After spending 11 years on the NFL gridiron, former Pro-Bowl wide receiver Golden Tate is transitioning to the baseball diamond. It was announced on Tuesday that the 33-year-old signed a Port Angeles Lefties of the West Coast League (WCL).
For fans who are unfamiliar with his pre-NFL days, Tate played baseball in both high school and college. He was actually drafted twice by MLB teams, first by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 amateur draft and then by the San Francisco Giants as a 50th-round pick in 2010.
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Upon signing his contract, Tate made sure to thank the Lefties for giving him the opportunity. He can't wait to play against the "best young players" and looks forward to "exploring baseball more."
The WCL is primarily made up of collegiate-level players, so it'll be interesting to see how Tate does following his football career. Whether or not he has what it takes to take it beyond that level remains to be seen.
Tate was a decent player during his two seasons playing baseball at Notre Dame. He saw 264 at-bats over 73 games, recording one home run, 25 RBIs and 16 stolen bases while slashing .318/.375/.402. They may have been over a decade ago, but it shows that he should at least be able to hold his own.
One thing that Tate could have working against him is the miles he's put on his body. He played 160 games between the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 2010 to 2020, turning 695 receptions into 8,278 yards and 46 touchdowns.
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