When he’s not making spectacular one-handed catches for the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. can bend a soccer ball like David Beckham, kick field goals, dunk basketballs and crush baseballs over the fence from both sides of the plate.
The second coming of Bo Jackson also can pitch. After a video of Beckham firing a softball at a reported speed of close to 90 mph went viral over the weekend, he was offered a contract Tuesday to pitch for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders — an independent league team based in Pomona, N.Y.
“It’s apparent that Odell is a very gifted athlete regardless of his sport. We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson,” Boulders general manager Shawn Reilly said. “As we are the New York area’s only defending professional championship team, he will have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment while still in close proximity to MetLife Stadium.”
Beckham would receive professional coaching.
“We were very impressed with Odell’s mechanics in the video,” said Boulders pitching coach Bobby Jones, the former Mets starter. “He’s shown his ability to catch a ball on the gridiron and after seeing his prowess on the mound, I am optimistic that he has the tools to develop into a quality pitcher.”
While the offer from the Boulders is nice, Beckham would surely prefer to play for the Yankees, who could use a starting pitcher.
Check out the video of Beckham throwing the softball.