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Jeff Irish, Two Sports - 12

Originally published Sept. 14, 2013
Jeff Irish played two sports at Michigan's Milford High School, baseball and basketball and he won accolades in both, according to his old school.

In basketball, he won All-League and All-Area honors his junior year, according to the school. He also won the top junior athlete award.

In baseball, he helped his team to the state finals. He also won personal honors, including being named top high school catcher by the Detroit Free Press.

With that resume, the Blue Jays came calling in the 1989 draft and Irish chose to continue on in baseball. Irish, though, couldn't continue that success into the pros. His professional career consisted of just two seasons.

Irish's professional career began with Toronto selecting Irish in the seventh round of the draft, out of Milford. Irish is also credited by his full name Jeffrey Irish.

With the Blue Jays, Irish started at rookie Medicine Hat. In 22 games there, Irish got 72 at bats, but he only got 10 hits for a .139 average.

For 1990, Irish played between short-season St. Catharines and single-A Dunedin. Between them, though, he only got into 26 games, hitting just .154. That season was also Irish's last in pro ball.

Years later, in 2004, Irish's work in high school got him inducted into the Milford High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,883
Made the Majors:1,074-37.3%
Never Made Majors:1,809-62.7%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:268

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