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Bahamian Minor Leaguers (Part 2)

Bahamian Minor Leaguers (Part 2) chats about the lockdown.

I asked some of our Bahamian minor leaguers (Part 2) about the lockdown locally at home. And the delay of the start of their minor league season. So are their responses.

Bahamian Minor Leaguers (Part 2)

D’Shawn Knowles – LA Angels

What are you doing during the lockdown?

Eating, Sleeping, playing video games, weight lifting, and getting in my sprints. How many miles do you run? I don’t run any, I stick to my sprints, “working on my speed.”

What were you hoping for this season?

Playing at a higher level: And to make an impression on the league and to move up in.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

No! I am still young, plus I got to go to spring training with the Major League team. So I was able to get in some games.

Tahnaj Thomas, Bristol Pirates

What are you doing during the lockdown?

The lockdown is going pretty good, just trying to stay mentally tough to get through this time.
The wait on the season is tough because I am ready up to play.

What were you hoping for this season?

I was looking forward to playing in a full season.
Matching my self up against the different competitions and competing to the best of my abilities.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

I don’t think it will hurt me, but I think it will delay our progress to get to the bigs.

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AZL Rangers Keithron Moss

What are you doing during the lockdown?

I am trying to work out and doing the best in this situation. I do a lot of wall ball. I am throwing the ball up against the wall and hitting off a T. Doing some private workouts and keeping my social distancing. 

What were you hoping for this season?

Do better than I did last season. And to make an impact wherever I on my team. 

Will this hurt your baseball career?

I think it will hurt if we didn’t prepare for it. I will be missing out on a year of play. But it is what it is. 

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D’Vaughn Knowles -New York Yankees

What are you doing during the lockdown?

Working out in the back yard with dumbbells, also doing lots of stretches. Eating a lot but doing plenty of heavy lifting lots of bulk workouts. 

What were you hoping for this season?

Hoping to out there and start playing. I had an injury-prone season last year and was hoping to have a full season. I was studying some of the league pitchers and was mentally prepared to show off my ability to play. 

Will this hurt your baseball career?

No, I don’t think so. Well, I am hoping it would not. 

Davonn Mackey Photo by 360 Designs & Images

What are you doing during the lockdown?

I do go out in the back of the yard 5 times a week and hit into a net I have out there. Sometimes I hit off the T, and then I do flips and hit the ball into the net. I also some long toss form about 90 to 120 feet. I some weights to do my lifting, and I am keeping my social distancing. 

What were you hoping for this season?

Basically, to take my game up a step, work on my timing, and set new goals. Also, aim to hit 300 this season and have a fun season playing. I was eager to play. 

Will this hurt your baseball career?

No, All we have to do is take this time to reflex on what it is we need to work on: And get ready for the season.  

James Rolle Photo by 360 Designs & Images

What are you doing during the lockdown?

I am keeping my distant social whiles working out in my back yard. Them me and Laheim Bell go out to the field to hit in the cages, and he hits me some ground balls to get my fielding in. 

What were you hoping for this season?

I was hoping to pick up where I lifted last season. And make an impression on the league so I could get my name out there.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

No, because whenever that call comes, I will be ready to go. I do get in my reps every day, so I can be prepared to go.  

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Todd Isaacs Lake County. Photo by Mathew Carper.

What are you doing during the lockdown?

I was just working out. We also put up a batting cage in our back yard where we hit. Strength training, watching Netflix. I also did some laps in the pool and weight lifting.

What were you hoping for this season?

I was looking forward to putting in a full season. And I was looking forward to playing more, even every day. I am felling in the best shape of my life right now.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

No, we just have to be ready & focus for when the season opens. Enjoy our families and time off, and come back excited to play baseball—the game we all love.

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