Deion Sanders, the eight-time NFL Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro cornerback who played 14 seasons in the NFL could pick off a quarterback, run back kicks and punts and dance afterwards with the best of them.
But he was at one time a highly-touted baseball prospect as well, selected first by the Kansas City Royals in the 6th round in 1985 then again in the 30th round by the New York Yankees in the 1988 amateur draft.
With the NFL Network in town for tomorrow night’s Browns vs. Ravens showdown, Deion Sanders donned a cartoon bird Orioles hat and uniform and took his hacks in the batting cage.
Sanders was here to visit Orioles manager Buck Showalter who managed Sanders in 1989 with the Albany- Colonie Yankees in Double-A. Deion at 45 years-old still looks as if he can hit the baseball well, depositing two home runs onto the flag court in right field. Sanders spent some time in the dugout speaking with Orioles players and even had a few Toronto Blue Jays players with baseballs looking for autographs. He spent some time watching batting practice in the batting cage after, warming up along the 1st base line and talking to Showalter.
Any chance Major League Baseball will let Sanders play right field tonight for the O’s?