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    by 04-29-2012, 09:48 PM

    After spring training I was relieved to know that I made a roster and was heading to Beloit, WI to play for the Snappers. Spring training is always a grind and it was tough to see some guys get cut. That is the part of the game that is the "business" and it is always in the back of your head that today could be your last day. Some friends of mine were released and I wish all of them the best of luck in whatever they choose to do in or out of baseball. I spent the 2011 season in Beloit and during the season I made a connection with a family who attended and volunteered at many of the games last season.
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    by 03-14-2012, 07:27 PM

    The first week here (in Ft. Myers) has been a wild ride. From the plane ride, where I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to John Cena, WWE Wrestler, to having our first game today. The check-in day is always fun as you get to see your teammates and get to meet some of the new guys or players you haven't played with before. That day usually goes smooth and then the season starts the next day. As A.J. Pettersen pointed out in one of his posts, that day includes a lot of lines and being poked and prodded.

    After being given a clean bill of health we are able to hit the field and get some running tests done. Having long legs usually helps with these, and it is fun to see some guys putting up some good times. After the running day, the real practice starts the next day, and we get into groups and participate in drills.

    It is funny to think that we are doing the same drills as every other player in the world. Baseball is a game rich in tradition and has a very strong foundation. The Twins pride themselves on fundamentals and playing the game the right way. There is no better way to learn both of those than repetition after repetition.
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    by 02-29-2012, 11:27 AM

    First off, I would like to give a thank you to Seth Stohs and the rest of the Twins Daily writers for giving me the opportunity to post here about my life as a Minor League player in the Twins organization.

    My name is Ryan O'Rourke. I was born, grew up and still live in Worcester, Massachusetts. I also attended Merrimack College which is about 45 minutes away from my hometown. I graduated Merrimack College and was fortunate enough to be selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th round which has been my biggest accomplishment to date.

    I would describe my travels through the minors so far as being adventurous. I have met some great players, coaches, staff etc. and I have no complaints so far with anything. When Seth asked me to write my first post I was at a bit of a stand still on what should be my first topic. Do I talk about myself before the Twins (that may be a little boring for you readers), some of the best places I have played, or do I keep the timeline accurate and speak on my off-season? After some deliberation with some fellow teammates, I decided to talk a little about the life of a minor leaguer in the off-season months.
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