MLB.com remembers when Michael Jordan tried to play baseball

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Michael Jordan was arguably the best player in the history of basketball, and also an overall great athlete. You could spend all night coming up with athletic feats that he’d probably be pretty good at doing without any structured teaching or practice. Compared to the general population, that list would include include baseball. But compared to the comparatively much smaller population of professional baseball players, Jordan couldn’t cut it.

Jordan played in the minor leagues with the White Sox at Double-A Birmingham. In 127 games, he stepped to the plate 497 times and hit a paltry .202/.289/.266 with three home runs, 51 RBI, 46 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases in 48 attempts.

MLB.com recently posted a video in which they recall Jordan’s attempt to play professional baseball, including an exhibition game against the Cubs. The video features interviews with various personalities, including current White Sox manager Robin Ventura and broadcaster Steve Stone.

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Jordan’s struggles in the minor leagues is a testament to just how specifically skilled one needs to be to excel at playing baseball. Raw athleticism certainly helps, but one also needs skills honed over years of playing baseball from tee-ball to college to the professional leagues. It’s worth keeping in mind the next time you want to say a player stinks.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.