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Eyes on Starling's baseball career


08:18 AM ET 05.09 | Another Starling, along with the Cubs' Starling Castro, is making a name for himself -- only at a much younger age. Bubba Starling digs in and eyes the pitcher. A howling wind blows straight toward left field. "If he gets hold of one, the ball will be in that parking lot," says Jimbo Starling, Bubba's father, motioning toward an elementary school beyond the left-field fence of Gardner Edgerton High's baseball complex. The elder Starling wears a white-and-red cap with an "N" on the front. Husker football fans, hopeful Bubba ultimately will choose college over professional baseball, will be pleased to hear that. "There's no decision to be made right now," Jimbo Starling says. "He's going to Nebraska to play football." Of course, it's not that simple.

Lincoln Journal Star

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May 9, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Bubba and Jimbo ... ?

May 9, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Another kid, who has a dad giving quotes for him.

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May 9, 2011  09:12 AM ET

OK so my first thought is "oh boy another hover dad" but then I thought about when I was deciding if I was going to go to college and my dad said the same thing. It really was not a choice for me my dad said "YOU ARE GOING TO COLLEGE!". Thank God for dad. Jimbo do your thing and look out for your kid.

May 9, 2011  09:31 AM ET

It don't mean cheet right now. Where will he be drafted and how much money. His dads statement is true until they see what happens there. then there will be a decision to make.

True Dat!

I assume his dad has money. Only time will tell.

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May 9, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Well he could end up doing both. He should be drafted pretty high and get some serious guaranteed money. If he stinks it up for a few years he can then go back to college to play CFB. Worked for Quan Cosby. I think Henson did that too and he stole paychecks from both the Yanks and the Cowboys.

Chris Weinke anyone, or the Tweeden guy at OSUpokes. There have been quite a few players to play pro baseball and CFB. Pro baseball was the perfect cover for Deion to get hooked up by the bagmen at FSU :)

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May 9, 2011  12:52 PM ET

Anyone with the talant to play pro baseball and they pick college FB is efed in the head...

May 9, 2011  12:55 PM ET

not as a football player.

March 4, 2009, 10:04 pm A Player Who Went From Pro Baseball to College Football
The University of South Carolina figured into an athlete???s sport swap long before Chris Smelley joined ??? and left ??? the Gamecocks.

Rick Sofield was a star high school quarterback in Morristown, N.J., who turned down a football scholarship from Michigan to play professional baseball. He went on to become the 13th pick in the 1975 major league draft by the Minnesota Twins and eventually moved from shortstop to center field.

But after playing minor league ball and three seasons with the Twins, he turned back to football and enrolled at South Carolina. His path is essentially the reverse of the one being traveled by Smelley, who has abandoned a football career at South Carolina for a shot to play baseball at Alabama.

What did Sofield, now the baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, learn from his experience?

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May 9, 2011  02:29 PM ET


So that was meant for Stoops and not me FJJ?

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