Players React to MLB’s Youth Movement
By Rob Way 3/5/2018
The youth movement is on in Major League Baseball.
“It’s a great new age in baseball,” said Mitch Walding, a non-roster invitee for the Philadelphia Phillies. “It’s a great thing. It’s a fun time in baseball, a lot of young guys coming through just trying to prove themselves and do their thing.”
Another young player is J.P. Crawford, a 23-year-old shortstop for the Phillies. He’s one of the many young players taking the field for a major league team.
“We got a bunch of young guys up here who are ready to make an impact,” said Crawford. “I think it’s great. It shows that age is just a number.”
Zack Granite, a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins, knows this first hand. His major league debut was last summer at the age of 24.
“We got a lot of really good guys even in big league camp,” Granite said. “It’s good to see them grow and become better players. So, hopefully they can become one of those veterans one day.”
Granite talked about his excitement to be working with Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade. Both are new players to the Twins. Gordon is a 22-year-old shortstop and Wade is a 24-year-old outfielder.
The excitement even extended into one of the older players who’s trying to call the Twins his new home.
“It’s great for the young guys,” said Chris Heisey, a 33-year-old outfielder for the Twins. “With the demographics now, a lot of the younger generation doesn’t identify with baseball quite like the older generation does. It’s a little slower moving game. The more young guys the better.”
Last month, Heisey signed a minor league contract with with the Twins. Before this year, he played for the Reds, the Dodgers, and the Nationals.
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