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Joe Borchard on his way to becoming the next Chad Hutchinson
2006-02-13 16:24
by Bob Timmermann

Following in the line of other Stanford quarterbacks who tried to play baseball and failed such as Chad Hutchinson, the leading hitter on the World Champion White Sox, Joe Borchard is thinking of giving up baseball for the greener pastures of the Canadian Football League.

Another Stanford QB didn't do so hot in the minors, but he came out OK in the NFL. And this Stanford QB wasn't the greatest college player, but he had a decent major league career compared to Hutchinson and Borchard.

2006-02-13 16:59:55
1.   Rich Lederer
What, no love for Cliff Politte and Jon Garland?
2006-02-13 17:10:24
2.   Bob Timmermann
I just thought I would be nice to Jon.
2006-02-13 17:16:28
3.   Rich Lederer
Yeah, but the other Jon is pretty upset at his fellow high school alum.
2006-02-13 17:18:05
4.   Ken Arneson
.318/.427/.464 wasn't really such a bad line for Elway.
2006-02-13 17:23:58
5.   Bob Timmermann
That's still a 22-year old playing short-season A ball.
2006-02-13 19:27:46
6.   deadteddy8
Brian Johnson, hitter of the most exciting home run I've ever seen live, a game winner in 1997, off the Dodgers, right after Rod Beck got out of a bases loaded jam by getting Eddie Murray to hit into a 1-2-3 double play.

For what it's worth, is Todd Helton the best MLB player to have played quarterback at a D1 college? He backed up Peyton Manning at Tennessee.

2006-02-13 19:39:32
7.   Bob Timmermann
You should not wander over to Dodger Thoughts with that particular opinion of Brian Johnson.

And I believe Murray hit into a 4-2-3 DP.

2006-02-13 19:58:48
8.   Jon Weisman
I'm at a loss for words to capture my feelings here.
2006-02-13 20:27:39
9.   Bob Timmermann
Anger? Fear? Disappointment? Nausea?
2006-02-13 21:51:34
10.   Jon Weisman
Where the rolling foothills rise,
Up t'wards mountains higher,
Where at eve the Coast range lies
in the sunset fire,
Flushing deep and paling;
Here we raise our voices hailing
Thee, our Alma Mater.

From the foothills to the bay,
it shall ring,
As we sing,
It shall ring and float away;
Hail, Stanford hail!
Hail, Stanford hail!

2006-02-13 22:22:57
11.   Bob Timmermann
Unfortunately The Baseball Cube does not have stats available for Jay Schroeder. I can't think of any other recent UCLA quarterbacks who played pro baseball.
2006-02-14 00:32:06
12.   Xeifrank
Joe has a ton of relatives here in town. My neighbors are his cousins. They got me an autographed baseball card. Wish him the best of luck in whatever he decides to do. You would be amazed by the number of very good atheletes in his family. vr, Xei
2006-02-14 11:53:53
13.   deadteddy8
Bob, you're right that it was a 4-2-3 double play. Funny how I remembered the catcher to first part, but must have filled in the rest.

And now, because I feel sorry that you were born into Dodger fandom (I kid, I kid), behold the glory of Retrosheet, and how simple text may warm the Dodger fan's heart...


2006-02-14 12:34:03
14.   Bob Timmermann
The latter was about 2000 times more satisfying than the former.

Finley's homer avenged 1962 in a delightful fashion.

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