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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track silver medalist, promoted in Chicago White Sox system

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Eddy Alvarez was promoted within the Chicago White Sox organization Wednesday, moving to High A as the Sochi Olympic short track speed skating silver medalist continues to shine 13 months after signing a minor-league deal with the baseball club.

Alvarez, 25, hit .285 with a.408 on-base percentage, two home runs, 23 doubles and 39 RBIs in 89 games for Single-A Kannapolis (N.C.) of the South Atlantic League this season before the call-up to High-A Winston-Salem.

The Miami native nicknamed “the Jet” stole 42 bases and made the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He led the league in walks (69) and runs scored (64) before his promotion.

Alvarez, a shortstop, earned silver with the U.S. 5000m relay team at the Sochi Winter Games.

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Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez promoted in White Sox system

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Olympic short track speed skater Eddy Alvarez took the next step in his baseball career, getting promoted from the Arizona Rookie League to Class A in the Chicago White Sox system.

Alvarez, a Sochi 5000m relay silver medalist, signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox in June and played 27 games with the club’s Arizona League team before the promotion to the Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators of the South Atlantic League.

Alvarez, 24, was an all-conference Salt Lake Community College shortstop before taking up short track and making his first Olympic team for Sochi.

He hit .291 with his first two professional home runs and 12 RBI in the Arizona League, including an eight-game hitting streak near the end of July, prompting him to set a goal of being promoted by the end of the season.

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