Rough life in Twins low minors baseball? Not so much

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.

  • Gary F

    I think the conditions are much better than in the past. But its still long bus rides to two bit towns with two bit hotels and two bit stadiums with two bit locker rooms. Even the high prospects from Joe Mauer to Byron Buxton to Aaron HIcks have had to fight it out at every cut throat level. They also are forced to battle against people from all over the world from a kid who went to a private school in the states to a kid that wore no shoes who all are chasing the same dream. But I think that is the character builder that makes baseball players a little better adjusted. I think the instant stardom a football or basketball player gets makes many into nuckleheads. I think the minors humbles most of your baseball players so by the time they make it to the majors, they are better adjusted to big money world of professional sports.

    I think that is why it is also hard to actually make it in the bigs.