While Spring training marks the beginning of baseball season, it also marks the end of the regular season for college basketball. However, for the next few weeks, everyone in sports media will be focused on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness. Since that’s the case, and it’s March Madness season, there should be an article showcasing a starting five of the best MLB players that played college basketball.
1. Tony Gwynn – San Diego State University
Tony Gwynn is known as one of, if not the greatest contact hitter of all time. Gwynn had an illustrious 20-year career with the San Diego Padres where he amassed 3,141 hits to go along with 15 All-Star appearances, eight Golden Glove awards, eight batting titles, and seven Silver Slugger awards. He also has a plaque in Cooperstown. But before all of the accolades, Gwynn was a guard for the San Diego State Aztecs basketball team. In fact, he decided not to play baseball his freshman year and focus on basketball. During his tenure with the Aztecs basketball team, he broke the school record for most assists in a single game, a single season, and career, and they still stand today, 35 years later. Gwynn was also drafted by the San Diego Clippers, but chose to sign with the San Diego Padres.