These Athletes Were Drafted By MLB But Starred In A Different Sport

baseball | 1/16/19

Two-sport standout Kyler Murray is under contract with the Oakland Athletics. However, the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback declared for the NFL draft. Now, he must decide if he is going to honor the contract or make the jump to football.

While very few people are blessed with the athletic gifts to make it as a professional, these athletes were doubly blessed. These MLB draftees actually starred in a different sport, and some even decided to step away from the diamond to pursue other dreams.

Danny Ainge

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The BYU alum was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1977 amateur draft. He would make the major leagues in 1979, mostly as a second baseman. Ainge is the youngest Blue Jay in history to hit a home run at 20 years and 77 days.

After three seasons, he decided to pursue a career in basketball, and was chosen by the Boston Celtics in 1981. The Oregon native is a two-time NBA champion, and is now the general manager of the franchise.