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Minoring in Twitter: Prospects take a romantic cruise around Manhattan

By Danny Wild /

Connecticut’s Mike Gerber was among some New York-Penn League All-Stars who got to take a nice sunset cruise around lower Manhattan earlier this week, and he snapped a really nice photo, take a look:

Or how about this?

Others spent a day in Times Square, which is a place in Manhattan to which few New Yorkers go, unless friends or family is in town:

So I realize we featured plenty of Minor Leaguers dumping water on themselves last week, but then we received a little message from one of our all-time favorite Minoring in Twitter friends, El Paso’s Cody Decker, who told us he “put a little spin” on the omnipresent #IceBucketChallenge.

So, yeah. Here it is. You’re welcome, Cody. And maybe I’ll just sprinkle in some more ice bucket dumping throughout, as surprises:

This is a good opportunity to feature more of Cody’s random thoughts, although his father might not be too excited:

Remember this when you were a kid?

Jordan DeLorenzo goes to Chilis when he needs his Tex/Mex fix (sorry, Chipotle):

I’ll withold my own comments and opinions about watching golf in general, but…

Here’s what the Myrtle Beach Pelicans made their players wear on Aug. 21. It’s a good excuse for me to tease an upcoming photo gallery I’m working on that will feature all (or as many as I could find) weird and memorable jerseys worn around the Minors this year:

Another night in the Minors:

I thought everyone loved Justin Bieber though?


Here’s a CRAZY photo of a foul ball that went right through a pressbox window:

Jeremy Barfield has lost his mind. Kate Upton is overrated? Really?

Behind the scenes in a Minor League clubhouse:

Maybe Ryan Mathews’ host family just wanted to get on Minoring in Twitter?

Joey Pankake (who plays for Connecticut and travels for road games to Staten Island and Brooklyn):

Sidelined Bucs prospect Jameson Taillon lists his favorite country songs of all time, in case you were curious:

Taijuan Walker is honored:

Someone just got screwed out of empty calories:

Wow, that’s a serious bucket:

New Hampshire’s Cory Aldridge was a very hungry man:


Minor League Bus Tweets of the Week

Here’s a happy tale from the road, when one Minor Leaguer scored his own row of seats:

A 15-hour roadtrip. Ugh.

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Remember when Luke Jackson ate a baby burrito? (Not really, I saw this on BuzzFeed earlier in the week):

Minoring in Twitter: Francisco Lindor dumps bucket of ice on his head

By Danny Wild /

lindorCEDAR RAPIDSSo if you’re on social media, you’ve probably noticed poor-quality cell phone video clips of your friends getting dumped with ice water. And you probably wondered, “Have Minor League players also been caught up this social media/charity trend?” We here at actually were not wondering that, but we follow a lot of Minor Leaguers on Twitter, so it was unavoidable.

What’s it about? The underlying effort is to raise money for the ALS Association — and it has done just that — but it’s mostly people getting soaked. Vice called it “the latest in lazy, narcissistic hashtag activism.”

But it’s activism! In fact, the ALS Association’s national office has, according to Time, “received $5.5 million for Lou Gehrig’s disease research since July 29, compared to $32,000 in the same period last year.” And so with that, we present Indians No. 1 prospect Francisco Lindor getting ice caught in his hair:

Here’s a good one, it includes a Minor Leaguer wearing blue spandex pantsΒ (click the Instagram link to see the video, we’re unable to embed them here):

kc How about 2014 Sochi U.S. Olympic speed skating silver medalist Eddy Alvarez, who recently signed with the White Sox? He’s in Kannapolis, and he challenged fellow speed skating star J.R. Celski:

eddy Giants prospect Mac Williamson kinda cheated, I don’t see any ice cubes in that bucket:

MAC Giants No. 7 prospect Clayton Blackburn wore an “I will” shirt, and indeed, he did:


And another…

Reds No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson does it himself:

Spencer Kieboom, currently in Moniker Madness, sidestepped the ice and just donated money. Smart man:

Cedar Rapids’ Stephen Gonsalves did it on the warning track while wearing socks but no shoes:

CEDAR RAPIDS San Jose’s Matt Lujan does it in style, kicking back pool-side:

lujan Of course there’s also those who think, instead of taking videos of yourself making funny faces under water, you could just, like, donate money or support a cause personal to you, free of social media:

Others are confused:

Others point out to the haters, hey, money is being donated regardless, which is cool:

Lucas Sims claimed he would be getting iced, but we have no visual evidence…yet:

You want to see more of this, right? Ladies, if you ever wondered what Jackonsville’s Austin Barnes looks like beneath that Suns uniform, today is your day:

Before: austin barnes before After: barnes after How about Pirates No. 2 prospect Jameson Taillon, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery? Stetson Allie

stetson splash Tigers prospect Pat Leyland, the son of longtime manager Jim Leyland, takes one from above:


Finally, this isn’t someone doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s just some Minor Leaguer eating dinner out of a hotel ice bucket. Impressed, right?

eating dinner

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Moving on, Spokane’s Jose Trevino shows off his teammate Reed Garrett’s new mustache, in case you ever wondered what Reed Garrett looked like with a mustache:

Chan Moon, I dunno what’s going on here:

Somewhere, Taijuan Walker is locked in a room, binge-watching 90s episodes:

Here’s a selfie for a top 2014 D-backs pick:

GCL Orioles left-hander Kevin Grendell has some kind words for outgoing MLB Commissioner Bud Selig following the news that Rob Manfred will take over next season:

Idaho Falls’ Eric Skoglund is 21 and just bought his first car. How old were you when you got behind the wheel of your own ride?

Memphis’ Tim Cooney with the best photo this season in front of Walter White’s house in ABQ:

Twins prospect Jose Berrios showing off his bling and Futures Game tee:

Dovydas Neverauskas wants your vote:

This is so true. I hear my old alarm ringtones on other people’s phones while riding the train and it makes me kinda stressed:

West Michigan’s Ross Kivett, standing up to cancer:


Want to challenge Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies in hockey? Fire up the PS3:

Minor Leaguers, and people in general, for reasons unknown to me, love watching Little League Baseball on television:

West Michigan’s Grayson Greiner is about three years late to the awesomeness that is Westeros, direwolves, dragons, Hodor and the one true king, Stannis Baratheon (that’s right — I said it):

Probably tastes good though:

Things you should avoid tweeting:

I’ve done this. I’m getting worse typing on the iPhone:

Finally, we want to send good wishes to Twins top prospect Byron Buxton, who was involved in a scary collision during his Double-A debut for New Britain on Wednesday night:

Minor League Bus Tweets of the Week

A Gulf Coast League bus breakdown:


Mmmm. Dinner at Walmart:

Okaaaaaay… TMI…

Chipotle Tweets of the Week Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin has decided we need more Chipotle in America:

Minoring in Twitter: Verlander meets Jeter, and everyone gets new shoes

By Danny Wild /

Last we heard from Tigers prospect Ben Verlander (noted friend of Kate Upton), he was stranded on the side of a highway with a sweaty bus driver and a disabled bus. But, when your name is Verlander, things tend to go your way. Like meeting Derek Jeter with only a thin blue rope separating you?!

Here he is, minus Jeter:

Daniel Norris (great first name) has joined the PROSPECTive team this week with his first post showing his take on a night at the ballpark. So, go check that out, and then enjoy some of his recent musings on Twitter, like the time he bought water for a dude who resembled Morgan Freeman:

Or his dreams of making phone calls like they do in that Progresso Soup commercial:

Bad news if you’re just a casual acquaintance of Angels right-hander Kyle McGowin — you may not be hearing from him again:


Minoring in Twitter: Prospects react to Trade Deadline moves

By Danny Wild /

Baseball’s Trade Deadline is sort of the game’s version of Christmas in July, where fans of at least some teams wake up and find they’ve gotten what they wished for all summer: Martin Prado.

Oh, sorry, I meant David Price.

But beyond the marquee names on the move exists a whole other world in the Minors, where young players are pulled away from the only organization and system of teammates they’ve ever known as parts of larger deals.Β For these players, the Trade Deadline is more about Yankees infielder Gosuke Katoh scared to death he’ll have to say goodbye to his roommate than whether Jon Lester can bring a ring to Oakland. So for that perspective, we turn to Twitter, where Minor Leaguers weighed in on moves, reacted to being traded themselves or said farewell to friends:

Former Tacoma infielder Nick Franklin was dealt at the deadline as part of the David Price deal:

An interesting image via Twitter, here’s how Yankees No. 9 prospect Peter O’Brien found out he’d been traded to Arizona — sort of exactly how you might imagine it would look:

And would you expect anything less? What does LeBron and Tebow think of the trades, maybe?

Mitch Haniger was the Brewers’ No. 8 prospect before being shipped out:


And Taijuan Walker is just here thinking about lunch:

Moving on, we get to see what Keith Olbermann looks like dressed in El Paso’s new jersey (it’s not especially slimming, I have to say):

Nationals No. 1 Lucas Giolito, a man who owns the ranking once held by Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, living the dream with a monkey:

Pawtucket’s Ryan Verdugo, who was born in California and went to LSU, has somehow avoided one of the staples of seafood: lobsters…

Great news, DJ Hicks’ fish are off the street and no longer homeless:

Look at those pants on Rockies No. 19 prospect Daniel Winkler (not to be confused with Reds No. 2 prospect Jesse Winker):

Injured Pirates No. 2 prospect Jameson Taillon is looking for a chance meeting with an ESPN icon:

New Orleans’ Justin Bour is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and has a dozen homers and 51 RBIs with a .314 average this year, so I guess he’s allowed to wear this?

By the way, 250 on him looks a lot better than 250 on the rest of us.

But baseball players make errors…



Joey Pankake, who owns maybe the best name in the Minors (you’ll be able to vote on that soon) is thinking of… what?

Royals prospect Lane Adams is on the DL, so apparently now he’s spending his time legislating:

What is this, coffee made with Country Crock and Powerade?

Here’s Marlins prospect Chipper Smith’s socks:

And here’s laundry in a hotel room:

Minor Leaguer Bus Tweets of the Week

Uh oh. We’ve seen flat tires and disappearing drivers, but not empty gas tanks:

Minor Leaguer with Pretty Girl Tweet of the Week

Daniel Winkler is also dining on some hot sauce (honestly, salted caramel BBQ sounds like it could be amazing):

Michael Chavis plays for the GCL Red Sox and… um… well… he Tweeted this:

Here’s Manny Ramirez looking old like a wise veteran:

Help Phillies No. 1 prospect JP Crawford decide if he should buy a white Camaro or a black Camaro? Or, the correct answer, just tell him to get a Dodge Challenger instead:

Lucas Sims, still fishing:

What the heck is this?

Vic Black hasn’t been in the Minors since May, but come on, bacon on a stick:

Opossum Photo of the Week

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Birmingham’s Kevin Vance is just trolling us, clearly just wanted to be featured here. And, you win:

Minoring in Twitter: Vegas always wins in airport money prank

By Danny Wild /

the prank

After a somewhat depressing look behind the curtain at the bus problems facing Minor Leaguers last week, we switch gears and present the Las Vegas 51s and their dugout prank that ended up fooling every opportunistic airline traveler who walked by. You know the trick: a player connects a baseball to a fishing line or piece of string and tosses it over the dugout roof, only to pull it back from wide-eyed fans. Take a look:

How many people can say they’ve been publicly pranked by an entire team of New York Mets prospects? But Anthony Seratelli also has a softer side — look at his view of Mt. Rainier from the air, after he was done stealing money from old men:

And he also posted this gem from PhotoBooth:

Here’s your sneak peak at the Ninja Turtle uniforms Fresno is making its players wear next month:

Ever wonder if all ballplayers wear sunscreen or are, like, magically immune from getting sunburned, despite being out in the sun every day for seven months?

Free life advice from Rangers prospect Luke Jackson:

Here’s Yadiel Rivera, a shortstop with Double-A Huntsville, showing off his fingers:

The Syracuse Chiefs are now the most mohawked team in the Minors:

Great Falls left-hander Eric Skoglund is documenting the consequences of teammate Eric Stout, who lost some bet or game or whatever and is now toting around a rock that resembles a poorly drawn face:

Uh, what?

How ugly is this couch? It looks like the Duck Dynasty guys should be wearing it:

Louisville’s Kris Negron got some goody bags:

Oakland catcher Nick Rickles hasn’t played this season — we’re assuming you’re just hurt, Nick. But you can appreciate his latest selfie:

Bat Boy Tweet of the Week:

For those of you who enjoy Twitter and Minor Leaguers who use Twitter (that’s why you’re here, right?), you may appreciate this list:

Minor League Bus Drama of the Week

Last week, we covered the various bus-related issues plaguing the Minors, from shredded tires to missing drivers to seven-hour delays. This week, we heard that Hillsboro’s bus broke down en route to Vancouver, a seven-hour drive on a good day. The Hops got in late and played their game on three hours’ sleep, beating the Canadians, 13-3, on July 22.

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ bus broke down in Bakersfield and the team found the most bad-ass truck ever to haul it away. Seriously, how powerful is that truck that it can carry a bus?

It’s not:

Moving on, someone is hungry:

When you’re a first-round pick, you get free stickers mailed to you in the Gulf Coast League. Just ask Cole Tucker:

Clinton’s Isaiah Yates is a gourmet chef:

Here’s more Reds Minor Leaguers invading Party City:

Cole Tucker’s grandma is named “Gooch,” like the nickname of Major League umpire Chris Guccione. And holy smokes, he has 346 unread text messages? What?

Cubs No. 4 prospect C.J. Edwards trying to look cool in Mesa:

Louisville’s Chad Rogers is ready for Shark Week on Discovery:

Bored at his hotel, Jupiter’s Colby Suggs bought a dozen donuts. Did he share them?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Surely, Minor Leaguers have helped Chipotle rise to the elite levels of the American restaurant industry. Here’s a pictorial on how to eat Chipotle:


Wow, what’s the world coming to?

Minoring in Twitter: Our bus broke down, and our bus driver quit

By Danny Wild /


Ben Verlander. There’s a guy whose probably got it pretty good, right? Expensive exotic cars, popping champagne in clubhouse celebrations with his Cy Young-winning brother, beautiful women, even more amazing cars, posing in dugouts like an Abercrombie model, putting up seven RBIs on two homers. The guy knows Kate Upton. That can’t be understated: he knows Kate Upton, probably really well.

But he’s a Minor Leaguer, so that means while Justin Verlander is off driving his supercars with supermodels, Ben isΒ occasionally stranded on the side of a highway for four fiveΒ seven hours with a broken bus and a sweaty, frustrated bus driver named Gordo:

Verlander tried reaching out to Peter Pan (the bus company, not the peanut butter tycoon or the mischievous boy) for help:

And Peter Pan was like, “Hey, Ben, we have no idea!”

Other Connecticut players pleaded for help:

Concerned about our young men, we checked in with Ben after hour No. 4:

Tigers righty Josh Heddinger also said it was a flat tire:

Hours later… still there…


Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers are sick of LeBron

By Danny Wild /

What’s the most inescapably draining, exhausting and never-ending sports story lately? No, not the World Cup — LeBron James, of course.

LeBron James

We here in New York have relative confidence that Carmelo will come back to our beloved, inept Knicks, but LeBron? ESPN’s speculation is about as accurate as a bunch of random Minor Leaguers on Twitter, and so you can guess what comes next:

LeBron is going to Cleveland to join Johnny Manziel:

Hillsboro’s Jordan Parr says LeBron is going to be in Myrtle Beach next year. Oh wait, wrong Pelicans:

Yes. Yes. About as frequently as says “prospect”:

Oh wait, even better:

Yeah, take that, LeBron:

Ouch. Yes. Florida sports fans are hard to sympathize with:

Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers ready for July 4th

By Danny Wild /


You don’t need to be a Ben’s Biz Blog reader to know that Minor League teams can’t resist dressing up their players in themed outfits for just about any occasion, whether it’s something uplifting and charitable like cancer awareness, or silly like Star Wars (or Star Wars, and also, Star Wars). Another theme the Minors has no shortage of: patriotic flag-themed jerseys, caps, cleats and gloves. From the players’ iPhones to your eyeballs, enjoy:

Brevard County’sΒ Brandon Macias even got a gift basket of red, white and blue flowers from Daytona Cubs fans:

If that wasn’t enough for you — and maybe it wasn’t since, this is being written on the eve of July 4th — here are some other memorable uniforms we’ve seen: 3629952108_0ff21022e0_z 7499345714_9dfbcfb26a_c 7506093898_df6face651_c Ah yes, who can forget Derek Jeter being forced to wear this during a Double-A rehab… 5899757994_ff70eae368_z Wisconsin, earlier this week, had a walk-off with these lovely tops: Β 10488674_451590288311684_1224931449_n Lakewood’s Zach Green had a healthy breakfast: a cracker, some processed meat, “cheese,” a chocolate candy bar and some sugar water:


Minoring in Twitter: Prospects rally, react to US soccer advancing

By Danny Wild /

We here at Minoring in Twitter strive to find some relevant storyline each week, and so you’ll be very impressed by what I managed to get this week. World Cup. USA vs. Germany. Donald Lutz.


Who’s Donald Lutz? He’s a Reds Minor League outfielder — in fact, he’s played in seven Major League games this season — and he grew up in Germany. Lutz was born in upstate New York but moved to Germany when he was 2. He was a member of Germany’s national baseball team and somehow got discovered over there by the Reds, who signed him in 2007. He made his Major League debut in 2013 and hit for the cycle with Double-A Pensacola this April… but who is he rooting for? He’s American, he’s quasi-German, he (I think) still lives in Germany during the offseason. How many other Minor Leaguers are so uniquely connected to this World Cup match-up?

The answer is, I have no clue who he’s rooting for, but on June 21, he was all Team GER:

That was a day after the U.S. government, by way of a local village parking meter, stole $.25 from his pocket. That’s probably enough to make you abandon all loyalty to the flag. In fact, his Twitter profile picture is the German soccer team flag/logo:

Clearly he’s got the yellow, black and red facepaint on behind these tweets. But then?

So, again, who was this guy rooting for in Thursday’s USA-Germany showdown? He predicted a 3-0 Germany win:

And then this?

As we all know, us Americans showed how to lose and still win. Mr. Lutz was thrilled:


Minoring in Twitter: Dress-up in Louisville, Mountain Man and Tony Gwynn

By Danny Wild /

Last week, we brought you some memorable team selfies thanks to the always reserved Shelley Duncan in Louisville (he was released Thursday). This week? Break out your best Elvis suit:

Like Justin Timberlake inΒ Friends with Benefits when he goes hiking, Quad Cities first baseman Jack Mayfield also reached the top of the “Hollywood” sign this week (unclear if Mila Kunis was there waiting for him):

Buffalo’s Ryan Goins has plenty of tape now. What to do with all of it?



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