The history of sports in the United States tells that Michael Jordan, after winning three titles of the NBA with the Chicago bulls, He decided keep his father’s promise and get involved in baseball, signing for Chicago White Sox; However, their fate may have been different in the Major League Baseball (MLB).
What is known to all is that between 1993 and 1994, Your Majesty was part of the minor league team Birmingham Barons, where in his step he registered a .202 average with three home runs, 51 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, 114 strikeouts, 51 walks and 11 errors.
However, what very few people knew is that Michael Jordan could have gone straight to MLB, even permanently moving away from the city of Chicago, this according to the version of Sandy Alderson, current president of the New York Mets.
The day Michael Jordan refused to play in MLB
In dialogue with the journalist from ESPN, Buster olney, the executive acknowledged that in 1993, when he was working as general manager of Oakland Athletics, they hardly knew of the interest of MJ for baseball, They called him to offer a spot on the Major League Baseball roster, but not because of his talent, but because of the fans and promotions that he would bring to the park.
“When I found out he wanted to play baseball, I called his agent right away. I wanted to sign him and put him on the 25-player roster. I told him, ‘if he accepts, he will be part of our first team from tomorrow’; I had no idea what his qualities were, but the attention and publicity that this would have generated was worth the risk“Anderson claimed for Jordan’s option.
GM Week rolls on as @Buster_ESPN talks to Sandy Alderson about his hobby of trading Rickey Henderson, moving Dennis Eckersley to the bullpen, the top-down revolution of Moneyball and that time tried to give Michael Jordan an A’s roster spot
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April 21, 2020