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Looking back at baseball Deion

Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 6:10 pm
Deion Sanders
Congratulations to Deion Sanders for his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But it's worth remembering that the guy was a pretty decent major-league baseball player as well. What we'll never know is how good a player he might have been if his loyalties hadn't been divided.

Sanders had tremendous speed -- he stole bases at a rate of 47 per 162 games and covered a lot of ground in center field -- while the knock on him was his failure to master hitting. His .263 career batting average is pretty decent, but his .319 on-base percentage speaks to his lack of plate discipline.

But how could anyone master hitting without being completely committed to it? There might be no skill in sports that is so dependent on repeatability and fine-tuning. If you look at Sanders' career numbers, you see that he performed best in the seasons he played most.

Sanders played 97 games for the Braves in 1992, putting off reporting to the Falcons (and paying back his salary in the form of fines) until they were three games into the season. He had a slash line of .304/.346/.495, all career highs, as the Braves advanced to the World Series. He played for the Falcons on October 11 then flew to Pittsburgh for a Braves playoff game that night, but Bobby Cox, not impressed with the circus, didn't play him.

After that season, Sanders' attention shifted steadily more toward football. He missed the entire 1996 baseball season, returned to play a career-high 115 games with the Reds in 1997 (batting .273) and was out of baseball until 2001, when he was released after 32 games with a .173 average.

If he'd stuck to baseball, could Sanders have been one of the game's all-time great leadoff hitters? No way to know. But considering he's about to have a bust in Canton, he probably doesn't have any regrets.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:16 am

Looking back at baseball Deion

This clown was a very pedestian baseball player at best, and I wish he had not been a first ballot hall inductee for character issues. He certainly had the cover talent (you are right Boston, tackling was not part of his game), but he was, and still is, a complete jerkoff and deserved to sweat a few years before induction.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:56 pm

Looking back at baseball Deion

Well we all now know , that to make the pro football hall of shame ,  when you  play defense you actually  don't have to TACKLE  !!!!   LMAO

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:25 pm

Looking back at baseball Deion

One of his greatest moves while a member of the Braves?  When he dumped ice and water on broadcaster Tim McCarver in the locker room.  Then he tried again, and missed, but McCarver never bad mouthed Sanders during the telecasts that year.  Still quite funny all these years later!

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:25 pm

Looking back at baseball Deion

He was a great athlete. I just marvel at athletes who can manage to become a professional athlete in 2 different sports. Yet, nobody compares to one of the greatest athletes ever known in Bo Jackson. I still can visualize him sustaining his hip injury in a playoff game against Cincinnati in 1991. That was painful to watch.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 5:57 pm

Looking back at baseball Deion

Wow the grammar in this article is atrocious. I'm hardly one to criticize, but dam CBS Proofread these articles at least. That opening paragraph is just god awful.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 5:41 pm

Almost WS MVP

He was 8 for 15  with 5 steals in the 1992 World Series vs. the eventual champ Toronto Blue Jays. He might have ended up WSMVP if anyone else in the Braves' lineup could have gotten a few hits.

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