Article: Minnesota Twins Fantasy Camp - Jan 2014
Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:16 PM
I've always wondered how the interactions -- for lack of a better word -- are between the players and the Twins alums? In other words, were they all pretty cool, or were there some in it for the free room and whatever $ is in it for them? Not asking you to name names, by the way.
Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:42 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:14 PM
Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:56 AM
Great article. Thanks for posting this.
It looks like there is a blue division and a red one. Is one division for the better players?
What is the range of skill/health levels?
The camp takes the top 4 seeds and they do a 2 game playoff (Blue division) and then the next four seeds get to play in a 2 game playoff (Red division) -- seeds are determined by pool play during the week.
Youngest campers are around 25 -- oldest camper is 81 and average is upper 50's -- the skill level is all over the place, some very good ballplayers and many of the participants just LOVE baseball -- all skill levels have a great time!
Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:59 AM
Viola is now AAA pitching coach for the Mets correct?
I believe he is still the A pitching coach for the Savannah Sand Gnats (last year that was his job) -- but yes, he is a coach in the Mets organization -- didn't get to ask him if he moved up to AAA but that is surely possible.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 01:25 PM
Good article. Sounds like a great experience. What kind of physical shape do you need to be in to attend?
While it is a good idea to be in decent shape because from Mon-Thursday you play 14 innings per day -- each individual is different, the camp has some very "in shape" and young players -- and also the older guys who would be in shape for each given age -- skill and levels and ages are all across the board. I would say the average age of the camper is 55 and getting through the week without any strained muscles can be a challenge!! We do tell each other -- you have 51 weeks to rest up and heal until next year's camp!