Pinkerton Hopeful Of Bringing Comeback To Mound
BY DAVE SHEA
There is an old country music song that goes "All Dressed Up With No Place To Go".
That song would describe the situation of Ogdensburg's Seth Pinkerton whose professional pitching career has been placed on hold, along with the remainder of Major and Minor Baseball.
Pinkerton is currently going through self-improvised workouts in the backyard of his family's home dealing with physical and mental realities of the on-going nightmare created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After recovering and rehabilitating from surgery for a torn ACL and two surgeries on his meniscus Pinkerton, who set save records at the University of Hartford and was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, says that he has been ready to return to the mound since the start of Spring Training.
He is confident he can get his fastball up to the 97-98 mph range he reached in his first and only season in the Minnesota Twins organization where he went 1-1 with Elizabethton (Tenn.). That season ended in August of 2018 when he suffered a knee injury fielding a groundball.
was scheduled to pitch for Class A Cedar Rapids, Iowa this season and entered spring training with high hopes when the sports world was shut down in March as the pandemic unfolded from coast to coast and continent to continent.
"My arm feels fine, I never had any arm problems. I do have some pain in my knee but I can manage it. And it is getting better every day," said Pinkerton.
"I talk to my trainer every night. But it is tough for me because all I can do is different workouts and throw into a backstop. I don't have any high tech equipment. With the school closed I can't even go out to OFA to throw. Guys in other places have more opportunity but we all really have no place to go with all of the Twins' facilities shut down right now. And in New York there are travel restrictions."
But there is good news. Sort of.
Major League owners approved a plan for a 78-82 game schedule on Monday and will submit it to the players union on Tuesday. The proposal starts the season in July with a regional format to cut down on travel and allow for all involved to easily isolate at home.
"There have been several plans proposed but right now everything is concentrated on the major leagues. Nothing much has been said about the minor leagues but they have talked about expanding the major league rosters," said Pinkerton.
"Our season was scheduled to open on April 12 and run through September. No one knows if we will have a season or what is going to happen. So like everyone else I am waiting to see what develops."
While he waits he is enjoying the extended quality time at home with his parents Tom and Jackie Pinkerton and his sister Kelsey Pinkerton.
"It has been nice being together with my family. I think is the first time in many years and that we are having dinners together as a family," says Seth Pinkerton.