Russell Wilson wants to attend Texas Rangers' spring training
Instead of relishing his franchise's first Super Bowl, Russell Wilson is planning on attending spring training with the Texas Rangers.
Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith is going to Disney World, but Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is headed to spring training.
So says his baseball agent, Mark Rodgers, despite the former second baseman’s triumphant performance in Sunday’s 43-8 rout over Denver.
Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft in December after the Rockies, his original team, left him unprotected. The Rangers position players open camp on Feb. 19, and Wilson is reportedly interested in attending. Haven't seen his baseball card? Check it out.
Super Bowl champ (and infielder) Russell Wilson still plans to appear at @Rangers spring training, per his baseball agent, Mark Rodgers.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 3, 2014
Rodgers said Wilson is interested in maintaining a relationship with Rangers and ties to MLB; this would be fun for him, Rodgers said.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 3, 2014
Surely the Seahawks aren’t eager to have the future of their franchise (NFL?) step into the box and face a few fastballs, but Wilson will likely visit the Rangers as more of a motivational ploy, possibly to give them tips on winning the franchise’s first world championship.
Perhaps he’ll take some grounders at second or take a few cuts in the batting cage, but after two years in the Rockies’ system – and a career .229 batting average -- it’s clear Wilson made the right career choice.
Picking up Wilson cost the Rangers all of $12,000 -- so if his appearance amounts to nothing more than a speaking engagement, still not a bad deal for Texas.
(H/T Big League Stew)
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