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Olympic Speedskater Turned Ballplayer Eddy Alvarez Called Up To Major Leagues For Miami Marlins

By Todd Kortemeier | Aug. 05, 2020, 12:40 p.m. (ET)

Eddy Alvarez poses for a portrait during the Team USA Portrait Shoot on April 23, 2013 in West Hollywood, Calif.

 

Eddy Alvarez put off his dreams of playing Major League Baseball to chase another dream, becoming an Olympic speedskater. With that goal accomplished, and a silver medal won, Alvarez went back on the diamond and now is going to the show.

The Miami Marlins selected Alvarez’s contract on August 3rd, promoting him to the big-league club. With the minor league season wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alvarez has been training with the rest of the Marlins prospects and hoping for a call-up. Alvarez spent most of last season at Triple-A New Orleans, hitting .323 with 12 home runs and playing all over the infield.

Alvarez began skating at a young age, but in high school he chose to focus on baseball, earning a scholarship to St. Thomas University near his native Miami. He declined the scholarship to return to skating, becoming a world junior champion and narrowly missing a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. While training in Utah, Alvarez briefly returned to baseball while attending Salt Lake Community College. He hit .303, but later required two knee surgeries that put his entire athletic career in doubt.

After an intense period of rehab, Alvarez returned to the ice in 2012 and qualified for the world cup team. He secured a spot on the 2014 Olympic Team and won the silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay, by which time he was already thinking about a return to baseball.

Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox a few months after Sochi, then steadily advanced through their system until a trade to the Marlins in 2019. With the 2020 Marlins roster rocked by several positive COVID-19 tests, Alvarez got his major-league call even sooner than expected.

Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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