Happy Birthday–July 12

Doug Allison (1846)
Lee Meadows (1894)
Johnny Wyrostek (1919)
Jack Harshmann (1927)
Ron Fairly (1938)
Tom Tischinski (1944)
Scipio Spinks (1947)
Mario Soto (1956)
Mike Munoz (1965)
Adam Johnson (1979)
Howie Kendrick (1983)

Catcher Tom Tischinski was a reserve catcher for the Twins for three seasons, 1969-1971.  Born and raised in Kansas City, he signed with the Kansas City Athletics as a free agent in 1962.  He was always a weak batter, even in the minors.  His highest average in the minors was .256, in 1958 at AAA Denver, and he had two seasons in which he hit below .200 and another in which he hit .208.  He was taken by Cincinnati in 1962 in the first-year player draft and came to the Twins after the 1967 campaign in the minor league draft.  He came up to the big leagues at the start of the 1969 season and stayed three years.  He was the third catcher each season, backing up Johnny Roseboro and George Mitterwald in 1969, Mitterwald and Paul Ratliff in 1970, and Mitterwald and Phil Roof in 1971.  As a consequence, he didn't get a lot of playing time.  In his three years in the majors, he got only 116 at-bats.  He hit .181/.294/.224, never batting higher than .196 in any season.  He was back in the minors in 1972.  He moved to the Dodgers' organization late that season, staying through 1974.  Oddly, his best season as a pro was his last one, when he hit .286 with an OPS or .835 as a part time player for AAA Albuquerque.  No information about what Tom Tischinski has been doing since then was readily available.

Right-hander Adam Johnson played briefly for the Twins in 2001 and 2003.  He was born in San Jose, went to high school in Encinitas, California, and was drafted by Minnesota with the second pick of the 2000 draft.  He had a very good year in 2000 with Ft. Myers, and did not do badly when promoted higher in the minors the next year.  The Twins, desperate for a fifth starter as the tried to stay in the 2001 pennant race, called Johnson to the majors and put him in the starting rotation.  It did not work.  He made four starts, then three relief appearances, and pitched poorly in all of them.  He never had a good year again.  He struggled for three years in AAA for the Twins, getting a September call-up in 2003, and was released in January of 2005.  He signed with Arizona, was released in spring training, played in the independent Golden Baseball League, and signed with Oakland in mid-August.  The Athletics released him in early June of 2006.  He played in the Atlantic League in 2008, and then his playing career was over.  His major league record is 1-3, 10.25 with a 2.05 WHIP in 26.1 innings.  He made nine appearances, four of them starts.  No informaton about Adam Johnson since that time was readily available, but it would be nice to think that his current career is being kinder to him than major league batters were.