Dodgers sign multi-sport Olympic medalist Alvarez
Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed infielder Eddy Alvarez, who is a double Olympic silver medalist in both baseball and speedskating, with the 32-year-old set to sign a contract described as the “minor league variety”.
Having started his baseball career at the Chicago White Sox, he then moved to his hometown side the Miami Marlins, where he enjoyed a fine couple of seasons.
Speaking about his move, Alvarez paid tribute to the Marlins, expressing his gratitude for the chance that they gave him.
“I want to take a moment and give thanks to the Miami Marlins for making a hometown [kid’s] dream come true,” Alvarez posted on his Instagram account.
“Stepping on my first Big League field wearing a uni I idolized ever since I was a boy, was probably one of the most unbelievable feelings in my athletic career. I literally played in my [backyard!]”
It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers use Alvarez, who no doubt has a vast array of skills. His speedskating talents and awards demonstrate an aptitude for speed and endurance, which he appears to have translated to his baseball career over the years.
At 32 though, this could well be the last contract of his career, though it will be interesting to see whether the wear and tear from speedskating will begin to have any effects, especially on his knees, which can often bear the effects of such a punishing sport.
Alvarez was also voted to be flag-bearer at the last Olympics by his teammates and no doubt, the Dodgers have a prime asset on their hands.