Minoring in Twitter: Giants prospect Pare scales a mountain to kickoff the offseason

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Giants Minor League catcher Matt Pare, who has branded himself the “Homeless Minor Leaguer,” made a video about his offseason adventures, which included his weird college roommate, workouts, a Boston College football game and a roadtrip to a spectacular mountain peak in New Hampshire, where he spotted a squirrel and drove with a friend who wears napkins in his shirt:

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Check out the video here:

All kidding aside, he did a pretty nice job creating that video and he obviously has a feel for being on camera (although ironically we have few photos of him on file since his debut in 2013). Check out this little mountain creek cascade he found (and if hiking is also your thing, here’s a shameless plug for my Instagram, which is full of my own hiking trips here in New York):


Here he is in a more familiar setting:

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Pare also has a blog, where he gives advice on being an Uber driver, which he says has helped him pay rent in San Diego for two years. He also says he’s worked as a product model. More from Pare:

In other Minor League hiking news, Red Sox prospect Michael McCarthy tries to one-up Pare:

Moving on, Todd Van Steensel, who appears to have gone with grilled chicken, brown rice, black beans and no sour cream or guac, is not pleased with the size of his burrito bowl:

Dace Kime gets back to his roots with a reminder that Jurassic World — the No. 1 movie of 2015 and the No. 3 top-grossing box office film of all time — is now available for digital download (pre-order now for the Blue-Ray and DVD release on Oct. 20):

Pretty cool moment in Charlotte:

Marlins No. 7 prospect Trevor Williams has a new baby:

Reds right-hander Cody Reed got caught staring at someone:

This Week in Spelling

Like an island?

Like the top of a mountain?

This Week in Automated MiLB Horoscope Tweets

This Week in Horrible Problems

There are worse things in the world:

Apparently we have to rise and grind. Why not sleep late and relax?

Can someone give Josh a ride to Fresno?

When you get on TV at the game:

And this:

It’s a new world for Venn Biter:

Van Steensel weighs in on the 45th U.S. school shooting of 2015:

Florida. Is anyone surprised?

Look how old Jordan Lennerton is:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

John Mincone retired earlier this season but I’m happy to include his Chipotle tweet:

Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers react to Yogi Berra’s passing

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyBy Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Baseball Hall of Famer, World War II veteran, three-time MVP and Yankees legend Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. While today’s players never saw Yogi play, they still felt the impact of his death:

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees, Game 1


Notable Quotables: Triple-A National Championship

(Ivan Pierre Aguirre/El Paso Chihuahuas)

(Ivan Pierre Aguirre/El Paso Chihuahuas)

By Kelsie Heneghan/MiLB.com

While MiLB.com was stocked with stories on the Triple-A National Championship in El Paso, Texas — including a story on how well Astros No. 18 prospect Chris Devenski pitched and another on what Fresno manager Tony DeFrancesco has rebounded from — there were some quotes that didn’t make the cut, but are nonetheless gems.

DeFrancesco on the growth of the Astros system: “One thing in our organization, we move a lot of young guys fast and guys are preforming at the upper levels and hopefully they can perform at the Major Leagues.”

Devenski on his successful season: “I put a lot of things together, a lot of hard work on and off the field. Staying committed to my craft every day, come in, try to be the first one at the ballpark, last one to leave and just trust the process of working hard.”

Fresno closer James Hoyt on playing in the Venezuelan Winter League: “I got to pitch in stadiums where the fans are really into it. It’s a lot different than here. Out there they’re just so into the game and just partying, having a good time and it was so loud. So when we get in front of a big crowd like when we clinched it to make the championship when we were here, it was a good crowd, so it adds a little more adrenaline, a little more pressure. I feel like I do a better job in those situations.”

Fresno 2B Tony Kemp on winning PCL title: “We were in Fresno and those fans were unbelievable. I was telling the guys in there that [the fans] were in every pitch, every ball, every strike and it was fun to see how they reacted to the game and the enthusiasm they have. So to bring a championship to Fresno, it actually ended up meaning a lot.”

Columbus manager Chris Tremie on the national championship: “I think if you can’t get up for this game, there’s probably something wrong with you.”

Columbus catcher Adam Moore on working with new pitchers: “You gotta talk to them, take time out of your day to figure out what they like to do, and not just throwing a fastball — the small talk, things like that. You gotta rely on other pitches than your fastball and fastball counts obviously. Curveballs, whatever it may be. You find out what pitches work in certain situations, what pitches get them back in …. It’s a lot of fun. And this year was something special for us.”

Minoring in Twitter: Cody Decker finally makes it big

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cody Decker #28 the San Diego Padres gets ready during his first major league at bat during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 14, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Padres won 10-3.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Cody Decker, who undoubtedly owes some of his fame to this very blog, was finally called up to the Majors by San Diego this week. Our friend Ben Hill, who drinks his coffee from a cartoon Ben Hill mug, was all like, “Hey, you need to write about Cody Decker this week!”

But Cody is losing his eligibility here on Minoring in Twitter now that he’s all big time. Cody, you have a choice to make: stay in the Majors, play in beautiful Petco Park, surrounded by the ocean and palm trees and trendy restaurants and lots of money and never be quoted again in Minoring in Twitter, or come back to us. Up to you.

Cody still took out time for this festive selfie:

Anyway, congrats to Cody Decker. We miss you already.

Moving on, Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi, who received a $3.6 million signing bonus out of Arkansas in June, is finally going to spend a little bit of that cash on an iPhone 6S:

Minor Leaguers no more, the D-backs’ rookies were ordered to dress up on Thursday:

Ride with Harper


Bryan Harper’s brother is a favorite for NL MVP. The Triple-A Syracuse reliever is focused on other things, though, like teaching and being an Uber driver in Las Vegas this offseason:

Sounds cool:


Minoring in Twitter: Brewers’ Phillips puts out dugout fire, players get fired up about Kanye


By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Brewers No. 2 prospect Brett Phillips says he saved his teammates from a fire in the dugout on Tuesday:

Spiders in the Minors can grow to huge sizes:

Rays prospect Kyle McKenzie is pretty funny. This tweet about his solo movie adventure (solo as in, he went by himself and was the only person in the entire theater) introduced me to the rest of his feed:

Kyle — you may remember him from when he photographed an alligator in a dugout — has lately tweeted about two awesome things: dogs and Chipotle:

Now, if you just ate a Chipotle burrito and had hot sauce all over your hands, it wouldn’t be as cool to wipe it on a dog. But, if you’re at a Chipotle, it apparently means, according to Kyle, a baby is coming:

Kyle won’t be sharing his burrito with you:

But what about froyo? Maybe you could share that with someone?

When in doubt about sharing food, ask your deceased grandfather:

And finally from Kyle, we present this gem:


Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers honor their dogs, Verlander live-tweets brother’s no-hit bid


By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Wednesday was Women’s Equality Day, but it was also National Dog Day, and you can probably guess which of those holidays received more attention on Twitter from Minor Leaguers.


Minoring in Twitter: Meet Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow’s No. 1 fan

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Tyler Glasnow‘s girlfriend is … on a magazine cover:

I have no clue what it says on that magazine cover, but either way, do you care? Don’t believe the Pirates’ top prospect is dating her? Here’s more proof:

Her name is Brooke Register, she’s a model and I’m apparently late to the whole “Meet Tyler Glasnow’s girlfriend” thing because this came out in June.


Anyway, other Minor Leaguers: the bar has been set pretty high.

Moving on, yeah. Journey. Why not?

San Jose made its players dress up like this last Friday:

A very early Super Bowl prediction:

Grammar aside, is this a true statement? What about, like, a cricket locker room?

That’s a nice look:

MiLB Bus Drama of the Week

Is it worse than Manhattan in summer?

Hey, I’ve spent plenty of birthday nights stuck at a desk looking at MiLB box scores. No complaining:

7-hour bus ride.

7-hour bus ride.

Reader discretion advised:

Justin Jackson trying to drag everyone down with his negativity:

You can thank the Cedar Rapids Kernels for this award, but either way, nice job:

Nationals prospect Trea Turner got called up Friday, and speaking of friends, they all pulled out their phones to tweet about it:

Dace Kime Science Time

Our favorite Indians prospect is back with more thoughts on everything but baseball:

Not true, we love Dace Kime:

But let’s get down to the hardcore Walter White-level science of it all, shall we?

What the heck is a light year of lead?

That baseball you’re holding? The round, white sphere? It’s actually full of straight lines:

Let’s move on to bigger questions though:

But I have to ask, which team are you?

So, neutrinos, hard-edge circles and electrons aside — what really bothers you?

What? Wait, I’m not even sure I believe Dace Kime is actually the one tweeting from @DaceKime.

OK, there will be a quiz next Thursday on all of that. Please read chapter 14 on electrons.

Congrats to Red Sox prospect Michael “11:11” Chavis:

I need to cram for my fantasy draft, too:

Akeem Bostick went a little nuts with his powdered donuts:

It’s #unreal what a jerk baseball is sometimes:

Is Biff the best movie villain of all time?


I mean, Biff has some competition, including Nazis, all those crazy James Bond bad guys, the shark from Jaws, the guy from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Darth Vader …

More MiLB probz:


Chipotle Tweets of the Week

But have you had their chips? With that sea salt? So good.

Minoring in Twitter: A firetruck, a baby, Dansby, left-handed pride and Carl Edwards’ ice cream

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Last week we met a Minor League team that was locked inside a broken bus on the highway. This week, we get a peek at the excitement filling the Trenton Thunder’s hotel:

Sean Brady of Lake County had a more relaxing morning, though:

And in Sacramento, they found a river that still had water and went for a ride:

Cody Decker loves MTV:

Here’s your chance to drive to a parking lot somewhere in Ohio and talk to a gigantic bird:

Vic Black simply likes flying to new cities:

Nick Rickles steps up his selfie game:

So does this guy:

Luke Jackson needs a new job:


Minoring in Twitter: Tourists get locked inside bus; Pompey needs a fantasy football league

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

The Asheville Tourists got locked inside their own bus and forced open emergency windows to escape:

Alright, Minor Leaguers — top this photo:

Small world:

Twins prospect Nick Gordon posed with a lightbulb attached to his hat:

They get better allowances than children, though (at least in the Majors):

We definitely don’t have enough Minor League umpire tweets on this blog, so here ya go:

Bad cell phone luck:

Good cell phone luck:

Jameson Taillon is bored:


Minoring in Twitter: Kaminsky, Norris, Boyd, Phillips react to Trade Deadline deals

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Rob Kaminsky

Once upon a time, Rob Kaminsky‘s only problems were hot Florida weather, trying to understand what the heck is going on in True Detective, surviving bus rides and picking which coffee he wanted. On Thursday. with the Trade Deadline approaching, the 2013 first-round pick was finally handed an actual, real-life thing to deal with: the Cardinals unexpectedly shipped him off to Cleveland for Brandon Moss:

Over in Buffalo, Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Daniel Norris — the subject of repeated, tired, exhaustive, identical stories this spring about him driving a vintage van — was traded to Detroit for David Price. Norris was 3-10 with a 4.27 ERA in 16 Triple-A starts this year with the Bisons. He took the news in stride:

Matt Boyd, the Jays’ No. 13 prospect, was also in that trade and reacted to the news:

Dalton Pompey is like, please don’t strike me out going forward:



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