The other Flacco sticking with baseball

A story in USA Today this week alluded to Orioles farmhand Mike Flacco considering giving up baseball to pursue a career in football, like his older brother, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

That's not the plan, according to the Orioles.


Scout Dean Albany talked to Mike Flacco on Tuesday and says the first baseman has every intention of playing for the Orioles' organization in 2013.

"Mike's a great kid and he's working real hard to prepare himself for spring training," Albany said. "It's a full go for him for baseball, that's what he told me. He is real excited about spring training."


The USA Today story says Mike Flacco's dream is to play in the World Series, but it also says he has considered a switch to football to become a tight end, though he hasn't played that game since high school eight years ago.

The Orioles are viewing at the story as a misunderstanding, and they consider the 26-year-old Flacco a candidate for the first base job at Double-A Bowie.

The 6-foot-6, right-handed hitter batted .218 with eight homers in 103 games at High-A Frederick last season. He also had one hit in 11 at-bats in limited time at Bowie.

He was drafted by the Orioles in the 31st round in 2009 out of the CCBC-Catonsville. He has a .253 average and .335 on-base percentage in parts of four minor league seasons.