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

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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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 is occasionally stranded on the side of a highway for four five 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…

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Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers are sick of LeBron

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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

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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 MiLB.com 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 / MiLB.com

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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’s 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:  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:

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Prospect Roundup: Games of June 18

MiLB.com features:

Stock Watch: Twins RHP Trevor May, Pirates OF Josh Bell

MiLB.com news:

Cubs promote top picks Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

MiLB.com game stories:

White Sox 2B Micah Johnson hits first Triple-A homer

Angels OF Brennan Boesch hits three homers in twinbill

Rockies RHP Carlos Polanco shines in US debut

Athletics RHP Arnold Leon and River Cats combine on two-hitter

Blue Jays LHP Daniel Norris’ Double-A debut overshadowed by brawl

Twins C Stuart Turner homers as Fort Myers clinches title

Athletics RHP Joseph Michaud rebounds in style with Vermont

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates RHP Nick Kingham, Triple-A Indianapolis: 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K — Kingham picked up his first International League win in his second start. The 22-year-old has a 0.64 ERA through two starts at the level with a 10-to-1 K-to-BB. (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: O’s Bridwell wants a diaper, Norris kills his fish

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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I think this one needs to lead the blog this week. Orioles fans, your No. 17 prospect, Parker Bridwell, not only wants to wear adult diapers, he feels the need to tell everyone:

Here’s Bridwell with someone who flaunts his no-diaper lifestyle:

The other storyline sweeping Twitter has been the saga of Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris and his pet fish, Caladesi. Norris, Toronto’s No. 1-ranked left-hander, revealed to the world that he had a new “toy” on May 28:

Yo. Take care of that little guy. He then Tweeted some words of wisdom about doing the right thing:

And then, he killed his fish.

WHAT HAPPENED? According to Norris, he froze his small aquatic friend by placing his plastic fish tank on the hotel’s air conditioner and turning down the AC to a chilly 60 degrees. (Related: a door nail is a nail hammered through a door, often for decorative purposes, in which the protruding end is then bent over to secure it to the door. Thus, the nail is no longer reusable and, I guess, dead?)

The mourning period begins:

That’s the first recorded usage of the “#RIPCaladesi” hashtag in Twitter history, by the way.

Norris then had a chance to pitch on June 2 in Jupiter. Perhaps an opportunity to dedicate his Florida State League start to his icy friend? He turned in a decent start– six innings, nine hits, three runs, no walks, six strikeouts, no decision. Quality start with a broken heart.

Would a fish survive with the opposite? No air conditioning?

Finally, a real moment of silence for a baseball legend:

Shawon Dunston Jr reached out to Taijuan Walker after a teammate apparently matched his high-reaching efforts in the Peoria clubhouse:

White Sox fans would prefer their prized stolen base champ, Micah Johnson, not bang up the legs that helped him swipe 84 bases last season (although he’s only 11-of-19 in steal attempts this year, so maybe it’s already begun):

There’s no bus or Chipotle in this photo, but it does include hideous uniforms, so it’s pretty accurate: (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Cartwheels, cookies, crawfish and snow

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Not sure what’s more authentically Minor League about this photo: the guy doing a failed (but somewhat impressive) cartwheel, or the classic white plastic lawn chairs they’re using to set up this team photo:

Jacksonville manager Andy Barkett doesn’t mind a little road trip, as long as it’s to Montgomery, a place that apparently never has a shortage of the rare Golden Double Stuf Oreos (Related facts: MLB.com and MiLB.com are operated out of the original Oreo cookie factory in New York City, and one of our editors often goes on missions throughout New Jersey to find the newest and most exotic of Oreo flavors).

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Minoring in Twitter: Minor Leaguers react to Pineda’s love of pine tar

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

There are two things the baseball community appears to agree on when it comes to the ongoing Michael Pineda saga: 1) cheating is bad, and 2) pretty much everyone is using pine tar or something similar. Pineda, busted for having pine tar on his neck Wednesday night at Fenway Park, said he was trying to get a better grip on the ball on a cold night in Boston.

So, how prevalent is this? Did Pineda use pine tar in the Minors? Do most Minor League pitchers today use pine tar? Angels prospect Kyle McGowin said, pretty much, yeah:

Some asked about a double standard, considering the Red Sox aren’t without similar suspicions:

Others were just stunned that Pineda would be so blatant: (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 24

MiLB.com game stories:

A’s RHP Tim Atherton takes perfect game into eighth

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco at it again for Indy

Giants LHP Mike Kickham posts eight zeros for Grizzlies

D-backs RHP Braden Shipley takes no-no into seventh

Yankees LHP Caleb Smith sets RiverDogs record with 13 K’s

Rays 3B Tyler Goeddel goes 4-for-5, plates four

Giants OF Mac Williamson goes 5-for-5 for San Jose

Angels LHP Nate Smith adjusting to life in rotation

Twins 2B/SS Jorge Polanco belts grand slam for Miracle

Other top prospect action:

Twins SS Danny Santana, Triple-A Rochester: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, K, SB — Santana has good defensive tools but has struggled with consistency in the past. He made strides last year, drastically cutting down the errors after the first couple months of the season. He’s made four errors this season, indicating there’s still work to do refining his defense.

Phillies 3B Maikel Franco, Triple-A Lehigh Valley: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI — Franco’s been breaking out a bit after a slow start with three multi-hit games in his last five. The homer was his first at Triple-A and his third extra-base hit over the past five games as well. OPS is still just .516, though.

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Minoring in Twitter: Decker’s El Paso prank a viral sensation

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

So, if you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know one of the main subjects is bus travel — how to sleep, how to take photos of teammates sleeping, how to wear the right head-engulfing balloon pillow hat, etc. Cardinals No. 7 prospect James Ramsay has taken bus snoozing to the next level — thinking outside the box and inside the sticky, narrow coach bus aisle. He’s borrowed one of summer’s most iconic pool party necessities and turned it into a rolling motel bed. Behold:

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We’d be bad bloggers to not highlight Cody Decker’s moment in the sun this week, with everyone from Peter Gammons to Deadspin to Maxim to Yahoo celebrating one of baseball’s most elaborate and funniest clubhouse pranks this season.

Decker, one of this very blog’s favorite and most-quoted players on Twitter, began his reveal on Twitter by apologizing to Major League veteran Jeff Francoeur, the victim of a Decker-documented prank by Triple-A El Paso, On Jeff Ears:

He then posted the video for the world to see:

“On Jeff Ears” took off and went viral. In short, the film shows how the Padres affiliate fooled the veteran outfielder into believing that one of the club’s pitchers, Jorge Reyes, was deaf. Decker has received his share of criticism for the film from folks who found it insensitive, but simply put — it’s a prank, and it was well executed.

My first reaction was, how the heck did this entire team, including the manager and coaches and players, all get on board with this? You’d assume there’d be some killjoy roving Padres instructor that wouldn’t get on board, but Francoeur’s reaction (and belief) was pretty genuine. So, congrats Cody.

Also, after dressing like Willy Wonka last week, Mr. Decker appears to have more fashion tips for the baseball world:

And then there’s this gem:

OK, thank you Cody for the endless Minoring in Twitter content. Moving on…

Imagine this was your office every morning?

Gosuke Katoh, the Yankees’ second-round pick last year, is showing off his new… ankle guards? Forearm? I’m not sure. They cover important places:

What do you think Roy Hibbert would say about Micah Johnson, though?

Astros prospect Delino DeSheilds with a warning for all:

Henry Owens is having a great start to the season with Double-A Portland, but when you start posting videos of Justin Bieber playing streetball? Look at the tough-guy glare Biebs gives the camera at the end:

Want to mingle with Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo?

Mariners prospect Jabari Blash is pulling a page out of the Daniel Nava playbook — he left his comp tickets for Rihanna at Double-A Jackson’s will-call window:

New Britain’s Sean Gilmartin is prepared in case an outlaw calls him out into the street and draws on him:

Dante Bichette Jr. works out at Planet Fitness. Why not? $10 a month:

Where do the players go when it rains? Sounds like Logan Bawcom moonlights as a Food Network host:

Is that legal?

Yeah, you should visit Manhattan:

So 2013 Minor League home run champ Joey Gallo living the whole “chicks dig the longball” lifestyle:

Also, if you click on that Instagram photo, look at the comments.

Guy No. 1: Are you in triple A?
Guy No, 2: yeah hes at trip a myrtle beach!

Really? REALLY? Even when Kenny Powers signs with Texas and the Rangers assign him to Myrtle Beach, the “Mermen” are a Double-A team (I looked. The scene with McConaughey on YouTube).

Finally, Lakewood’s Zach Green gives us a tip on a healthy athlete breakfast option:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Breaking news, Chipotle is getting more expensive. Can Minor Leaguers still afford it?

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 17

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com game stories:

Indians OF Clint Frazier makes full-season debut

D-backs RHP Braden Shipley gets first pro win

Marlins LHP Justin Nicolino takes shutout into seventh

Rockies LHP Tyler Matzek tosses six scoreless frames

Giants RHP Clayton Blackburn gets first Double-A win

Mets RHP Matt Bowman strikes out 11

Cubs C Will Remillard drives in five for Cougars

Mets LHP Steven Matz turns in seven scoreless

Other prospect performances of note:

Red Sox 3B Garin Cecchini, Triple-A Pawtucket: 3-for-5, R — Sox prospect has cooled some since his red-hot start. Now slashing .320/.370/.360. (more…)

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