Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Former Bearkat to be featured on documentary

Former Sam Houston State baseball player Dustin Martin is still trying realize his dream of one day making it to the "Show." Martin is currently in the Minnesota Twins organization and spent last season with AAA Rochester Red Wings.

Beginning in May a 13-part documentary titled "Minor League" will air on PBS, which takes an in-depth look at the life of a minor league baseball player. Camera crews followed the Red Wings during the 2009 season.

The show takes a look at the physical and mental challenges players/coaches deal with on a daily basis, promotions to the Major Leagues, life outside the ballpark, and much more.

"What I like most is that you won't necessarily have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the show because it will feature the everyday rollercoaster of emotions that our players endure during the season. We have some outstanding young men that will be playing here this season and this will give fans from all over a chance to develop a better rapport with them and follow them throughout their careers," said Red Wings general manager Dan Mason on the Red Wings official web site.

"Minor League" will be made available to approximately 385 public television affiliates across the United States. Several of these affiliates are considered "border stations" that will reach into every major market in Canada as well.

According to Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III from the Star Tribune, Martin is one of the players who get "plenty of camera time."

The box set will be available starting June 1. The cost: $29.99 - which includes all 13 (30-minute) episodes and several hours of bonus footage, not seen in the series. If you would like to purchase a copy of the series you can e-mail the producer directly by clicking here
Last season Martin hit .254 for the Red Wings. He was fourth on the team in hits (107), fourth in RBIs (53), third in runs (58) and lead the team in steals (26). 
If the show is going to air in Texas, we will post the schedule. If you want to read more about it, check out the official "Minor League" page.

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