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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 /

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:


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

By Danny Wild /

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…)

Bonus Q&A: New York Yankees lefty Ian Clarkin talks Draft, A-Rod, Team USA


By Danny Wild /

For the rest of our conversation with Yankees prospect and 2013 first-round Draft pick Ian Clarkin, visit You had committed to the University of San Diego. Was it a hard decision to put college on hold?

Clarkin: How the University of San Diego treated me over the years — I committed as a freshman in high school, and over the years they helped me with so much. It wasn’t the decision, it was telling them I wasn’t going to USD. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I care about them so much. I care about the program and I still talk to the coaches — we’re actually going to have dinner soon. But that was the hardest part, telling USD that I was not going to USD. You were one of three first-round picks for the Yankees in 2013, Eric Jagielo and Aaron Judge being the others. What was that experience like, being a first-round selection — the last to be picked that round — and do you sort of feel connected to those guys or compare yourself to them at all in terms of development?

Clarkin: I don’t really compare our development. We all love hanging out with each other, and this organization is full of great guys. The difference of being a first-round pick is the pressure and the expectations that you have, that’s the biggest thing. I think all of us have lived up to those so far and we’re ready to do more. Just being a competitor every day, day in and day out — we’re all focused on each other and we’re all hoping for the best for ourselves.

Ian Clarkin jokes with Fresno State University outfielder and 32nd overall selection Aaron Judge. Photo by Paige Calamari/MLB Photos

Ian Clarkin (left) jokes with outfielder and 32nd overall selection Aaron Judge. Photo by Paige Calamari/MLB Photos What’s your outlook for 2015? Are you aiming to reach Double-A? Have the Yankees given you another innings limit? (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Players react to Will Ferrell’s adventure, Kate Upton also likes Ben Verlander

By Danny Wild /


By now you’ve heard and maybe seen Will Ferrell’s improbable journey to play 10 positions on 10 teams over five Spring Training games in Arizona on Thursday. First, to all the haters who are asking, “Why?” the answer is pretty good (and has been widely publicized, if you’ve bothered to look) — Ferrell’s antics are part of a new HBO special from Funny Or Die in partnership with Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer. From

This whole Spring Training extravaganza is about raising money for charity — close to $1 million, according to the actor — but Ferrell also revealed a bit of personal motivation to the two hosts: “What if today I play out of my mind, and what if I make the regular roster? … That’s kind of what the goal of today is — I’m hoping to land with a club.”

And that, of course, is the goal of a lot of Minor Leaguers and prospects who’ve reported to camps in Florida and Arizona — making the Major League roster, or at least playing well enough to get a higher assignment. Those same players? They had opinions on Ferrell’s day, and perhaps no one summed it up better than Padres prospect Rico Noel, who bunted back to the mound in Ferrell’s lone pitching appearance — Ferrell threw a strike, fielded the bunt and calmly threw out Noel at first:

And then everyone else weighed in:


Minoring in Twitter: Things Hunter Cole loves

By Danny Wild /

Hunter Cole

Giants outfielder Hunter Cole loves a lot of things. Recently, he was so excited about finding a colder area of his pillow, he took out his phone, went on Twitter and told everyone about it:

Other things Hunter Cole says you’ve gotta love?

Cheetos? You bet he loves them:

What, you may ask, does Hunter Cole not love?

We won’t stop there — Twins prospect Adam Brett Walker III has decreed that everyone — you included — must love Denzel Washington:

Back to cold pillows, Cole isn’t alone:

Rangers prospect Luke Jackson needs a bigger hot tub:

And he likes pancakes:

And speaking of pancakes:

This is Joey Pankake, to clear up any confusion:


Minnesota’s Trevor May needs help:

And then fellow Twins prospect Jose Berrios stepped up:

No, really — Trevor May really needs help. I had the flu last month and I worried about whether you could get the flu right after recovering:

And meanwhile, Berrios continued having fun:

The Phillies’ Venn Biter is a hero:

Ever wondered who is the greatest wife in history? Like, all-time, No. 1 wife? We finally got the answer on Wednesday night, and incredibly, a Minor Leaguer is married to her — Seattle’s Logan Bawcom:

Astros prospect Albert Minnis is overcome with saturated fat just thinking of this new D-backs ballpark treat:

That looks like this:


Everyone loves Ben Verlander:

Justin Bour is hunting boars:

Marlins right-hander Tyler Higgins bough a freezer, just so everyone is aware:

Nevermind Cardinals non-roster invitee Marcus Hatley trying to earn a Major League roster spot — he can’t even win when it comes to laundry:

Pirates prospect Cole Tucker is having a rough Spring Training:

Jeremy Barfield (who signed with the Rockies this winter) is having a day everyone dreads:

Phillies’ No. 1 prospect JP Crawford was really excited this week:

Crazy helium:

Fallen Yankees prospect Luis Torrens (torn labrum) tweeted this post-surgery photo:

This is pretty serious:

Dace Kime is still learning:

Hate Billy Joel? You probably don’t like Red Sox 2012 first-round pick Pat Light either:

Cubs prospect Carson Sands says he doesn’t like paying tolls when driving — to the extent he just doesn’t pay them and prefers paying fines instead. In his world, bridges and tunnels and roads just sort of crumble and fall apart:

In happier Carson Sands, the Chicago left-hander and 2014 fourth-round pick proposed to his girlfriend on a snowy baseball field:

Joc Pederson posted a photo of himself, and in the tweet told everyone he, in fact, posted a photo of himself:

The return of Minor Leaguers riding buses! It’s been a long absence here on Minoring in Twitter. Also, Battle: Los Angeles wasn’t as good as I’d hoped:

San Jose’s Matt Lujan thinks this is a good photo:

Angels 2014 second-round pick Joe Gatto would rather be in bed than prepping for baseball (but can you blame him? Beds are great):

Tacoma’s Nate Tenbrink showed off his beard new baby:

Can anyone help?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Also, Bryce Harper:

Minoring in Twitter: Getting dressy, saucy and cuddly

By Danny Wild /

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.


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 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…)

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

By Danny Wild /

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?


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

By Danny Wild /

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?


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

By Danny Wild /

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:


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

By Danny Wild /

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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