Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have been each as soon as Main League Baseball draft picks
Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes could go down as two of the greatest football players of all time. But if they wanted, there was another sport out there waiting for them.
Both Brady and Mahomes played baseball growing up. Mahomes is, of course, the son of former Big Leaguer Pat Mahomes, but Brady could do with the baseball diamond too. In fact, both Brady and Mahomes were inducted into the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft years before they were selected in the NFL Draft.
The NFL is surely grateful that Brady and Mahomes both chose football as it will bring the league to one of the best quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history on February 7, 2021. But if you see Brady or Mahomes find a tricky arm slot to complete a throw or slip with great mechanics after a fight, there's a baseball background to point out, a reason why they are here or there have an additional ability that is really nailed down.
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Tom Brady's baseball career
For those of you who remember Brady dropping a pass in the Super Bowl against the Eagles, don't laugh: he was a head-turner in high school. Brady played two college seasons and scored .311 with eight home runs for Junipero Serra in California.
According to MLB.com, the left-hander who beat Brady had amazing power. He once knocked a home run off the team bus that woke up his bus driver, and in a training session in the Kingdome of Seattle, he apparently hit a home run with a wooden bat in high school.
Brady was included in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round as the 507th overall selection. His dedication to playing soccer in Michigan certainly blew him a little, and Brady wouldn't play baseball after high school.
A former Expos scout, John Hughes, thought Brady could have made it in baseball.
"I think he would have been a professional," Hughes told the Mercury News. "He had all intangibles. He could throw left-handed power. There's no reason to believe that this guy couldn't have been a big league catcher."
And if you are in G.O.A.T. Kevin Malone, former general manager of Expos, believed Brady could reach even greater heights than just an MLB starter.
"I think he could have been one of the greatest catchers of all time," Malone told Bleacher Report. "I know that's quite a statement, but the projections were based on the fact that we had a left-handed catcher with arm strength and who was athletic."
Brady threw a few ceremonial first places at Fenway Park during his career with the Patriots, so maybe he will do it again in Tampa if the Buccaneers win Super Bowl 55. But if someone did their homework they'd know Brady would be most comfortable when you crouch behind the plate, get a pitch, and throw on the second base.
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Patrick Mahomes baseball career
Baseball would always be a part of Mahomes' life as his father Pat played as a reliever in major leagues for 11 years. The day after Mahomes' birth, his father brought a parade for the twins as part of his fourth MLB season.
Mahomes' greatest fame as a baseball player came during the 2010 Junior League World Series when he was a shortstop for the runner-up from Tyler, Texas.
Mahomes continued to play baseball (and basketball) throughout high school. As a university pitcher, he once overtook the future White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech in a playoff game by throwing a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts.
“He was just a bulldog,” Kopech told the Kansas City star. "To be honest, I think anyone who has ever played with or against Patrick would have assumed that they would have been a professional in every sport they played."
Patrick Mahomes was a 17-year-old boy for Whitehouse HS in Texas in the mid-1990s.
He reportedly threw a baseball "well over 200 feet when he was 10" regularly.
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Mahomes was inducted by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, though he chose to go to Texas Tech to play soccer instead. He made three appearances as a freshman for the Red Raiders baseball team, going 2-0 on the plate and failing three batters on the hill – that's a college lifelong average of .000 and ERA and WHIP of infinity.
As a right-handed man, Mahomes was solid in high school. After throwing that no-hitter against Kopech, his team had a game later that night and he went 3v4 with a home run.
If Super Bowl 55 goes into overtime, Mahomes and Brady may be able to host a home run derby to determine the champion.