MLBbro 2021 Season Rewind| Deion Sanders Talks Black Baseball & His MLB Career

MLBbro 2021 Season Rewind| Deion Sanders Talks Black Baseball & His MLB Career

MLBbro.com’s Mark Gray set off the baseball season with a quick conversation with Deion Sanders AKA Coach Prime, who was preparing for an historic season as head coach of the Jackson State Football Team. Jackson State went 11-1 and won the school’s first SWAC title since 2007. Sanders also led them to the Celebration Bowl for the first time in school history, where the Tigers will meet MEAC Champ South Carolina State on Dec. 18, 2021.
In his prime, Deion was one of the greatest two-way athletes in sports history, simultaneously starring for the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons at one point.  Mark Gray asked the NFL Hall of Famer some Black baseball questions.

 

 

Kyler Murray’s MLB Dream Is Still In Play

Kyler Murray’s MLB Dream Is Still In Play

Major League Baseball and the National Football League have shared plenty of players over the years; most famously Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who were able to compete at the highest levels of both leagues for multiple seasons.

In 1990, Bo became the first person to be selected as an All-Star and Pro Bowler.

 

 

Not to be outdone, “Prime Time” is the only player to score a touchdown and hit a home run in the same week and the only to play in the Super Bowl and World Series. 

 

 

Then two years ago, former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray set a new bar for the next two-sport phenom to reach.

Murray, who had been selected with the ninth overall pick by the Oakland A’s in 2018, followed that up by being taken first in the 2019 NFL Draft.

 

 

The Oklahoma centerfielder/quarterback initially signed with the A’s, negotiating a nearly $5 million bonus, before a Heisman award solidified his decision to buck baseball and take his shot as a signal-caller on Sundays with the Arizona Cardinals.

READ MORE: Kyler Murray Destroys The Argument Of Sports Specialization

The question for Murray is whether he, like Jackson and Sanders before him, will ultimately be unable to resist the call of the diamond.

It seems like he’s, at the very least, very willing to listen.

In multiple interviews earlier this year, Kyler Murray has said that he wants the chance to see if he can make it to “The Show.”

“I would love to,” he said on The Pat McAfee Show. “I think it’s still there because I’ve been doing it my whole life. It wasn’t like I have to turn this off to be elite at football.”

 

 

McAfee asked Murray directly about playing with an MLB team and if he could potentially play both sports, and Murray answered:  “I hope so. I hope so. I mean, I would love to. I think that would be good for everybody…I think it is tough because I play quarterback.”

On The Dan Patrick Show, he did it again. “That was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” Murray said. “It honestly took me a long time to figure out what I was going to do.”

“It was hard for me to tell (the A’s) I’m not coming to play for them after I already told them I was going to.”

Whoever decides to take a shot at signing Murray this time around will have to make it worth his while financially. Murray is entering year three of his four-year/$35.15 million rookie deal with the Cardinals. His contract would be voided if he were to leave football for baseball.

Murray also said that Sanders had advised him to choose MLB and that he’d be open to either returning to the A’s or having his rights traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in order to potentially make his dual-sports dreams come true. The A’s might not want to go down that road again after Murray reneged the first time. 

 

 

The one thing that is certain is that Kyler Murray understands that if or when he does give baseball one more try, it won’t be something he takes lightly.

“To the people that say ‘you should have played baseball’, I don’t think you understand how difficult the game of baseball is,” Murray said. “Especially to play at that level, you’ve got to go through the minor leagues and stuff like that. It’s a grind. It’s taxing on the body, you play every day. It’s not easy.”

It isn’t easy, but the door will remain open for Kyler Murray when he is ready to find out just how hard it is.

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Deion Sanders is known for being the greatest cornerback in NFL history and he’s as recognizable as ever in his dual role as the head football coach at Jackson State and brand ambassador for HBCU football.

The Gen Xers might not know that Sanders was also a very good MLB player who spent nine seasons with the Cincy Reds, ATL Braves, Bronx Bombers and the San Francisco Giants. He hit 14 triples in 1992 and even stole 56 bases in 1997, while also winning Super Bowls as the supreme player at his position in the NFL. Prime is undoubtedly one of the elite two-sport athletes in American history.

Mark Gray, MLBbro.com’s Assistant Managing Editor, caught up with Coach Prime in the middle of a Spring football season and had him talking baseball.

 

 

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 1


Deion Sanders is known for being the greatest cornerback in NFL history and he’s as recognizable as ever in his dual role as the head football coach at Jackson State and brand ambassador for HBCU football.

The Gen Xers might not know that Sanders was also a very good MLB player who spent nine seasons with the Cincy Reds, ATL Braves, Bronx Bombers and the San Francisco Giants. He hit 14 triples in 1992 and even stole 56 bases in 1997, while also winning Super Bowls as the supreme player at his position in the NFL. Prime is undoubtedly one of the elite two-sport athletes in American history.

Mark Gray, MLBbro.com’s Assistant Managing Editor, caught up with Coach Prime in the middle of a Spring football season and had him talking baseball.