Pete Carroll fouls off questions about Russell Wilson’s baseball plans


In theory, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has no problem with quarterback Russell Wilson‘s spring (training) fling with the Yankees.

But he stopped short of sanctioning his most valuable player playing in an actual baseball game.

The Yankees mentioned that as a possibility, after Wilson did a few days worth of fielding ground balls and taking batting practice. They might have anticipated some blowback from Wilson’s day-job employer, but Carroll didn’t seem too worked up about it.

“He’s going to be working out and doing something anyway,” Carroll said. “He reports in impeccable condition. He’s extraordinarily dedicated to doing everything he can to be right, I don’t think at this early stage right now, they’re not in the program here, there’s a lot of free time and guys have to do their thing.

“Some guys are maybe traveling around the world, he’s playing baseball. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all.”

That’s fine, as long as it’s just his fantasy camp/photo-op activities, as he’s been doing so far.

If he faced actual pitching, Carroll’s attitude might be different. But he deflected questions about Wilson’s level of participation by joking that he still couldn’t hit a curveball (Wilson hit .229 in parts of two minor league seasons), so it was well short of a “Sure, Why not?” when it comes to Wilson putting himself in any degree of peril.

11 responses to “Pete Carroll fouls off questions about Russell Wilson’s baseball plans

  1. Please, enough about Russell Wilson and his excellent adventure. Neither he nor Tebow will ever play in a major league game unless its an Eddie Gaedel type promotion.
    How many major league teams are there? NBC sports seems to think that America yearns for the daily Yankees report. We don’t!

  2. If Wilson has any talent at all for baseballs and projects to the majors, he should switch immediately! Baseball pays much more and contracts are guaranteed! Plus carriers last longer!

  3. I looked at his stats and he appeared to have a couple notable things standing out (granted in limited sample size at A ball). His on-base skills were very good. A .228 avg is low but a .366 onbase on that average is very high. Not a lot of power shown but a decent amount of triples and extra-base hits in general. He improved his base-stealing from terrible to really good in one season. Was caught 6 times! with only 4 steals his first season. The next year he had 15 steals and was only caught twice. This things indicate to me that he had some legit skills and worked hard to improve and receptive to coaching, etc.

    He had the 2 things you need in any sport: ability and work ethic, which shouldn’t be a surprise to any one. I think just pointing out his low avg is an attempt to make him look as much as a gimmick as some other guys, but he had potential to make it. He was a relatively high draft choice with a 6-figure bonus and scouts thought he could stick in MLB as a utility guy. This was before anyone knew he would be a starting NFL QB.

    He would never be the baseball equivalent of a star QB but making the majors and having a career was possible. For someone like Samardzija (guaranteed to earn $123 million through age 35) the choice was obvious. A UTIF is only going to make a few million a year, though. Maybe as a starting 2B you get into low 8 figures, but baseball players are team controlled and cost controlled the first several years. Guaranteed contracts, yes, but takes around 7 years or so to get the big bucks.

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