By stretching the Jordan curve theorem to its most positive area…then, yes.
Don’t even try telling Bulls and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf that Michael Jordan’s attempt at baseball was a flop.
‘‘There’s a common misconception among people that Michael Jordan failed as a baseball player,’’ Reinsdorf said. ‘‘And in my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.’’
‘‘The last time he had played baseball was as a 17-year-old, as a pitcher, in Wilmington, N.C., where the competition was obviously not very big,’’ Reinsdorf continued. ‘‘The next time he played baseball, he was 31 years old, so he hadn’t played in 14 years. He was signed as a hitter, not a pitcher, and sent to AA ball. We don’t send anyone to AA ball when we draft him. You draft somebody after three years of college and he still goes to A ball. But we had to send him to AA because the facilities weren’t adequate to handle the media anyplace else. And he hit .202 in AA without having played for 14 years. I thought that was phenomenal. And then he went to the [Arizona] Fall League and he hit [.252] against the top prospects in Major League Baseball.’’
...If not for the strike that wiped out major-league ball from Aug. 12, 1994, to April 2, 1995, Reinsdorf believes Jordan would have played at the AAA level and gone on to reach the majors as a backup outfielder.
‘‘I don’t think he would have been a frontline player, but I wouldn’t put anything past him because he’s such a driven athlete,’’ Reinsdorf said.
Posted: February 16, 2013 at 06:33 AM | 88 comment(s)
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