Former Chiefs cornerback gets first pro baseball hit

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Tim Tebow isn’t the only former NFL player giving baseball a shot this summer.

Former Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings, whose football career ended because of injuries, is playing in the Braves farm system. And last night, playing for the Danville Braves, he got his first two professional hits in his second professional start. That gives him a .333 average, and a 113-point edge on Tebow.

It’s impressive because Commings hasn’t played baseball competitively since 2008, when he was in high school in Georgia.

It was a little bit of a sigh of relief,” he said, via Alex Tichenor of the Danville Register & Bee. “Last game, I got two at-bats and got two [strikeouts], so I felt a little bit of pressure to get that first hit. I got a first-pitch fastball today and it dropped in for a double. It feels really good.”

Commings was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2013. He played two games after breaking his collarbone in training camp. The next year, he broke his ankle in training camp and spent the year on injured reserve. He was waived with an injury settlement in 2015.

He trained with former Major Leaguer Jerry Hairston Jr., and signed a free agent deal with the Braves this year. And apparently the 27-year-old Commings has impressed his teammates who have played more recently.

“I was amazed,” D-Braves shortstop Nick Shumpert said. “His swing is really good for not having played in that long. It looks like a normal baseball swing. When I first saw him, I didn’t know he hadn’t played in a while.”

Of course, he didn’t win a Heisman Trophy, doesn’t have a side job in television, and he wasn’t a quarterback, so he hasn’t been promoted yet.

12 responses to “Former Chiefs cornerback gets first pro baseball hit

  1. You are such a tool. Playing in rookie league. If you did you research you would know that Tebow played in Florida. Was an honorbale mention all state player. He played against Chris Sale, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Joyce and now Trey Mancini are all products of that conference. So he did have some baseball credibility behind him. You would never know it from the reports from the media. Now you jump in with your stupid comment comparing a guy in rookie ball to some playing at Single A. Big difference.

  2. If my math is right, a soon to be 30 year old Tim Tebow is batting .220 at single-A ball. Hmmm, not so promising.

  3. barrywhererufrom says:
    Jun 27, 2017 12:18 PM
    You are such a tool. Playing in rookie league. If you did you research you would know that Tebow played in Florida. Was an honorbale mention all state player. He played against Chris Sale, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Joyce and now Trey Mancini are all products of that conference. So he did have some baseball credibility behind him. You would never know it from the reports from the media. Now you jump in with your stupid comment comparing a guy in rookie ball to some playing at Single A. Big difference.
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    Barry,

    Tim Tebow just got promoted from rookie ball to class A. His rookie ball stats were .222 batting average, 23 rbi, 69 strikeouts in 212 at bats. He put those awful stats up in the ROOKIE league not class A ball as you seem to believe. The guy had no business being promoted to class A ball if we are talking merrit.

  4. Why do you people ALWAYS want to slam Tebow?
    Did he do something to you all personally, or is it that you like to talk someone down, when you know he/she isn’t here to defend themselves?

  5. Tim Tebow just got promoted from rookie ball to class A. His rookie ball stats were .222 batting average, 23 rbi, 69 strikeouts in 212 at bats. He put those awful stats up in the ROOKIE league not class A ball as you seem to believe. The guy had no business being promoted to class A ball if we are talking merrit.

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    @6thsense10

    Tim Tebow played in low a ball for mets affiliate columbia fireflies and was promoted to the high A St. lucie mets. You are incorrect. the rookie advanced league that Sanders Commings is playing in is the Appalachian League. Which is a lower league than Tim Tebow has already advance beyond.

  6. Of course, he didn’t win a Heisman Trophy, doesn’t have a side job in television, and he wasn’t a quarterback who took over a losing team and led them to a playoff victory in his only year as a starter, so he hasn’t been promoted yet.
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    Edited for accuracy.

  7. knew8411 says:

    Why do you people ALWAYS want to slam Tebow?
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    Because he’s religious and they’re leftists who hate Christians literally more than ISIS.

  8. “abninf says:
    Jun 27, 2017 2:09 PM
    knew8411 says:

    Why do you people ALWAYS want to slam Tebow?
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    Because he’s religious and they’re leftists who hate Christians literally more than ISIS.”
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    Because Jesus obviously loves Tim T more than He loves Sanders Commings!

    C’mon man, that was sarcasm!

    And before you get your shorts in a knot, I don’t hate Christians. In fact many of my friends are of that particular persuasion. My personal dislikes include Organized religion of any description (because organization involves control), people who feel the need to generalize and to label everybody, and people who claim to be “Christians” but who judge and discriminate and hate and kill in Jesus’ name. Or in the name of any God.

    Peace out.

  9. Why do you people ALWAYS want to slam Tebow?
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    As a Mets fan, I would rather my team utilize his roster spot on an 18-year-old 3rd baseman from the Dominican Republic who has the promise to help the Mets win games. It’s frustrating to see my team waste a roster spot on a guy that doesn’t deserve to be there and is a gimmick to make 5 bucks. Moves like this don’t show the fans that the organization is committed to winning. People slam this move because the player doesn’t deserve to be there.

  10. Sanders Commings has literally played in 3 games. That means he’s had 2 hits in 6 at bats to come up with his .333 average.
    If I remember right, Tebow hit a home run in his first minor league at bat.
    Commings average will even out, as did Tebow’s

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