Warner to play Major League Baseball?

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“If he was any good at baseball, he could double or triple what he earns from cricket”

After becoming one of Australia’s most treasured talismans in the ongoing Ashes series, flamboyant opening batsman David Warner is mulling over whether he can mirror his success in cricket in Major League Baseball.

Warner’s manager, Tony Connelly, confirmed that they had talked about it and have even inquired about “setting up a trial in the States and getting him in a batting cage”.

“Dave and I have spoken about it — it would be interesting to see how he goes,” Connelly told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “A pitch over the plate is a full toss right in his range but once they start throwing curves, it’s a bit different.

“We talked about setting up a trial in the States and getting him in a batting cage just to have a look.

“It was more a fun thing to see how he goes. Right now he’s in the middle of an Ashes series and that’s his total focus.”

According to Connelly, Warner has the potential to earn US$5 million per year.

The Daily Telegraph also reported that Warner had caught the attention of numerous baseball scouts.

The newspaper added that baseball officials had recently thought about approaching him to play for an all-star team when the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks square off against each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March.

However, Warner will not be available during that period of time as he will be in Bangladesh for the World Twenty20.

“We threw his name around in our internal discussions,” Major League Baseball promoter Justin Moore told the Daily Telegraph. “I’ve had people asking me about Dave Warner from bizarre corners of the planet. Out of all the cricketers, he’s probably the one who could convert because of his eye and his power, plus his fielding is good enough.

“If he was any good at baseball, he could double or triple what he earns from cricket.”

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