Our own Jeff Mount recently attended a Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate) game and decided to share his thoughts not only on the Clippers, but in general of the minor league game experience. Here is what he took from the contest.
I attended the Columbus Clippers game last night with my wife. Following is a capsule of impressions from the game.
Moncrief hit two homers off the top of the scoreboard, made a running catch down the right field line, another catch crashing off the fence, and showed a cannon arm which would have been more impressive if the cutoff man had not had to leap to keep it from going into the stands. Moncrief’s numbers have never matched his tools, probably because he swings at too many bad pitches, but the tools are impressive.
The loudspeaker played a song called “I Know I’m Sexy” every timeTyler Holt
came to the plate. That is either a strange sense of humor or really poor judgment on somebody’s part. Holt had a triple tonight. Every time I see him play he does something good.
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Walters played second, possibly because that is the position that is open. He only made one play, but he seemed comfortable. It seems like he could help in Cleveland, with his right-handed power and versatility.
Ramsey is playing left; it seems like he would be playing center if they thought he was a prospect. I was excited about him when he got here last year, but he seems a lot less smooth this year.
Every player on the Clippers has a Twitter feed. I can’t help but wonder how many followers a Triple-A player has.
As much money as minor league baseball is bringing in these days, it seems ridiculous that they still only use three umpires.
They ran a pitch clock throughout the game, but no penalties were called. They gave pitchers twenty seconds but stopped it when they went into the stretch. They let it run out without doing anything when men were on base. They set the clock at 2:25 between innings, which was more than enough, given that television wasn’t involved. This seems like it could be implemented without much problem on the major league level.