How does one play baseball and football (professionally) at the same time?



Set up the field. Each defensive player takes a position on the field. All four infielders - first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, and third basemen - position themselves strategically in their areas and often adjust that position according to many factors, including the batter's tendency to hit the ball one way or the other, and the situation in the game. Outfielders, too, stand closer or farther away from home plate, more toward left or more toward right, depending on all sorts of variables, including: each batter's propensities, in-game strategy, the pitcher's strengths and weaknesses, the particular dimensions of the field of play (each outfield is different) and the weather (especially wind direction, which can greatly effect the flight of the ball). All eight defensive players (besides the catcher) must be in "fair territory" (between the foul lines) as each pitch is thrown but nothing in the rules obliges any defensive player to keep to a certain area, except...

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U.S. Presidents and sports have always been connected. Gerald Ford played football as a University of Michigan undergrad. George H.W. Bush played in the first two College World Series. George W. Bush was part owner of the Texas Rangers’ baseball franchise. Barack Obama frequently plays pickup basketball games with his staff (no doubt all terrified of accidentally hurting the Commander-in-Chief during the games.) Heck, Ronald Reagan even portrayed “The Gipper” in the football movie Knute Rockne, All American during his acting days. But only one U.S. President was ever a professional athlete, albeit for a very brief time. Evidence points to Dwight D. Eisenhower having played semi-pro minor league baseball in 1911 in Junction City, Kansas. Although for much of his life, this was something he chose to keep secret. Had he not in the first few years after he did this, it would have changed the course of American history.

In 1911, baseball was really coming into its own in...

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When some of the quotes first emerged from Russell Wilson’s interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel regarding Wilson playing baseball, it sounded like the musings of an elite, 25-year-old athlete who thinks he can do anything — but who surely would never undermine his football career by playing professional baseball. Based on the full interview, it sounds like a stronger possibility.

After Wilson suggests that he may “push the envelope a little bit” and play football and baseball, Gumbel pounces.

“Let’s be blunt,” Gumbel says in an interview that debuts Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET. “You played minor league ball for a while. Correct me if I’m wrong. Numbers were .227 average, five homers, 26 RBI. If the numbers were better, would you [play baseball and football]?”

“I wouldn’t be worried about the statistics of it,” Wilson replies. “I know I can play in the big leagues. With the work ethic and all that, I think I definitely could for sure. And that’s why the...

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Do you remember that episode of Boy Meets World where the class is asked to picture themselves returning for their 20th high school reunion? Cory Matthews, of course, decides that he is going to come back as a professional baseball player because, as a sixth-grade boy, what better option is there?

He’s so excited as he creates his own baseball cards and pastes a picture of himself in his little league gear onto a cereal box.

I think about this episode a lot. Although Cory grew through the seasons to have different aspirations and career goals, I always wondered about other little boys and girls who didn’t want to leave their sports dreams behind. Are there realistic ways to make baseball your job (or whichever sport you can’t live without)?

Taylor Nakamura found a way to turn baseball into a career without playing professionally.

Baseball is in his blood. His father is a baseball enthusiast and raised his children to be die-hard fans of the sport as...

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Baseball vs. Football
Jonathan Smith
Mrs. Tomas
February 2 2011
Baseball is a sport that we as American have played since the early 1800s. This is why I thank we call it the American favorite pastime. Here is a look at why I thank baseball should be played by every red blooded American. Throughout this paper I will give you some comparisons to baseball and football. Hopefully I can influence you to play baseball instead of football. Here are some of them; baseball is played in the summer time when the weather is great, warm nights and long days. That makes it great baseball weather. On the other hand Football is played in the dead winter when it is cold outside and the days are very short. But that does not stop the...

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Following the Top 10 Reasons Why Baseball is Better than Football, we turn the tables to see how the gridiron is favored above America’s pastime. Everyone will have their preference, yet these are some ways of favoring the former sport.

10. The Sunday/Monday Night Aura

In direct opposition to the “every day of the week” idea is football’s place on Sunday and Monday (night). After all, besides a worship service – what could be more relevant than watching football on Sunday afternoon? The same certainly bodes for Monday Night Football.

Baseball cannot compare to the event that is present on the typical days of football. Add in Thanksgiving football games and you have quite the argument.

9. Athleticism

As a general rule, football is a more athletic sport. The range and demand of strength, speed, agility, and overall athleticism is more relevant in football than in baseball.

Add in toughness and you have a nod to football...

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Russell Wilson, the dynamic young quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, is all too aware of how demanding, draining and yes, painful, the sport can be.

After all, he endured those miserable, body-stiffening, butt-aching, 10-hour minor league bus rides, too.

"People don't realize how much you have to travel and how much you have to continually mentally grind [in baseball]," says Wilson, who played two summers in the minor leagues. "I think that's the thing that's helped me in football, too. The idea of staying focused on one pitch at a time, one play at a time. And also having amnesia. You have to forget about the pitch before, the inning before your last at-bat. You have to have that type of mentality."

"When you can do that and relax and stay focused on the moment, the better off you are."

Wilson was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007 draft. He chose to go to college at NC State instead, then was drafted...

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This is a list of athletes who played in Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Fewer than 70 athletes are known to have accomplished the feat. The list includes two Heisman Trophy winners (Vic Janowicz and Bo Jackson)[1] and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Red Badgro,[2]Paddy Driscoll,[3]George Halas,[4]Ernie Nevers,[5]Ace Parker,[6]Jim Thorpe,[7] and Deion Sanders).[8] However, none of the players on the list has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1920, the inaugural season of the National Football League (NFL), 11 veterans of Major League Baseball (MLB) (including George Halas and Jim Thorpe) became the first athletes to accomplish the feat. Since 1970, only seven athletes have done so, including Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. Jackson was the first athlete to be selected as an All-Star in both MLB and the NFL. Sanders holds the longevity record, having appeared in 641 MLB games and 189 NFL games.


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There have been two men in recent history who have managed to play both professional baseball and professional football at the same time. Deon Sanders and Bo Jackson.

At the most basic, the baseball and football seasons don't overlap very much. Football's preseason and early season does overlap somewhat with baseball's late and post season, and players will have to make a choice between which sport they play during that time (as it would be difficult to be in two places at once to be able to practice with your football team and keep a nightly baseball schedule). However, if you don't practice with the football team (and the team is OK with that), you can in theory play baseball during the week and play football on Sunday, only missing the Sunday (and maybe Saturday or Monday) baseball games.

This requires a great deal of good will from both your NFL and MLB teams (and obviously sufficient star power in both sports for them to be willing to let you have this much...

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