Earlier today the MLB Twitter account posited a very interesting question: Who was the best two-sport athlete?
Technically they asked if you had a favorite, but it is tough to look at a list of athletes and not discuss who was the best.
Do you have a favorite? ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/wvvtfUTtHi— MLB (@MLB) December 10, 2018
A lot of people noticed someone missing from the list, however. It is a particularly embarrassing miss when you look at his Twitter handle:
Thanks to all the fans looking out for me— Brian Jordan (@TwoSportman) December 10, 2018
Let’s talk about Brian Jordan, shall we?
Jordan spent seven years wearing the Birds on the Bat, the best year of his career coming in 1998 when he amassed 6.9 fWAR with a 136 wRC+ and excellent outfield defense. He clubbed 25 homers that year and stole 17 bases. In 1995 he was part of the 20-20 club with 22 home runs and 24 stolen bases. After moving on from the Cardinals in the 1999 season, Jordan ended his career with the Braves in 2006 with 31.7 fWAR, 184 home runs, and a career 105 wRC+, with one All Star appearance in 1999.
The Cardinals drafted him in 1988. So did the Buffalo Bills. The Bills cut Jordan in training camp, but he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons later that season and played safety for the team for three seasons. In his final season his two interceptions and four sacks (and a safety) made his case to be voted as an alternate to the Pro Bowl. In 1992 Jordan’s football career ended; the St. Louis Cardinals offered Jordan a $1.7 million signing bonus to quit football in favor of baseball. Many would say he made the wise decision.
The rest is history.
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