One day each of the past two springs, Russell Wilson has been a minor-league infielder for the Texas Rangers. He told HBO Sports, though, that he could be a major-league infielder if it weren’t for his gig as the starting quarterback for one of the best teams in the NFL.
“That’s why the Texas Rangers got my rights,” Wilson said in a segment on Real Sports that debuts Tuesday. “They want me to play. Jon Daniels, the GM, wants me to play. We were talking about it the other day.”
The interview came shortly after Wilson made his second annual appearance at Rangers spring camp in Surprise, Ariz. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was in uniform field grounders, taking batting practice and delivering the lineup card before the Rangers’ Cactus League game.
The Rangers selected Wilson in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft in December 2013 knowing that it was highly unlikely that he would ever play a game for them. They picked him, though, because they like the idea of Wilson, a Super Bowl-winning QB with a renown work ethic, sharing his experiences with players throughout the organization.
Daniels said that he wouldn’t put it past Wilson to become a big-leaguer if he were able to commit to baseball.
“Russell has the competitiveness and work ethic to where he’d have a shot if he committed to baseball,” Daniels said Saturday. “Obviously, he’s got a pretty good thing going on with the Seahawks, and we’re not going to get in the way of that. Playing quarterback is more intensive than the positions of other guys who have attempted to play both sports.”
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