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Minoring in Twitter: Sleeping in airports, Tim Dillard’s brilliance, dugout floods

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Minor Leaguers know how to make the best of a situation. Take well-traveled Las Vegas veteran Marc Krauss, for example — skilled in the art of sleeping at an airport:

Fun fact: Nevin Ashley’s wife is named Ashley Ashley, and she’s also a photographer.

The 51s weren’t the only Triple-A team forced to sleep on terminal carpeting. Look at the poor guy top-right with the orange shirt — who puts their face behind a boarding pass scanner?

Yes, it’s definitely better for players to sleep in hotels:

Hey, forget passing out on your luggage — here’s a special moment in the Minors that we rarely, if ever, get to see play out:

Colorado Springs’ Tim Dillard is awesome

Brewers right-hander and 33-year-old Triple-A reliever Tim Dillard is on the DL at Colorado Springs, so he’s having a little fun re-creating iconic movie scenes. These are hilarious, and if you want to kill time, check out his Twitter feed and watch a few of the older ones. Seriously, I cannot believe I’ve never seen these before:

More deep thoughts from Tim:

I can’t stop watching:

Sometimes it rains in Florida

You may recall the last Florida State League dugout waterfall. We now present Part II:

Todd Van Steensel with the slow-mo lightning video! Nice!

Jake Reed’s ceiling collapsed and he needs your car

Twins prospect Jake Reed — Minnesota’s fifth-round pick in 2014 — needs to borrow your car if you’re in the Chattanooga area. The 23-year-old reliever was displaced from his apartment after the ceiling collapsed on him and his roommate!

Want to see some of the grossest-looking hot dogs ever?

Incidentally we had a debate here in the MiLB.com office about whether the term “hot dog” applied specifically to the pairing of the beef frank with the bun, or if it could also simply refer to the meat, or “wiener.” Feel free to comment below if you know the rules.

Would you eat at a place called “Duckfat”?

Here’s a photo of Lachlan Wells, a Twins prospect who I got to speak to earlier this week:

Also while on a train or bus:

Minor League bus fashion:

You know what’s funny? Laughing.

The Gwinnett Braves visited Buffalo and took a ride to Niagara Falls:

Sometimes when it rains, it just sprinkles. A shower. A drizzle. Whatever you call it:

Oklahoma City’s Seth Frankoff is sick of politics. Too bad there’s almost four more months until the election:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Minor Leaguers failed me this week in delivering a tweet about Chipotle. Instead, please enjoy this video:

Minoring in Twitter: Pokemon sweeps the Minors

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Something happened last week that suddenly distracted the nation from all of its troubles. Trump vs. Hillary? Police shootings? Nationwide protests, Brexit drama, that European soccer tournament I ignored, the Zika virus? Yeah, no one cares anymore because apparently you can now play with Pokemon on your phone.

Yes, that’s right. Grown men — professional baseball players — who are stumbling around with their phones searching for cartoon critters in an app. That’s literally all I know about whatever this game/app is, and I really have no interesting in learning anything more.

Of course Minor League teams, never ones to miss an opportunity, quickly threw together promotions:

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Minoring in Twitter: Players react to tragic events, Kevin Durant

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Tragic news filled social media feeds following police-related shootings around the U.S., and Minor Leaguers sent their thoughts and prayers. Round Rock’s Joey Gallo posted that he actually met one of the Dallas police officers who was killed on Thursday:

A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas. When an officer stopped us, Mazara and I immediately became nervous, "I know who you guys are" he said. "Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, can I get a picture with you guys please?" It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us. His name is Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed in last nights shootings in Dallas. I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas

A photo posted by Joey Gallo (@joeygallo24) on

There’s no easy transition from the serious news of the week, but we’ll now move on to lighter fare.

Durant, Wade on the move

Kevin Durant bailed on Oklahoma City this past week in favor of joining Golden State, which means there is no point in me holding out hope for the Knicks. Minor Leaguers also had some thoughts:

Then Dwayne Wade left Miami for Chicago:

If you’re with child, don’t think State College’s Ronnie Williams didn’t notice:

What happens when a team of 20-something guys know they’ll be stuck on a bus for hours? Gotta charge up those cell phones and tablets:

We all know we should be eating more fruit on a daily basis, but did you know … honestly, I have no clue what they’re doing with this banana:

MiLB Bus Drama of the Week

11 hours is intense. I endured that on a flight from JFK to Hawaii, but at least I ended up in Oahu at the end:

The Black Bears made a visit to a children’s hospital:

Mayor McCheese Reference of the Week

#MakeMayorMcCheeseGreatAgain!

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From Mayor McCheese to Michael McCarthy, who prefers raw broccoli and protein juice to greasy cheeseburgers:

Finally, we end with this — why would you ever buy pizza from Dominos?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

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You may read this next tweet and assume that State College’s Ronnie Williams bought his wife some Chipotle, but you’d be wrong:

You see, Chipotle actually is Williams’ wife/life partner. He’s in a relationship with burritos:

And he really likes his wife:

But, don’t think Williams won’t keep his options (Moe’s, Qdoba, Taco Cabana, On the Border, El Pollo Loco, Chili’s, Baja Fresh, maybe even Taco Bell) open:

 

Minoring in Twitter: Prospect gets engaged, Imhof updates injury

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Let’s begin with some happy news. Houston prospect Eric Peterson is getting married!

Eric actually has a twin brother who plays for the Mariners:

Twins prospect, Taylor Swift Fan Club President and Minoring in Twitter legend Todd Van Steensel sent a stern warning to fellow baseball players everywhere: do not throw balls to Zack Hample, noted ball collector and longtime friend of MiLB.com’s Benjamin Hill:

But Todd may not really be singling out Hample — judging by this earlier tweet:

Mets’ Blank hasn’t given up

Mets prospect Nicco Blank is still hoping to catch the eye of Taylor Swift. After the superstar singer failed to show up for a Cyclones game in Coney Island, Blank is now offering her admission to a Class A Columbia game:

See that? Made his own photo illustration, saving me the time Photoshopping it. Also, this comes after Blank claims that he got a luxury suite for Swift in Brooklyn, which probably isn’t true but it sounds nice:

Sadly for Blank, it appears Swift is off the market and currently on vacation far, far away from any Minor League ballparks. That didn’t stop him from leaving her four more tickets the next day, though:

He also would, ideally, like to catch a first pitch thrown by her after she sings. Reasonable.

Imhof updates injury status

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof, who suffered a horrific injury last week while stretching after a Florida State League game, revealed that doctors opted to remove his right eye following the accident:

As many of you know on Friday June 25th I had an accident. A large price of metal hit me in the head/eye resulting in a fractured nose, 2 fractured orbital bones, and most significantly, the loss of vision in my right eye. I was immediately taken to the ER and then transferred to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the #1 eye hospital in the world. That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape. The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible to reconstruct it but in all likelihood I would never regain sight in my right eye. The first surgery was somewhat a success but overall nothing had changed, so after discussions with my family and my doctors, it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and have a prosthetic one put in. This decision was not an easy one to make but to me it seemed like the right one so on Tuesday afternoon I went forward with the surgery. I'm currently still in Miami recovering from surgery but I'm doing well. This has been the hardest week of my life but I've had amazing support from my family and friends to help me get through it. For those who have been wishing me well, your support has not gone unnoticed and I appreciate everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I had the best doctors in the world doing their best work on me and for that I am grateful as well. Although this injury has been tough it could have been much worse…I'm lucky to still have vision in my left eye…I'm lucky that i didn't have brain damage…and I'm lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world. I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I'm not dead. I'm gonna be alright, I'm gonna persevere, and I'm gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support.

A photo posted by Matt Imhof (@matt_imhof48) on

 

Bowling Green’s radio guy took a photo of what appears to be a tornado in the distance.

He’s also eating pretty well at these Midwest League ballparks. They sure don’t serve waffle fries at MiLB.com:

Meanwhile in Columbus, the Plutkos are looking happy:

Columbia’s Tom McIlraith tweeted this photo of a friend, and it’s weird:

Dansby Swanson was one of many to weigh in on the passing of basketball coach Pat Summit on Tuesday:

Giants Minor Leaguer Matt Pare tweeted about a whacky Game of Thrones fan theory that you probably won’t understand:

Braves prospect Matt Marksberry is pumped:

This little kid has a disproportionately large tongue:

Red Sox righty Michael McCarthy found a scenic run:

Sometimes the bus rides in the Minors are warm:

Rays prospect Jake Hager says he’s finally up to date on Game of Thrones:

Yankees prospect Drew Bridges (great name) isn’t a fan of sitting on buses:

Braves lefty Andrew McKirahan hasn’t played this season, stuck on the DL, which means he’s had plenty of time to feed his secret obsession with chia seeds. Oh, what’s that? You don’t believe me?

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Would you believe me if I told you some people ask for extra sour cream at Chipotle?

 

Minoring in Twitter: Mets prospect leaves tickets for Taylor Swift

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Mets Minor Leaguer Nicco Blank invited Taylor Swift to a Brooklyn Cyclones game on June 21, offering the pop star a pair of free field box tickets ($17 value each) — just in case the singer-songwriter worth $200 million left her wallet at home:

Here’s Nicco in action, in case you’re not familiar with the 2014 25th-round Draft pick:

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Neither Taylor Swift nor Taylor Swift’s biggest fan, Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel, responded to the invitation.

In other news, what the heck is Dilson Herrera wearing?

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Ben Verlander of the Lakeland (Florida) Flying Tigers is a little paranoid these days about alligators:

Ben also has some questions about your neighborhood pet store:

It really is a valid question. The official name is PetSmart, which would suggest “Pet” and “Smart” — and in that regard, PetSmart does offer veterinarian care and they work to save homeless pets, which makes it much more than simply a “mart” or “a place where things are bought and sold.” But then I’ve also heard that Petco is where the pets go (and not San Diego, unless it’s a specified Dog Day). Either way, my dog LOVES going to PetSmart, so here’s a photo of her:

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Sticking with Ben Verlander, he offers us this fantastic bus photo:

Phillies right-hander Phil Klein came across a serious pack of Canada geese in a parking lot. It’s worth noting that “Canadian geese” is not the correct name for these:

Did you know most Canada geese couples stay together all their lives? They have a lifespan of 10-24 years and fly in V formations. Also, here’s another squad:

Todd Van Steensel, the already mentioned reliever, has some issues with hotel housekeeping:

He also  has some issues with teammates on the bus:

He also was a little scared of this dog, or as they are known in Australia apparently, baby horses:

And he has some issues with Donald J. Trump:

One Minor Leaguer tweeted about the U.K. voting to leave the European Union this week:

White Sox Minor Leaguer Jake Jarvis went fishing:

Yankees top prospect Jorge Mateo offered up this selfie:

Hartford (which doesn’t actually play in Hartford) offered some selfies as well:

The Pulaski Yankees attempted to take a team photo:

The Sacramento River Cats made a hospital visit:

Dodgers prospect Matt Jones enjoyed a sunset at the beach:

Giants Minor Leaguer Matt Pare is looking pretty happy these days:

South Bend Cubs pitcher Preston Morrison found a beach and a dog:

Baseball Players Love Cleat Photos

Do gold cleats make you better?

Are man buns OK? Jon Snow has one, so…

We will end this blog with a sunset:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Minoring in Twitter: Players react to Orlando shooting, newest Draft picks report for work

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Minor Leaguers weighed in on the sad news dominating the national conversation this past week when a shooter killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida:

 Cody Decker is back in the Minors. The popular slugger (who describes himself as “often a jerk, always adorable”) had been released by the Rockies on May 15 but resurfaced this week with the Red Sox, who sent him to Double-A Portland:

Luke Jackson endorsed IHOP for breakfast this week, but El Paso’s Daniel McCutchen was ready to deliver a smackdown:

Rockies first-round pick Riley Pint, who became $4.8 million richer earlier this week, reported for duty in Grand Junction:

Why are they all standing like that?

Check out Jake Cave’s new pants:

Sweet view in Fort Wayne:

The Yard Goats, still trying to figure out how to build a stadium:

Not only do reporters in Toledo get to see Mud Hens games for free, but they enjoy this dinner selection (those are pretty big hot dogs):

Here’s some cleats and a topless guy on his phone:

Dansby Swanson sits for a chat:

When mascots cry:

Sunset in Columbia:

Let’s ride:

You should try NJ Transit:

Here’s what it looks like to sign with the Blue Jays:

Here’s what it looks like to sign with the Dodgers:

Remember when the Padres drafted Johnny Manziel?

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Story book will be watching Game of Thrones instead of Game 7:

#SkinnyStache

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Minoring in Twitter: Players dress up, react to Ali’s passing

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

The Montgomery Biscuits went all-out on a road trip this week, assembling an impressive collection of top hats and bizarre outfits from a local thrift shop before boarding a bus to Pensacola:

It may be hard to fully appreciate the work that went into this by looking at that group photo, so let’s zoom in on a couple standouts.

This player — and I’m not sure who he is — appears to be dressed as a human Sriracha sauce bottle:

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And then over here, we have baseball’s least travel-friendly umbrella:

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What’s the guy next to him supposed to be? Cat winter hat … too-small V-neck T-shirt … and a sport jacket?

Also, I think it’s very easy to glance over this guy, who is not only dressed in all pink, but he’s tied his T-shirt to show off those abs:

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Hack Attack

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Yankees No. 9 prospect Rob Refsnyder got called back up to the Majors on May 30, but it didn’t stop some incredibly creepy guy from hacking his Twitter account, posting an awkward selfie and leaving Rob some strange messages about how to regain control:

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“TAKE UR PAGE BACK DUDE. Sorry I hacked your personal account and changed your passwords, no harm intended.”

“Sorry I stole your car, changed the ignition key and left it on the side of the road. No harm intended.”

Of course, this doesn’t compare to the NFL’s awkward Twitter moment on Tuesday when a hacker announced the commissioner had died.

Twins No. 7 prospect Kohl Stewart recently attended a high school showcase in Fort Myers and was surrounded by eager parents. Not for autographs, but because they mistook him — a 21-year-old first-round pick — for a scout or agent:

Really? A 21-year-old scout? Don’t all baseball scouts wear big hats and look like a sunburned Clint Eastwood?

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Right-handed reliever Phil Klein was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on June 9, but he wasn’t too upset  — shortly after getting the bad news, he posted this:

Good luck Phil!

Stone Hands

In one of the most bizarre baseball injury stories we’ve heard, Marlins prospect Stone Garrett needed stitches and surgery from a specialist on his hand after teammate and Marlins No. 2 prospect Josh Naylor stabbed/cut him with a knife. Yeah. Seriously:

Stone seems to have buried the … well, I won’t use that pun, but he’s moving on from the ordeal.

“Naylor has a reputation of being a bit of a prankster, but this one obviously went a little too far,” Marlins president Michael Hill told the Sun-Sentinel. “Obviously, he’s torn up about it. This is a good friend, his roommate. They came into pro ball together, so they’re good friends.”

Naylor was suspended by the Marlins for an unspecified amount of games and was later selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Here’s a completely random recent tweet from Naylor:

The Greatest is Gone

Minor Leaguers reacted to the sudden death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali last week:

Most Minor Leaguers hate bus rides, but not Astros prospect Cy Sneed:

Most would rather close their eyes and relax:

Todd Van Steensel thinks you’ve gotta be insane to climb Mount Everest:

Little does he know that a former college baseball player, Harold Earls, just recently summited Everest with a team of current and retired U.S. Army officers. Earls was a third baseman for Army, and as you can see, I photographed him playing in an exhibition game against the Yankees a couple years ago:

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Shawon Dunston Jr. broke the news on Twitter that he’d joined the San Francisco Giants:

Yankees Minor Leaguer Cale Coshow is missing these two fellas:

Things just got real for Jake Hager:

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Reds prospect Rookie Davis seems to think airlines have simply overlooked the lack of leg room on airplanes:

They’ve considered it, don’t worry. Try being 6-foot-3 and flying 11 hours to Honolulu (totally worth it though).

Yankees prospect Jake Cave revealed his secret to enduring long bus rides — something called Travel Aid:

Here, just sleep on my shoulder:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Thanks to Mets prospect Amed Rosario for finally breaking two weeks of Chipotle silence on Twitter:

In other Chipotle news, USA Today revealed Thursday that Moe’s had surpassed Chipotle as America’s most popular vaguely Mexican food establishment:

Moe’s Southwest Grill, a Tex-Mex chain with less than half the number of locations as Chipotle, has unseated the former fast casual king as the most popular brand selling Mexican-inspired food, according to an annual survey

Minoring in Twitter: Williamson still rapping, buses still smelly

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

As someone who personally enjoys baseball and waterfalls, I think it’s hard to top this tweet — behold, a baseball waterfall:

Cubs prospect John Williamson is still sitting in a car, and he’s still rapping, but this time with a sweet Jorge Soler T-shirt:

When not wearing Soler apparel, he dresses like an American flag:

And when not wearing an American flag? He’s wearing his own brand of “Swilson” shirts, which you too can now own for $20-36:

And now, we return to our regularly scheduled rapping:

Basically, as long as John Williamson is rapping and playing in the Minors and tweeting about it, you can expect to see it all here. Including this Snapchat selfie:

Speaking of:

You want more musical Minor Leaguers performing? You’re in luck. How about Mets first-round pick and Las Vegas outfielder Brandon Nimmo serenading his 51s teammates in the clubhouse?

@bnimmo24 don't quit baseball #americanidol

A video posted by Danny Muno (@munz16) on

Minor League Bus Tweets of the Week

You know what smells worse than a coach bus carrying about 25 professional baseball players, some coaches and a radio broadcaster? Nothing.

What would be the smelliest, worst possible place to ride such a bus? According to this website, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is among the worst-smelling towns in America. So, I guess there are some rough weeks if you’re in the Midwest League.

What’s worse than a smelly bus? A hot, smelly bus:

What’s worse than a hot, smelly bus? A broken, hot, smelly bus:

Who is Juan Hillman? He’s an uncle (and the Indians’ second-round pick last year, but he’s only played in eight games, so it’s OK if you don’t know him either):

Nellie Rodriguez offers some free advice. Luckily there are no hurdles on the basepaths:

What’s wrong with getting lost?

Things are definitely going well for Brewers No. 2 prospect Brett Phillips:

Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel tweeted about Jurassic Park, which means it’s definitely, 100 percent getting featured here:

Now he’s just trying to get on Minoring in Twitter. And it’s working:

Todd, on Memorial Day, went on a mission to get donuts. Related, on Wednesday, the bakery at MiLB.com HQ gave me a free frosted chocolate donut.

Todd’s Twitter feed is pretty amazing. We knew his love of Taylor Swift was unmatched, but … have a look for yourself:

Moving on to bigger questions:

Donny Everett, a freshman right-hander at Vanderbilt, died Thursday and the baseball community took to Twitter to share their reactions and thoughts:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

More often than not lately, Minor Leaguers are letting us down with Chipotle tweets. I couldn’t find any this week. Instead, please enjoy this video I found of some guy dropping a Chipotle burrito infused with an iPhone from the roof of a building:

 

Minoring in Twitter: Uncovering the mystery of Mississippi’s elevator

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

The Jacksonville Suns got stuck in an elevator this week, but they actually looked pretty content considering:

Until it got a little old. I think he means “Wants to kill” but you get the idea:

OK, now here’s where things get interesting. I’m no detective, but you may recall a previous Minoring in Twitter that featured another Southern League team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, also getting stranded in an elevator:

That was April 8, when Pensacola was at Mississippi. Jacksonville’s photo was from May 25, when they were playing in? Mississippi.

And look at the same wood paneling in both elevator photos:

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Are the Mississippi Braves trying to sabotage visiting teams by trapping them inside elevators before games?

Todd Van Steensel weighed in, calling out a typo:

Among the best #MiLBProblems tweets I’ve seen:

Here’s a bunch of goats with red noses:

Minor League Bus Tweet of the Week

Don’t even bother trying to top this one:

Bryce Denton has some serious forearms:

What do you do if you’re a Minor Leaguer, you’re hungry and your hotel doesn’t have crummy frozen bagels or generic Cherrios for breakfast?

You find someone to make you breakfast — that’s what Astros Minor Leaguer Cy Sneed did. Sneed’s Twitter bio begins “I love my smokin hot wife, a lot” … even more now that she evidently whipped up this meal for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks right-hander:

Here’s another gem from Sneed:

Seriously, he really loves his wife’s cooking skills:

Here’s more from our favorite Twins prospect, TVS, who shares his growing adoration for “Beauty and the Beast” and takes us for a ride through the team’s Fort Myers complex:

We also got a look into his locker:

Bus fun:

Here’s some Memorial Day cleats, although to my knowledge, no branch of the military uses this camo pattern:

Here’s a young(er) Terry Collins:

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

We’re back after Minor Leaguers went silent for two weeks on Chipotle:

Although Josh Ockimey isn’t loyal to Chipotle, as evidenced by this tweet earlier in the month:

Minoring in Twitter: Helicopters, kangaroos, BBQ and a Benjie flashback

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

How awesome is this? Durham had a helicopter fly over and dry the infield ahead of Thursday’s game:

Creative way to dry the field in Durham.

A video posted by @josh_whetzel on

That time Nashville’s Matt Olson made a new friend:

When does Bryce Denton stop grinding? We ask ourselves this question almost daily. Finally, this week, we got the answer:

Charlotte’s Tim Anderson shows off his little one:

Fort Myers is hosting a couple Major League rehabbers, and that means one thing to Todd Van Steensel:

I guess Richmond’s Jake Smith got some early birthday gifts? He turns 26 on June 2:

Jacksonville’s Tyler Higgins should turn off his phone and conserve the battery:

J.P. Crawford, baseball’s top offensive prospect, was promoted to Triple-A:

Things could be worse though, right?

Akron’s Adam Plutko wears yoga pants on his days off:

Hungry?

Bengie Molina checking in with a Midwest League flashback:

Of course there was this GIF that made it around the internets:

Here’s some guys with purple skin:

One perk of working in ballparks? Free food:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Second straight week without a Chipotle mention on Twitter. Sorry. Don’t blame me.

 

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