably go later now. I am not sure what he would have gotten in baseball, but like the other guys he will probably end up on a roster right away in football so he will probably end up getting more money that way.
Decker is a good one to talk about, although I only used the guys that seemed to generate news stories in January. Decker’s plan to pursue football is older news, I believe.
Decker was well liked in baseball, but as an Iowa alum, I can tell you he always frightened me more as a WR. Everything seemed to come easier there, where as on the baseball field, he was still pretty raw. He’s a lot like Cooper, though a touch better offensively and a little less speed/defense combo. I didn’t totally believe the power potential, or believe the swings and misses would decrease with a wooden bat.
But there were scouting departments ready to hand over a decent sized check, no doubt.
Comment by Bryan Smith — January 27, 2010 @ 11:43 am
I just wonder if we’ll ever see another two sport pro athlete ever again given all the business involved nowadays.
I do, but it will probably be awhile. I think the one thing that can transcend this business overload we’ve seen is true, unabashed star power. Because it makes sense from a business standpoint to let the Neon Deion’s of the world try the two-sport attempt. But I don’t see another Brian Jordan coming, I have to say.
Comment by Bryan Smith — January 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
Why would you play a sport that leaves most of it’s players crippled and disabled when you could play one that almost certainly guarantees your long term health will stay in tact? Money’s not everything.
Comment by AInquisition — January 27, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Baseball players have far longer careers – These guys have to consider this.
One point I havent seen mentioned is the fact that the MLB union is so strong that the pension these players recieve for the rest of thier lives will allow them to live comfortably, I believe I read somehwere that when Jeter retires the MLB pension will pay him close to 2 million dollars anually.
While over in the NFL your not even guareented your contract money and enough has been said about how weak the union has been in the past…