Jeff Niemann makes an impression at 6-foot-9 and I wondered how he deals with the Triple-A travel.
At the lower levels, travel is virtually exclusively a bus thing. In the majors, players have plush charter flights. In Triple-A, it's flying ... commercial. Imaging playing a night game and having a 4 a.m. wake-up call to head to the airport.
Before folding himself into a regular coach seat, Niemann does ask for exit-row seating or whatever accomodation possible for his size each time.
"Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't," Niemann said. "The first thing I do when I get to the airport is check."
One airline last year even upgraded him to first class, on three different trips.
"I guess they felt sorry for me," Niemann said.