Blue Jays’ Morrow switches to football

By John Manuel
January 7, 2002

The baseball career of Alvin Morrow appears to be over. Morrow, a 1997 second-round pick of the Brewers who spent five seasons in the minor leagues, signed with the Cleveland Browns as a tight end. While terms were not disclosed, the move essentially ends Morrow's baseball career. Indians outfielder Eric Johnson is trying something similar with the Chicago Bears.

“Sometimes, Tim Wilken and I will joke that we should be football scouts,” said Blue Jays scouting director Chris Buckley, whose predecessor Wilken also selected 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke as a second-round pick in 1990.

Browns coach Butch Davis recruited Morrow out of high school as coach at Miami (Fla.). “He was a phenomenal three-sport athlete in high school,” Davis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “At least legend has it in St. Louis high school football that everyone thought he might be the next coming of Kellen Winslow.”

Morrow was placed on the Browns' active 53-man roster for the final two weeks of the season. Terms of his agreement were not disclosed, but the NFL minimum for a season is $209,000.

Morrow never played above Class A. He dislocated a shoulder in his first pro start and never made up for lost time. His best season came in 2000, as he hit a combined .243-13-35 in 309 at-bats between Milwaukee's Beloit affiliate and the Blue Jays' Hagerstown club. In 2001, he hit .231-8-53 between Dunedin and Charleston (W.Va.).