For former Missouri baseball standout Aaron Senne, his transition to the Florida Marlin’s minor league affiliate, the Single-A Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers, has been exhausting.
Since beginning the season June 18, the Jammers have played games for 19 straight days, with their first off day coming Wednesday.
Senne spent his time sleeping.
“I woke up a little bit ago,” Senne said by phone Wednesday afternoon from Jamestown. He had thought about getting up earlier, but decided against it.
“I looked at the clock, and said ‘no way.’”
The most difficult part thus far, according to Senne, has been the day-to-day commitment on the field.
“Just getting used to preparing my body every day,” said Senne, who was the 2010 Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year as a first baseman for the Tigers. “You pace yourself a little when you can. You don’t want to kill yourself because you have be there the next day, and the next day.”
Senne, who was the 317th overall draft pick, is batting .302 with one home run and 14 RBI through his first 14 games. He said he’s never taken it easy on the field. Rather, he has learned the importance of eating and sleeping right.
“You can’t go out and do stupid stuff when you’re not at the park,” he said.
Besides playing games every day, he has experienced another unavoidable aspect of minor league baseball — staying in hotel rooms that are less than glamorous.
“You’re lucky if you get a refrigerator,” he said.
Senne, who preferred the hotels he stayed in while he was a Tigers player, remembers staying in a room earlier this season where his air conditioning was broken.
“You run into little obstacles like that,” he said. “And you just have to deal with it.”
Senne, however, hasn’t let these new obstacles affect his overall outlook.
"It's been fun," he said. "Just a lot of adjusting."
Senne said he has enjoyed being with his new team.
"We’re first place in the division and I’m getting along really well with my teammates.”
When he's not on the road, Senne lives in a dorm in Jamestown where he says he spends a lot of time hanging out and playing video games with his teammates.