By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 15, 2014
With the MLB having the annual Midsummer Classic it’s a great time to think about what could have been if certain NHL players had chosen the diamond instead of the ice. With strong wrists and great lateral motion needed in both sports, many of these players could have been in an All-Star game or two.
The former Shattuck-St. Mary’s third baseman has become one of the best playoff defensemen in the NHL, but he once excelled on the diamond. The fiery competitor was kicked off his high school squad for fighting (shocking), but his talent and sheer tenacity would have made him a very intriguing pro prospect.
The former infielder in Quebec has one of the quickest glove hands in the NHL. It’s not a stretch to imagine him playing third in the MLB and making highlight reel stops at the hot corner while missing routine plays like he does in the crease.
“Sid the Kid” has hit two home runs out of PNC Park in Pittsburgh during batting practice and with his wrists/hand-eye coordination no one should be surprised. The former high school pitcher (and teammate of Jack Johnson) likely would have played shortstop if he stuck with baseball. Anyone that’s seen him on the ice can attest he’d make more than a few highlight plays between second and third base.
The young star for the Anaheim Ducks pitched and played the middle infield for Farmington Hills High School in Michigan. As a freshman he was part of a Farmington squad that went to the state championship game, losing in heartbreaking fashion. After that Fowler hung up his cleats and focused 100 percent on the ice, something Ducks fans are sure glad he did.
The power forward will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but once upon a time donned the red and white as a catcher for Canada’s National Junior Baseball team. With “Iggy: taking his talents to the Colorado Avalanche the Rockies should put a call in for his services part time, it’s not like that lineup can get any worse.
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