I have often wondered why Michael Jordan gave up a year of play basketball for baseball. He really wasn’t that good at baseball, because it was something he had not been doing every day. After a year of playing ball, riding the bus, he was getting better. He played right field, and played in the Autumn League. This was a league for the best of double AA. He really started to come into his stride. He stole bases, fielded ok. And brought his batting average up to 250. It is possible for Michael Jordan to have made the majors in a couple more years if he continued to improve. However a threatened baseball strike loomed large, and Jordan likely would have been in the middle. He decided to return to basketball instead.
An interesting point of Jordan’s baseball career centers around the murder of his father. His father was murdered in a botched robbery. Jordan’s father always wanted Michael to play baseball, and so he did.