Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson tells Rockies he’s sticking with football

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Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball and Single-A second baseman, and not surprisingly Wilson has informed the Rockies that he plans to stick with football.

Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that Wilson will not report to spring training and will instead focus on getting ready for the NFL draft, which is interesting considering he transferred to Wisconsin in the first place partly because the North Carolina State coaching staff wanted him to fully commit to football.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. does not have Wilson ranked among his top five quarterbacks, so Wilson may go lower in the seven-round NFL draft than he did in the 50-round MLB draft. He received a $200,000 bonus to sign with the Rockies in 2010.

And this concludes my Mike Florio impression.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.