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BYU baseball: Freshman star Jacob Hannemann could give up football to pursue pro baseball career

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  • IQ92 hi, UT
    May 13, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Take the money and run...or vice versa.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 13, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    Definitely take the money and run. If he really does have a good chance of playing Major League baseball, don't risk an injury playing football. Go for the guaranteed money of a baseball contract over the outside chance of a non-guaranteed NFL contract any day.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    May 13, 2013 10:24 p.m.

    As much as BYU needs him on the football team, especially in the defensive backfield . . . there's a lot of money in Major League Baseball. If he's got a legit shot at professional baseball he would be smart to go that route.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 13, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    Go for it Jacob. Baseball, for the most part, is much safer than football. And your career can last longer too.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    May 13, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    Anybody remember a guy by the name of Kyle Morrel?

    He came to BYU as a 2-sport athlete...football and baseball. Ultimately he gave up baseball to concentrate on football and became a 4-yr letterman, 3 yr starter at free-safety, senior captain, senior All-American and drafted by the Vikings in the 4th round (back in the day when they had 12 rounds so that's like being a 2nd/3rd rounder now).

    Started one game in the NFL and then got hurt, hung out on the injured reserve list for a while and then was out of the league.

    Man, that guy could play.

    Good luck with the decision THIS guy has to make. Choose wisely. With sincere prayer and humility the Lord WILL show you the best way forward.

    GO COUGARs!

  • LetsBeRational Spanish Fork, UT
    May 14, 2013 4:12 a.m.

    The 3 previous comments are all about the money. But there is much more to life than money, which he seems to understand. He will consider all the factors, and take it to the Lord, who is the only one who knows what is best for him in the long run. Hopefully he will make the right decision, regardless of the money.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 4:16 a.m.

    It's impressive to be able to dominate multiple sports like this. It looks to me like this guy can't lose, no matter what he chooses. If it's me though, I take baseball. It's easier on the body and the money would be great.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    May 14, 2013 6:19 a.m.

    Stay and get your education.
    That is, after all, the point of going to college. Baseball and football cannot last forever so invest in your future and get a good degree that will serve you your whole life.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    May 14, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    I have to agree with the comments that an education in the long run will be worth more. There are pros and cons for both. Ultimately it is his decision. We from the outside are not entitled to what is right for him. I hope we all respect HIS decision. But I do think it is a good problem to have.

    Best of luck and we will support you.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    He must be really good if he's #2 behind Hauge.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 14, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    As a star he would be a marked man in football. Maybe he does not want to field punts?

  • Lew Scannon Provo, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Great situation to be in. Of course he has yet to show (or to know perhaps) what he can do on the football field at the college level. But if it comes down to a decision between a lucrative baseball contact and an education, take the money. You can get a degree during the off-season, as many baseball players have done. That is not an either-or decision. You can do both. If it's a decision between major league baseball and college football, now that would be an either-or proposition and a difficult decision. My guess is that he has little to lose by waiting a year. If he does well on the football field and has another stellar season for BYU baseball, that will make the decision harder next year, but his price may also rise.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Way to go bm in attempting to guilt the kid into continuing his College Football career. Classy.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Go Utes!
    Springville, UT
    Stay and get your education.
    That is, after all, the point of going to college. Baseball and football cannot last forever so invest in your future and get a good degree that will serve you your whole life.
    ------

    Many -- I'd say most of the wisest -- work and go to school simultaneously. School is more relevant, because they see the day-to-day application, so they are much better prepared to excel when the finish school.

    Take the money.

    Is the Danny Ainge option available? Play baseball professionally, and then football in the fall? May not be a viable option since baseball and football overlap more than baseball and basketball, but is it an option?

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    May 14, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Take the money! As much as I would like to see him in Cougar Blue for both football and baseball, opportunities to play professionally are few and far between. As far as his education, I am pretty sure that all professional baseball contracts agree to pay the athlete's education after his professional career is over.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    There are one thing to think about - EDUCATION. Yes, baseball is a long time investment and same with education. I don't know, you're on your own. We can use a good cornerback that we haven't seen for sometime but playing in NFL is a high risk. I don't know and I don't understand this should be news here. Good luck on your choices.

  • Short Bald Honest Las Cruces, New Mexico
    May 14, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    "I wouldn't want to do that church ball and that church softball stuff."

    Hey!! now your stepping on some toes. :-) Good-luck, enjoy the ride. Everyone has to hang up the equipment eventually.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    May 14, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    @ Go Utes! :

    "Stay and get your education. That is, after all, the point of going to college."

    Never thought I'd agree with a Uter fan, but there's a first time for everything. Tough call, especially if there is big money, but unless it is an incredible situation, I'd say stay and get the education first. You'll never regret having the degree. That said, if there's 7 figures in the signing bonus, you can always come back . . .

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    I've known Brian Banks, personally, his entire lifetime.

    Has anybody else ever made it big out of byu's baseball program?

    Remember this, before you become incredulous and wish to spew vitriol in my direction, I was born/raised on ASU Baseball and remain a season ticket holder to this day....ASU Baseball is, unequivocally, one of the nation's ELITE programs....BB s/h stayed home and played for ASU, instead.

  • come_on_man draper, UT
    May 14, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    He will get all of his school paid for by the organization that signs him. He better sign or else he will lose money next year because of his age from going on a mission. So sign get some money, go to school until your 30, play in the big leagues, raise a family in Alpine, get your high school coach fired, drive an Escalade.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 15, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    AZUTE1

    "Has anybody else ever made it big out of BYU's baseball program?"

    Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder, Vance Law, and Kevin Tower (whom you should know) to name just a few.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 15, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Uteanymous

    "Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder, Vance Law, and Kevin Tower (whom you should know) to name just a few."

    Who? Furthermore, you state, "to name a few", as if this list of yours were exhaustive or something.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    May 15, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Jacob and his family should talk and listen closely to Coach Littlewood's advice.
    Coach's son was a 2nd round pick/5 tool player coming out of HS.
    His son continues to struggle for whatever reason in his 3rd year with the Mariners.
    Jacob's only minus is his arm...
    However, there are 4 tool players who have played many years.
    Jacob currently exists in a very supportive environment in Provo.
    When he signs the contract, all that type of support evaporates.
    Living the life of a professional baseball player below the Major League level can be very stressful for anyone let alone an RM.
    The fact that he is considering marriage creates/perhaps solves other problems/issues.
    At any rate, if he signs and eventually gets released he can always return to finish his education.
    Best wishes for Jacob as he moves forward with his life.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    May 15, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    Jack Morris is another BYU product that made it big in the major leagues.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    May 16, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Nice eye for talent Vance Law

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    @azute

    Dane Iorg, Rick Aguilera, are a couple of more.

    I like how you try to be a utah "fan" when you think that fits your hate agenda and then try to claim asu when you think that fits your hate agenda.

    BYU has a long and excellent history in baseball and has turned out quite a few very good, to excellent, major league players. No they are not asu, few schools are as far as baseball is concerned, but your other supposed school utah is nothing in comparison to BYU. No one has come out of utah and been any sort of major leaguer and they still are terrible.