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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?

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.

 

Minoring in Twitter: Space cadets, dogs, a turkey and time travel

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Brett Phillips’ three-homer game was out of this world:

Speaking of space cadets:

Jeff Hoffman‘s life is pretty good. He was a first-round pick two years ago, he received $3 million to sign, he’s the Rockies’ No. 4 prospect, he can throw a 99 mph fastball, he’s already reached Triple-A and he comes home to a pair of smiling faces:

Indians prospect Dace Kime was by far the ugliest baby that Indians prospect Dace Kime has ever seen:

It’s been a while since we caught up with Dace. What’s he been up to? Same ol’, sounds like:

Todd Van Steensel needs some quiet time:

All the Rays’ Kyle McKenzie wanted to do was watch some TV while he got his tires rotated, but this guy had another idea:

Yankees right-hander Matt Wotherspoon owns a 0.78 ERA this season out of the bullpen, but he’s evidently even more effective vs. turkeys:

Astros third base prospect Marc Wik could really go for some hot wings:

You know who probably also loves buffalo wings? Jim Thome. Has anyone ever seen Marc Wik and Jim Thome together? Am I wrong?

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You heard it here first:

Our favorite rapping Cubs prospect is back again this week with another passenger seat hit:

Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford now has three dogs, in case you’ve lost track:

Visit Fort Myers!

Wait. Where am I?  Do they have a Waffle House here?

Who somehow forgets Emmanuelle Chriqui and hates Will Ferrell?

What happened to Dodgers prospect Zach Walters?

Only he knows, I guess:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Nothing. If you can find a Minor Leaguer who tweeted about Chipotle this past week, send it along. I’m disappointed.

I will take this opportunity, though, to point out that Chipotle almost never has a full supply of fajita veggies to add to your burrito bowl. There’s always, like, three slices of green pepper left and they can’t even pick it out of the container. Fix it, Chipotle.

You know I’m not making this up; I  literally just googled “chipotle fajita veggies empty” and found this photo:

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Minoring in Twitter: Cubs prospect Williamson breaks out rap skills

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Cubs prospect John Williamson was a 23rd-round pick in last year’s Draft out of Rice, and he’s appeared in six games this season at Class A. That’s all well and good … but did you know the South Bend Cub owns some major freestyling skills and, well, watch and listen for yourself:

Yahoo actually wrote a story on his clubhouse rapping, noting the left-hander from Houston “released an album under his rap name Swilson on iTunes back in February.”

Swilson? In this video he seems to call himself “J-Willy, the freestyle pro.”

CSN Chicago chimed in, calling Williamson’s rap “the freshest thing you’ll hear all day.” Barstool Sports asked, “This is actually good. It’s good, right? I don’t really know.”

Here’s another of Williamson going hard in the passenger seat:

So yeah, support your local Cubs prospect on iTunes:

The Durham Bulls were quick to poke fun at Donald Trump’s Cindo de Mayo taco tweet on Thursday:

Meanwhile, on Cinco de Mayo in Chattanooga:

Mmmm … four pounds of nachos in a batting helmet…

Marlins right-hander Tyler Higgins admitted he had an addiction problem with Mountain Dew:

You know Mountain Dew, the green beverage that includes brominatated vegetable oil, a substance similar to what is used in pesticides, disinfectants, flame retardants and swimming pool cleaners.

Iowa Cubs infielder Kris Negron considered wearing Spiderman socks on Thursday:

Minor Leaguers tweet their girlfiends

Minor Leaguers are also gearing up for Mother’s Day this weekend:

Minor League bus drama

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Dedication:

Minoring in Twitter: Life in the Minors, featuring leaky buses, pharmacy dining and dirty laundry

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains inside the Minor League team bus you’re riding in for a series in Buffalo:

Cody Reed wants as much Chick-fil-A as he can fit into his mouth, but just remember, not on Sundays:

Cardinals 2015 second-round pick Bryce Denton says he ain’t scared of nobody:

Who among us hasn’t worn the same boxers for two weeks?

Who among us hasn’t enjoyed some fine dining at a CVS Pharmacy?

Hey, you don’t need to be a Minor Leaguer to enjoy highway traffic:

Okay then…

Time to find a new hotel. Or sleep on the bus:

Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel is apparently the type of guy who considers $78 T-shirts:

The Snappers read to little kids — a lot of them:

Alex Bregman wants you to buy his baseball card, which features him Photoshopped into an Astros helmet and jersey:

Same for Andrew Benintendi:

Here’s the uniform he was really wearing:

Four fans stuck around to watch the Salt Lake-El Paso game Tuesday:

The Double-A Arkansas Travelers avoided some twisters:

After seeing himself on a baseball card, Alex Bregman cooled off in this comfortable ice bath:

Twins top pitching prospect Jose Berrios got called up to Minnesota for his debut on Wednesday:

Don’t sleep on a Minor League bus:

Minor Leaguers love long, relaxing bus rides:

Pretty sweet thunderstorm clouds here:

Visalia manager J.R. House had a nice hike this week:

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Yankees Minor League outfielder Lane Adams speaks for all of us when he called upon Chipotle to get in line with Qdoba and Moe’s and offer up some delicious, hot, gooey queso cheese:

Queso is free at Qdoba. Just saying.

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And finally,

Minoring in Twitter: Players mourn Prince; Decker tweets trade; Bregman shares dinner

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

He might be a little before their time, but Prince’s sudden death sent Minor Leaguers to Twitter on Thursday:

Of course, there’s also Padres Royals Rockies slugger Cody Decker, who for some reason once (or probably more than once, who are we kidding) dressed up as Prince. I don’t even think this was Halloween:

The Rays should be a little concerned about right-hander Kyle McKenzie. Another shower incident could land him on the DL:

What’s going on here?

Where the heck was Chattanooga’s Dalton Hicks eating? Plywood benches?

NASCAR’s Joey Logano suited up for Charlotte on Wednesday:

Check out Indians No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier breaking his bat over his knee:

We saw Cody Decker above as Prince. But that was only part of his week — the infielder was traded from the Royals to the Rockies for cash on April 20 and of course tweeted the process. First, he thanked the Royals and Triple-A Omaha:

Then he showed off his chest hair and purple attire in celebration of joining Colorado:

And then he periscoped himself drawing on his cleats:

Top notch clubhouse chairs in the Minors:

Jimmy John’s offered $1 sandwiches from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, and of course I went in an attempt to secure lunch for me and MiLB.com’s Kelsie Heneghan. Instead, I found a line wrapped down around the block. No good. It seems Minor Leaguers met a similar reality:

Was there a fire in Fort Myers?

How much food did Orioles prospect David Hess order?

Joey Pankake may sound like he’s made for breakfast-timed games, but apparently not so:

Injured righty Logan Bawcom planted some flowers on Thursday:

The verdict on this napping head brace? Not cool, says Dodgers right-hander Seth Frankoff:

Astros top prospect Alex Bregman eats steak with a very large knife:

Royals No. 3 prospect Ashe Russell thinks his tweets are worth $300K. OK then.

Showing off the leather:

The Isotopes know about carpooling:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

You know what never fails? Unless it gets you deathly ill from E. coli? Chipotle.

And wow, really good news for Blue Jays right-hander and former Buffalo Bisons ace Marcus Stroman, who scored a lifetime of free burritos from Chipotle. How awesome is that, you ask? #ExtraGuac says it all:

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