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  1. Road Trip to SW Florida: Day 2

    6:15 alarm clock. Pack up. Starbucks stop for caffeine. Hop on I-39 towards Normal, IL. No one above average allowed. Pass through Paw Paw, IL. Home to as many animals as humans. New pup, Willa, hops in the car in LaSalle. Time to take my singing talents to an audience. Go with a Taylor Swift crowd-pleaser. Willa whimpers. Then falls asleep. Alarming number of passengers playing IPads. Apple commercials everywhere.

    Farm.

    Oversized semi.

    Passed by an Illinois ...

    Updated 01-02-2013 at 10:07 PM by AJPettersen

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  2. Road Trip to SW Florida: Day 1

    Cars are packed. Directions printed. Snacks ready. CD on blast. 1719 miles to Estero, FL.

    After a lot of time spent preparing for our trip, my wife and I began this afternoon and will arrive at our final destination by Thursday night. My wife begins her new job in Naples on the 7th and I will start to workout at the Twins complex on the same day.

    Today we drove from the Twin Cities to Beloit where we are staying with my host family from the season, the Hatchs. They are ...

    Updated 01-01-2013 at 08:01 PM by AJPettersen

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  3. A “Typical” Offseason Day

    The “typical” day in the offseason is quite a bit different from those during the season. I put typical in quotations because not many days are the same for me. My wife and I spend most of our time in Rochester, MN, where she is a nurse at St. Marys Hospital. Today she worked from 7:00-7:30pm, here’s how my day went…

    At 5:40, Emily (my wife) wakes up to get ready for work, I grunt, roll over and fall back to sleep until a little after 6:00. Twenty minutes later, I give Emily a ride ...
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  4. What Now? A Minor League Offseason

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    The season ended last week. It wasn’t the way we all wanted it to finish, but overall it was successful. We won consistently throughout the year and gave ourselves an opportunity to advance in the playoffs. I hope everyone enjoyed following the Snappers in 2012. Thanks to everyone who cheered us on through this site, at games and through other avenues. It is really cool how much support we get in the minor leagues. I had a great time playing the game I love for ...
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  5. A Look Inside a Minor Leaguer's Travel Bag

    Being a minor league baseball player has taught me to be an expert packer. I travel with a baseball bag and a backpack, what goes into my backpack has to serve a purpose because everything takes up space and there isn’t very much of it.

    Game Glove
    My glove gets treated well. I often use the phrase, "treat your glove well and it will treat you well." On airplanes it is carried on, if it is a passenger in my car it usually rides shotgun. Ask many infielders and they will ...
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  6. A Minor League Utility Man’s Off Day

    I wasn’t in the lineup yesterday and I thought I would give you an idea of what the off day looked like for me. The minor league season is long, so having routines is important to staying fresh and ready when opportunities present themselves. My off day routine is a bit different than when I am playing.

    Pregame


    Knowing I wasn’t in the lineup for the game, I would need to get some extra work in to be prepared for the next time I was. I went out to hit in the cage a little ...

    Updated 07-01-2012 at 01:37 PM by Seth Stohs

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  7. Highlights From the First Half

    As the first half comes to a close, I thought I would write about the best moments of the season to this point. 67 games into my first professional season and I already have a number of memories I won’t forget. After 3 more games, we will be exactly at the midpoint. We have a number of stellar players on the way to the All Star game. I will be going home to see my friends and family.

    Stadiums Throughout the Midwest

    Coming into the season, I had yet to see a Midwest League stadium. ...

    Updated 06-15-2012 at 04:06 PM by Seth Stohs

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  8. Traveling in the Midwest League: Kane County

    It seems like yesterday I was playing for a 12 year old in house championship. Baseball has taken me from the grass backyards of Minnetonka to either coast and a number of places in between. There are moments I will never forget, there are others I would rather forget. Each day baseball teaches me more and more about myself.

    The game recently took me to Kane County for a 4 game series against the Kansas City affiliate. Here is my recap:

    Memorial day weekend is an important ...

    Updated 05-29-2012 at 03:30 PM by Seth Stohs (added photo)

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  9. The Diary of a Snapper Off Day

    Baseball dominates a lot of our time in Beloit, so when we have a day off, we are left without an idea of what to do. An early game yesterday followed by an off day left me with loads of free time, but no clue how to fill it. What could I do to fill a day without baseball?

    I woke up early to help Jhonathan Goncalves make a trip to the dentist. He is one of the happiest and nicest guys I have ever met. I was friend/teammate/translator for the morning. The best way to learn a language ...
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  10. Traveling in the Midwest League: South Bend

    We just finished up a three game set in South Bend, IN. Although the series didn't end the way we wanted (we lost two of three), I wanted to share some of the trip.

    Thursday-Hecklers

    We arrived in South Bend around noon for a 7 ET game. I wasn't sure what to expect of the stadium and was pleasantly surprised to see turf covering everything except the mound and the bases. Playing a number of games at the Metrodome in my career I felt right at home. A large jumbotron ...
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  11. The Art Of Choosing A Walkout Song

    All is well in the world. Spring Training is over and teams are in their affiliated cities. The beginning of the season means jersey selection, locker organization, paperwork and…walkout songs. This decision can be spur of the moment or have months of thought put into it. The reasons for choosing a particular song are unique to each guy. There are a few popular ways I have seen players do this in the past.

    Play on Words


    Yesterday I was asking a few guys what they would ...

    Updated 04-06-2012 at 11:03 PM by Seth Stohs

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  12. The Art Of Choosing A Walkout Song

    All is well in the world. Spring Training is over and teams are in their affiliated cities. The beginning of the season means jersey selection, locker organization, paperwork and…walkout songs. This decision can be spur of the moment or have months of thought put into it. The reasons for choosing a particular song are unique to each guy. There are a few popular ways I have seen players do this in the past.

    Play on Words


    Yesterday I was asking a few guys what they would ...
  13. Spring Training: The Beginning – AJ Pettersen

    The first full day of Spring Training was a whirlwind of activities. Being my first March in Fort Myers, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. Here is how it went:

    Leave home for the airport. Say goodbye to my fiancé. Check my bags, just under the weight limit. Take my shoes off, walk through a small door, put my shoes back on. Sit and read Hunger Games. Hope they make it out alive. Hangout with Nate Hanson. Board the plane. Watch Cole Nelson try to fit his long legs in a very small ...

    Updated 03-07-2012 at 04:23 PM by Seth Stohs

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  14. Working Out In Minnesota: Why This Year Was Different

    I have been a resident of Minnesota my entire life, which probably makes me crazy for deciding to be a baseball player. Typically, November to March are off limits for outdoor baseball, making the offseason frustrating. In college this wasn’t a problem, as we had an indoor facility on campus and the Metrodome. As this offseason and the winter months approached, I realized how I took these facilities for granted. How would I workout now?

    Minnetonka


    I knew I would be living ...

    Updated 02-29-2012 at 10:09 PM by Seth Stohs

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