Most people know that Deion Sanders is one of the greatest football players in NFL history. The Florida native made eight Pro Bowls, won the 1994 Defensive Player of the Year Award, and captured two Super Bowls during his illustrious career.
Sanders was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
However, the average fan sometimes forgets that Deion Sanders was pretty good at baseball too. In fact, Sanders played in 641 games with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants.
Deion Sanders began his MLB career with the Yankees
The Kansas City Royals drafted Deion Sanders in the sixth round of the 1985 amateur draft. However, Prime Time didn’t sign his contract with the club.
On June 1, 1988, the Yankees selected Sanders in the 30th round of the 1988 amateur draft. This time, Sanders signed his contract and made his MLB debut on May 31, 1989, against the Seattle Mariners. He went 1-for-4 and drove in one run in the Yankees’ 9-5 win while scoring a run as well.
Sanders finished his rookie season with the Yankees with 11 hits in 47 plate appearances. He hit two home runs, drove in seven runs, and stole one base.
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Sanders with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 NFL draft. Like Bo Jackson, Sanders played in the MLB and NFL. The 1990 MLB season saw Sanders hit just .158 with the Yankees. New York released Sanders on September 24, 1990.
Since he was already living in Atlanta, Sanders signed with the Braves on January 30, 1991. In 292 games with the Braves, Sanders batted .277 and hit 22 home runs. He also stole 75 bases.
In May of 1994, the Braves traded Sanders to the Reds. He finished the 1994 season batting .283 with the Braves and Reds in 92 games. The 1994 NFL season had Sanders on the San Francisco 49ers.
On July 21, 1995, Sanders was traded by the Reds to the Giants. The athletic freak appeared in 52 games with the Giants and batted an impressive .285 while blasting five home runs.
Deion Sanders didn’t play in the MLB during the 1996 season because of football. He signed back with the Reds for the 1997 season and hit .273. After not playing baseball in ’98 and ’99, Sanders’ last MLB campaign was in 2001 with the Reds, where he batted .173.
Deion Sanders’ final MLB stats are solid
Deion Sanders finished his baseball career with a batting average of .263. He hit 39 home runs, drove in 168 runs, and stole 186 bases. Sanders recorded 558 hits and struck out 352 times.
One of the fastest players in the world during his athletic prime, Sanders scored 308 runs in the MLB. He compiled an OBP of .319 and a WAR of 5.5.
In 13 playoff games with the Braves, Deion Sanders hit .348. While he never won a World Series or played in an All-Star Game, Sanders’ MLB career was memorable considering he was in the NFL too.
Prime Time was must-see TV in baseball and football
Deion Sanders is the greatest corner in NFL history. He single-handedly shut off an entire side of the field. Prime Time recorded 53 interceptions with the Falcons, 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens.
Sanders scored nine defensive touchdowns and nine touchdowns on special teams. He won two Super Bowls, one with the 49ers and one with the Cowboys.
While he wasn’t an All-Star in baseball, Deion Sanders still put up stellar numbers for someone who wasn’t a die-hard MLB fanatic.
Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.