In 1994 when Michael Jordan abruptly retired from basketball to give baseball a try most people thought it was one of the few missteps in his illustrious athletic career. Or was it? Yahoo Sports and Complex.com explain,
According to Jordan’s former Birmingham Barons manager Terry Francona, who now manages the Cleveland Indians, Jordan wasn’t nearly as bad at baseball as you think he was. In fact, Francona recently told Yahoo! Sports writer Tim Brown that he thinks MJ could have been a major league baseball player if he’d stuck with the sport. And, he used to get upset when he heard people talking bad about Jordan’s skills on the diamond, because he understood how much time and effort Jordan was putting into getting better.
“It was really kind of fashionable to be critical of him,” Francona remembers. “That really bothered me. It was anything but. He was actually very refreshing. All the things you ask of young players, he did. He was never late for a bus. He stayed in the same hotels. It had all the makings of being a circus and it never happened. I would think for the very most part it was because of him.”
The article reiterates everything we learned in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary “Jordan Rides The Bus” which you can watch below in it’s entirety.
Sources: YouTube, Yahoo Sports and Complex.com