Pickles Fans, do you remember two-year Pickle, Bobby Kinne? Our 2016 and 2017 infielder was recently hired on by the Tampa Bay Rays as a Baseball Operations Intern!
“I will be working with the analytics team and pro scouting team to help bridge the gap between the 'old school' and 'new school' approaches to evaluating talent, preparing for opponents, and developing prospects,” Bobby said while explaining his post-graduation position to Pickles Broadcaster and Head of Communications, Jamie Flynn.
Bobby attended the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida this past December where Tampa Bay took a liking to the Great Barrington, Massachusetts native. While looking back on his time with the Pickles, Bobby touched on a few specific memories and described them.
“I feel like my family grew so much during my time out there because of the quality of the people around the Pickles organization,” Bobby explained. “I’ll never forget a few specific things, however, like an on-deck tradition with a young season ticket holder, who one day helped Alec Leighton and me break out of a slump by giving us a gummy worm before every at-bat. Then there was the final regular season home game when our PA announcer Robert gave me a send-off I’ll never forget.”
Bobby hit .293 lifetime for the Pickles while collecting 65 hits in 222 at-bats. The left-handed batter appeared in 66 games for Portland.
"Bobby is the consummate teammate,” said Pickles’ Coach Mark Magdaleno. “A gamer on the field and he is just as good in the clubhouse, which will make him an important part of any team or organization that he is involved with. If you're asking me to give you my best Bobby Kinne story, I'm not sure I can give you just one. There are too many of them and they all make me laugh or at least bring a smile to my face.”
Kinne, like so many other Pickles, left a lasting, positive impact on his teammates, coaches, and many Pickles fans while in Portland.
“Everything he does he does with an enthusiasm that is contagious,” Coach Mags concluded.
Bobby is due to compete for one final season at Vassar College in Dutchess County, New York. The Brewers open their season on March 3rd. Be sure to follow Bobby!