As far as I can tell, there was never a football future for Walker Buehler, a 25-year-old standout pitcher for the LA Dodgers. That is unless you’re counting his current position as the commissioner of his team’s fantasy football league, which has been dominated by teammate Ross Stripling in recent years.
But Buehler’s lack of experience and his wiry 6’2, 185-pound-frame hasn’t stopped him from pining for an opportunity to punt for the LA Rams should baseball have its season canceled, as many are now speculating.
“When are try outs?” wonders Buehler. Alas, Johnny Hekker has it sealed up. Lamar Jackson is 6’2 and roughly 210 pounds. Can Buehler add 25 pounds and then run a 4.34 and then master a playbook to run a revolutionary offense? Pretty sure he’s already got the arm strength.
Buehler is not the only MLB player asking about football either.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was a 22-year-old MVP in 2015 and now he’s talking about what job openings could be had on the Eagles in an interview with tackle Lane Johnson.
Could the 6’3, 220 pounds slugger have a future as a linebacker or safety?
And finally, how about a 6’7 tackle/quarterback/tight end? Years before he hit 52 home runs for the New York Yankees as a rookie in 2017, Aaron Judge caught a school record 17 touchdowns for his high school. He was recruited to play tight end by schools such as Notre Dame and Stanford but he opted to pursue his baseball dreams instead. How about adding a 6’7 power hitter to your roster and making him the next next next Taysom Hill?
Judge says the 49ers are perhaps too “stacked” to find a role for him.
There’s a chance , but they’re stacked!— Aaron Judge (@TheJudge44) June 16, 2020
As confidence in a 2020 MLB season wanes, will any of their athletes at any level consider a stint with football? And would football consider them back? And will the NFL not run into any issues with conducting their own 2020 season? Some baseball players actually could have legitimate claim to play two sports (Judge might have had the opportunity to pursue either of those or basketball), so who would they be?