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So many times I hear the words "his athletic" or draft him his athletic!  Baseball is more than being athletic. Shaq Thompson is finding out that baseball is more than being able to run fast and hitting a ball off of high school kids.  Baseball is a game that you must play and practice every day, you learn about the game starting at a young age and you play it and live it to become great at it and that does not even guarantee you a shot to play it professionally.   Just because a kid is athletic does not mean he can play the game and football and baseball are like apples and oranges one you can eat right away the other takes time to peel and eat piece by piece.  Just my thoughts!

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David Wells, David Ortiz and Prince Fielder. Surprise, surprise, all out of shape and have had successful mlb careers. Is this news? Or a waste of my time? Its probably both.
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Ouch.  It doesn't get any worst than that. He has struck out 25 times in 26 at bats.  Can't say I'm surprised though.  His HS baseball career was at best average and he struck out a lot even at that level against very average pitching. .  A great athlete no doubt, but I think he is quickly finding that his forte is on the gridiron.

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This was a joke to start with. The majority of scouts that you and I know thought this was a reach- period.
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another day, another 5Ks!!  He has now K'd 31 of 32 ABs.  The poor kid is going to be the subject of some national following unfortunately.
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Lay down a bunt......something. This is agonizing to hear for any player at any level.
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They just need to end it and let him get up the U-Dub and get ready for the football season.
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Ran across this...

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and another 5 today----36 out of 37 !!
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This reminds me of the movie "They shoot horses, don't they?"

Put the kid out of his misery.  Release him.
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Will they release the scout as well? 18th round pick...
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Shaq Thompson wraps up summer baseball

UW signee Shaq Thompson concluded his summer baseball with the Gulf Coast Red Sox today and will soon head to Seattle --- he Tweeted earlier that he will be on-campus next Friday.

Thompson went 0-2 with a strikeout and a flyout today, meaning he finished the season 0-39 with 37 strikeouts (see his stats here).

Those stats earned Thompson a a fair bit of unfavorable attention as the summer has progressed.

But here's a really good story from that puts Thompson's summer of baseball into better perspective than just looking at his numbers, and also notes how popular he became in the organization, which had a number of people coming to his defense when his strikeout totals began to earn him some of the derisive attention noted above.

The story also includes what are the first real solid numbers I've seen on what he got paid, saying he received a $45,000 bonus and can earn up to $100,000 over four years if he sticks with baseball.

Arriving by next Friday will give Thompson roughly 10 days to get acclimated before UW begins fall camp on Aug. 6 (with the official report day of Aug. 5).

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Put a fork in him.  He's done.  The Sox organization is trying to make lemonade out of a lemon.  He won't be tying on baseball cleats anytime in the near or far future for that matter.  If he is a good as advertised his baseball career will just be a bump in the road as he makes his fame and fortune on the gridiron.  I think he is going to have a stellar career.... in football.

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All you guys are haters!!!!!! I've not read not one post congratulating the kid on trying baseball out!!!! Who cares if he struck out 36 times and got no hits!!! The best part about this whole thing a team gave him a opportunity to try out a sport to which the TEAM thought he can grow in.All you haters mad because he took a draft spot!!! Don't hate on him!!! He took the money and opportunity and ran with it. I myself was a 12th round draft choice in 95 and did not play high school baseball but played one season of junior college ball and had a great year. I ended up playing 10 years and loved every bit of it!!! Did you guys know the football player Ricky Williams also played pro baseball? 8th round draft choice by the Philadelphia Phillies! I played against him in rookie ball and he was horrible! Nobody hated on him. Not even the news! They all thought it was cool! Dennis Dixon played, the old QB for Oregon ducks and is still in the NFL! Guys, give these and more double sport guys credit and stop hating on there own path to success. Try doing this....CREATE YOURS!!!!
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I know plenty of guys that have done well in both. Stanford has had a bunch. I personally think Dixon should have stayed with Baseball- he had a chance. Jarred Page was another guy. Tyler Gaffney of Stanford is playing baseball right now and not sure if he will come back for his final season at Stanford.

The fact is that Shaq Thompson is a great athlete who had NO business playing pro baseball. 37 out of 39 times he K's? Come on! That sucks. The Red Sox made a mistake- period! 

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Did you honestly think he was going to pass up the oppotunity?? Your crazy if you think so!!! I commend the Red sox for this. He has a 4 year contract and if he works hard like he does in baseball he will be alright. Not saying he's gonna make it to the show but he will start progressing in the sport. People just need to stop hating because if you was in his shoes you also would have signed that contract.
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This whole thing is about having $100K in spending money while attending Udub on a full scholarship. This kid got the college scholly of a lifetime, all above board and NCAA legal. He's laughing all the way to the.... IMO
Oh, I forgot, and a fully paid summer vacation every year. LOL

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This post was edited on 8/11 11:06 AM by mrsplitty

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You're not getting it. My problem is with the Red Sox. They are taking a chance on an athlete whose skills don't translate well in the batter's box. Nobody's hating- just stating opinions. Write it down- he will never get past A ball or hit over .200. It's just not there.
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At his current rate he will be lucky to hit .050.

Like I said, his future is in football

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Cricket sounds
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