There's nothing quite like Minor League Baseball, so the problems that come with playing or working in MiLB are truly unique. So during the baseball season, and many times in the winter, minor league players make their wild experiences and their feelings about it all known on Twitter by using the hashtag #MinorLeagueProblems (there's also a Twitter account dedicated to that term).
For the first time, here's a best of list honoring the standouts. Sleeping in the clubhouse, Chipotle dates, pants optional moments, and gators in the dugout all made the cut.
Riley King (@ryking3, Kansas City Royals)
"Morning game means drying your own pants..."
Kyle Mckenzie (@kmckenzie13, Tampa Bay Rays)
"There is a 10 foot alligator just chilling in the visiting teams dugout at our field."
Michael Fransoso (M_Fransoso, Pittsburgh Pirates)
"No AC for the bus ride home. Shirts optional for the boys on this trip... Pants optional if you have your own seat."
Derek Law (@DerekLaw24, San Francisco Giants)
"8 1/2 hour overnight bus trip to New Britain..No rooms available..starters get rooms..sitting in the lobby waiting."
Chris Kirsch (@ChrisKirsch9, Tampa Bay Rays)
"Our game was cancelled tonight because the other team had Food Poisoning."
Shen Hoelscher (@shane_hoelscher, Colorado Rockies)
"Our bus broke down while we were inside and we had to climb out of the emergency exits."
Kaleb Earls (@K_Earls32, Milwaukee Brewers)
"I don't know how I've managed to sleep on an air mattress for 6 months and not have back problems. Just 5 more nights."
Carson Cross (@carsoncross43, St. Louis Cardinals):
"Dinner for $1.49."
Nolan Becker (@NolBecks, Cincinnati Reds):
"Making more money as a juror than you do at your full-time job."
Daniel McCutchen (@cutch82, San Diego Padres)
"There really isn't much difference between 3a and the show."
Todd Van Steensel (@toddvs35, Minnesota Twins)
"When you take last nights post-game spread home to eat for lunch
Robert Ramer (@rramer43, San Francisco Giants)
"Date night on a budget!"
Ryan Sherriff (@KingSherriff, St. Louis Cardinals)
"Just bought my bed for our 14 hour bus ride to San Antonio."
Jared Wilson (@JaredDWilson, Minnesota Twins)
"That awk moment when you pass the big league stadium on the way to play their minor league affiliate..."
Chris Mazza (@ChrisMazza10, Miami Marlins)
"Professional baseball player in Spring and Summer.... Construction worker in Fall and Winter."
Matt Marksberry (@SirLEFTYDuro, Atlanta Braves)
"Bus flipped over last night, I guess that's worthy of a
Salvatore Romano (@salromano 14, Reds)
"Being 6'5 on a bus will never get easier."
Jordan Mills (@25jordanmills, Houston Astros)
"No A/C in the house with 100 degree weather there's no other option than to sleep in the car for the night..."
Steven Rodriguez (@Stevierod3, Atlanta Braves)
"Is it appropriate to put on my resume can pack 7 months of stuff into two bags and a carry on because that's a serious talent."
Tyler Badamo (Tyler_Badamo_16, New York Mets)
"2:30 gas station hot pockets."
"Getting back at 4am and having to be back at the field at 12 = sleeping in the clubhouse." [Note: I covered games for two years there, and that clubhouse is SMALL.]
Dusty Isaacs (@dustyisaacs28, Toronto Blue Jays)
"Just Ubered a grocery trip."
Clayton Blackburn (@C_Blackburn16, Giants)
"3 1/2 hours in the lobby for the hotel room to be ready."
Hunter Cole (@hcole6, Giants)
"Watching the sunrise through your bus window."
The Iowa Cubs embodied #MiLBProblems and #MiLBLife:
And hey...one of my own: