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OTH: Bonnies Baseball Alums Await Possible Start of Pro Seasons

Steven Klimek wears the Baltimore Orioles colors during a 2019 Major League Spring Training game.
Steven Klimek wears the Baltimore Orioles colors during a 2019 Major League Spring Training game.

By JEFF MADIGAN, Olean Times Herald

THOUSANDS of minor league players are currently sitting at home, eagerly awaiting a phone call from their team's management telling them to get ready for games.

That call could come today, it could come a month from now; it might not come until 2021. Five former Bona players are in that club: Pitcher Aaron Phillips (San Francisco Giants organization), infielders David "Bubba" Hollins (Marlins) and Cole Peterson (Tigers) and pitchers Connor Grey (Diamondbacks) and Steve Klimek (Orioles). They all played baseball for Larry Sudbrook and now are pursuing major league dreams. However, those hopes are at a standstill.

"It's a big, crazy mess right now," Peterson said. "We're all just playing the waiting game."

Everybody wants answers, the future as to whether a season will be played.

"The hardest part is that there's no finish line," said Klimek, a Rochester native and 33rd round selection by the Orioles in 2015. "I'm doing all this but for what? Usually you have spring training and hard dates to look forward to but doing this with an unknown finish makes it harder."

ALL five players indicated that the time off is no vacation.

They know their individual teams are expecting them to remain in shape and continue to work out.

"My strength coach has been sending me stuff to do," Phillips said. "I get out and throw with (younger brother Tyler, who plays at Fredonia). I work out six days a week. I have a throwing partner, a lifting partner, someone to keep me consistent on a day-to-day basis.

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