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Minoring in Twitter: Beach days, selfies, magic candy and purple shoes

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Phillies top prospect JP Crawford misses his dog, a frequently seen pet of Minoring in Twitter:

In case Indians lefty Sean Brady has ever checked out your hair, now we all know why:

Brewers catcher Matt Clark, who is only the third player in Minor League history with the name “Matt Clark,” reports the weather in Colorado isn’t currently ideal:

What do Minor Leaguers think of the NFL’s decision to lengthen extra point kicks?

We all know many Minor Leaguers feel they are underpaid, but Twins reliever Todd Van Steensel thinks he’s found a loophole for the future (if the Dodgers and Angels somehow allowed a MInor League team into LA, I guess):

Todd also revealed he’s not picky when it comes to how he likes his eggs:

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Minoring in Twitter: Players are really excited about… Pitch Perfect 2?

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By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

If you came here expecting some heartwarming tweets from players on Mothers’ Day, you’re in the wrong place, because Braves lefty Max Fried has finally gotten back to us about something much more important: which Pitch Perfect film was the best?

Thanks, that’s settled. Wait, what? Phillies prospect Venn Biter is also tweeting about Pitch Perfect?

What the hell is going on? I’ve never even heard of Pitch Perfect, nevermind a second one:

I’ve really never heard of these movies, and I don’t even want to look it up (for a second I assumed, maybe it’s about baseball?) But, evidently this is a big deal:

Oh wait, sorry, this tweet is actually about, you know … baseball:

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Minoring in Twitter: Players react to Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, stops Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, with a left during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

It’s been almost a week now since the let-down that was Mayweather-Pacquaio, a gigantic, multi-million dollar waste of time that saw Floyd Mayweather outlast an injured Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas (home of the 51s). While the fight’s telecast showed a huge celebrity audience, from Michael Jordan and Tom Brady to Ser Jamie Lannister (of Casterly Rock HBO’s Game of Thrones) and even the creepy Burger King guy, it appeared to lack baseball players.

Enter Angels prospect Trevor Gretzky.

Gretzky was, as far as I can tell, the only Minor Leaguer and baseball player to actually be at the fight in-person, and, as you can imagine,  with great seats. He posted this video on Instagram:

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So, if you’re in the Minors and weren’t named “Gretzky,” you probably watched the “Fight of the Century” from your couch or squeezed into a local bar to see the action. Here’s how players reacted to Mayweather’s unanimous 12-round decision:

Some think Pacquiao, who revealed afterward he was limited with a torn rotator cuff, actually may have won:

Non-boxing Tweets of the Week

We’ll move on to stuff that doesn’t involve boxing:

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Minoring in Twitter: Players mostly indifferent about current events

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It’s been my observation here that Minor Leaguers don’t react/comment on/seem to care about most of the larger news stories that make headlines today. Paris terror attacks? Nothing. ISIS threats? Not much. Bruce Jenner’s announcement? #StanleyCup playoffs? Rioting in Baltimore, which also impacted the Orioles? Very little response.

I realize they’re focused on baseball, as they should be, but maybe there’s a trend? On the other hand, perhaps these players are hesitant to inject their opinions into the hot-button issues of the day, aware of the sensitivities and smartly steering clear of any potential controversy.

Either way, here are the only tweets I could find from Minor Leaguers who weighed in on the week-long situation in Baltimore:

That’s pretty much it. How about the Nepal earthquake that killed 6,100 and counting? Two thoughtful tweets:

Oh, I know what will stoke their Twitter flames — independent Vermont senator Bernie Sanders announced he’s running for president, providing a more progressive option to Hillary for Democratic voters! Minor Leaguers jumped on it:

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Oh. Nothing. OK, so what were players tweeting about? Well, to be fair, there was one tweet about Bruce Jenner:

This week in bus drama

We were discussing in the office this week the less glamorous realities of Minor League life — mostly the postgame meals and bus travel. Would a large investment from Major League teams in higher quality food and better travel options be money well spent? Would it make it more desirable for a player to sign with that organization? Would players perform better with better nutrition and sleep? Or do fast food, cold cut platters and unreliable buses incentivize a guy to play harder, train more seriously and push his way up to the Majors?

J.P. Arencibia is someone good to ask — the Rays’ catcher has spent most of his time since 2011 in the Majors with Toronto and Texas. Now he’s back in Triple-A and simply says, “play better”: (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: The perfect MiLB peanut butter & jelly sandwich

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Pirates No. 2 prospect Jameson Taillon has learned many things during his Tommy John rehab (snorkeling in a hotel pool comes to mind), and his skills have expanded to the kitchen. Chef Taillon bragged this week of his perfected peanut butter and jelly recipe:

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Look at that clean line of peanut butter! Mets prospect Chasen Bradford chimed in that he goes with honey rather than jelly, because apparently jelly … not sweet enough:

Reese McGuire, also a Pirates prospect, prefers steak to PB&J:

You may best know Taillon from the time he spared a bug on his windshield earlier this month.

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Moving on, Pirates prospect Jerrick Suiter isn’t your typical rich pro athlete — he claimed this week he couldn’t afford dinner with teammates:

Instead, he went for all-you-can-eat General Tso’s chicken:

Biloxi needs some help when it comes to photography:

Less to carry into the hotel, right?

Red Sox shortstop Mauricio Dubon snapped this selfie as the Greenville team bus burned:

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Minoring in Twitter: #MiLBproblems, burning buses, tornados

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Playing professional baseball may seem like fun and games (technically, I guess, it’s exactly that), but there’s also more to the story. What happens behind the scenes? Where do the players go when the ballpark goes quiet and the lights go out? How do they get to stadiums when, for example, their team bus almost explodes and they, our beloved baseball heroes, are forced to grab their travel pillows and backpacks and walk the streets:

Yes, Benjamin Moore, Red Sox catching prospect and heir to the iconic paint empire (not really on the latter, but let’s pretend) was, along with his Greenville Drive teammates, forced to abandon his burning coach bus and trudge through the streets of Asheville, North Carolina, on Thursday. The Drive could not drive.

A burning bus isn’t scary enough for you? Sign me up, you say — I’ll deal with sub-par travel conditions for a chance to play ball! To that, we defer to A’s reliever Corey Miller of the Class A Beloit Snappers, who, on Opening Day no less, dodged a gigantic tornado with his teammates when they found themselves in Clinton, Iowa:

“Tornado right outside the locker room,” is the exact quote from teammate Brett Graves:

But hey, relax — they survived. No prospects burned up, no one was swept away. Every Minor Leaguer returned to their lavish homes, furnished with the finest luxuries:

You know, Derek Jeter had a personal chef when he played ball. Doesn’t everyone?

This week, we honor our fine Minor Leaguers and the #MiLBproblems hashtag on Twitter, which helps us chronicle the bizarre troubles facing players today. Just imagine yourself on a team bus late one night when the driver turns around and yells…
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Minoring in Twitter: Opening Day arrives, and Taillon spares a bug

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

The Minor League season began with — and this is real — Rex Ryan throwing the very first pitch of the season. Buffalo hosted Rochester in the season’s first game, and the former Jets and current Bills coach was there to take the mound:

Looks… icy?

Ryan Verdugo is done with baseball season:

What the heck is Byron Buxton wearing?

Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon, who knows first hand the challenges and struggles of injuries and setbacks (he was the metaphorical bug to the windshield of Tommy John last year) spared a small, brave insect:

We actually were able to acquire a photo of Jameson’s roadtrip (the bug is too small to see, but wow…) (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Players turn film critics ahead of Opening Day

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Minor Leaguers seemed to be pretty excited about movies this week, with Furious 7 debuting:

There’s also this classic, if Vin Diesel isn’t romantic enough for your taste:

Ew, yeah. They show some weird stuff now before movies:

Hey Boog, come to the movies with my mom:

What’s the worst movie to watch on a baseball bus ride?

And speaking of movies…

Dace Kime: Yes. The Park is Open.

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Indians right-hander Dace Kime appears to be on my level of Jurassic Park fandom, especially now that we are 69 days away from June 12 when Jurassic World debuts in theaters nationwide! Dace, if you’re in New York in June, let’s go — IMAX 3D! We’ll spare no expense (get it?)

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Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers get tons of free stuff, and Ben Verlander watched a game with Kate Upton

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

If you follow Minoring in Twitter, you know I’ll never pass up an opportunity to feature Kate Upton, especially when she’s tweeting about/taking selfies with a Minor Leaguer. Conveniently for us all, she took in an Orlando Magic game this week with her boyfriend, Detroit ace Justin Verlander, and his younger brother, Tigers prospect Ben Verlander:

Even the Orlando Magic retweeted the photo (although they were probably like, who’s Ben Verlander? Fellow Detroit prospect Michael Gerber is also pictured):

And then Justin totally called out his bro on fan etiquette:

He was also genuinely happy for him, too:

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Minoring in Twitter: Bradley’s new digs; prospects burned by brackets

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley sees a future for himself in Arizona — look at that pool!

He needs help, though:

Do you think he’ll invite former D-backs outfielder Will Ferrell over for a pool party?

Our favorite Padres first baseman, Cody Decker, has been busy sharpening his skills at Spring Training:

And he also has thoughts on holding hands:

Austin Anderson, the Orioles’ ninth-round pick last summer, got some bad news this week — good luck, Austin!

Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris gets deep:

Here, I’ll sum up all the March Madness-related tweets from the past week: (more…)

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