Archive for March, 2014

MLB Gets No ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Nod for 18th Straight Season

March 4, 2014

I feel bad writing something like this, but it seems that MLB’s skid of not having a player or pitcher as a Dancing with the Stars contestant has no end in sight…it’s been 0 for 18 in that instance since the show was launched in America in July 2005 (Fall 2012’s roster was a lineup of previous contestants). One skid that did end in Spring 2014 – as far as athlete contestants are concerned – was the show never having an NHL player; Season 18 – whose cast includes Candace Cameron Bure of ABC’s own Full House as well as Drew Carey of The Price is Right and The Drew Carey Show – has former NHL player Sean Avery as a DWTS contestant.

DWTS has had a number of athletes on its historic roster: most of them were from either the NFL (like Hall of Famer Jerry Rice) or the Olympics (to wit: Shawn  Johnson and Charlie White), but there have also been racers like Helio Castroneves and soccer players like Hope Solo on the show. Even the NBA’s been credited with having had at least one DWTS contestant – in their case, Metta World Peace. The list goes on.

Anyway, there are a plethora of living former MLB players who could be considered for DWTS participation. Paul O’Neill is one I can name; he once mentioned on YES Network that he’s been waiting for a DWTS invite for years. But, at this rate, I guess MLB for that matter will just have to wait. I don’t count Spring 2010 contestant and co-host Erin Andrews because she just does on-the-side announcement coverage not only for MLB, but also NFL and college football.