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Minoring in Twitter: All-Stars show off their selfies

By Danny Wild /

This week featured All-Star games from around the Minors, including the Southern, South Atlantic, Midwest and Calfornia/Carolina Leagues. You can actually read about those games on, but really, you just want iPhone selfies of players on the field, right?

All-Star Game dugout selfie:

And another from an All-Star game:

New Britain’s Ryan Arrowood:

Moving on, here’s a look at Johnson City’s Jurassic World-themed uniforms, which have a 1991 pajamas vibe to them:


Minoring in Twitter: Indians’ Dace Kime sees Jurassic World, wants his own dinosaur

By Danny Wild /


If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know my passion for the Jurassic Park series is shared only by Indians prospect Dace Kime, who triumphantly tweeted his viewing experience from start to finish on June 12, the day the movie premiered — the movie came out the day after Kime, a right-hander and 2013 third-round pick, held Salem to a run on three hits over six innings for his second win:

Using the same breakthrough science used in Jurassic World, we were able to create a rendering of what that might look like:


Moving along, what’s a spider doctor? (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Ben Verlander and Kate Upton ride a horse

By Danny Wild /

Kate Upton turned 23 this week, and that, thankfully, was a good excuse for Lakeland Flying Tigers outfielder Ben Verlander to dig through his phone and find this awesome photo of him proudly riding a horse with Kate:

Kate Upton, of course, is the girlfriend of Ben’s brother, Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander, who incidentally is also back in the Minors as he rehabs with Triple-A Toledo. (Happy Birthday Kate!)

And this scenario (in which Ben went with the #stud hashtag) should not be confused with Derek Jeter’s girlfriend, Hannah Davis, who also apparently really likes horses:

Ben also weighed in on the current AL All-Star voting, which is comically one-sided thanks to Royals fans who apparently think the world revolves around Kansas City:

And then Ben let us all in on those conversations players have at second base:

And he fought back against the growing storm of rumors that he snores:

As I predicted earlier, Minor Leaguers went out and saw the new Entourage movie, and the reviews are in!

So Chris Heston threw a no-hitter for the Giants this week, and zero Minor Leaguers (as far as I can tell) tweeted about it:

Behold the power of Midwestern stormy weather:

Is this bad?

Jurassic World: The Park is Open!

Today, June 12, has finally arrived! Jurassic World is here, and Indians No. 25 prospect Dace Kime, like me, won’t be able to see it at midnight due to baseball obligations:

BTW, nice job by Dace, six strong innings for his second Carolina League win Thursday.

Todd Van Steensel is stuck here in Florida while his friends back in Australia get to see Jurassic World early thanks to time-zone magic:

And the Johnson City Cardinals come out of nowhere with the announcement of a Jurassic World-themed promotional jersey:

Speaking of dinosaurs, we found video of a T-rex (“You said you have a T-rex? Say again?”) delivering a ball to Justin Verlander for his rehab outing with Triple-A Toledo:

Anyway, tune in next week for the reactions!


Minoring in Twitter: The ugly side of Tommy John; Decker debuts new film

By Danny Wild /

What does Tommy John surgery look like? Last we saw Indians right-hander Dylan Baker, he was resting comfortably in bed, taking selfies with his good arm:

But after seeing this, you’ll wish you never wondered what the aftermath looks like. Viewer discretion is advised:

So apparently they just slice open your arm and then Scotch-tape it back together. Here’s another from Astros lefty Kent Emanuel:

Moving along to something less gruesome but perhaps equally painful for a certain video intern in El Paso, we present Cody Decker‘s latest short film, Wear It, a six-minute feature that chronicles the Padres Triple-A slugger dressing up a team intern who apparently had failed to adhere to the Chihuahuas’ dress code earlier in the season (viewer discretion advised specifically for’s Kelsie Heneghan, who is terrified of clowns):

I thought the credits with the clips of the intern in the dugout were some of the funniest parts. Was hoping for a little more Jason Lane screen time, though:


Minoring in Twitter: ‘Going deep’ with Cubs’ Giansanti, Pirates’ Taillon

By Danny Wild /

This week, we carefully wade into the entertaining though sometimes bizarre Twitter timeline of Cubs prospect Anthony Giansanti, currently in his third season with Double-A Tennessee. With that kind of experience, the outfielder appears to have developed a certain comfort level, leading us to this: the Tennessee Smokies as you’ve (probably) never seen them:

Giansanti channels his inner Tom Hanks:

And then he has this deep conversation with teammate Bijan Rademacher:

How many times do you think he tried to record this?

And, over at Cracker Barrell, he captures Smokies ace Carl Edwards Jr. turning to his iPhone during a checkers match:

The always quotable Jameson Taillon gives advice on insomnia:

Taillon, who previously bragged about his expert PB&J skills, reveals another winning combo:

And when the big Pirates right-hander tells you to avoid a certain map on Call of Duty, you best believe him:

Padres first baseman Cody Decker, who has five homers and 12 RBIs in his last eight games, got some encouragement from WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan:

First-world problems:

Red Sox prospect Mauricio Dubon isn’t afraid to embrace pink:

Indians prospect Dace Kime, again, is connecting with me. I’ve been planning to try the new “Jurassic Smash Blizzard” (peanut butter cookies smashed together with chocolate chip cookie dough) at Dairy Queen this week (“An adventure in every bite!”). The question here is, what’s the struggle? Just get it:

Also, congrats to Dace, who was promoted to Class A Advanced Lynchburg earlier this month. I downloaded this game a couple weeks ago, too (13 days until Jurassic World in IMAX 3D):

Nationals farmhand Bryan Harper announced he has finally begun watching Game of Thrones:

Another huge announcement:

What do baseball players do without Netflix?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

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

By Danny Wild /

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:


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


By Danny Wild /

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:


Minoring in Twitter: Players react to Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Danny Wild /

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:


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:


Minoring in Twitter: Players mostly indifferent about current events

CDx5f2IWoAApCMjBy Danny Wild /

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:


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 /

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:

Jameson Taillon PBJ

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.

taillon driving

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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