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Interview With Boston Red Sox Prospect Mookie Betts

By Andrew Martin
@HistorianAndrew
BaseballHistorian.Blogspot.com

The Boston Red Sox haven’t had much go right with their team this year leaving fans seeking positivity anywhere they can find it. Young prospects are one source of optimism, as the franchise has a number of players who are candidates to eventually contribute to leading the team back to winning ways. In 2012 one young player who emerged as someone to keep an eye on was infielder Mookie Betts, who if he continues to develop will play his way into Fenway within the next few years.

The diminutive Betts (5’9, 174 lbs) was a three-sport high school star in Nashville, Tennessee. He bowled and played baseball and basketball, but after hitting .509 as a senior his future was clearly in baseball. He had a scholarship to the University of Tennessee, but the Red Sox drafted him in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB Draft and he started his professional career instead.

Just 19 this past season, the right-handed Betts impressed with the NY-Penn League Lowell Spinners, mainly playing second base and hitting .271 with 31 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 71 games. If he continues to develop and produce it will only be a matter of time before he is writing his own chapter in the record books of the Red Sox.

Having grown up playing three sports (baseball, football, and basketball), how did you end up choosing baseball?
I just feel like it was my best opportunity. I liked playing basketball a lot but I’m too small for that, and baseball has been my love my whole life. I feel like I now have the best opportunity to make it to the top of this sport.

Did you have a favorite team or player when you were growing up?
Not really. I watched everybody and learned from everybody, and that’s how I learned how to play, really.

You had originally committed to the University of Tennessee. Were you going to play just baseball, or other sports as well?>
I think it was just going to be baseball. I wasn’t going to try and do anything else because baseball is really time consuming.

How close were you to actually going to Tennessee?
I didn’t sign until 30 minutes before the deadline. I was pretty sure I was going to go to school, and then the last offer came and me and my parents sat, and we had to really sit and talk about it. We came to the conclusion that this is what I want to do, so school had to be done with.

How did you know the Red Sox were interested in drafting you?
They came and watched me in high school. I went out and ate with my scout and the day of (the draft), they called me and I talked to them. They asked me, “would you be willing [to sign in] the fifth round”. Of course I was. I wasn’t expecting it. Me and my mom were just sitting there watching tv and we heard my name. After that, been busting; really.

After you signed with Boston, did you do anything special to celebrate for yourself or with your family?
Two days after (the draft) I was up in Boston. After that we haven’t done anything.

What is one thing you are hoping to work on and improve the most this season?
My strength and my mental game. Baseball has got a lot of mind games going on, and I feel if I get my mind stronger I will become stronger and develop more as a player.

VIDEO: Batting Stance Guy Nails Bryce Harper’s First Major League At-Bat

Our friend the Batting Stance Guy (a must follow on twitter @BattingStanceG has nailed Bryce Harper’s first Major League at-bat. Watch Batting Stance Guy at his best below, and then check out the real thing below it.

Batting Stance Guy’s Bryce Harper:

Bryce Harper’s Debut At-Bat:

VIDEO: Dodgers Fan Moons The Camera During Bryce Harper’s First Major League Hit

Talk about the stuff of legends. Check out the Dodgers fan that moons the camera on Bryce Harper‘s first Major League Hit. Enjoy (NSFW-ish if you don’t want to see some dude’s butt at work)

VIDEO: Home Plate Umpire Destroys Fan On The Field During Baltimore Orioles Game

This will go down as a Fan on the Field Hall of Famer. A fan got loose on the field during the Baltimore Orioles game against the Oakland Athletics tonight. After running around the field, the guy decides to slide into home. After that the home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg destroys the guy with a takedown. Enjoy!!

A second look:

So Who Wants To Own The Entire Visitors Dugout From The Kingdome In Seattle

You’ve got to love Ebay. You can buy pretty much anything on there. The latest anything being the entire Visitors Dugout from the Kingdome in Seattle. Check out the listing via the link below. It’s wild how little there actually is to a dugout once you see it removed from a stadium. Still I can’t say it wouldn’t be cool to have :)

Seattle Kingdome Original Visitor Dugout Seattle Mariners Dugouts Stadium CFS — Ebay.com

VIDEO: Nearly Naked Man Runs A Muck On Field At Rogers Center During Red Sox vs Blue Jays Game

It’s just six games into the Major League Baseball season, and we have our second fan on the field video. A couple of days ago we showed you a guy dressed as Batman running loose at Camden Yards. Today we stay in the AL East where this fan decided it would be wise to drop trow and run around nearly naked at Rogers Field in Toronto during Tuesday night’s Red Sox vs Blue Jays game. He evades security for a good minute before getting taken down hard. Enjoy.

VIDEO: Fan Wearing Batman Cape Gets Slammed After Running Loose At Camden Yards

I didn’t take long for the first Fan on the Field video of 2012 to emerge. This comes from Baltimore on Friday April 6th where a man with no shirt and a Batman Cape runs around for a while before being destroyed by the Orioles security staff.

Jose Reyes Dreadlocks Bringing Over $10,000 At Auction

When Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins he not only agreed to an insane contract, he also agreed to cut his hair. Team policy meant that Reyes, could no longer sport the dreadlocks that made him a familiar face with the Mets. Reyes has taken the opportunity to turn the haircut into a huge fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. His hair is currently being sold on Ebay and has topped the $10,000 mark with just under 24 hours left in the bidding. You can check out the bidding by Clicking On This Link To The Jose Reyes Hair Auction.

Top 50 Must Follow Baseball Twitter Accounts

Over the past few years twitter has become the best source of baseball information on the internet. Below are 50 of those twitter accounts that all minor league and major league baseball fans must be following. All provide outstanding coverage of America’s Pastime in their own unique way. I encourage everyone who reads this to share the article with their friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter via the share buttons on this article. Help spread the word about these outstanding Twitter accounts.

@BarryEnright54 — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Barry Enright tweets and interacts with his fans like few others on twitter.

@BaseballGuys — Co-host of The Fantasy Drive on XM 87/Sirius 210 Radio, Ray Flowers tweets great baseball information and links constantly throughout the day. — BaseballGuys.com

@BaseClogger — Second generation baseball player Jeremy Barfield tweets his way through the Oakland Athletics organization.

@Buster_ESPN — ESPN Senior Baseball Writer Buster Olney provides daily insider news and views on twitter.

@chrisolds2009 — Tweeting and writing breaking baseball card hobby news on a daily basis — Beckett News Blog

@DanEvans108 — Former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Dan Evans actively tweets on all things baseball.

@DatDudeBP — Brandon Phillips is one of baseball’s best second baseman and one of baseball’s best and most active players on Twitter.

@Dave_Gershman — Dave Gershman provides great coverage of Minor League Baseball in the Northeast during the season.

@DAVIDprice14 — Hard to find a bigger name big leaguer who interacts with his fans as much as David Price does.

@Decker6 — You never know what San Diego Padres prospect Cody Decker will tweet next. Always entertaining.

@DHallDbacks — Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall is always interacting with his team’s fans through twitter.

@FantasyRundown — Free daily links to the best fantasy and prospect related coverage on the internet — FantasyRundown.com

@FerAlvarezESPN — Fernando Alvarez provides great coverage of Caribbean Baseball for ESPN Deportes.

@FCBSportsCards — Freedom Cardboard is the best baseball card collecting community on the web with lots of prospect talk and baseball card trading. — FreedomCardboard.com

@Friarhood — Friarhood is an interactive community that offers the most complete Padres coverage from the minors to the majors. — Friarhood.com

@Greatest21Days — You will literally spend hours on this site. Greatest 21 Days provides daily Where Are They Now type coverage on 900 Minor League Baseball Players from the 1990 CMC baseball card set. It’s a must visit if you’re a baseball buff. — Greatest21Days.Blogspot.com

@HeelsOnTheField — Outstanding Eastern League coverage during the season and great baseball perspective throughout the year. — HighHeelsOnTheField.us

@historianandrew — Great interviews with a wide variety of Minor League Baseball players on his website. — BaseballHistorian.Blogspot.com

@JamesOLamb — The father of Royals pitching prospect John Lamb, James Lamb provides insight through the eyes of a parent of a pro baseball player. — BPDad.com

@JarrodBParker — New Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker tweeted up a storm with the Diamondbacks and I expect the same with the A’s.

@Jaypers413 — Our prospect ranker here on Top Prospect Alert is one of the hardest working prospectors you will find. Great knowledge and insight on prospects. — JP’s 2012 Top 15 Prospect Rankings For All 30 MLB Teams

@JimCallisBA — Jim Callis is Baseball America’s executive editor and all around prospect guru — BaseballAmerica.com

@JonHeymanCBS — CBS Sports Baseball Insider breaks baseball news on the national level each day and is a must follow for any baseball fan.

@keithlaw — Keith Law is ESPN’s prospect guru and constantly tweets great baseball information.

@Ken_Rosenthal — Fox Sports MLB Insider breaks baseball news on the national level everyday and is a must follow for any baseball fan.

@LoMoMarlins — One of baseball’s most active players on twitter, you never know what Logan Morrison will tweet next.

@LV_Ware — Atlanta Braves prospect L.V. Ware interacts with his fans and provides a look into life as a minor leaguer chasing his big league dream.

@michael_schlact — Former Texas Rangers pitching prospect Michael Schlact shares his journey through independent league baseball as he works towards returning to affiliated baseball. — The Schlact Stories

@MILBClubbie — Tweets through the eyes of Montgomery Biscuits veteran minor league baseball clubhouse manager Jeff Perro — InsideTheClubhouse.MLBlogs.com

@MILBRundown — One of the new twitter accounts out there covering minor league baseball they are off to a promising start and I look forward to seeing their growth. — MinorLeagueRundown.com

@MinorLeagueBlog — Outstanding daily Minor League Baseball coverage from the folks that bring you TopProspectAlert.com

@MinorsTeamNames — Tweets interesting Minor League Baseball facts. Pretty cool stuff.

@mlbdepthcharts — Instant coverage of every transaction involving each Major League Baseball Team’s 40 man roster. As must follow of an account as there is on twitter. — MLBDepthcharts.com

@MLBreports — 24/7 news & analysis on everything baseball. — MLBReports.com

@mlbtraderumors — Outstanding coverage of all major league baseball trades, transactions, and rumors. — MLBTradeRumors.com

@MWLtraveler — A fan’s journey through the Low-A Midwest League. Look for his book out soon. — MWLTraveler.com

@MykeJones21 — Atlanta Braves prospect Mycal Jones tweets his way through the Braves system.

@OfficialChevy — Los Angeles Angels prospect Chevez Clarke is one of the most followed minor leaguers on Twitter.

@PerfectGameUSA — Outstanding coverage of the best high school baseball prospects in the country.

@pgammo — It’s Peter Gammons. Need I say more?

@ProspectNation — Best coverage of USA Baseball players and alum you will find on twitter. Must follow. — ProspectNation.com

@RyanTatusko — Washington Nationals pitching prospect blogs his way to the big leagues. — The Backfield Diaries

@Seedlings2Stars — Seedlings to Stars is dedicated to covering Minor League Baseball, prospects and the draft. — SeedlingsToStars.com

@SportsCardBlog — A fairly new entry on the hobby scene, I have greatly enjoyed the work of Sports Card Blog and their coverage of baseball card collecting — SportsCardBlog.net

@SethTweets — Outstanding Minnesota Twins coverage. — SethSpeaks.net

@SBerthiaumeESPN — Watch him on ESPN Baseball Tonight and interact with him as Steve is one of the most actively tweeting ESPN personalities.

@TheGarfoose — Tweets from the mind of minor league reliever and best selling author Dirk Hayhurst. — DirkHayhurst.com

@TrippingOlney — One of the best spoof accounts out there, Tripping (Buster) Olney will keep you laughing through the day.

@16WMBrooks — He’s the Boston Red Sox top prospect and Will Middlebrooks is also one of the best tweeeting minor leaguers in baseball.

Hodgepodge Of Entertaining MLB Fan Cave Audition Videos

The MLB Fan Cave is back for season two. Here are some audition videos that have been posted on YouTube in the few couple of weeks and stuck out from the crowd. Good luck to all of these hopefuls. Enjoy.

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