Happy Birthday–April 2

Tommy Bond (1856)
Hughie Jennings (1869)
Bill Yancey (1904)
Luke Appling (1907)
Al Barlick (1915)
Vedie Himsl (1917)
Bobby Avila (1924)
Billy Pierce (1927)
Gordon Jones (1930)
Dick Radatz (1937)
Al Weis (1938)
Mike Kekich (1945)
Reggie Smith (1945)
Don Sutton (1945)
Daniel Okrent (1948)
Tom Johnson (1951)
Billy Sample (1955)
Hank Steinbrenner (1957)
Pete Incaviglia (1964)
Curtis Leskanic (1968)
Denny Hocking (1970)
Jon Lieber (1970)

Shortstop Bill Yancey played in the Negro Leagues for fourteen years, later becoming a manager, coach, and scout.

Al Barlick was a National League umpire from 1940-1970.

Vedie Himsl was a longtime coach and scout, primarily in the Cubs organization.  While pitching for St. John's (Minnesota) University, he struck out twenty batters in a game.

Daniel Okrent was one of the creators of the first fantasy baseball league.

Hank Steinbrenner is one of the owners of the New York Yankees, inheriting the team from his father in 2010.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Lucy.

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Kent Hrbek Region: #4 vs. #13

#4: Hrbek Tags Out Gant.

We talked about this a lot just last week.  I'm just grateful it happened before instant replay.  Not because of it could have been overturned.  It just would have been nauseating sitting through it.

#13 Bobby Korecky Gets His First Career Hit And His First Career Win

On May 19, 2008, the Twins were a game out of first place in a very crowded AL Central.  In a back-and-forth game against the Rangers, the Twins tied in the 9th thanks to a Joe Mauer single.  However, due to Mike Redmond pinch-hitting for Adam Everett (my word) and  Craig Monroe pinch-hitting for Alexi Casilla (oh man), Gardy lost the DH after the 9th inning (at least Monroe walked and scored the tying run!).  Howie Clark filled in at second base and DH Brendan Harris went to short.

Korecky relieved Juan Rincon in the 11th and helped him escape a bases loaded jam with one out.  And then in the bottom half he promptly banged a single to right.  In fact, he was on 3rd base as the winning run with just one out when Morneau and Cuddyer were shut down (as they had been all game).

No worries, though.  Korecky pitched a 1-2-3 ninth against Josh Hamilton, Milton Bradley, and David Murphy.  And then in the bottom half, Carlos Gomez (who had started on the bench due to an injury) singled and scored on Howie Clark's final hit of his career.

The Better Moment

  • Hrbek Tags Out Gant (80%, 16 Votes)
  • Bobby Korecky: First Hit, First Win (20%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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The Better Moment

  • Eric Milton No-Hitter (50%, 10 Votes)
  • Juan Berenguer Saves ALCS Game 2 (50%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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The Better Moment

  • Pedro Munoz Walks Off in 22nd Inning (68%, 13 Votes)
  • Twins Win 15 In A Row (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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The Better Moment

  • Larkin Walks It Off (96%, 22 Votes)
  • Mike Sweeney Pops Into Infield Fly Double Play, Gets Nailed by Dougie (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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Happy Birthday–April 1

Hugo Bezdek (1884)
Jeff Heath (1915)
Vern Hoscheit (1922)
Bo Schembechler (1929)
Giulio Glorioso (1931)
Ron Perranoski (1936)
Ted Sadowski (1936)
Phil Niekro (1939)
Rusty Staub (1944)
Willie Montanez (1948)
Mike Bacsik (1952)
Mike Kinnunen (1958)
Rich Amaral (1962)
Frank Castillo (1969)
Matt Herges (1970)
John Axford (1983)
Daniel Murphy (1985)

Hugo Bezdek is the only man to manage a major league team and coach an NFL team.  He was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1917-1919 and the coach of the Cleveland Rams in 1937.  He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Vern Hoscheit was a long-time minor league manager, scout, and major league coach.  He was also the president of the Three-I League from 1960-61.

Better known as a college football coach, Bo Schembechler was the president of the Detroit Tigers from 1990-1992.

Giulio Glorioso won six ERA titles and four pitching triple crowns in Italy and is a member of the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Kent Hrbek Region: #5 vs. #12

#5 Eric Milton No-Hits the Angels

Like most of us I assume I was not paying much attention to the Twins in 1999.  I had just started my first year of college the week before and they hadn't been good in so long I barely knew who was on the team.  Honestly, when I read the paper the next day I'm pretty sure I thought, "Who's Eric Milton?" Turned out he was pretty decent and his trade continued the amazing Knoblauch trade tree.

Anyway, here's another glorious call by Herb Carneal.

#12 Señor Smoke Strikes Out Four Batters, Saves ALCS Game 2

In the 8th inning Blyleven allowed a homer to Lou Whitaker and a single to Darrell Evans and Kelly pulled him in favor of Berenguer.  While this kind of save situation would normally not make a manager nervous, the Twins bullpen in '87 outside of Berenguer and late season Reardon was pretty abysmal.  And the Tigers offense was a juggernaut.

Berenguer struck out Kirk Gibson and got Alan Trammell to ground out to end the threat.  And then in the 9th he turned into a modern day reliever by getting Matt Nokes, Chet Lemon, and Pat Sheridan to strike out to put the Twins up 2-0 heading to Detroit.

You can watch the whole game on YouTube of course.  Here's a snippet that includes more great announcing by Carneal.

The Better Moment

  • Eric Milton No-Hitter (50%, 10 Votes)
  • Juan Berenguer Saves ALCS Game 2 (50%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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The Better Moment

  • Pedro Munoz Walks Off in 22nd Inning (68%, 13 Votes)
  • Twins Win 15 In A Row (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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The Better Moment

  • Larkin Walks It Off (96%, 22 Votes)
  • Mike Sweeney Pops Into Infield Fly Double Play, Gets Nailed by Dougie (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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1991 Rewind: Team Leaders

BATTING

GAMES

  1.  Chili Davis, 153
  2. Kirby Puckett, 152
  3. Chuck Knoblauch, 151

PLATE APPEARANCES

  1.  Puckett, 661
  2. Knoblauch, 636
  3. Davis, 634

AT-BATS

  1.  Puckett, 611
  2. Knoblauch, 565
  3. Davis, 534

RUNS

  1.  Puckett, 92
  2. Davis, 84
  3. Shane Mack, 79

HITS

  1.  Puckett, 195
  2. Knoblauch, 159
  3. Davis, 148

DOUBLES

  1.  Davis, 34
  2. Puckett, 29
  3. Brian Harper, 28

TRIPLES

  1.  Dan Gladden, 9
  2. Mack, 8
  3. Knoblauch, 6
    Puckett, 6

HOME RUNS

  1.  Davis, 29
  2. Kent Hrbek, 20
  3. Mack, 18

RBI

  1.  Davis, 93
  2. Hrbek, 89
    Puckett, 89

STOLEN BASES

  1.  Knoblauch, 25
  2. Gladden, 15
  3. Mack, 13

WALKS

  1.  Davis, 95
  2. Hrbek, 67
  3. Knoblauch, 59

STRIKEOUTS

  1.  Davis, 117
  2. Mack, 79
  3. Puckett, 78

AVERAGE

  1. Puckett, .319
  2. Harper, .311
  3. Mack, .310

OBP

  1. Davis, .385
  2. Hrbek, .373
  3. Mack, 363

SLUGGING

  1. Mack, .529
  2. Davis, .507
  3. Hrbek, .461

OPS

  1. Mack, .893
  2. Davis, .892
  3. Hrbek, .834

OPS+

  1. Davis, 141
  2. Mack, 140
  3. Hrbek, 125

TOTAL BASES

  1. Puckett, 281
  2. Davis, 271
  3. Mack, 234

GIDP

  1. Puckett, 27
  2. Hrbek, 15
    Gagne, 15

HIT BY PITCH

  1. Harper, 6
    Mack, 6
  2. Gladden, 5

SACRIFICE HITS

  1. Puckett, 8
  2. 4 tied at 5

SACRIFICE FLIES

  1. Puckett, 7
  2. Harper, 6
  3. 3 tied at 5

INTENTIONAL WALKS

  1. Davis, 13
  2. Hrbek, 4
    Puckett, 4

PITCHING

WINS

  1. Scott Erickson, 20
  2. Jack Morris, 18
  3. Kevin Tapani, 16

LOSSES

  1. Morris, 12
  2. Allan Anderson, 11
  3. Tapani, 9

WINNING PERCENTAGE

  1.  Carl Willis, .727
  2. Erickson, .714
  3. Tapani, .640

ERA

  1. Rick Aguilera, 2.35
  2. Willis, 2.63
  3. Tapani, 2.99

GAMES

  1. Aguilera, 63
  2. Steve Bedrosian, 56
  3. Terry Leach, 50

STARTS

  1. Morris, 35
  2. Tapani, 34
  3. Erickson, 32

GAMES FINISHED

  1. Aguilera, 60
  2. Bedrosian, 22
    Leach, 22

COMPLETE GAMES

  1. Morris, 10
  2. Erickson, 5
  3. Tapani, 4

SHUTOUTS

  1.  Erickson, 3
  2. Morris, 2
  3. Tapani, 1

SAVES

  1. Aguilera, 42
  2. Bedrosian, 6
  3. Mark Guthrie, 2
    Willis, 2

INNINGS

  1. Morris, 246.2
  2. Tapani, 244
  3. Erickson, 204

HOME RUNS ALLOWED

  1. Anderson, 24
  2. Tapani, 23
  3. Morris, 18

WALKS ALLOWED

  1. Morris, 92
  2. Erickson, 71
  3. Anderson, 42

STRIKEOUTS

  1. Morris, 163
  2. Tapani, 135
  3. Erickson, 108

HIT BATSMEN

  1. Erickson, 6
  2. Anderson, 5
    Morris, 5

BALKS

  1. Tapani, 3
  2. Morris, 1
    Willis, 1

WILD PITCHES

  1. Morris, 15
  2. Guthrie, 7
  3. Paul Abbott, 5

BATTERS FACED

  1. Morris, 1032
  2. Tapani, 974
  3. Erickson, 851

ERA+

  1. Aguilera, 183
  2. Willis, 163
  3. Tapani, 143

FIP

  1. Willis, 2.92
  2. Aguilera, 3.00
  3. Leach, 3.11

WHIP

  1.  Willis, 1.07
  2. Aguilera, 1.07
  3. Tapani, 1.09

HITS PER NINE

  1. Aguilera, 5.7
  2. Willis, .7.7
  3. Bedrosian, 8.1

HOME RUNS PER NINE

  1. Leach, 0.4
    Willis, 0.4
    Aguilera, 0.4

WALKS PER NINE

  1. Tapani, 1.5
  2. Willis, 1.9
  3. Leach, 1.9

STRIKEOUTS PER NINE

  1. Aguilera, 8.0
  2. David West, 6.6
  3. Guthrie, 6.6

K/W RATIO

  1. Tapani, 3.38
  2. Willis, 2.79
  3. Leach, 2.29

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.