Super Bowl LIV: Lynch is an NFL Hall of Fame finalist for the seventh time, but he was first a professional baseball player under former Marlins and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
MIAMI — Regardless of whether John Lynch wins his first Super Bowl as an executive at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, he will forever be connected to the South Florida sports landscape.
Long before Lynch’s 15-year Hall of Fame-caliber football career and his current stint as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, he was making local baseball history.
On June 15, 1992, Lynch threw the first pitch in the history of the Marlins organization as the starting pitcher for the Erie (Pa.) Sailors.
Lynch, then a rising senior football player at Stanford, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the second round of the 1992 MLB Draft and earned the distinction of the franchise’s second-ever draft pick, behind only Charles Johnson.
A two-sport athlete at Stanford, he reached a crossroad in his professional sports career after struggling to get playing time at quarterback for the Cardinals and transitioning to safety. As a 20-year-old, he decided to try his hand at professional baseball and…