Odell Beckham Jr. offered contract to play professional baseball
Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders will need to make some room if the Rockland Boulders have any say in things. The Can-Am league team wants to make New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the next football star to also play baseball.
After watching Beckham rip a softball across the plate at a charity event, the Boulders were apparently convinced–or at least their public relations person was. The Boulders, an independent league team based out of Pomona, New York, have offered Beckham a contract to come pitch for them.
"It’s apparent that Odell is a very gifted athlete regardless of his sport. We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson," Boulders general manager Shawn Reilly said, per True Jersey. "As we are the New York area’s only defending professional championship team, he will have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment while still in close proximity to MetLife Stadium.
"We were very impressed with Odell’s mechanics in the video," said Boulders pitching coach Bobby Jones, the former Mets starter. "He’s shown his ability to catch a ball on the gridiron and after seeing his prowess on the mound, I am optimistic that he has the tools to develop into a quality pitcher."
There has been no word on whether or not Beckham will heed the call, but something tells me has no plans to become the next Jackson or Sanders. If you can catch him, and he’s not too busy making media rounds, you’ll likely find Beckham rehabbing his hamstring injury and focusing on being 100 percent when the Giants’ training camp rolls around.
(h/t True Jersey)
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