Joliet Slammers Offer Jordan Baseball Contract
(CBS) Michael Jordan may be over 50 years old now, but he’s still a wanted man.
The Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League have offered the Hall of Famer the chance to come play baseball again.
“There are a lot of loyal Chicago Bulls and White Sox fans who I believe would fully support his decision to come back to the game of baseball,” Slammers GM Chris Franklin said in a statement. “When he started with the White Sox, hitting coach Walt Hriniak asked him if he was serious about playing baseball. Michael may ask us the same question Walt asked him and we have the same answer he did. Dead, dead serious.”
Under the terms of the contract, Jordan would earn $1,600 per month with $20 daily meal money and a host family, if needed. For the record, Jordan is worth an estimated $500 million.
But wait, there’s more: Players typically receive two tickets per game on the pass list, but with the overwhelming amount of family and friends in the area, the Slammers would be willing to provide Jordan with a Loaded Luxury Suite for 23 people that includes an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, mustard potato salad, baked beans, cookies and Pepsi products for 90 minutes every game.
This isn’t the first time the Slammers have tried to make headlines. They previously held a Rod Blagojevich “golden seat” night and offered White Sox legend and future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas a contract when his career was over.
This isn’t the first time a semi-professional team has elicited Jordan’s service.
After his first retirement from the NBA, the Chicago Rockers of the CBA offered Jordan a contract to help him get ready for the NBA.
The Rockets GM at the time? Mitch Rosen, the current program director for 670 The Score.
“He has an open invitation,” Rosen at the time. “I’ll be honest, it’s two-fold. We’d love to have him train with us for a week or so, but after growing up in Chicago, I’ve learned a little bit from (former White Sox owner) Bill Veeck, on a promotional basis.”