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Tommy Watkins Sr.

Wrong Tommy Watkins Sr.?

Minor League Coach

Local Address:  Fort Myers , Florida , United States
Minnesota Twins

Employment History

  • Coach - Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Minnesota Twins
  • Coach
    The Kernels
  • Hitting Coach
    Cedar Rapids Kernels
  • The Twins


  • Riverdale High School
51 Total References
Web References
Adam Walker | Knuckleballs [cached]
It was fortunate because, when I got there, Kernels coach Tommy Watkins let me know they had already canceled that afternoon's minor league games and the Kernels and Miracle were going to face off head-to-head for a couple of hours in the morning before the rain was expected to get serious.
Kernels Manager Jake Mauer was ejected for pointing out a previous mistake by the same umpire, which is perhaps why it's hitting coach and acting manager Tommy Watkins (8) congratulating Licon (2) in front of the dugout.
From left to right: Mike Gonzales, Dallas Gallant, Morgan Hawk (standing), Niko Goodrum, Brett Lee, Adam Brett Walker, Tony Oliva, Jake Mauer and Tommy Watkins
From left to right: Mike Gonzales, Dallas Gallant, Morgan Hawk (standing), Niko Goodrum, Brett Lee, Adam Brett Walker, Tony Oliva, Jake Mauer and Tommy Watkins
Posted inCR Kernels, Minor Leagues, Photos, Twins baseball | TaggedAdam Walker, Brett Lee, Dallas Gallant, Jake Mauer, Michael Gonzales, Niko Goodrum, Tommy Watkins, Tony Oliva
Episode 80: Tommy Watkins and ..., 1 April 2014 [cached]
Episode 80: Tommy Watkins and Three Amigos Paul is gone again, but we're still here! While he's gone we put pine tar all over our bodies and get ejected in the 2nd inning.
It is an exciting time to be a podcast listener because this week Cody runs an interview for the first time in the history of the podcast as we chatted with the Cedar Rapids Kernels' Hitting Coach, Tommy Watkins. Watkins has coached several of the current Minnesota Twins and shares some of his baseballing knowledge with us.
Labels:Aaron Hicks, Chris Colabello, Jason Bartlett, podcast, Sam Fuld, Talk to Contact, Tommy Watkins, Yohan Pino
Episode 80: Tommy Watkins and Three Amigos
Pitching coach Gary Lucas and hitting ..., 5 Dec 2012 [cached]
Pitching coach Gary Lucas and hitting coach Tommy Watkins will be joining Mauer in Cedar Rapids.
Both Lucas and Watkins have held the same positions for the Twins' Midwest League affiliate in Beloit for the past several years.
This entry was posted in CR Kernels, Minor Leagues and tagged Gary Lucas, Jake Mauer, Ryan Hedwall, Tommy Watkins by Jim Crikket.
Would've loved to see Watkins join the team as a base coach.
Gator Baseball Roster/Bios -, 28 Aug 2011 [cached]
Tommy Watkins Minnesota Twins (2007)
Everybody Loves ..., 5 Mar 2007 [cached]
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
They saw the same qualities in Tommy Watkins that the scout did.
The scout.
"He's hard to find," Weitzel says, as if Watkins were a species of some sort.
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.
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.
- - -
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.
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.
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.
When asked to name their favorite player, some mentioned Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter; others said Tommy Watkins.
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.
"I'm glad to see ya," Sirmons told Watkins, a Riverdale High graduate.
Tommy Watkins.Turns out, he's as versatile off the field as on it.Every bit the team player, too.
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.
"Baseball is something I've loved to do since I was 4," Watkins says, rubbing sweat from his shaven head.
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.
Even in high school, Pringle never considered Watkins his most gifted player.
Tommy knew the game.He absorbed it.
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.
Weitzel tells Tommy to play the percentages.He advises him to hook up with a junior college.
"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.
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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