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Minoring in Twitter: Players reflect on 9/11

By Danny Wild /

A Mets Minor Leaguer took to Twitter to reflect on Sept. 11, 15 years later:

Others also posted notes:

Giants Minor League catcher Matt Pare is now on dog-walking duty:

But Charlotte left-hander Matt Purke? He’s already got the dog-walking routine down:

Yankees prospect Jake Cave is ready for an offseason of fried chicken and tea:

Cubs Minor Leaguer Zack Short takes a shot at American Airlines. Ouch.

Padres prospect Carlos Asuaje has a message for El Paso as the Pacific Coast League Finals head to Oklahoma City:

Red Sox prospect Tyler Hill is freaked out:

Put your rifle down — there’s balls to be thrown:

Would you like to sell Indians prospect Justin Toole your kayak?

What would you do to save your mozzarella sticks?

White Sox Minor Leaguer Brad Goldberg got stuck with a $7 coffee bill:

Sauce Boss:

Blaise Salter, Super Star:

Yankees prospect Josh Rogers broke his driver:

The new MiLB team in Kinston, North Carolina is asking for help in naming its team:

Tim Dillard Tweets of the Week

The iPhone 7 came out Friday but Tim Dillard is already thinking ahead:

Minoring in Twitter: Raining garbage — how one MiLB team cleans up

By Danny Wild /

The Daytona Tortugas, a Florida State League team and Reds affiliate, revealed how they clean garbage from fans that’s fallen under the bleachers this season. It’s pretty awesome:

Royals No 6 prospect Kyle Zimmer has been on the DL since May, which allowed him to take a nice vacation to Kauai, a Hawaiian island where parts of the Jurassic Park movies were filmed:

Here’s everyone who’s called himself a Round Rock Express this past season:

People have been looking at Red Sox Minor Leaguer Justin Haley funny:

I’m not really sure what happened in this photo — how did players from Midland get into the hotel rooms of Corpus Christi players?

Mamma Chia really loves Tyler White. What’s he gonna do with all that stuff?

Tim Dillard Tweets of the Week

Tim’s season in Colorado Springs is over, and so is his long hair and beard. See for yourself:

Yes, we said the beard and hair are gone. He documented that process, of course:

Yes, the season is over for many Minor Leaguers. Some — most — did not get a September promotion to the Majors:

Minor Leaguers Aren’t Excited About Tim Tebow, Part III

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Tim Tebow is officially headed to baseball’s professional ranks, and haters are hating. I think a lot of the resentment among current Minor Leaguers stems from Tebow getting a $100,000 signing bonus — the most money the Mets could give him without incurring penalties — despite having not played baseball since high school in 2005:

I’m guessing A’s Minor Leaguer and 2013 28th-round pick Joe Bennie did not get a lucrative signing bonus:

Wait, wait, hold on. Has anyone asked Tigers Minor Leaguer Blaise Salter what he thinks of this whole Tebow thing?

As for Tebow himself? Welcome to Minoring in Twitter:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Does this count?

Minoring in Twitter: Goats, falling mascots and lots of dogs

By Danny Wild /

Goats with a goat. Twitter is probably not going to beat this photo this week:

It should be noted that the Hartford Yard Goats (a) have yet to play in Hartford and (b) refer to something that isn’t actually like the goat pictured in these tweets:

Here’s a bunch of food-themed mascots hilariously and repeatedly falling over a bullpen mound in Reno:

What does it look like when a fan throws up on the field during a game? The Charleston RiverDogs answered that question for us:

What’s it like to play in front of a stadium closed to fans? Here ya go:

Pretty gigantic salmon:

Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel apparently orders Jimmy John’s takeout every day:

Luke Jackson loves you:

Tim Dillard Tweets of the Week

“But he looks like a troll”

“I gotta gain some more weight”

“Michael Phelps and the dude that lied.”

“Oh no”

Minor Leaguers tweeting equipment photos

Minor Leaguers celebrate their dogs

Friday was supposedly #NationalDogDay or some made-up holiday. Here’s some photos:

Bowie’s David Hess swapped out his Mustang for a pickup truck:

Is Columbia’s Andrew Church  — who looks really happy in his player page headshot — saying he’s going to steal yoga pants?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Let’s make it a week of Chipotle!

Extra meat is $3.25 now?! #MakeChipotleGreatAgain!

Minoring in Twitter: Joey Gallo’s kiss, Ben Verlander’s traffic drama, thoughts on Ryan Lochte

By Danny Wild /

Joey Gallo kissed a teammate before a game, and then both hit home runs:

Other teams in Texas did not have as much good luck. The Hooks’ bus was so broken that a guy holding a bucket over his head was called in to help:

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte did not have the best end to his Rio adventure:

Tigers prospect Ben Verlander isn’t sure how to pay for things:

Ben also had some strong words for folks who don’t hit the gas when the light turns green, including some lady named Patti who mostly tweets about Senate Republicans and whose profile photo is a cat:



Braves top prospect Dansby Swanson already has his own card after getting called up:

What happened to Sal Romano? He’s a wanted man and the enemy of elevator technicians everywhere, apparently:

Mets Minor Leaguer PJ Conlon isn’t into seeing feet while watching gymnastics in Rio:

Reno needed some new windows in the press box last week:

Baseball players love their shoes:

Tim Dillard Tweets of the Week

While adding these tweets to this blog,’s Ben Hill walked by my desk and muttered, “Oh no, looking at Tim Dillard, your new boyfriend.” Admittedly, I am a fan:

I don’t know what this game is about, but here you go:

One lump sum of cash, they will pay to you:

Heads up!

How many Harry Potter movies exist?

Who’s he?

Momma Bear has arrived:

Red Sox prospect Josh Ockimey is a morning person

He also thinks Usain Bolt is crazy:

And he thinks nuts in peanut butter is nuts:

Matt Marksberry is also a morning person, and he hopes you are, too. I tried to sleep on a train this morning:

What the hell is this guy talking about?

Cody Decker dreams of being Tom Selleck:

Can you eat moderate portions of food within a responsible diet?


Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel — recently promoted to Double-A! — threatened to assault a baby:

Also, he, like us here at on Friday, watched Olympic racewalking:

Never change, baseball:

OK, we’re waiting, Raphael:

Who is Tory?

Trevor Williams wasn’t drinking water:

If you’ve ever been stuck in a group text, it’s usually not super fun. But what if it was with 24 other Minor Leaguers?? Hmm…

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

None this week from players, as far as I can see. Instead:

Minoring in Twitter: Yankees prospect Frazier is really excited about New York

By Danny Wild /

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Clint Frazier — a first-round pick known for his flowing red hair — was traded at the deadline last week from the Indians to the Yankees as part of a deal that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland.

For Clint, that news meant two things:

  • He needs a haircut
  • He needs to meet Jen Selter

You may have questions. First, the Yankees have a long tradition of making their players sport clean-shaven faces and neat, short hair. Those rules have garnered plenty of attention — Jason Giambi’s mustache was a thing at one point, and then pretty much all the Yankees grew ‘staches in 2015 — so Clint probably rightfully assumed he’d need to at least trim his hair:

But who is Jen Selter? First of all, you should already know who Jen Selter is. And if not, she is one of the most popular “Instafamous” “models” on social media, with almost 10 million Instagram followers, and known for photos such as this:

And she’s someone Clint really wants a date with:

Frazier told that, hey, they’re the same age, and he’s gonna be in New York pretty soon, so why not?

“I’ve been trying to reach out to her,” Frazier told NJ Advance Media. “She lives in New York,” Frazier said with a smile.

“I think she’s 22. I’m 21. I’m single. Let’s hook this up!”

No word yet from Ms. Selter on the date, but the #SelterFrazierDate hashtag is gaining steam. also reported that Frazier has a back-up plan — Jennifer Aniston, who is more than twice his age and has been married since 2015:

Frazier has had another celebrity crush on a more famous Jen for a long time. Like millions of others, he adores Jennifer Aniston.

“After watching ‘Friends,’ I feel like I know her,” Frazier said. “I’ve had a crush on her forever. I feel like we grew up together.”

This whole thing reminds of us Mets prospect Nicco Blank’s quest last month to lure Taylor Swift to a Columbia Fireflies game:

And, of course, let us never forget the time former Cubs farmhand Anthony Giansanti tried to get Ronda Rousey to come to an Iowa Cubs game, prompting every corner of the internet to pretend they knew who Anthony Giansanti was (he’s since been released and now plays for an independent club):

Moving on, would you consider this beard to be “decent”?

Tim Dillard Videos of the Week

Colorado Springs superstar Tim Dillard may have a career with MiLB.TV if pitching doesn’t pan out. Would you rather hold hands with your cousin or ground into a double play?

Want to hear Sky Sox players try to sing the national anthem? A song they literally hear every day of the baseball season?

How many Red Bulls do you drink per week? (I’ve never had one):

Hard-hitting questions here include “What day of the week is it?”

The Sky Sox take on Game of Thrones (and real fans will recognize this scene as the one from season 1 in which ::spoiler alert:: Brienne beats Ser Loras to win the respect of King Renly Baratheon, First of his Name):

Not if your name is Trump:

Might as well toss ’em in the bag:

Twins reliever Todd Van Steensel’s ongoing drama with loud music continues. Evidently his neighbors don’t follow him on Twitter or read this blog:

Yes, and this year they can enjoy Zika threats, bacteria-infested water, robbery and the knowledge that their housing displaced thousands of residents:

Birthday Selfies

2016 No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak bites medals:

Dodgers right-hander and 2010 Draft pick Seth Frankoff was really hungry at Waffle House:

Yankees prospect Jacob Lindgren won’t be pitching again for a long time:

I am obligated to say this: Go Army, Beat Navy:

MiLB Bus Fun

Old school movie choice here:

It’s August — not the best time for a MiLB bus to drop its air conditioning:

Baseball players on a bus:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Rockies top pick Riley Pint shows off his lunch order, which appears to be a grilled chicken burrito bowl with cilantro-lime white rice, cheese and guac. Pretty basic:

Yankees prospect Kevin Cornelius claims he ate an entire burrito while sitting at a red light? I’m not sure I’m buying that one, Kev:

Orem’s radio guy celebrated a Pioneer League playoff berth by adding a spoonful of guac to his burrito:

Here’s someone who isn’t down with Chipotle:

Minoring in Twitter: Noel goes for dugout swim

By Danny Wild /


Loyal readers of this blog may be noticing a pattern. Dugouts are flooding around the Minors, and it’s creating spectacular photos and videos. This week, Oklahoma City’s Rico Noel raised the bar pretty high with this clip of him swimming through what appears to be 4-5 feet of disgustingly muddy water in Memphis:

When the dugout floods, adventures begin.!. 😂😂😂

A video posted by Rico Noel (@richavoc) on

As someone commented on his Instagram post, “Hahaha omg this is disgusting.”

Yes. Totally. Even curious visitors to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would be like, ummm, no thanks.


While trying to find more flood photos and videos from Oklahoma City players, I stumbled upon Ralston Cash, a reliever in the Dodgers system. I don’t think he’s on Twitter, but his headshots from 2015 and 2016 are too amazing not to show. So, enjoy:

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Subway has come under criticism in recent years for selling footlong subs that don’t measure up, but High Desert’s Jose Trevino exposed the popular sandwich chain for a pathetic attempt at what I can only assume is a Chicken Bacon Ranch — minus the cheese, lettuce, ranch and, really, most of the chicken and bacon:

Did that make you hungry? How about this — Quad Cities’ Zac Person shared a touching moment at a local restaurant:

Lehigh Valley’s Phil Klein has got the hot tub bubbling on a Triple-A off-day:

Off-days in Pensacola aren’t too bad either:

What really happens in the Minors, after the games end and the lights go out?

Here’s a new one: Lancaster’s California League game on July 24 was postponed due to “poor air quality” thanks to nearby wildfires:

Brooklyn’s Colby Woodmansee is lonely in Coney:

Tim Dillard Tweets of the Week

Yeah, this is happening now. Tim Dillard is pretty awesome.

It’s true. Hand sanitizers claim to “kill more than 99.99 percent of germs.”

Moving on, our other favorite Minor Leaguer on Twitter, Todd Van Steensel, was attacked by a zombie:

Does Todd wear ankle bracelets?

I guess not — his wrist looks a lot like an ankle though. And oh snap, here comes Taylor Swift:

Stockton Ports radio man Zack Bayrouty tweeted that his team’s dugout was infested with poisonous spiders this week in High Desert. Not sure what the full story is, but here’s the tweet:

No, Minor League players did not drop dead in the dugout. He clarified:

Is LeBron James the greatest athlete of all time?

Who is Tyler Higgins? He was the Marlins’ 23rd-round pick in 2011 who is now selling his dog:

According to legend, coffee was discovered by “a 9th-century Ethiopian goat-herder named Kaldi” who realized his goats were “behaving erratically” after eating the beans. So you can thank him too, Zach.

Dean Green, as mentioned before, once hit me in the forehead with a foul ball and I have never forgotten:

Apparently the Biloxi team bus stopped to help a stranded driver:

Ever wondered how the South Bend Cubs get ready for games? Eddy Martinez, Eloy Jimenez and Adbert Alzolay revealed their secret this week:


Angry Manager Photos of the Week

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

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

By Danny Wild /

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 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 /

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:


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

By Danny Wild /

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



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 /

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’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

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?