Ahead of their arrival to playing baseball after a Covid-19 outbreak, the Miami Marlins announced an enormous amount of decisions to round out their roster on Tuesday. One of those transactions included choosing the contract of infielder Eddy Alvarez, a Miami native and an Olympic short track speed skater.
In 2014, Alvarez became the primary Cuban-American male speed skater to make a US Olympic team. He was a silver medalist in the men’s 5000-meter short-track relay at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Alvarez, who played at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, burned through six seasons in the minor leagues. He played 66 games for Triple-A New Orleans in 2019, his first year with the Marlins organization.
On Wednesday, Marlins manager Don Mattingly was asked about Alvarez ahead of his major league debut. “He surprised me,” Mattingly said. “I heard the talk about him that he was probably going to be available. … I had not really seen much of him, but seeing him in spring, he is impressive just from the standpoint of he can play.”He can hit. Lefthanded, his swing looks really good. Righthanded, he’s not a pushover. He can play all over in the field. He’s smart, obviously coachable, obviously with the accomplishments he had with the Olympics.