Thursday, June 7, 2007

Oregon Baseball?

As has already been explained the University of Oregon does not have a baseball team. It is sad, pathetic, embarassing, ridiculous, etc. However, could the gentleman pictured above be just the 5-tool player the Ducks need to start a baseball team? According to the Atlanta Braves he just might be.

Dennis Dixon, the starting quarterback for the football team was drafted in the 5th round by the Braves today. Now having a college football player drafted to play baseball is not out of the ordinary (see Williams, Ricky and Benson, Cedric) but considering Dixon hasn't been playing baseball for a few years now is. Dixon is apparently a very talented baseball player. In fact, some people felt the Ducks would miss out on having him as a football player because Oregon does not have a baseball program. It may be interesting to see what Dixon does. I am not well-versed in the minor league baseball/college football at the same time rules. I do know that Jeff Samardzija of Notre Dame did it last year. He played in the Cubs minor league system during the summer then rejoined the Fighting Irish in the fall.

The Braves did not make quite as much of a reach as the Colorado Rockies did a few years ago when they drafted Michael Vick in the 30th round. There was only one problem. No, not that he was running a pit bull fighting operation, but that he had not played baseball since junior high. Needless to say Vick did not sign with the Rockies.

(Photo from Rick Bowmer, AP via


shmobin yo momma said...

you know now that I think about it, a couple of weeks ago I was riding my bike down by the river and went over to Autzen to see what you and Steven were doing. I saw Dixon with a baseball glove walking into the locker room and thought it was a little strange. Maybe he had some sort of tryouts or something.

rio city waiter... said...

why doesn't oregon have a baseball team??