10 athletes who should stick to one sport

Michael Jordan, Chris Chelios, and Marion Jones are all athletes who were dominant in one sport,...

Michael Jordan, Chris Chelios, and Marion Jones are all athletes who were dominant in one sport, but didn't do too well trying another. (REUTERS)

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Well, Tracy McGrady’s baseball career didn’t last too long.

The former Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets star has hung up his spikes after a short two-month career in the minors.

McGrady posted a 6.75 ERA and walked ten batters in four outings with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

The 35-year-old struck out the last batter he faced and left the mound before his team clapped him out.

The strikeout was the first and only of his baseball career.

So thanks to Tracy’s short, uninspiring fling in another sport, here are our favourite ten athletes who should stick to what they do best:

MICHAEL JORDAN

We all know that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player in the history of the game, played a little baseball near the end of his career.

But despite what Space Jam told you as a little kid, he wasn’t all that spectacular.

It was during his first retirement period that he played double-A baseball for the Birmingham Barons, the Chicago White Sox affiliate.

Jordan put up a .202 batting average with 3 home runs, 51 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He never played in the majors.

CHAD JOHNSON

Ochocinco is a big time soccer nut.

Too bad his talking couldn’t back up his other football game.

The current Montreal Alouettes wide receiver and former Cincinnati Bengals star had a trial with Sporting Kansas City of MLS.

He played as a right winger during an exhibition match against the Kansas City Brass, a local development squad, and was ineffective.

Who knows, maybe he’ll call up the Montreal Impact for a second look.

CHRIS CHELIOS

The former Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings defenceman really wanted to put together a bobsled team for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics.

He tried to qualify for the Games as a member of the Greek bobsled team, because of his Greek roots.

Chelios’ team wasn’t good enough to make the Olympics, but he still made the U.S. men’s hockey team and was named captain.

BROCK LESNAR

The former UFC heavyweight champion really wanted to make the NFL.

In 2004, he played in the preseason for the Minnesota Vikings, and tried to make quite the name for himself.

He started some minor fights and injured Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard, putting him out of action for a couple days.

Lesnar was a late cut by the Vikings and hasn’t tried out for the NFL since.

MARION JONES

Jones had to be considered the most successful female athlete of her generation.

That was before the American track star had her five gold medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics taken away from her after a PED and counterfeiting scandal.

After she got out of jail, Jones joined the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA at 34-years-old.

Jones was a gifted basketball player in college, staring for UNC-Chapel Hill, but her time with the Shock didn’t go too well.

She averaged 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in her first season.

JOHNNIE MORTON

The former big-time receiver for the USC Trojans played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco Giants before making the switch to MMA after he retired.

He made his MMA debut in 2007 and was knocked out less than 40 seconds into the bout.

He refused to take an anti-doping test afterward, was suspended indefinitely and didn’t get paid for the fight.

JUSTIN GATLIN

The American Olympic gold-medal sprinter tried to become an NFL player during his four year ban from track.

Gatlin tried out for the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, but wasn’t good enough to make any of their squads.

According to the sprinter he hadn’t played football since Grade 10, so NFL teams weren’t just going to sign him for his blazing speed.

RUSSELL WILSON

The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback, has his baseball rights owned by the Texas Rangers.

Wilson played two short seasons in the minors as a second baseman.

BRANDON WEEDEN

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was originally drafted in the second round by the New York Yankees in 2002 but couldn’t get a shot in the majors.

He went back to college and became the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Weeden was drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, becoming the oldest player to ever be taken in first round at 28 years old.

CHRIS WEINKE

The former Carolina Panthers quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner actually played six seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays minor-league system before making the switch to football.

He played six seasons in the NFL with the Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.


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