What A Classy Move By The Texas Rangers
While we were all fixating on the Mets draft selections for most of this week (rightfully so), something odd happened during the draft that many of you may not have noticed.
The Texas Rangers drafted University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor on Wednesday in the 33rd round of the First Year Player Draft. It’s not exactly something that immediately jumps out at you, but let me explain.
You see, Johnathan Taylor is partially paralyzed. Two months ago, he suffered a broken neck in a devastating outfield collision with his teammate Zach Cone during a game. He is unlikely to walk again and is considered a tetraplegic, because the paralysis affected all his extremities
Making this story even more interesting is that the Rangers actually drafted Cone, the outfielder he collided with, in the second round of the draft a day earlier.
Cone and Taylor are friends, and Texas Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg said that his team was trying to do something nice.
“He’s a great kid, and he’s going through a terrible time in his life and we thought this would be something to uplift him. I’ve seen the kid play since high school, he was a great player at Georgia.”
ESPN.com spoke with Taylor’s college coach, David Perno, who spoke to Taylor shortly after he received the call he had been selected by the Texas Rangers.
“J.T. is definitely a player worthy of getting drafted. He’s been a big part of our program, and we are all very excited for him. When I talked to him after he got the call, he was in the middle of his rehabilitation work, laughing and having a good time and was thrilled to be drafted.”
I applaud the Texas Rangers for making this tragedy a little less tragic and lifting this young player’s spirits. It was a classy move, by a classy organization that is headed by some great baseball people.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
7 Comments + Add Comment
- jason bay: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Hilarious to see people continuing to bring...
- William Li: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Yea, not straight up. But maybe with...
- Djmurphy: on MMO Fan Shot: Granderson Is In The House… What’s Next?: Everybody says without Harvey like its the...
- William Li: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: He had a bad year defensively but...
- jessep: on Rave Reviews From MMO Staff To Curtis Granderson Signing!: Why are you mad that your favorite...
MMO Chat: Lets Talk Mets Baseball!
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!