They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but for former Phillies prospect Cord Sandberg, that may not be entirely true.
After playing his final baseball game on July 2, Sandberg announced his retirement from the game to pursue playing football. On Monday, we found out where that would be.
Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I'm excited to announce I'm officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work! #WarEagle 🦅 @AuburnFootball pic.twitter.com/ot49iTRW9c— Cord Sandberg (@sandberg_cord) July 30, 2018
A highly sought-after two-sport athlete in high school, Sandberg, now 23, committed to Mississippi State out of Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, to play football in 2013. However, the Phillies selected him with the 89th overall pick in the MLB draft and he decided to sign with the club for a signing bonus of $775,000.
He would spend the next six seasons in the Phillies' organization, hitting .243 with 29 home runs in 496 games. The outfielder spent 2018 in Reading, where he hit .231 in 54 games.
A dual-threat quarterback, Sandberg was the 232nd-ranked player and a four-star recruit back in 2013 by 247Sports. Astonishingly, Sandberg threw for nearly 2,500 yards in his senior season with 35 TDs and just one interception. During his prep career, Sandberg tossed 79 TDs with just eight picks.
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He will attend Auburn University, and does so hoping to follow in the footsteps of some other successful baseball players-turned-QBs like Chris Weinke, a Heisman Trophy winner, and Drew Henson, who played for the Yankees before being drafted by Houston and traded to Dallas.
Sandberg will arrive on campus this week, but does not figure to be a starter for a few seasons.