08-23-2012, 03:17 AM #1
Article: Independent Thinking
You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...ndent-Thinking
08-23-2012, 07:54 AM #2
Nice article Seth, guys like this are the epitome of the term "chasing the dream". Playing for peanuts and bouncing from small town to small town, living out of a gym bag, just in the hopes someone notices and gives them a shot. One of my favorite independent success stories in recent memory was Jeff Zimmerman of the Texas Rangers. He played for the Goldeyes in 1997 and dominated the league, enough for the Rangers to sign him as a free agent in 1998. Over the next three years he became one if their best arms, culminating in an All Star game appearance in 1999. Unfortunately injuries derailed his career but his story is still one that gives all of these types of players the hope to keep playing.
08-23-2012, 09:41 AM #3
Seth, you can't mention "independent league Kansas City" and not point out that they're called the "T-Bones", which George Costanza will agree is an excellent nickname.
08-23-2012, 10:03 AM #4
Is the guy you are talking about in the last paragraph the guy around which the movie "The Rookie" was based?
08-23-2012, 10:25 AM #5
08-23-2012, 01:03 PM #6
Thanks Seth for a great article and a different type. Hopefully one or two will reach the show and realize their dream.
08-23-2012, 01:11 PM #7
I too enjoyed this article quite a bit.Win Twins.
08-23-2012, 01:29 PM #8
All but Sattler have legit possibilities to make the majors by maybe next yr
08-23-2012, 01:32 PM #9
08-23-2012, 05:08 PM #10
With the new draft rules restricted to 30 rounds i would guess that we will see more guys go to the independent leagues and these types of storries will be increasingly common.
08-23-2012, 05:35 PM #11
It is an interesting story. And traffic back and forth from the independents to affiliates baseball has increased it seems this season. Twins' very ex-own Luke Hughes was on his way to Independent ball after cut by the As before he signed with Toronto...
One thing I might disagree with:
they gave Colabello his first opportunity with an affiliated team at the age of 28. To say that he has proven he belongs would be an understatement-----
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08-24-2012, 12:59 AM #12
08-24-2012, 07:20 AM #13
Yeah, again, Colabello was signed as a "filler" of sorts, so I don't care about the age thing. Also, we're talking about a guy who, if he were to make it to the big leagues, would be a role player, a backup 1B and RH pinch hitter. I think he goes to Rochester next year, and if something breaks right for him, he could get to call himself "Big Leaguer" for the rest of his life. That's pretty cool! That's a pretty great story!