One of the endless discussions in the sports world centers around pro athletes playing positions in different sports. Perhaps guys like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and even Michael Jordan have led to this odd fascination.
In an interview with Jim Rome, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones talked about the difficulty of playing baseball everyday and how certain athletes, in particular former Ravens safety Ed Reed, would perform on the diamond.
“We (his Orioles teammates) were talking about it the other day on the bench, what other people could play baseball?” Jones told Rome. “The answer is not many. Basically zero, in terms of other sports because none of them could hit. There are tons of players that can play center fielder like Ed Reed; tons of receivers, cornerbacks can play center field. But who can go up there with a bat and hit? I think that, in all of sports, is one of the hardest things.”
Reed took batting practice with the Orioles last season. Apparently he got a few good hacks in. Like Jones, I don’t doubt his abilities on the field, but hitting is a totally different beast. There’s nothing harder in pro sports than putting that wood barrel on a ball thrown 90+ MPH.