Say hey, everyone, and welcome to a new season of Twins baseball. I'm not really sure what I'm going to say here. Am I optimistic? Not especially. Are my expectations low? You betcha. Am I going somewhere with this? Not really.
Anyway, whatever, baseball is here again, which means a whole lot of good things, so let's just go with that. Ervin Santana comes to the mound today to try an get Minnesota's first Opening Day win since 2008. Or, we could lose the first 9 games again. Enjoy, everybody!
Guy Hecker (1856)
Larry Shepard (1919)
Alex Grammas (1926)
Art Ditmar (1929)
Wally Moon (1930)
Jerry Dale (1933)
Hawk Taylor (1939) Larry Littleton (1954) Darrell Jackson (1956)
Gary Pettis (1958) Doug Baker (1961)
Chris Bosio (1963)
Mark Shapiro (1967)
Mike Lansing (1968) Ryan Doumit (1981) Kyle Phillips (1984)
Guy Hecker is one of three pitchers to have won over fifty games in a season. He is also the only pitcher to have won a batting title.
Larry Shepard managed Pittsburgh in 1968-1969. Coincidentally, he was replaced by Alex Grammas.
Jerry Dale was a National League umpire from 1971-85. He pitched in the minors for the Washington (now Minnesota) franchise from 1951-52.
Mark Shapiro was the general manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2001-10 and became president of that club in 2011.
We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Papa Pirate.
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.
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)
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.