JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Justin Milo is a rare commodity: a 5-foot-8 Jew playing ball on a New York Yankees farm team. Now he’s giving it up for something even more unlikely: a professional hockey career.

Despite playing for the “A” Charleston RiverDogs in 2010, Milo recently signed a contract to play hockey for the South Carolina Stingrays, an affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

A diminutive left fielder drafted in the 37th-round of the 2009 amateur draft — he stands all of 5’7″ or 5’8″, depending who you ask — Milo has had a strong start with the Stingrays, racking up two goals and an assist in his first 5 games.

The 23-year-old native of Edina, Minn., played hockey at Cornell University and the University of Vermont. After playing rookie-league baseball in 2009, he saw limited play with the RiverDogs in 2010, hitting .231 in 52 at-bats, including 11 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Milo’s minor-league baseball bio lists his status as “voluntarily retired.” But his professional sports career appears to be far from over.


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