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Bahamian Minor Leaguers

Bahamian Minor Leaguers chats about the lockdown.

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

Bahamian Minor Leaguer

Marlins Anfernee Seymour

What are you doing during the lockdown?

Nothing much, just keeping my social distancing, and spending time keeping my mother company.

What were you hoping for this season?

Right now, I am a free agent, and I opted for free agency after the 2019 season. I also was heading to Arizona to the World Baseball Classic qualifiers with team Great Britain to try and qualify for the 2021 games. A few teams were coming out there to watch me play during the qualifier. To see if they would have wanted me to play with their organization. But the qualifier was postponed indefinitely. So that got derailed.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

Honestly, it’s a weird situation for me right now. But mentally, I am strong doing my routines to stay sharp in these uncertain times. Also, I have lots of offers from teams in the Independent Leagues. Even if the option of playing in Japan comes up, I would consider that too. But my over-all minor league experience should hold me through this. I had a good baseball career, which proves that I can play at the top level. Thank you, Anfernee, hang in there. I was pulling for you to get your 500 career hits last year before time ran out, and you finished with 491, 9 hits shy. Hopefully, it happens this year, Be Bless.

Bahamian Minor Leaguer

Chavez Young Lansing photo by Mathew Carper

What are you doing during the lockdown?

Well, I just go in my boat out to sea, doing my social distancing, and some fishing. Also, some weight training and get in my running. Yeah, doing lots of cleaning up around my home and yard. As you know, last year’s monster hurricane Dorian did a lot of damage to our Island of Grand Bahama. So I am doing some work whiles I am here, keeping busy.

What were you hoping for this season?

I was hoping to build on what I started to do in the second half of the 2019 season before the hurricane halted the season—may be moving up to double-A. I was able to get in some Grapefruit League games, and that was exciting. We have some very young and talented players this year. I think we were/are going to the playoffs.

Will this hurt your baseball career?

This delay is somewhat disappointing for me. You see, this is my rule 5 season, and I was hoping to play well enough to be protected by the Blue Jays. I wanted to make an impression before the rule 5 draft deadline. Well, if the2020 season gets canceled, I could only hope that I will still be eligible next year. Thank you, Chavez, Be Bless and stay safe. 

Warren Saunders
Bahamian Minor Leaguer

Warren Saunders – New York Mets. Photo by Mathew Carper.

 What are you doing during the lockdown? 

Working out in the house, my trainers do send me a set of regiments to work on to help me get in shape. I go out in the back yard with my neighbor to work on my swings. 

What were you hoping for this season? 

This season I was hoping to break camp on a full-season team. Maybe single A or even high A. 

To improve on last season and my hitting techniques. I hit .320 last season. My hitting workouts in the yard were videotaped and send to my hitting instructors for correction, and for critiquing.  

 Will this hurt your career? 

No, but it will separate the guys who put in the work, from those who took it for a holiday. I am hoping for a call soon. 

Dax Stubbs
Bahamian Minor Leaguers

Photo By 360 Designs

What are you doing during the lockdown?

Keeping my social distance and staying in the house. I am also doing a lot of body weights and keep in shape. 

What were you hoping for this season?

Hoping to get in my first minor league season finally. And looking forward to having a successful first season. 

 Will this hurt your career? 

No, I am still young. But even anxious to start playing.

Everette Cooper 
Bahamian Minor Leaguer

Photo by 360 Design

What are you doing during the lockdown?

I am finding ways to stay in shape by going out to the field to work on my defense I am eating a lot, and so I must use my body weight to keep me tune and fit. 

What were you hoping for this season?

I was looking to make a first-year impression on my team. And finally, get to play minor league baseball. 

 Will this hurt your career? 

It will not necessarily hurt my career. I do videotape most of my defensive workout to send to my instructor, who in turn would correct what they see me doing wrong

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