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Minoring in Twitter: From ‘American Sniper’ to ‘DeflateGate’

By Danny Wild /

Minor Leaguers got the memo about American Sniper this past week, and the praise has been flowing like Randy Johnson’s hair:

It’s pretty rare everyone agrees on something in this country (even Michael Moore relented and admitted the film itself was good). For those not paying attention, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper who had more than 220 probable kills and 160 confirmed kills during his four tours in Iraq. The Clint Eastwood film shows Kyle’s struggle with taking lives and protecting his fellow American soldiers in a high-stress combat zone while also cycling back to his “normal” life as a husband and father. The ending is just brutal.

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Minoring in Twitter: Most players are currently freezing

By Danny Wild /

It’s been a busy week, between Hall of Fame news and Stuart Scott’s passing and something about the Dallas Cowboys, and according to multiple Minor League sources with knowledge of the situations, it’s like really cold outside. By the way, thanks to colleague Sam Dykstra for picking up the slack this past month as I enjoyed some time away from the office.

Let’s start with the Hall of Fame as pitchers John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez joined second baseman Craig Biggio in winning trips to scenic Cooperstown, New York:

Braves outfielder and 2014 first-round pick Braxton Davidson argues that Barry Bonds should be honored despite his “situation,” which possibly refers to the time he may or may not have received drugs from a trainer who is currently in prison:

Jake Gatewood agrees, referring to the guy who was once indicted in federal court on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice:

Rob Whalen gives his take, with a nod to Mike Piazza, who ought to be in Cooperstown already:


Minoring in Twitter: Trade reactions in 140 characters (or more)

By Sam Dykstra/

Danny Wild is off again this week, probably getting in the holiday spirit a week early in the wilds of Rockland County, so I’m back in the saddle for Minoring in Twitter this week. And what a week in the game of baseball. It feels like we hardly know the Padres anymore, given their acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, etc.. Of course, these trades affect the Minors Leaguers involved as well, and many of them took to Twitter to express their thoughts.

Trea Turner, particularly, found himself in a precarious position.

Let us count the ways this day got interesting for the former NC State shortstop.

1) When he sent out that tweet, he was involved in the Wil Myers-to-San Diego trade rumors with Turner going to Washington in the three-team deal. First off, imagine how weird it must be to be going about your day, only to find out via the internet that you may have a different employer by day’s end. That’s got to be strange in itself.

2) Turner isn’t even technically supposed to be traded yet. As a 2014 Draft pick, he can’t be moved until one year after being selected, so he’s not eligible to head to Washington until June 2015. (The deal technically involves a player-to-be-named-later, although it’s widely reported that the name to be revealed later will be Turner’s.) That has to add to the blind side effect.

Jose Trevino noted just how weird this might be now:

Fellow Padres prospect at the time Jake Bauers had Turner’s back on this issue. Bauers was reportedly being sent to Tampa Bay in the same deal.

When the trade became official, Bauers needed a few more characters to convey his thoughts.


Minoring in Twitter: Busy Winter Meetings shake up Heaney’s plans

By Danny Wild /


We’re all recovering from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, an event that is a vastly different experience if you work for a Major or Minor League team. It can also be a stressful and exciting week for players, who are passed around like the free beers we all got at Petco Park on Wednesday. Marlins Dodgers Angels prospect Andrew Heaney had quite a run by himself:

Yeah, you’re reading that right. Within a few hours, Heaney was traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers and then over to the Angels in two separate deals.

Chris Bassitt, in a really cool move, announced he’d be giving away his White Sox gear after Chicago traded him:

D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley was not traded, but he has been considering another team:

For others, like Padres prospect Ryan Miller, it’s been a less exciting offseason:

Apparently, he really has been working at Target this winter:’s Kelsie Heneghan tipped me off to Mark Appel‘s zoo adventure, where his subdued selfies tell the story:


Minoring in Twitter: Getting that elusive @MLB follow

By Sam Dykstra /

Danny Wild is off this week, either because he’s filled with turkey and stuffing or he’s busy packing all of his cargo shorts for the Winter Meetings in San Diego next week, so I’ll be filling in as your Minoring in Twitter guide. Unlike Danny, I actually have a Twitter account, and you can follow me there: @SamDykstraMiLB. But this isn’t about me and my tweets, it’s about the Minor Leaguers and their 140-character thoughts.

We start with a roller coaster of emotion. Those who run the MLB Twitter account decided to start following some Minor Leaguers this week. Said Minor Leaguers received notifications of their newest big-time follower, only to be reminded that they weren’t quite on the big stage yet. Take it from Cubs farmhand Dustin Geiger:

Meanwhile, Dayton Dragons marketing manager Jason McKendree caught a case of FOMO:

Danny covered Todd Van Steensel’s Taylor Swift obsession last week, but in case you needed more proof (or wanted to be jealous because you are also a T. Swift fan), the Australia native threw it back to this picture from a year ago:

Not to be outdone, D-backs farmhand Steve McQuail has a female-singer crush of his own. (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Players react to Odell’s catch, Ferguson unrest

By Danny Wild /

Happy Thanksgiving! If you survived the shopping stampedes and turkey leftovers, congrats — you’ve made it. Your weekly dose of Minor Leaguers on Twitter begins now:

Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey is exploring Canada:

Saskatoon is a funny name for a town, and it’s also derived from the Crie Indian phrase for “at the place of many saskatoon berries.” You’re welcome.

Eric Aguilera is exploring Cary, which I assume refers to the city in North Carolina and not just someone named Cary:

Cary has somehow produced three NHL players: Aaron Ward, Glen Wesley and Jesse Boulerice.

Boston’s Anthony Ranaudo has these on his Black Friday list:

Justin Bour presented this lady with a tiny snowman, and he had a photographer there to capture the moment:

Close call:

Meet Wesley Cox‘s new dog: (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Catching up with Kris Bryant, J.P. Crawford’s dog, other top prospects

By Danny Wild /

I thought we’d check in with some No. 1 prospects this week. For example, Phillies top dog J.P. Crawford really likes his gigantic Game of Thrones direwolf dog:

Game of Thrones trivia: Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) adopted her direwolf, Lady, after Season 1:



Dylan Bundy is still Baltimore’s top prospect, and he’s just staying cozy and warm in front of his really nice stone fireplace and decorative table balls:

Byron Buxton, the oft-injured Twins top prospect, shows off his current injury (and his child): (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Decker, Barfield slug it out

By Danny Wild /

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Fans so far are lining up behind Jeremy Barfield Cody Decker when it comes to their favorite Minor League personalities on Twitter based on our poll question on the homepage. Barfield had been leading with 43 percent of fans, but once we actually told Cody about the poll and his low vote totals, suddenly things turned around. Here’s how the poll looked around 3 p.m. on Nov. 13:



But then something amazing happened. About an hour later, Cody called upon the wildly popular El Paso Chihuahuas for help:



Minoring in Twitter: Best Halloween costumes from the Minors

By Danny Wild /

CNN made Justin Jackson a minor celebrity by featuring his Tupac Halloween outfit on the homepage:

Ryan Verdugo declared himself a “Beerfest character,” although he wasn’t totally sure. “A Bavarian I guess,” he said. He was like, this year, I’m totally wearing suspenders. With shorts. Done.

Cubs outfielder Anthony Giansanti was a bloodied, decaying zombie, but a zombie who still knows how to tie a neat bowtie:

Padres prospect Cory Spangenberg better have walked around the entire night in this exact pose, ripping open his shirt — otherwise he just looks like a dude coming home from the office:

The Gordon brothers, Nick (Twins) and Dee (Dodgers) swapped jerseys on Halloween in a unique but somewhat lazy concept. Surely one of our Minoring in Twitter readers dressed up this October as their father, Tom “Flash” Gordon, right?

The Arizona Fall League’s Salt River Rafters posed for a Halloween team photo:

Let’s dissect. I see Superman and Batman, Luigi (of Super Mario fame),  a cowboy (Woody?) in spandex pants, Peter Pan, the Grim Reaper, a banana and probably my favorite costume so far, some guy dressed as the late Kim Jong Il. Other guys here, I’m not so sure about … a ping pong player? A dude in a bike helmet? Someone in a sombrero? There’s one guy wearing yoga pants, a cup and a camo shirt? And the guy next to him is in red fuzzy pants? The one guy in the back in the burka is kind of funny — I thought initially he was a ghost wearing sunglasses — but again, Kim Jong Il gets my vote, I’m dying to know who that is:

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More from Arizona, here’s the Scottsdale Scorpions:

Obviously we have another Spiderman, plus Santa, Snow White, Randy Johnson and a full-size bikini model. But come on, that is a weak Mr. Met costume.

Moving on, here’s the AFL’s Mesa Solar Sox:

I don’t even know where to start with that one. I see two guys riding inflatable monkeys… a viking… someone in jeans and a tank top? I guess the skeleton guy gets some points for just going with a classic look.

I can see the whole concept in this photo, but otherwise, if you’re just walking around in a sweater vest like that… I dunno:

D-backs Minor Leaguer Dallas Newton had this combo to offer:

Travis d’Arnaud‘s mask kind of makes you uncomfortable just looking at it:

Yankees prospect Peter O’Brien is outed as Salt Rivers’ Peter Pan:

I think this was a 2013 costume, but he tweeted, so it counts:

Princess Peach makes an appearance:


Another weird trio:

Cardinals prospect Mike O’Neill shows off his ball-spinning skills:

For those who forgot already, he’s channeling Will Ferrell from 2008’s Semi-Pro:

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Colin Walsh revealed, however, that an entire team of Jackie Moons was out in force on Halloween night. Apparently they don’t sell jerseys of other Flint Tropics players:

Cubs prospect Addison Russell with one of the most terrifying looks of Halloween 2014:

Here’s Jake from State Farm and Flo from Progressive:

Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey went as Aunt Jemima, best known for her maple-flavored high fructose corn syrup and pancake mix. His teammates, unidentified, appear to be sunglasses-wearing blonde women in yoga pants and Ugg boots holding pumpkin spice lattes, and honestly, you have to admit these guys pull off the yoga pants pretty well:

Athletics outfielder Jaycob Brugman has sort of but not quite an adorable family photo:

Braves right-hander Alec Grosser. Boo this man:

More superheroes:

Reds slugger Donald Lutz didn’t actually have ceiling fan blades coming out of his mask (I think):


Tony Thomas with a classic, iconic character:


Not really a scary costume, but it involved multiple people:

Cameras were rolling for this behind-the-back catch and Batman-themed celebration in the Arizona Fall League:

The D-backs — and we’ll allow Major Leaguers here for now — were hard to beat:

The Albuquerque Isotopes’ front office dressed up, and no one went with a Breaking Bad character? Really?

This dog is just confused about that cloudy wallpaper behind him:

Asheville took a family photo but didn’t invite Mr. Met (I don’t blame them):

Frederick second baseman Jermone Pena basically wore the same thing the Fresno Grizzlies debuted this summer:

Kevin Pillar and his wife went as boxers, or more realistically, they put on hooded bath robes and used some of Mrs. Pillar’s eye shadow for a quick Halloween solution:

Allan Dysktra, the reigning Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby champion, got his house dressed up:

Frank Viola III, released by Toronto at the end of this season, earns a spot here for this one:

Oakland righty Tanner Peters found a mermaid, and that apparently was his costume — standing next to her:

Yeah seriously, what’s up with this?

In non-Halloween breaking news, Joe Gatto took to Twitter to make his long-awaited public announcement that, finally, he’s growing out his hair:

Want to get trash-talked by a baseball player?

Indians No. 2 prospect and first-round pick and generally extremely talented athlete Clint Frazier was not able to get an offseason job as a part-time sales associate at a local athletic store. Wow.

Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich shows the lineup at Game Stop when the new Call of Duty went on sale. A guy who appeared in 16 Major League games last season for Colorado, standing in the back of the line in a dark strip mall parking lot at midnight:

Finally, Todd Van Steensel keeps the streak alive!

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

A weak showing from players declaring their Chipotle love this week despite the Mexican chain offering $3 burritos after 5 p.m. on Halloween. I had high expectations, but we’ll have to settle for Rangers infielder Seth Spivey (no relation to Junior), who asked a simple but polarizing question:

Seth, this may be before your time in the Minors, but I myself asked this very same bold and important question to every single Minor Leaguer back in 2012 when we conducted player polls. Simple: In-n-Out or Chipotle?

Chipotle won with 66 percent of the vote.

Oh wait, what’s that? Pirates 2014 first-rounder Cole Tucker has made a shameless attempt to be featured here? Fine:

Minoring in Twitter: Awkward Chevy guy, LeBron’s return, and a stolen iPhone

By Danny Wild /

The San Francisco Giants have been crowned a dynasty (despite missing the playoffs twice in the past four years), but perhaps the most memorable storyline from Wednesday’s nail-biting World Series win was the hilariously awkward trophy presentation moment between Madison Bumgarner and a guy from Chevy. Minor Leaguers had their predictable congratulatory tweets for the Giants, but a bunch stuck around long enough to hear about the Chevy Colorado’s “technology and stuff.”

Also, this:

Some light offseason reading:

This is our weekly cell phone photo of Twins first-rounder Nick Gordon:

What did Walter White warn, tread lightly?

I don’t even know where to start on this one:

You can rely on Minoring in Twitter, every Friday, though:

Boom. Joey Pankake has publicly called out Hardee’s:

Minor Leaguers were excited about LeBron James’ return to Cleveland this week. And rightfully so, since LeBron himself declared his return to the city that absolutely hates loves him as “probably one of the biggest sporting events ever.”

Right. Greatest day in sports history, a mostly meaningless regular-season game in Ohio against the hapless Knicks.

Really? Chipotle? Oh, he went there…

Dodgers stud Joc Pederson has lost his mind, not over Lebron, but fantasy football and its painfully thin, unpredictable talent pool:

Blue Jays breakout prospect Daniel Norris has been posting some interesting photos lately:

His garage:

And this dreamy portrait from Instagram:

Great moments in offseason history:


Blue Jays prospect Casey Lawrence wasn’t happy when his iPhone was stolen while pitching in Venezuela this week. Watch the drama unfold:

Cardinals’ Minor League lefty Jordan DeLorenzo was thinking aloud while dealing with boredom:

I guess the camo shirt worked for Joey Terdoslavich:

Like the Chevy Guy?

Eric Cordier spent the large majority of 2014 with Triple-A Fresno before appearing in six games for the Giants. On Wednesday, all the hard work paid off:

Gary Brown also spent most of the year at Fresno, but he was focused on something else in the moments following San Fran’s win:


Not that crazy:

Lastly, in a scandal that rocked the Minor League Twitter universe, Zeb Sneed will be more careful in the future.

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

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For those who missed it, the Minors’ reaction to Oscar Taveras.


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