If you were to hear a story about a former SEC star trying his hand at professional baseball, you’d probably assume that story was about ex-Florida QB Tim Tebow, who is currently attempting to play in the Mets minor-league system.
However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, former Georgia DB Sanders Commings might actually have the talent to do what Tebow likely won’t — suit up for an actual MLB team.
After his brief two-game NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs was cut short due to injury in 2013, the 27-year-old ex-Bulldog has enlisted the help of former major leaguer Jerry Hairston Jr. to help make his MLB dreams come true:
“I’ve had guys come up to me and tell me, ‘I want to play baseball, help me out,’” said Jerry Hairston, who first met Commings in 2013 at a training facility in Arizona, when Commings was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs.
“In the back of my mind, I’m like, ‘C’mon, brah. Baseball is a whole different animal.’ In baseball, you can’t just rely on your athletic ability to succeed. There is an art to it, especially with hitting.”
Commings quickly won Hairston over, though, showing off his natural ability at the game:
“If he had chosen baseball, he would be in the major leagues right now,” Hairston said. “He’s a Starlin Marte type of talent. He’s that good.”
Commings has yet to sign with a team, but he has Hairston in his corner. It’s likely he’ll at least land a minor-league tryout somewhere this spring, as athletes of his caliber don’t come around all that often.
Still, making it all the way to the big leagues would be a monumental accomplishment for an athlete who hasn’t played the game competitively since high school.