February 25, 2021

Stark: Tales of Joe, Bo, Shohei and the future of two-way players (The Athletic)

TEMPE, Ariz. — The topic was Shohei Ohtani. But there was Joe Maddon, spinning a Bo Jackson folk tale that felt like something that should have sprung from the Marvel Superhero files.

This was Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It was the day the charismatic Ohtani threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since Tommy John Surgery, as onlookers gawked, cameras clicked and Ohtani fans from multiple continents oohed and aahed.

But there was Joe Maddon, talking about Bo Jackson.

Bo knows Joe, and Joe knows Bo, because they were together in Anaheim in 1994. And if anyone had listened to Maddon back then, Bo might have become the Ohtani of his time, except there also would have been like 7,000 additional mesmerizing rushing yards added to his multi-tasking legend if you went all the way back to his Auburn days.

“I thought we should have attempted to make Bo a relief pitcher,” the Angels manager said, not that anyone had asked about Bo.

Read “Stark: Tales of Joe, Bo, Shohei and the future of two-way players” at The Athletic