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Australian opener David Warner has attracted the attention of American baseball scouts and was considering it, The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday. Warner has been in superb form throughout the Ashes and scored his second century in the third Test and his sixth this season.
Warner’s manager Tony Connelly told The Telegraph yesterday that he and Warner had spoken about it. “A pitch over the plate is a full toss right in his range but once they start throwing curves, it’s a bit different. We talked about setting up a trial in the States and getting him in a batting cage just to have a look."
Warner has endorsement deals with Gray Nicolls, Asics and ANZ Stadium and could sign deals to the tune of $5 million based on his current form. He is also expected to fetch $2 million at the next IPL auction. "His talent is second to none in raw ability and now he's combining it with a great work ethic," Connelly told the Telegraph. "If he was any good at baseball, he could double or triple what he earns from cricket."
Baseball promoter Justin Moore reportedly considered Warner for an All Stars team when the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks visit Australia in March. The event conflicts with Australia's tour of Bangladesh and Warner was thought to be unavailable for baseball.
In the early days of baseball, it was not uncommon for cricketers to turn baseball pros. In fact, two Baseball Hall of Famers - Harry Wright and George Wright were cricketers. Harry assembled, managed, and played center field for baseball's first fully professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. George was a shortstop for Cincinnati Red Stockings for the same team.
In recent years, two country cricketers - Ed Smith and Ian Pont, have tried out for baseball. Pont got a month-long extended trial and was starting pitcher in an exhibition game. Smith trained with the New York Mets as he researched his book "Playing Hard Ball."