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Russell Wilson Selected By Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft

So, this just happened…

wilson texas rangers

The Rangers selected Wilson, who has made a fine career for himself in the National Football League, during the minor league portion of the draft, and, as a result, didn’t lose anyone from their roster. For selecting the quarterback, though, the Rangers will be charged the $12,000 fee that goes along with making the pick.

Wilson, who was a two-sport athlete at NC State (baseball and football), was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and played in their farm system from 2010-11. He hit .229/.354/.356 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases, and 118 strikeouts in 93 Class A games as a second baseman, but his baseball career came to an end when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.

Wilson played in the Colorado Rockies farm system from 2010-11 (photo credit: ESPN)

Wilson played in the Colorado Rockies farm system from 2010-11 (photo credit: ESPN)

“We scouted him in high school and in college at N.C. State,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller told local media. “Obviously, he’s got bigger things going on, but we liked the player and the makeup and if he ever wants to get back to baseball, we’d like to give him the chance.”

What the Rangers may actually be hoping for from Wilson, though, is that he makes a trip to the Rangers’ spring training camp to deliver a motivational speech to the team’s young players. “Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”

At the very least, the Rangers earned themselves some time in the spotlight during the dull winter months.

This Might Be The Worst Call in MLB History

Who needs instant replay?

Apparently the umpiring crew that worked the Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers series this weekend needed it, as evidenced by the following GIF (courtesy of CBS Sports).

rangers double play

The call came in the second inning as Jesus Sucre hit into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but on closer examination it appears as though Rangers starting pitcher, Justin Grimm—who was running to cover first—snagged the ball prior to Mitch Moreland, the man who was actually covering first. Grimm nonchalantly made his way back to the mound as if nothing abnormal occurred, and the umps let their call stand.

This should be Exhibit A, B, C, and D as to why baseball could benefit from instant replay just a little bit.