Eddy Alvarez traded his skates for stirrups and has not looked back.
Alvarez, 29, is in the middle of his first season in the Miami Marlins organization following an offseason trade from the White Sox. What sets him apart from other minor leaguers is the silver medal he won as part of the 5000-meter speed-skating relay at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
As a Miami native, Alvarez took to both baseball and speed skating during his formative years. He chose to pursue the latter but was denied a spot on the 2010 Olympic squad. Alvarez, who could get a September call-up, briefly jumped back into baseball before re-focusing his efforts on the ice, and he