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August 11, 2007 / Sports

Little minor things

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Yes, you’re a professional ball player — but remember, you’re not in the big leagues.

There, luggage seems to be magically transported from your hotel room to bus to airplane to bus to your new hotel room.

In the minors, you carry your own bags — one for personal items and one for your equipment. And it doesn’t end there.

On Cyclone road trips, manager Edgar Alfonzo assigns the players team equipment to lug around. For each road trip, a list is posted in the clubhouse, and each assigned player has to carry not only his own equipment, but the assigned team equipment.

The player takes the baggage onto the bus in Brooklyn, then to the ballpark, back on the bus after each game — everywhere throughout the entire trip

Here’s just a partial listing of the 17 items players had to carry on the recent trip to Ohio to play Mahoning Valley: Dillon Gee was assigned the blue trunk; Dan McDonald the red sprint bag; Micah Schilling the orange food cooler; Steve Chaney the bullpen strings; J.R. Voyles the batting ball bag; Jake Eigsti the fielding ball bag, and Nick Carr the camera and gun (don’t worry, it’s not violent, it’s a radar gun used to record pitches’ speeds).

Oh yes, Brant Rustich and Eddie Kunz, both new guys and high draft picks, had to carry two laundry bags each.

Updated 4:31 pm, July 9, 2018
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