Baseball: No return for Jordan

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The Independent Online
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MICAHEL JORDAN, the former National Basketball Association star, shrugged off his sluggish showing in minor-league baseball and vowed: 'I will not crawl back to basketball. I've lived that life.'

Jordan's batting average for the Birmingham Barons stands at only .193 but he intends to complete his season with the development club of the Chicago White Sox, two steps below the major-league level. He said he would reassess his career after the season. 'It has been one heck of an adjustment,' he said.

'I'm not in this for a vacation. I know I'm being used to an extent, but at least I'm getting something out of it. I'm being sincere to myself.'

Jordan has had to strugle with failure, something he rarely experienced while leading the Chicago Bulls to three NBA crowns. Jordan's sedate statistics to date read: 25 runs, 12 doubles and a triple, 28 runs batted in, 74 strikeouts, 32 walks and 20 stolen bases in 32 tries.

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