Miami Marlins: Minor Leaguer Eddy Alvarez selected as U.S. Olympic Flag Bearer
By Matt Melton
The Miami Marlins will have representation in the upcoming Olympic Games, including the opening ceremonies on Friday night.
Miami Marlins minor leaguer Eddy Alvarez selected as U.S. flag bearer for Olympic opening ceremony.
With the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games set for Friday night, Marlins minor leaguer Eddy Alvarez has been selected as one of two U.S. Flag bearers for the ceremony alongside four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird.
Alvarez, also a previous Olympic medalist in speedskating, will be representing the U.S. in baseball becoming the first ever baseball player to carry the flag for the U.S..
Originally from Miami, FL, Alvarez began his professional career in the Chicago White Sox organization spending time from 2014-2018. During his time with the White Sox, Alvarez smashed a combined 28 HR’s and 220 RBI’s in five minor league seasons, which included reaching Triple-A full-time during the 2018 season with the Charlotte Knights.
Alvarez would join the Marlins organization during the 2019 season where he would have a phenomenal Triple-A season slashing .323/407/.570 with 12 HR’s, 43 RBI’s, and 12 SB’s over 235 at-bats.
The 31-year old utility infielder would earn a call-up to the big leagues for the first time during the 2020 season where he would appear in 12 games for Miami. Across those 12 games, Alvarez would collect seven hits along with six runs, two RBI’s, and two stolen bases.
Before joining Team USA in preparation for the Olympics, Alvarez spent a majority of the 2021 season in Triple-A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp slashing .250/.430/.317 across 60 at-bats.
Alvarez will take the field for Team USA in the Olympics when Group Stage play begins on Wednesday, July 28th. Alvarez will be playing alongside former big leaguers including Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Edwin Jackson in Group B, which also features South Korea and Israel. Group A will be composed of Japan, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.