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Does anyone know how the batboys for the Twins, or any other team for that matter, get those jobs?

When I watch the games at the dome, I always notice the kid that protects the Twins bullpen. Without being mean, it appears that the kid isn't the most athletic, or very coordinated. So I don't think he got the job on his abilities, or by winning a try-out. It leads me to believe that he must be a son, or relative of someone within the organization.

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That wouldn't to bad of a summer gig for a kid. He/she would definitely have some stories.

I read that the bat boy that tackled that guy last year near homeplate was a 25 yr old guy. Former HS wrestler from Minnetonka, I think.

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Yeah, sounds about right.

I know the dude with sideburns that sits by the Twins dugout is in his 20's, maybe graduated from college, I'm not sure.

I just found this quote from a different message board...

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"My friend is a bat boy for the Rangers here in Texas. He knows somebody that knows somebody. He told me that is the only way you can ever get there. Most of the other batboys are coaches/FO sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, etc. I think Punto and Everett should be the Twins new Batboys..."

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It's funny because I have been thinking the same thing about the kid by the bullpen for a while now. I almost feel sorry for him. Someone should call Dubay on KFAN and ask him how he got the job.

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I would like to know how he, and the others got their jobs. Which ones are paid, and what is the going rate per game, which ones travel with the team, etc.

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If you check out Pat Neshek's web site in the forum section, there was a very nice, long post by one of the Twins bat boy's and how he got his job. IIRC it wasn't nepotism but by attending spring training (as a fan) and being a pest.

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The goofy kid in the Twins bullpen is a son of one of the dug out coaches I beleive. I can't remember who's. Dick and Bert have made the comment a couple times during the games. I always wondered if that is a coaches kid...you think he (coach) questioned his effectivness? wink

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