11/20 The Kaepernick connection

San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick had no problems firing strikes against the Bears on Monday night. Kaepernick was a pitcher in high school, but wasn’t selected in the Major League Baseball Draft until he was in college at Nevada. Who picked him? The Cubs chose Kaepernick in the 43rd round in 2009, but he didn’t sign. They reportedly wanted him to make four starts in July, finish playing football, then commit to baseball. He said no and did not sign.

“What kind of leader would my teammates think I am if I left for a month to play baseball?” he said in a 2011 interview.

In an October interview this year, Kaepernick was asked if he was ever serious about baseball.

“Not if football was going to work for me,” Kaepernick said. “Out of high school, if I got a football scholarship, that’s what I was going to do. That was part of my scholarship deal with Nevada. I told them, ‘If I sign here, I won’t enter the Major League Draft.’ So, I declined it out of high school and actually got drafted three years later when I hadn’t picked up a baseball in three years.”

He reportedly threw about 93-94 mph.

— Carrie Muskat

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