Joe Flacco’s Brother Michael Chose Baseball Over Football

By Chris Katje
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the oldest of six children in his family. Younger brother Michael Flacco is a first baseman prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization and one day might be the most popular Flacco in the Baltimore area.

Michael played football and baseball in high school. A back injury forced him to miss some time and hurt his chances of getting a football scholarship. One junior college offered Michael a chance to play football, but he turned it down because they didn’t have a spot for him on the school’s baseball team. So far, baseball appears to be the smarter choice by Michael.

In the 2009 MLB Draft, the Orioles drafted Michael in the 31st round after watching him play one season at the Community College of Baltimore County. The Orioles were one of a half dozen teams that sent scouts to Michael’s games on a regular basis.

Michael, who is 6’6” like brother Joe, has spent four seasons in the minors. In 2012, he made it as high as Double-A with the Bowie Baysox, where he played four games. Flacco spent the majority of 2012 with A+ Frederick Keys, where he hit .218/.289 over 103 games. Flacco had 15 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBI. One area of strength for Michael was his .324 average against left handed pitchers in 2012.

A report in 2012 said Michael wanted to attempt a return to football. This seems odd since he hasn’t played football since high school. The Orioles also remain optimistic that Michael is working on playing his way to the MLB. Michael was a power hitter in high school, hitting better than .400 with a high number of home runs.

Joe and Michael’s younger brother Brian Flacco has also followed their footsteps into professional sports. After a high school career as a three sport star, Brian has decided to play baseball at the Community College of Baltimore County, like Michael.

Coincidentally, Michael’s older brother Joe faces off against Colin Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII. Kaepernick was a two sport star who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, but chose to play football over baseball.

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