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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Sandy Alderson Wanted to Sign Michael Jordan to Athletics’ Major League Roster

Soon after Michael Jordan’s first NBA retirement in 1993, he joined the Chicago White Sox. But it wasn’t his only MLB option.

Former Oakland Athletics general manager Sandy Alderson—now an executive with the team—told ESPN’s Buster Olney on the Baseball Tonight podcast (h/t Jimmy Hascup of USA Today) that he tried to get Jordan to sign with the Athletics by offering him a spot in the majors:

“If you recall when Jordan stopped playing basketball and decided to try baseball and ultimately went down the Birmingham Barons—the Chicago White Sox affiliate. When I heard that was happening—or about to happen—I called the agent right away and said, ‘Hey look, I understand he may be going to Double-A. I don’t even know who the 25th man is on our major league team right now. I will sign him and put him on the major league roster. He’ll be part of our 25-man team. Tomorrow.’”

The White Sox—owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, who also owns the Chicago Bulls—weren’t thrilled with Alderson, and he was even accused of tampering.

No worse an idea than many of the free-agent signings the A’s have done in the last thirty years or so….

 

QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, michael jordan, sandy alderson

 

 

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