The MLB draft begins tonight. Remember that time the Cleveland Indians said they were going to pick Urban Meyer but didn’t?
“I had lunch with (then-Indians president) Gabe Paul (and his assistant) in the spring of ’82,” Meyer explained (via BuckeyeSports.com). “How about that? They said, ‘You wanna go look at your position?’ We walked down and looked at shortstop. They said, ‘You wanna be the shortstop for the Cleveland Indians one day?’ I said, “Yeah.’ They said, ‘Son, I think that’s gonna happen.’ It never happened.”
Cleveland passed on Meyer a dozen times before the Braves took him in the 13th round.
Although he never made it out of rookie ball, not much more can be said of anyone the Indians took that year. Only four of their draftees made The Show, and none played more than 24 MLB games. Continue reading Remembering when Urban Meyer thought he’d be an Indian and Maurice Clarett defended Jim Tressel