Michael Jordan offered pro baseball contract

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Michael Jordan turned 50 last week. You and I know this because both the local and national media wouldn’t shut up about it all week; even though it was a total non-story. Leeching off the recent Michael Jordan mania, a Chicago area independent league baseball team is looking to get some publicity of their own.

The Joliet Slammers, named for the city’s reputation for it’s prison industry, offered Michael Jordan a chance to play this season; yes even at age 50. The Slammers, who used to be known as the Joliet Jackhammers (named for the city’s declining steel industry), are a franchise known for pulling publicity stunts like this. A lot of minor league teams have wacky promotions but Joliet takes it a step further. They previously held a Rod Blagojevich “golden seat” night and offered White Sox legend and future MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas a contract when his career was over.

So although the team may not be affiliated with any major league franchise, they know how to get people talking in a major way. And last summer they had a tarp disaster video go viral.

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