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March 17, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Joe Borchard


Jonah Keri

A two-sport star at Stanford University, Joe Borchard chose a professional baseball career in the Chicago White Sox organization over a career as an NFL quarterback. Now 25 years old, with talented outfielders in front of him (Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Lee) and behind him (Jeremy Reed), Borchard faces a pivotal point in his career. Told earlier this week that he'll begin the year at Triple-A Charlotte, he hopes to get back up to the big club soon, with an eye on claiming a starting job. BP recently spoke to Borchard--before news of his demotion--about his off-season training regimen, his quest for a steady job in the big leagues, his choice of baseball over football, and more.

Baseball Prospectus: You were highly regarded at Stanford as both a football and baseball player. How did you decide which sport to pursue? How much did the money the White Sox offered affect the decision?

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October 21, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Randomosity


Joe Sheehan

With no baseball games last night, I watched, or tried to watch, Monday Night Football. I cannot for the life of me fathom how people can directly compare baseball and football and conclude that baseball is boring. The pace of a pro football game is completely unbelievable, with television timeouts after nearly every possession in some stretches, regardless of length. Play, play, play, punt, break. Play, play, turnover, break. Or my favorite: towards the end of a drive, one team calls a timeout. Commercials. On the next play they score, kick the extra point, commercials. Kickoff, touchback, more commercials. You end up with one actual play run in a 12-minute stretch. If it's interminable watching at home, what's it like at the game? I haven't been to a pro football game in nearly a decade, and the idea of sitting through that kind of stretch--10 minutes without any actual football in some spots--isn't likely to push me into breaking that streak anytime soon.

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