Eddy Alvarez (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
By Max Meyer
Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to a post on his Instagram account. Alvarez, a short-track speed skater, won the silver in the 5,000m relay at the Sochi Olympics.
The 24-year-old played college baseball in 2011 at Salt Lake Community College, where he was an all-conference shortstop. Even though he’s focused on skating ever since, he has stated his desire to continue his pursuit of a potential baseball career after the Sochi Olympics.
It’s rare for athletes to succeed in multiple professional sports, and it remains to be seen whether Alvarez can regain his knack for the game after spending so much time away from it.
Olympic athletes haven’t necessarily fared well in the minor leagues in attempting to make the White Sox. Just ask Michael Jordan.