Two-sport athletes in baseball aren’t that uncommon. But a speed skater-turned-baseball player?
Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox announced that they had signed Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez to a minor league deal.
Turns out, the 24-year-old was the quite the shortstop in high school. And after missing the Olympics in 2010, he made a beeline to Salt Lake Community College where he became the team’s starting shortstop. In 63 games, the 5-foot-9 shortstop hit .311 and helped lead the conference with 16 doubles and 46 RBI.
“I’ve never, ever been able to choose between baseball and skating, which is why I still juggle the two sports in my life,” Alvarez said prior to the Sochi Olympics. “I plan to go back to baseball after this. [Being an Olympic skater] was one of my goals…and the other one is to be a professional baseball player.”