Happy Birthday–April 21

Hardy Richardson (1855)
Germany Smith (1863)
Ken Strong (1906)
Gary Peters (1937)
Dick Green (1941)
Al Bumbry (1947)
Jesse Orosco (1957)
Les Lancaster (1962)
Ken Caminiti (1963)
Kip Wells (1977)
Terry Tiffee (1979)

A member of the pro football Hall of Fame, Ken Strong played minor league baseball from 1929-1931 and played very well.  He hit 41 home runs and had 130 RBIs in 1930 in what is now the Eastern League and hit .340 in 1931 in the International League.

Today is also the birthday of Twins’ farmhand Justin Parker (1990). 

In addition, we would like to wish a very happy birthday to twayn.

Left-hander Jesse Russell Orosco pitched the final eight games out of 1,252 in his career with the Twins in 2003.  Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Orosco was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the January draft in 1978.  He had an outstanding year at Elizabethton in 1978, posting a 1.12 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 40 innings.  That off-season he became the player to be named later in a deal that also sent Greg Field to the New York Mets for Jerry Koosman.  Orosco made the big leagues at the beginning of the following year, at age 22.  He lasted until mid-June, posting an ERA of 4.89 and making two starts, which would be half of his major league total.  Orosco then returned to the minors, where he would remain until September of 1981.  He did some starting in the minors, and made two more starts in the majors in 1982, but then was strictly a reliever.  Orosco became the Mets' closer in 1983, a job he held through 1987.  His best year was 1983, when he went 13-7 with seventeen saves, a 1.47 ERA and a WHIP of 1.04 in 110 innings.  He pitched extremely well for his first four years in New York, but he had a down year in 1987 and was traded to the Dodgers after the season.  He was with the Dodgers only one season before becoming a free agent, signing with Cleveland.  He pitched well for the Indians for three seasons, appearing in 171 games, but was sent to Milwaukee "as part of a conditional deal".  Orosco continued to pitch well for the Brewers for two years, but had an off year in 1994 at age 37.  He became a free agent and signed with Baltimore, where he stayed for five seasons.  He pitched well for four years, but again, as soon as he had a bad season, this time in 1999, he was sent on his way again, this time traded to the Mets.  Before the 2000 campaign began, however, he was sent to St. Louis, where he played for one season.  Orosco moved on to the Dodgers for 2001 and 2002.  He signed with San Diego as a free agent for 2003, was traded to the Yankees at mid-season, and was traded to Minnesota at the end of August for a player to be named later (Juan Padilla).  He pitched in eight September games for the Twins, totalling 4.2 innings and giving up three runs on four hits.  Orosco signed with Arizona for 2004, but did not make the team and his career came to an end at age 46.  Rarely a star (he made only two all-star teams) and only a closer near the beginning of his career, Orosco was a valuable member of numerous teams.  He holds the record for most games pitched and most games pitched in relief.  No information about what Jesse Orosco has done since his playing career ended was readily available.

Third baseman Terry R. Tiffee was with the Twins for parts of three seasons.  He was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, went to high school in Sherwood, Arkansas, and was drafted by Minnesota in the 26th round in 1999.  He hit for a solid average with moderate power throughout his minor league career.  His best minor league season was 2003, when he hit .315 with 14 home runs at AA New Britain.  His next three seasons were split between AAA Rochester and Minnesota.  He got a September call-up in 2004, was with the Twins for most of 2005, and was back for about two months in 2006.  As a Twin, he hit .226/.273/.351 in 239 at-bats.  He became a free agent after the season and signed with Baltimore.  He was in AAA all of 2007, then signed with the Dodgers.  He got two weeks in the majors in 2008, but again spent the rest of the year in AAA, hitting .378.  He also played for the U. S. Olympic team that year.  He was in AAA with Philadelphia in 2009.  Tiffee became a free agent after the season and signed with Bridgeport of the Atlantic League.  He is once again in the Atlantic League this season, playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers.

15 thoughts on “Happy Birthday–April 21”

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  1. HBD, Twayn!
    About your handle... it does not appear to be directly tied to your name IRL.
    Does it have anything to to with how deep the river is?

      1. Your suspicion is confirmed. Also, I'm a big fan of the writer from Hannibal, MO who shuffled off this mortal coil on this date in 1910.

  2. Also Happy Birthday to the Mrs. She won't see this but it's always good to cover ones bases.

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