Minoring in Twitter: Getting dressy, saucy and cuddly

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Marlins right-hander Trevor Williams used Twitter to reveal he and wife, Jackie, are expecting a baby. Get it?

Oddly enough, Trevor referenced the pregnancy with a jar of Prego, while his wife called the person growing inside her a “little gummy bear.” Can you imagine actually giving birth to a gummy bear? Also, if his kid is indeed born on Sept. 28, he or she will share a birthday with Ryan Zimmerman.

Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson issued a FIFA challenge to White Sox prospects Micah Johnson and Dan Black:

And then Dodgers catcher Chris O’Brien promised victory:

Brewers prospect Josh Uhen says there’s nothing better than the smell of grass:

Wrong. Bacon smells better.

#TheDress

Late Thursday night, this stupid, ugly dress somehow took over the Internet, and everyone began debating its colors. I would ordinarily ask, “Who cares?” But — it’s totally white and gold. My mom and sister agreed. And then I sent the photo to one of our editors here at MiLB.com and was told it was clearly blue and black. And then she saw a different Tweet and version of the dress and thought it was white and gold.

So what did Minor Leaguers say? (more…)

Staying positive not always easy

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com

Earlier this week on MiLB.com, we tried to disabuse fans of the notion that all Minor League veterans are joyless players who have an axe to grind with everybody and everything they believe might be responsible for that player not being in the Majors.

Corey Wimberly and Tyler LaTorre are but two of many, many gifted, hardworking players who have toiled in the Minors for a number of years but have always been excited to show up at the park each day, no matter what level they’re playing.

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Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com

But both Wimberly and LaTorre admit that the stereotype has a basis in reality — there are a few veterans out there who haven’t done much to dispel the reputation of being jaded.

“I’ve heard that ‘bitter’ term thrown round quite a bit, not just toward me but just the perception of guys who’ve been in it so long. And it’s true that you can turn into that bitter Minor League guy, jealous of everybody else who gets the opportunity, but a lot of guys aren’t like that,” Wimberly said.

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Minoring in Twitter: Players enjoy Valentine’s Day, Daniel Norris mistaken for homeless guy

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Last weekend was the highly-anticipated and much-dreaded Valentine’s Day. How did Minor Leaguers spend the night, you ask? We don’t know. We probably don’t want to know. But, there were some tweets, so…

OK, you get the picture — breaking news: baseball players pretty much all have really attractive girlfriends and wives. Some, though, just watched basketball:

And, on the other end of the spectrum, this:

Daniel Norris is not a homeless bum

Probably my favorite tweet this week (and so far this year) goes to Blue Jays top prospect Daniel Norris, who is on this hipster-esque journey to Spring Training in which he grew a beard and travels and sleeps in a vintage van and sometimes sips coffee. Oh, also, he’s the guy who got a $2 million signing bonus:

I mean, you’d probably throw a couple bucks at this guy too if you saw him asleep outside a grocery store, right?

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For Yastrzemski, there’s more to life than baseball

By Mark Emery / MiLB.com

It might seem unnatural to associate a Yastrzemski with anything other than baseball. But for Mike Yastrzemski, it would be unnatural if baseball were the only outdoor activity in which ever participated.mike-yastrzemski

The Orioles’ 19th-ranked prospect, whose grandfather, Carl, enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Red Sox, spoke with MiLB.com for a Q&A that was posted today. In addition to all that’s discussed there, the younger Yaz talked about his fondness for pastimes such as golf and fishing, and how those things can have a positive effect on his baseball career.

“I love doing that stuff,” the 24-year-old outfielder said. “You’re able to go out and golf 10-15, maybe 20 times before the weather changes. Go fishing, go to the beach [during] September. Those things really allow you to appreciate the game. They make you miss it.

“That’s probably the most useful tool in the offseason, is having that feeling of, ‘I want to get back out there. I want to start working out again. I’m getting eager to get better again.’ When you work out for so long and you start to see the whole process as a grind, it’s just tough. That makes it not fun and it feels like you’re not free to be able to let yourself grow and let yourself be an impact for the team. So I think it’s really important to get away from that stuff.”

The Vanderbilt product said his favorite off-field pursuit would have to be golf or fishing. He relishes the competitive aspect each brings and has been at them for a long time.

“My family is very active,” Mike said. “Everyone is into sports. Everyone is into the beach, boating. I grew up around the water up here [in Massachusetts], and that’s something that I’ve stayed pretty passionate about. And it was actually the thing that I missed most when I was in Tennessee, just being landlocked. It’s tough for me not to have an ocean breeze.”

Sure enough, whenever Mike is in a foursome, there’s a chance that Carl will be in it, too. Golf offers the two a chance to compete in ways that baseball does not. Not that the playing field between them is always perfectly level.

“He’s a big-time golfer,” said the grandson, adding with a laugh: “He’s playing from the white tees these days though.”

Outtakes from Walker’s Path of the Pros

By Josh Jackson/MiLB.com

Neil Walker lived every baseball-loving kid’s dream, getting drafted by his hometown team and rising to the ranks of the big leagues with that organization. On MiLB.com, we’ve got the story of the many challenges he overcame to make that dream a reality.

Will Bentzel/MiLB.com

Will Bentzel/MiLB.com

Here are more quotes from Walker and former managers Tim Leiper and Frank Kremblas on a variety of subjects.

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Minoring in Twitter: Cards prospect offers $1 million if he wins lotto

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Cardinals prospect Will Anderson claimed he would give $1 million to a random follower if he won the lottery this week:

Keon Broxton has a request, or maybe some free advice, for Steak n’ Shake:

Someone who’d love a bigger straw, or just steaks and shakes and anything else on their menu? Jeremy Dowdy. The man is hungry:

Everyone loves the lazy dogs of Minor Leaguers, so here ya go:

Mets lefty John Mincone found an urgent request:

Yankees prospect Gosuke Katoh’s claim here is so incredible, I think it warrants more attention than being down below in our usual list of Chipotle fans — 12 consecutive days of Chipotle? And judging by his tweet, he’s not even changing it up with different orders. Can one’s body handle that much Chipotle for two weeks?

“Going strong.” Worth noting that, this was his last tweet, on Feb. 10. He hasn’t tweeted since. Overcome by Chipotle perhaps?

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Minoring in Twitter: Pitchers, catchers getting antsy for Spring Training’s arrival

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

This is the part of the year where everyone starts making the same comments about football being over and baseball is coming and whatever. I for one enjoy the offseason and the break (hey, baseball is a long season). But you know who’s more excited than the fans? Minor League pitchers. They’re the first ones to show up to Spring Training in February:

Awww, this tweet brings back memories of those mid-summer bus ride nightmares — but look how alive and excited he sounds now in February!

Of course there’s Daniel Norris, driving his old van to Dunedin:

Durham’s Kirby Yates is packing for Spring Training:

OK, we get it:

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Prospects featured in 2015 Topps Series 1 cards

By Ashley Marshall / MiLB.com

In total, 234 players made their Major League debuts in 2014. The majority of them rose through the Minor Leagues, some quicker than others, to realize their lifelong dream. Now 30 of those first-year players have been featured in the new 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball cards, which hit stores Wednesday.

Joc Pederson, Daniel Norris and Jorge Soler are among 10 Top 100 prospects featured in 2015 Topps Series 1.

Joc Pederson, Daniel Norris and Jorge Soler are among 10 Top 100 prospects featured in 2015 Topps Series 1.

Among the 350-card base set are 30 rookie cards — denoted by the MLB logo with the distinctive “RC” lettering in the lower left corner — showing players who made their Major League debuts in 2014. Included on that list are 10 players who rank among MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects headed into Spring Training. (more…)

Q&A Outtakes: Rays No. 2 Prospect Daniel Robertson

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By Tyler Maun/MiLB.com

It’s been a hectic seven months for Daniel Robertson. In July, the Athletics traded shortstop Addison Russell to the Cubs, seemingly clearing a path to the big leagues for Robertson in Oakland. Instead, the A’s shipped their former top prospect to the Rays last month. Robertson was installed as Tampa Bay’s No. 2 prospect heading into the 2015 season. In addition to his thoughts on his breakout 2014 campaign and the trade, which we covered in-depth on MiLB.com, I asked Robertson some more about playing near his hometown in the California League, offseason movies and name confusion with that other Minor Leaguer Daniel Robertson. (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Marshawn Lynch, Kris Bryant’s shoes

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

It’s Super Bowl week in America, but before we get to the big game and its storylines, I think we have to start off with this — Indianapolis’ Casey Sadler won Twitter with this photo:

Cubs prospect Pierce Johnson (I think he’s the one in the black shirt, long hair) hiked a mountain in Arizona:

Toledo’s Kyle Ryan hid in some bushes and waited to kill a small animal:

Moniker Madness favorite and Phillies outfielder Venn Biter, whose name is actually Venn Biter, could use some help at the gym, if you’re available. Like, ideally, right now, because he’s stuck on the bench press:

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Minor Leaguers talk about Marshawn Lynch not talking

By now, you’ve seen the videos and your friend’s Facebook debates about whether Marshawn Lynch is awesome or a huge jerk — after a bunch of fines this year, from ducking the media to grabbing his crotch, the Seattle star running back handled Super Bowl media days with — umm — grace and respect to the reporters who dared to ask reporter-esque questions.

Braves outfielder Braxton Davidson doesn’t understand why reporters insist on doing their jobs and asking reasonable questions to star athletes during designated media sessions ahead of the Super Bowl:

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