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Minoring in Twitter: Players mourn, remember Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras

By Danny Wild /

St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday afternoon. The news was crushing to the baseball community as players, coaches and teams reacted on Twitter to the stunning tragedy:




One of Taveras’ former coaches, Phillip Wellman, was crushed by the news:


Of course, Major Leaguers reacted as well:

NLCS - San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

The Mets were among many teams to add a personal message:




Minoring in Twitter: Marlins guy at World Series distracts, annoys

By Danny Wild /

People continue to notice that guy in an orange Marlins jersey sitting behind home plate at every postseason game:

Who is he? His name is Laurence Leavy, and he owns a law firm in Florida. The 58-year-old claims he’s been to around 100 World Series and Super Bowl games. Must be nice to have a bazillion dollars and that much free time.

marlins guy

Leavy claimed the Royals tried to make him move seats, out of view of TV cameras. From the Miami Herald:

“The owner of the Royals was extremely upset that I was there,” Leavy said Wednesday. They offered him a private suite if he would move. They tried enticing him with free World Series goodies if he would get rid of the jersey. No way, Marlins Man said.

Nice. But either way, Minor Leaguers weren’t entirely pleased:

We’ve figured it out — he has money and wants attention:

Even Bryce Harper chimed in:

Time to leave, says Foster Griffin:

So, yeah. Now he’s Internet famous and will haunt you the rest of October.

Moving on, the secret to improving your swing? Here it is:

Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey says he’s never found anything he’s lost:

Padres Minor Leaguer Ryan Miller showing off his orange Camaro at the gas pump:

Kenny Wilson had an encounter with his dog. Admittedly, I needed to refer to Urban Dictionary to fully understand this one:

Duh. They’re reading Minoring in Twitter:

Whatever helps burn calories, right?

Luke Jackson shows off an old portrait:

A bike ride through farm fields and rolling green mountains. Nice offseason:

Or would you prefer blue skies and sunny beaches?

Meanwhile, Michael Chavis isn’t embracing the nature surrounding him:

Here’s that photo of Fat Burt you’ve been waiting to see:

Dace Kime had sushi with his mom, just so you’re aware. Stuff like this is what Twitter was intended for:

Gym selfie:

Minoring in Twitter favorite Todd Van Steensel has a special note for his fans:

Behold, a SeaHawks Jack-o-Lantern:

Someone was very hungry:

Hard to top onion strings:

Michael Kopech is getting a little discouraged:

White Sox speedster Micah Johnson wasn’t knocked out by Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed, awarded and popular show in decades.

Hunter Cole is having a rough day:

Need some quick cash? Here’s your man:

Corey Black has a mess to clean up:

Whenever I see people using this totally not real word, I think of that poor guy detained in North Korea:

Here’s dinner:

Trevor Gretzky seemed to be the only Minor Leaguer to acknowledge the incident in Ottawa this week:

Need a surfboard?

Homemade BBQ sauce. The offseason can only go down from here, huh?

Ketchup is delicious:

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Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers rejoice at return of ‘Walking Dead’

By Danny Wild /

Minor Leaguers, like millions of other ordinary, non-baseball-playing Americans, love zombies. Sunday marked the end of a seven-month wait as AMC’s The Walking Dead finally returned. Season 5’s premiere (which incidentally included a new character wearing a Detroit Tigers cap — he survived about as long as the actual Tigers did this postseason.) attracted a series-high 17.3 million viewers, some of which were the very Minor League players we may or may not want with us on a zombie takeover survival team:

Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Photo by Gene Page/AMC


Minoring in Twitter: Love/hate Katy Perry

By Danny Wild /

We found out this week that Minor Leaguers really like — and this will be hard to believe — college football, and maybe also Katy Perry. Ordinarily those two things are separate, but this week was a perfect storm on ESPN. Unfamiliar? Catch up quickly here.

Katy Perry

I mean, the fuzzy pink isn’t that flattering, but we’ve seen worse:

Zach Von Rosenberg couldn’t ask for more, actually. Not even Chipotle:


Minoring in Twitter: Verlander rear-ended, Minor Leaguers freak out over Ebola

By Danny Wild /

Even though the CDC quickly reassured Americans that Ebola “poses no significant risk to the United States,” the virus’ terrifying hold on the public has spread even as far as the Minors. Have you recently touched the blood of an infected Ebola patient? No? You’re probably good to go then. But…

In America, one guy has it. Not so much an outbreak, but…

The difference between Bryce Harper, who’s in the playoffs, and his brother, who is in the kitchen:

Hashtag Billy Beane:

Another bad idea:

Ben Verlander isn’t having a good week:

Neither is this guy:

Will Startup shows off some classic ball art:

Yankees prospect Eric Jagielo will miss the Arizona Fall League after getting hit in the face with a pitch. He actually looks pretty good, considering:

Ever wake up and immediately think about when you’ll be able to go back to sleep? Right? Like every morning, pretty much?


What about ketchup?

Stick to Chipotle:


Is that the new iPhone 6?

Lake Elsinore’s Hunter Renfroe is ready for the offseason:

So is Dace Kime:

But how was the food?

What an amazing world we live in (minus the Ebola):


Luke Jackson needs sunscreen:

Hitting golf balls is a full-body workout:

JP Crawford’s prediction before a ho-hum Wild Card game:

Offseason conditioning meets helping your friend move apartments:

Prospects doing some pre-Wild Card trash talking:

How’d he die? Too much driving:

Derek Jeter’s career is over, and the young New York native shortstop the Yankees drafted to potentially replace Jeter? He’s watching Disney movies:

Todd Van Steensel, separated from Chipotle and Jimmy John’s, is now stuck with a new problem back home:

Daniel Norris getting ahead of himself:

Beats old peanut butter, right?

Big day coming up for Ty Kelly:

Setting your goals high:

Breaking news:

Breaking news, Part II:

Never heard of this holiday, have you?

Who knew?

Taylor Swift thinks about this too:

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Duh. No debate:

Close call:

Looks good. Chipotle quality though?

Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers say goodbye to Jeter

By Danny Wild /

Derek Jeter (Danny Wild) (1)

In case you haven’t heard, Yankees captain Derek Jeter will play his final game in Boston this weekend, ending a 20-year career, one that, among other things, has inspired a countless number of current players in the Minors who grew up watching the Yankees shortstop. Jeter, who burst onto the Major League scene full-time in 1996, was drafted in 1992 and appeared in 462 Minor League games, beginning with the Gulf Coast League Yankees in ’92.

So many current Minor Leaguers and young Major Leaguers list Derek Jeter as their favorite player growing up, so you can imagine that his farewell was the talk of Twitter this week.



Minoring in Twitter: Battling boredom with shaving, baby care and TV marathons

By Danny Wild /

Life becomes decidedly less exciting once the offseason comes around. That’s probably not good news for this blog, since we’re less than a week into the offseason and Minor Leaguers seem to be dragging themselves through an empty reality of nothingness, at least on Twitter anyway. How sad is this:

Where once we were getting inning-ending strikeouts and double-play balls, now we’re flipping through HGTV Magazine in a dentist’s waiting room:

Wade Wass, a catcher with the Angels at Rookie-level Orem, built his day around shaving:


Mets pitcher Greg Peavey, who I spoke to just last week after a big win, is now on daddy duty:

Babysitting sleeping dogs and a tiny stuffed raccoon:

Bragging, to no one in particular, about your video game skills:

Memphis’ John Gast is cooking dinner with a Home Depot box and a PVC pipe. What could go wrong?

And we’ve all been here, huh? SVU binge on USA/TNT. You’ll never go jogging through Central Park again:

Some are just mindlessly watching SportsCenter…

This was not tweeted by a Minor Leaguer, but I think it’s relevant enough to show here: Julian Edelman, noted New England Patriots wide receiver and friend of the dreamy and noted Yankees fan Tom Brady, wearing a Richmond Flying Squirrels cap:

So why, you ask, was Julian Edelman wearing an Eastern League team’s hat? Fair question. Edelmen grew up in Redwood City, California, and went to Kent State in Ohio, but he claims his favorite nickname given to him by teammates is “The Squirrel.” “Guys call me ‘Squirrel’ because one time on the sideline I was yelling, ‘Don’t let me get squirrely out there,'” Edelman said.

Good story, right?

I think we all want more details on this — what happens when you work out after eating spicy Mexican cuisine?

Justin Johnson wants you to know, he’s at PF Chang’s. Fun Fact: PF Chang’s also owns Pei Wei.

Old Chinese food, as opposed to fresh Chinese food from PF Chang’s:

Gatorade’s new commercial/tribute/short film on Derek Jeter’s totally unscripted (wink, wink) but still genuinely awesome goodbye to Yankees fans is making the rounds on the Internet this week, and since 74 percent of Minor Leaguers list Jeter as their favorite player growing up (I made that up, but it’s probably not that far off), it’s been big on Twitter:

Steve Brault plays in the Orioles system but has remained a Padres fan:

Giants prospect Mac Williamson with a new haircut:

California League champion right here:

Cody Decker, sources say, is actually the guy who writes all those facts under Snapple caps:

Cargo shorts!

Baltimore’s Christian Walker doubled in his Major League debut on Sept. 17, and if he keeps it up, he’ll find himself ineligible to be featured in Minoring in Twitter:

Also Boston’s Bryce Brentz, who survived a rough offseason last year, made his big league debut after helping Pawtucket claim the Governors’ Cup:

I thought the same thing when I saw the trailer for Liam Neeson’s new movie — although it seems like most of the new suspense/action movies now have identical plots (November Man, The Equalizer):

Ian Kendall is on to you, Prison Break:


Smoking is bad for you:

NFL drama continues:

Clayton Blackburn could just be obnoxious like the people on my train and play loud music straight out of their phones, no headphones necessary:

I think he’s talking to you, beloved Minor League umpires:

In the world of first-world problems, Minor Leaguers were forced to decide whether they want iOS 8 for their iPhones this week. You don’t want to have the phone updating while you could be en route to/at Chipotle, though:

One person favorited this:

Or just the pain of waiting for your iPhone 6 to arrive:

Here’s Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant at Wrigley, where he is not yet allowed to play:

Twins prospect Nick Gordon looks like he’s dressed for __________________:

One of our very own writers would probably be down for this:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

It’s no secret that statistics say most Minor Leaguers won’t ever reach the Majors, and so with that in mind, players need to plan ahead. Like, maybe they open a fresh Mexican fast food establishment?

Minoring in Twitter: Kris Bryant gets a cat, goes grocery shopping

By Danny Wild /

People really, really like Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant, especially (we assume) his girlfriend, who snapped this gem of him pushing a shopping cart through the Halloween aisle of a grocery store. Yes, the offseason has arrived for many Minor Leaguers, and no, Kris Bryant, for reasons we’ll never understand, didn’t get called up to Chicago, so he’s stuck stocking up on Fritos, corn nuts, sunflower seeds and posing with a real estate agent’s ad:

According to the caption, he was donating the food. How can baseball fans fall even further in love with the slugging third baseman? Cats. People love cats on the Internet, and they also love Kris Bryant, and — awwww, he named it Wrigley! And it lives in a box!

Important questions to think about now that the Minor League season is in its final hours:


Mariners third-round pick Tyler Pike has left behind Double-A Jackson to live the life of Larry the Cable Guy:

Salem-Keizer catcher Hunter Cole needs to jam out in front of his TV. Please help:

Yes, we can confirm, some people do indeed work at Walmart:

Erie’s Will Startup, best known in these parts for his 2008 Moniker Madness win and literal baseball artistry, has moved on from baseball to “trenching,” whatever that is. And whatever that is, it appears to be dangerous:

El Paso’s Rico Noel needs a scratch:

Minor Leaguers reacted to the ongoing drama unfolding in the NFL surrounding former Ravens running back Ray Rice and commissioner Roger Goodell. It’s an ugly story, and it’s spawned plenty of opinions:





Like most of us, players recognized the 13th anniversary of September 11 on Thursday:

Cubs prospect Corey Black (traded by the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano) is hanging on to summer:

OK, we get it, just go already:

Are you guilty of ignoring Rangers catcher Jose Trevino?

OK, Jack, thanks for letting us all know:

The offseason is all planned out for Salem Red Sox right-hander Joe Gunkel:

Xavier Scruggs looking sharp, looking at himself in his iPhone screen instead of the mirror. Whatever works man:

Do not skip the leg press if you see Josh Banuelos near you at Planet Fitness:

Yeah, take that, Paris:

Earlier this week we found out about two new iPhones and an Apple Watch. An improved iPhone 6 camera only means improved Minor Leaguer selfies, which means better Minoring in Twitter content. First, players need to decide which model to get:

Ah yes, the iPhone 6 Plus Chipotle Edition:

Read this in a Stewie Griffin voice:

Either way man. Upgrade:

Brewers first-round pick Jake Gatewood driving around like a first-round pick:

Something about clans:

Daytona catcher Ben Carhart is a big fan of Emilio Estevez:

Look, a bed:

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Let’s all keep Todd Van Steensel in our thoughts as he embarks on this next stage of life (in Australia) without burritos:

Minoring in Twitter: Embracing the early offseason vacation

By Danny Wild /

Happy days have arrived for those Minor Leaguers who weren’t fortunate enough to a) make the playoffs or b) get a September big league callup. They’re free of long bus rides, sharing hotel rooms, being away from Chipotles and the general grind and life of a Minor Leaguer. Based on my research, which you’re about to see, most players have run off to beaches with dogs and fried food. Enjoy:

Jacksonville’s Austin Barnes reveals that, away from baseball, he’s a dirty mess:

Deck McGuire playing video games with his dog:

More dogs:

Some have gathered around fires:

Some are already on the beach:

Some, like Mike Yastrzemski, have moved on to other sports:

Joe Gatto, the Angels’ second-round pick in June, finally gets to play with his gigantic toy:

Oakland’s Billy Burns gets a head start on Halloween:

Modesto’s Mike Piazza is focused on fishing:

More food:

Wow, Warwick Saupold flew 28 hours back to Australia for his offseason:

Lansing’s Brad Allen … had a baby? Knows someone else’s baby? Found a baby and posed for a photo?

Not sure what this is, but Rays No. 15 prospect Riley Unroe, now away from clubhouse pre-game meals, was hungry:

But for those in the playoffs? It’s go time:

Minor League Bus Drama Tweets of the Week

As the season ends, we’ll be running out of good content for bus stories. So, appreciate it while it lasts. Corey Black isn’t holding back, either:


What a feeling:

Moving on, Alabama in late summer has to be pretty humid:

Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon has begun increasing his throwing program in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Here he shares a video throwing from 75 feet inside a local gym:

I usually try to tie in current events and notable news items to this blog — the World Cup excitement, Johnny Manziel being drafted, etc — and I can report that, this week, I could not find a single Minor Leaguer tweeting about Joan Rivers or ISIS. But fungus-covered flip-flops? Yep:

Grab your shower shoes!

I see this in Manhattan every single day during the season:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Of course he was:

Minoring in Twitter: Celebrating a clinch in style

By Danny Wild /

The Minor League season is winding down, which means the playoffs (along with college football, autumn weather, artificially flavored pumpkin drinks) are on the way. It’s also a chance to celebrate reaching the playoffs, if you’re a Minor Leaguer. Maybe like this:

And this:


Arkansas manager Phillip Wellman (perhaps best known for his incredible ejection tirade several years ago) shared this gem:

You know it’s a serious celebration when you’re wearing a helmet:

Minor Leaguers (this being the Potomac Nationals) celebrating a division crown:

And down to the Gulf Coast League:

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards can throw hard, but he’s a bit skinny, which makes it hard to decompress an air mattress:

Frisco’s Jake Thompson admits it: he pitched with his fly down, and he’s OK with it:

A Cal Ripken sighting:

Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin may not need to shop at Walmart, but he still finds it entertaining:

It’s called, and it’s on every night:

What is a Murray State?

Not from a player, but entertaining nonetheless, there were some ejections in Lowell when an umpire wasn’t happy about equipment in the bullpen: (more…)


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