By Mike Torney: In what appears to be a calculated move to try and gain massive publicity for a small expense, the Major League Baseball team Texas Rangers have reportedly drafted Russell Wilson, the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The Rangers paid $12,000 to get the rights to Wilson. That money is nothing compared to the huge publicity it’s given the team since the news was announced.
It’s not that Wilson was a good player and worth drafting, because he clearly wasn’t in playing Class A ball the minor leagues for the Rockies in 2010 and 2011. Wilson batted only .229 with 315 at bats. With stats like that, it’s unlikely that Wilson would ever be able to improve enough to make it to the Major Leagues, even if he were to drop football entirely and come back to baseball.
There’s an outside chance that Wilson will suddenly start playing terrible for the Seahawks and watch his once promising football career evaporate overnight. But that’s just so farfetched at this point that it’s not even a realistic option. In football, once you’ve shown that you can do it then teams are willing to keep you around for a long time even when you stop proving you can do it, as long as the player is young and not crippled by an injury. So even if Wilson became a mediocre quarterback, he’d still be able to stick around for another 3-5 years as a backup for one of the teams in the NFL. By then he’d be too old to come back to baseball and play at the level he was at before, which was far from star level.
We’ve seen former football players like Deon Sanders try to make it in baseball in the major leagues. Deon Sanders was one of the few former football players who actually wssn’t a half bad baseball player. Sanders would have had a decent career in the Major Leagues had he not spent so many years playing in the NFL. But Sanders was a lot more talented than Russell Wilson is as a baseball player. The two are world’s apart in terms of baseball talent, and you can’t expect Wilson to do what Sanders was able to do on the baseball field.