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Monday, September 6, 2021

Todd Krumm played both football and baseball in college; He made the NFL, but missed the majors

Todd Krumm returned to the field in 1990, just not the kind of field on which he'd last played, The Detroit Free Press wrote.

Krumm signed with he Tigers that year, for baseball. Two year's earlier, he'd played football, with the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.

"It felt a little funny putting on a uniform again," Krumm told The Free Press that March in 1990. "Last year was the first time in a long time that I wasn't in one kind of uniform or another."

Krumm had played baseball in college, and had even been drafted. But he detoured into football, as a defensive back. His return to baseball, however, proved brief. He played two seasons and topped out at AA.

Krumm's baseball career began in 1990, signed by the Tigers as a free agent after he'd played his college ball at Michigan State. Krumm was also credited as Todd Krum.

On the football field in college, Krumm was  credited with making the difference in a September 1986 win over Notre Dame as he picked off two throws, running one back for a touchdown and getting the second to end Notre Dame's comeback attempt, The St. Joseph Herald-Palladium wrote.

"Todd Krumm is a perfect example of smarts in our program," Michigan State coach George Perles told The Herald-Palladium. "I'm so proud of him. He is the star and hero of today's game."

The next year, Krumm's work on the baseball field resulted in the Mets drafting him in the 15th round. He turned them down in favor of his senior year in football, UPI wrote.

He then went out and intercepted nine passes, a school record. "Right now, I'd say it's the best decision I've ever made," Krumm told UPI in November 1987 of passing on baseball.

Krumm took that senior season on to the Bears. He signed with the club and made the 1988 team. He got into 15 games and made two interceptions. He didn't return for 1989.

With the Tigers, the pitcher Krumm started at high-A Lakeland. He went 7-9, with a 2.41 ERA over 24 starts. 

He returned to Lakeland for seven outings in 1991, and also saw 18 at AA London. He went 4-8 at London, with 7.10 ERA. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,733
Made the Majors:1,265-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,468-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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