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#31 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:22 AM

Anyone found a schedule yet for the Twins' Fall Instructional League? I live in Fort Myers and haven't found one yet, just piecemealing together a road schedule from the BoSox and Orioles.

By the way, Derrick Rodriguez's girlfriend is smoking hot.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:52 PM

Got to add another name to the list and makes absolutely no sense: Matt Capps. Yes, the Twins sent him there to take valuable time from the young players (like he would throw another pitch in a Twins' uniform....) Total nonsense.
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#33 joeboo_22

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 03:16 PM

I'm still waiting on the news that Matt Capps will have shoulder surgery and miss the 2013 season. I just get a suspicion that it will happen only after the Twins have signed him

#34 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:16 PM

I was at Instructs practice today. (Landa, Montanez, Chargois, Mazza, and Merck all traveled to Port Charlotte) Starts bright and early at 740am-8am for Balametrics for Boyd, Baxendale, Robb and Lee then onto film with Eric Rasmussen from 8 to 820 ( Malinowski and Nunez). At 820-845 there was a conference room with Henry Bonilla (pitching coach) over past game review. From 9 to 915 was Pickoff and Pitch field drills and 915 to 930 was stretching on field 1. From 930 to 945 was short sprints, elastic cord stretches and throwing changeups. 945 to 1000 was pre pitch selection, stretch work and pick offs with 1000 afterwards set for side work for Berrios and Zach Jones. The time schedule didn't follow anything close to what was set out. It was nice to watch infielders and outfielders (DJ Hicks couldn't bunt to save his life) bunched together taking bunting practice with Ramon Borrego and hitting in the cage working on hitting against a lefty coach despite him being severely rotund.

The best part of the afternoon was watching pitcher drills at the end of the day with a game that Kyle Gibson brought from his days at U of Missouri. Instead of just running 100 yards and back multiple times, they threw a frisbee a 100 yards and ran after it and had to come back and make a good toss, they did this for about 20 rounds. Surprise was that between the four teams, that Boyd, Duffey, Gibson, "meathead" Tyler Jones (who is in camp as a coach from what the player's say), and another they didn't finish last. Boyd is looking fit, nowhere near the 263lbs he's listed as of course he don't look 6'2 either plus he's a great guy.

The biggest note that Twins should like to hear is the HUGE raves that Tyler Grimes is getting for his work behind the plate. I talked to Tyler for probable about a half hour today after practice and he told me how much more respect he has for the catchers now that the club is converting him to one. Not only did he frame nicely and dig like a true catcher but he drew great reviews from all the coaches all around and most believe he can be a MiLB catcher if not a big league catcher.

By the way, Sano and Rosario are attached at the hip. Their english is very limited and they treat you that way, if you speak spanish they will talk to you all day. By the way, Dereck Rodriguez has the nicest car in the lot with a brand new BMW; Buxton and Sano don't drive....

I have pics and video to back it all up, I just don't know if anyone cares that much to see it. I also got the Twins FIL roster if anyone is interested. Wed is a Camp day, Thurs is Twins at O's, Friday is O's at Twins, Sat is Twins at Red Sox, Monday is O's at Twins. Games go till Friday Oct 12th which is a Camp day

#35 PseudoSABR

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:15 PM

Thanks for the report, Bob. It's not like anyone is interested in the big league club, so any minuscule hope we can find in videos or pics would probably save us from our self-formed nooses. BTW, reports like this are blog worthy.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:03 AM

Quite simply, this has been my favorite post in ~2 weeks!

Thanks, and I look forward to more posts if you have time.

#37 Seth Stohs

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:51 AM

Yes, this was terrific. It's difficult to get any updates from Instructs, except from people who are there. Thank you very much!! Any video or pictures you want to attach would be welcomed!

#38 Siehbiscuit

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:06 AM

I agree this post was the best thing on here in a while.

#39 TRex

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 10:33 AM

OOF, just Googled Bob Sacamento... maybe this isn't my favorite post after all.

Bob Sacamano is a character on the television sitcom Seinfeld. He is never seen in any of the episodes, but through Cosmo Kramer's accounts, he is the source of bizarre anecdotes, and is known to frequently give esoteric information and harebrained ideas.


and

Bob Sacamano, one of Kramer's best friends, who is often referred to as the source of nutty ideas or inaccurate information.


#40 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:29 PM

[quote name='TRex']OOF, just Googled Bob Sacamento... maybe this isn't my favorite post after all.

[QUOTE]Bob Sacamano is a character on the television sitcom Seinfeld. He is never seen in any of the episodes, but through Cosmo Kramer's accounts, he is the source of bizarre anecdotes, and is known to frequently give esoteric information and harebrained ideas.[/QUOTE]

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[QUOTE]Bob Sacamano, one of Kramer's best friends, who is often referred to as the source of nutty ideas or inaccurate information.[/QUOTE][/QUOTE]LoL, it's been my baseball handle since 1998. If you googled it, you probably saw that I'm a Cubs fan, so I understand your pain. Here is Coach Ramon Borrego working with some of the infielders on bunting

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#41 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:34 PM

Buxton Bunting


#42 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:36 PM

Zach Jones throwing to Tyler Grimes with DJ Hicks standing in the box

#43 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:38 PM

Zach Jones side session

Edited by Bob Sacamento, 26 September 2012 - 05:49 PM.


#44 Seth Stohs

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:24 PM

Thank you so much for the video and photos!! This is just awesome!

#45 lightfoot789

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 10:33 PM

Awesome information. Please keep us updated
Thank You

#46 Bob Sacamento

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:12 PM

Well I'm glad you guys liked them, I'll go back and add captions to those pictures later. Yesterday, was an intersquad game with Boyd, Baxendale, and Ferreira pitching for the Red team while Lee and Nunez were the pitchers for the Blue team. So practice was pretty limited to batting cages, balametrics, and stretching. All I can say is Hicks swings like he's trying to crush the ball everytime and Buxton has a cannon for an arm, I still can't figure out why they play him in LF. Derek Rodriguez said he hasn't even thought about trying to be a catcher and the staff isn't considering it (I thought I'd ask since I saw some of you posting it on here).

As far as fines go, Bard owes 5 bucks for charting indifferences while Boyd missed Balametrics the other morning (**** starts at 7:40a is what Hudson told me) so he owes 5 bucks as well. Most of the players are staying in the Hilton Garden Inn off Summerlin/College, only a few miles from the facility; but there are a few that are sharing apartments together.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:20 PM

Hi Bob
Is there any more news or updates from the Twins Instructional League? Which players are looking the part and seem to be standing out? Pitchers and Hitters? What do they exactly do day in and day out?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

Why are the events of the Twins Fall Instructional Session so secretive? Who played well and who struggled? All I heard was Berrios struggled. Who improved plate discipline or mound command? What are some of the scoops? 50 dudes and no news?