Who's warming up in NFC West bullpen?

June, 22, 2013
6/22/13
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First Russell Wilson and now Colin Kaepernick have thrown out first pitches to rave reviews at major league baseball games.

If the NFL is truly a copycat league, Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer need to start warming up in the bullpen.

Kaepernick, entering his first full season as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, looked the part while throwing a pitch clocked at 87 mph before the San Francisco Giants' game Friday night. Like Wilson, who clocked 75 mph before a recent Seattle Mariners game, Kaepernick had options in two professional sports. Both were drafted in baseball and football. Both chose football and led their teams to the playoffs.

NFC West counterparts Bradford and Palmer aren't hurting in the arm-strength department, but neither was an accomplished baseball player. I'd still like to see them go pitch for pitch against Wilson and Kaepernick with radar guns at the ready. Palmer has, at least, consulted with former pitcher Tom House regarding throwing mechanics. It's a start.

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