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  • Final Preparations for Spring Training

    With Minnesota Twins minor leaguers officially reporting for camp tomorrow, we are doing our final preparations for the year. I wrote an article on Baseball America a few weeks ago that outlined a typical minor league offseason. This includes lifting activities slowing down and baseball specific activities ramping up. We are trying to best prepare our bodies for the rigors of the season.


    A couple of weeks ago we began taking live batting practice off of pitchers. Last year I was unable to do this until the first day of camp, so it has been nice to get some live hacks in. The first pitch I saw looked about 110 mph, but since then my eyes and body have begun to adjust. It is quite a change going from batting practice to hitting live for the first time in months.

    Last week I got hit on the thigh by an errant 2 seam fastball. I joked with Nate Roberts that I was now leading the HBP contest for the year. I am sure he will have the last laugh.

    A recent highlight has been talking with veteran players. Virgil Vasquez and Doug Bernier are two new free agent signings that have been playing the game for a long time. Learning how they go about their business on a daily basis has been really helpful. Their knowledge of the game is amazing.

    In a couple of days there will be close to 200 minor leaguers in the clubhouse and camp will begin. Games start fairly quickly thereafter. Like I said before, if you are here, I would love to meet and/or chat with you at the complex. I also hope the sunshine cooperates for everyone looking to get out of the slushy March weather in MN.

    Baseball season is just around the corner. I hope everyone is as excited as I am.

    On a side note, my wife and I went to a Florida Everblades game last night. It was my first professional hockey game and they put on a good show. If you are planning on coming down for Spring Training, I would recommend checking them out.

    You can connect with AJ through email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@APettersen1)
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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Good luck this season AJ and enjoy the unseasonably cool (nice) temps at the Fort this week.

      Virgil Vasquez
      if you want to have fun, ask him about zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. Or maybe you did and got plunked
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      I've seen you around AJ. I'm usually with a few Minnesotans' of which a couple are heavy into getting cards signed. Not me, but I enjoy watching. I'll make sure to say hello again. And good luck, have fun!
    1. Madre Dos's Avatar
      Madre Dos -
      Hi AJ - you can get hit by pitches - but no more off of your face, OK? See you Sunday at the park - Donna
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Hi AJ - you can get hit by pitches - but no more off of your face, OK? See you Sunday at the park - Donna
      Haha!! Good call!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      > Learning how they go about their business on a daily basis has been really helpful.

      Maybe now that you've gained the education, you'll consider it all a trade secret. But, one or two tidbits you've picked up would be interesting.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ Smith View Post
      I've seen you around AJ. I'm usually with a few Minnesotans' of which a couple are heavy into getting cards signed. Not me, but I enjoy watching. I'll make sure to say hello again. And good luck, have fun!
      Thanks! Hope you are enjoying it down here!
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Hi AJ - you can get hit by pitches - but no more off of your face, OK? See you Sunday at the park - Donna
      Haha, I'm going to stay away from those. Not much fun. See you soon!
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