Dick Harmon: Former professional breaks down BYU freshman Jacob Hannemann's decision to turn pro

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  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    June 17, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Loved the article. I followed Mitch Jones' minor league career as well as his brief MLB career. He was a great role model and could crush the ball!!!!! I hope Jacob listens to him. Jacob should also seek out advise from current RMs turned MLB players such as Matt Lindstrom and Jermey Guthrie. I am sure they could give him more sound advise on getting to the MLB. Good luck young man. I will be following your Cubs career!

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    June 9, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Excellent insights in this article! I love it when Dick connects us with such experts as Mitch Jones.

  • AzTim Gilbert, AZ
    June 9, 2013 9:54 a.m.


    How in the world could you complain that you were expecting "a full article about a new draftee, Jacob Hannemann, and ended up with someone else named Jones!"?

    The first clue about the context of the article should have been the headline, "Former pro (that would be Jones) breaks down BYU's Hannemann's decision to turn pro." And that's EXACTLY what Dick Harmon preceded to do. Like a good thesis statement, his headline told us exactly what the article would be about. My goodness! I grow tired of people not thinking before they spout off. Social media has become the new whaa, whaa, whaa medium for whiners and complainers who just seem to love to criticize.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 8, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    Re: Chris B

    I don't know where in the article it says that he's signing up for pro-baseball to go party, even though that is certainly his choice if that's what he wants to do. But I have a feeling that after having worked hard for 2 years telling people that you will be happier if you don't do those things . . . it's highly likely that he won't resort to that kind of lifestyle.

    I'm not sure if you are religious or not, but actually everyone is a sinner and everyone needs God. Even people who live the 'Mormon life' are sinners.

    There can be nice things about the party life on the surface. But for people who have lived both lifestyles (and I know several), many would say that life is happier, more peaceful and more problem free when you make responsible decisions.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    News flash, there is absolutely nothing wrong with people going to the bars for a few drinks or hooking up with girls, so long ad you are not in a steady relationship

    The Deseret news needs to learn that Mormon life is not for everyone, and just because you don't want to live the Mormon life it does not mean you are a sinner

    If the kid wants to go party, I suggest he go party.

    There is nothing wrong with changing your mind about religion and the way you want to live.

    In fact, it can be quite nice.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    June 8, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Pull a Deon Sanders or Bo Jackson. Excel and make it to the highest level in both sports. This kid is such a terrific athlete it's certainly possible if he stayed in school another year or 2.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 8, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    That's a bummer that he won't be on the football team but I can't say I'm shocked. Did anyone else not see this coming? He definitely made the best decision for himself and his family. Who wouldn't take a chance to make millions of dollars doing something you love? School will always be there if he wants to come back. The chance to be a professional athlete won't.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    I understand Jacob was really great on the redshirt squad last year and they were really counting on him to be a major player on this years defense. Well, I will miss him this year but I wish him all the success in the world he has chosen. I hope he can keep his focus on true goals in life while enjoying the sport he loves.
    It's been fun to follow him this season.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2013 11:05 p.m.

    Congrats to Hannemann. It would have been nice to have him on the football team this year, but can't blame him for accepting this chance of a lifetime. Not to mention the risk of injury that comes with football. Best of luck to him with his baseball career. Hope to see him playing for the Cubs within the next few years.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 7, 2013 10:40 p.m.

    I expected a full article about new draftee, Jacob Hannemann, and ended up with someone else named Jones!