Life in baseball’s low minor leagues means horrible food, long bus rides and lousy living conditions — just like in the movie “Bull Durham,” but with no Susan Sarandon.

These days, though, it’s not necessarily all that horrible, especially if you’re a kid playing low A ball for the Minnesota Twins.

The News-Press of Fort Myers, Florida, has a nice story and video on the new Twins player development academy. All the prospects live under one roof in really nice digs. Really nice.

It’s like an uber-dorm with all the really cool stuff — daily housekeeping, great food, Xboxes and a fun common room — without, apparently, the drunkenness and debauchery that typically comes with regular college roommates.

And you get to play baseball.

Yeah, many of these guys will not make it to the big leagues for more than a cup of coffee. They’ll have to get real jobs at some point. Former Red Sox minor leaguer Dusty Brown used to describe himself on Twitter as “One bad season away from having a day job!”

The grind of crappy living conditions, though, used to be the price players paid to chase that dream.

The Twins are taking the edge off the grind. It’ll be interesting to watch if that approach delivers better players.


Starting today I am on vacation. And by “on vacation,” I mean today I’m co-hosting The Current’s morning show with Mary Lucia, which is a pretty easy way to spend the last work day of the week.

So there’s no posting by me today.

Next week I’m off to Oshkosh for the annual air show. I may post from there, but probably not.

See you on Monday, August 4.

The Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel their hall of fame induction of former secondbaseman Chuck Knoblauch. The only question is why they intended to honor him at all?

Knoblauch, who earned the ire of Twins fans when he demanded a trade out of Minnesota when the team fell on hard times, is accused of punching his ex-wife, Cheri, according to a Houston radio station.

Memorial Villages police were called to their home on Forest Glen around 4 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that he wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall.

Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead.

Knoblauch, it needs to be noted, isn’t a rookie when it comes to hitting women. He was convicted in 2010 of hitting his then-wife, Stacey Stelmach. He pleaded guilty to punching her in the face and received a year of probation.

In January, the Twins announced that Knoblauch would be the 27th inductee of its Hall of Fame.

Here’s the press release:

“The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization would like to congratulate Chuck Knoblauch on election to the Twins Hall of Fame,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “Chuck’s stellar play during his Rookie of the Year season was instrumental in helping our franchise secure the 1991 World Series Championship. Moreover, his on-field play throughout the course of his seven-year Twins career earned him a reputation as one of the AL’s best players. The Twins organization looks forward to welcoming Chuck and his family back to Minnesota for this summer’s induction ceremony.”

He was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members. The requirements mirror those of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which presently do not disqualify players who have hit women.

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