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Tommy Watkins Sr.

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Minor League Coach

Local Address: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Minnesota Twins
 
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Tommy Watkins is living the ...
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Tommy Watkins is living the dream of every high school baseball player - he's carved a career out... - 12:30 am
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Riverdale graduate and Minnesota Twins minor league batting coach Tommy Watkins, second from left, relaxes with Riverdale players after practice Monday at Riverdale High School.
Riverdale graduate and Minnesota Twins minor league batting coach Tommy Watkins, second from left, relaxes with Riverdale players after practice Monday at Riverdale High School. / Kinfay Moroti/The News-Press
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Tommy Watkins is living the dream of every high school baseball player - he's carved a career out of the game.
When his playing days ended following the 2009 season - a 12-year minor-league odyssey highlighted by a nine-game stint with the Minnesota Twins in 2007 - Watkins smoothly transitioned into coaching.
In March, he'll begin his second season with the Beloit (Wisc.) Snappers, a Class A minor league affiliate of the Twins.
However, Watkins' most rewarding work is at his alma mater - Riverdale High School. That's where the 30-year-old spends his offseason helping mold future Raiders as a volunteer assistant coach.
"Tommy just brings so much energy," said Riverdale coach Bob Pringle.
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Watkins isn't the only former Raider standout putting in work on his old high school diamond.
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Watkins, a 1998 Riverdale graduate, started coming back to work out with the Raiders in 2001.
"I always knew I wanted to be a coach," said Watkins, who is also a substitute teacher at Riverdale. "Even in high school, I always tried to listen and learn. I loved every part of the game, especially the strategy part."
Watkins said there's one message he hopes gets through to the Raiders.
"It doesn't take any talent to hustle," he said. "You can't take the game for granted. You never know when your last day as a player is going to come up. Mine came up pretty quick on me."
Riverdale junior third baseman and pitcher David Itterley said the team appreciates the commitment shown by Watkins, Greenwell and Waldrop to give back to the place that helped propel them into professional baseball.
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Rochester Red Wings
Thomas Gray Watkins, Jr. (born June 18 , 1980 in Ft. Myers , Florida ) is a Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins . He was drafted by the Twins in the 38th round of
Tommy Watkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester , New York Howie Clark -- Alejandro Machado †5 Matt Macri †13 Randy Ruiz 8 Tommy Watkins
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Inside, we take a look at the 2008 Douglas Deeds , Ryan Jorgensen , Alejandro Machado , Randy Ruiz , and Tommy Watkins, all
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Southwest Florida Winter Caravan: Twins Jesse Crain, Carmen Cali, Tommy Watkins, Twins Radio Network play-by-play announcer John Gordon and our community relations coordinator Jack Nelson (and T.C. our mascot, of course).
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Tommy Watkins Minnesota Twins (2007)
Everybody Loves ...
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Everybody Loves Tommy
Still looking for his first shot at the big leagues, Tommy Watkins of the Twins is the ultimate team player â€" on and off the field
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They saw the same qualities in Tommy Watkins that the scout did.
The scout.
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"He's hard to find," Weitzel says, as if Watkins were a species of some sort.
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Today, Watkins sits outside the Hammond Stadium clubhouse, a bruised bat in his hands.
Minnesota Twins' Tommy Watkins (#61) warms up before the home opener with the Cincinatti Reds at at Hammond Stadium on Friday, March 2, 2007. The Cincinatti Reds defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2.
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Minnesota Twins' Tommy Watkins (#61) warms up before the home opener with the Cincinatti Reds at at Hammond Stadium on Friday, March 2, 2007.The Cincinatti Reds defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2.
A Fort Myers native, Watkins is now 26.He has played nine seasons of baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization.
But never in the big leagues.
This is the closest he has gotten.He is in camp with the Twins for the second straight spring.
This time, he has momentum.
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His mind is a photo album of baseball memories.To recall a certain breakthrough in his career, Watkins flips through the images to find the requested snapshot.
Some are clearer than others.Scary clear, actually.
When Watkins talks of his transition to Triple-A, he spares no details.It is as if he holds a stack of press clippings in his hands.
The short story goes like this:
Watkins is sputtering along as a utility player for New Britain in Double-A.He manages only 101 at-bats for the Rock Cats in the first 10 weeks of the season.He has a .218 average with no homers.
One day, he is summoned to the manager's office.He has been called up to Triple-A for the first time in his career, thanks mostly to the big-league promotion of shortstop Jason Bartlett, a prized prospect.
Watkins finds himself in Rochester.He wins the starting job at short, hits .276 with four homers, and helps the club reach the International League's championship series.
Ultimately, the performance earns Watkins a return trip to big-league camp.He reports to a clubhouse locker right beside Torii Hunter's, where he has the chance to exchange trash talk with the veterans.
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Once again, Watkins is likely to start the season in the minor leagues.If he starts in Rochester, as expected, it will mark the first time in his career that he has begun a season in Triple-A.
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Watkins, who has split time this spring between left field, shortstop and second base, has played every position except catcher in his nine seasons as a pro.
Catcher is next.Maybe.
"I think I might be able to do it," Watkins says."If the opportunity was there ... "
That he has jumped around so much is significant for two reasons.Not only does it exemplify his versatility, it also shows that he is a team player.
Consider back in Single-A, with the Fort Myers Miracle, when someone was needed to eat a few innings on the mound.Like anything else asked of him, Watkins did it.
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When asked to name their favorite player, some mentioned Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter; others said Tommy Watkins.
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The love affair with Watkins extends to the Twins clubhouse, where the utility maven is known as something more endearing than a teammate.
"The Mayor," they call him.
The moniker is a tribute to Tommy's star power in Fort Myers.Not necessarily at Hammond Stadium, but in places such as Shady Rest nursing home, a stop on the club's winter caravan.
Bartlett, the everyday shortstop, remembers joining Watkins there back in January.
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"I'm glad to see ya," Sirmons told Watkins, a Riverdale High graduate.
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Tommy Watkins.Turns out, he's as versatile off the field as on it.Every bit the team player, too.
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Watkins turns his focus to another snapshot.He flips the pages.He is 17 again.
He feels his finger throbbing.He watches a trainer wrap it up.
The short story goes like this:
Watkins is a senior at Riverdale, the team's star shortstop.Because of the broken digit in his left hand, he can't bat or play the field for 14 games.All he can do is run.
Robert Pringle, the Riverdale coach, uses Watkins as a bullet in his holster.
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"Baseball is something I've loved to do since I was 4," Watkins says, rubbing sweat from his shaven head.
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Tommy Watkins Sr., who played five seasons in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, has joined a traveling softball team, and his son often accompanies him to practices.
Senior's teammates embrace the kid.Already, he is a crowd pleaser.
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Even in high school, Pringle never considered Watkins his most gifted player.
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Tommy knew the game.He absorbed it.
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If there is one thing about Watkins that seems understood, it's that he has a future coaching baseball on the professional level.
That, however, is for later conversation.
On the cusp of a breakthrough, Watkins hardly wants to discuss his life after the game.
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Weitzel tells Tommy to play the percentages.He advises him to hook up with a junior college.
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"I just wanted to play baseball," Watkins says."I was real fortunate to get a chance to play."
It explains why he pays the game back.Why he plays so hard.Why he does so much.
But hustle and sacrifice can only take Watkins so far.If he is to make the big leagues, he must show he has the skills.
Like last year.
From Fort Myers to Rochester, Watkins has always had fans.
He now has believers.
"Tom Watkins has a chance," Ryan says.
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Watkins sees it, too.
"It does feel like I'm getting closer," he admits, "but I don't like to think about that stuff.I can't control it."
All he can do is love the game and hope it loves him back.All he can do is have a good time, encourage his teammates, leave his best effort on the field.
The way he always has.
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