Happy Birthday–May 31

Socks Seibold (1896)
Edward Bennett Williams (1920)
Russ Goetz (1930)
Ray Washburn (1938)
Tippy Martinez (1950)
Joe Orsulak (1962)
Kenny Lofton (1967)
Bill Miller (1967)
Dave Roberts (1972)
Ray Olmedo (1981)
Jake Peavy (1981)

Edward Bennett Williams was the owner of the Baltimore Orioles from 1979-1988.

Russ Goetz was an American League umpire from 1968-1983.

Bill Miller has been a major league umpire since 2000.

Left-handed reliever Felix Anthony “Tippy” Martinez appeared in three games for the Twins in 1988.  Born and raised in La Junta, Colorado, he and Mike Oquist, whose birthday was yesterday, are the only two major league players born in that town.  He went to Colorado State and signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1972.  He was primarily a reliever in the minors other than 1975, when he started 14 games for AAA Syracuse.  He pitched very well in the minors, posting ERAs under three in both 1973 and 1975.  He made his big-league debut in 1974 and came up to stay in mid-July of 1975.  He was almost exclusively a reliever in the majors, making only two big league starts, both in 1975.  He did a fine job for the Yankees, but was traded to Baltimore in mid-June of 1976 as part of a ten-player trade that included numerous good ballplayers.  He did a fine job with the Orioles as well, pitching well every year from 1976-1983 with the exception of 1978.  He was never “the closer” for Baltimore, but had double digit saves in five consecutive seasons from 1980-1984 with a high of 21 in 1983.  That was probably his best season, as he pitched the most innings (103.1), his lowest ERA (2.35), and his lowest WHIP (1.09).  He also made the all-star team that year.  He started to slip in 1984; his ERA was still below four, but his WHIP soared to 1.53.  He had a poor 1985, struggled in 1986, and was released in June of 1987.  Martinez was out of baseball the rest of that year, but signed as a free agent with the Twins on April 4, 1988.  It did not work–he pitched in three games, lasted four innings, and gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks.  After that, his playing career was over.  Martinez is best remembered for a game in 1983 in which he picked off three baserunners in an inning with emergency catcher Lenn Sakata behind the plate, but he was an excellent relief pitcher for several years.  Tippy Martinez was the pitching coach for York in the Atlantic League from 2006-2009.  At last report, Tippy Martinez was living in Towson, Maryland.  There is a city park named after him in his home town of La Junta and he is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.  His daughter, Courtney, was an excellent college lacrosse player is now the lacrosse coach at Arizona State, and his son, Jacen, played baseball at Towson University and was a minor league infielder for two seasons.  His granddaughter, Casey, played soccer for the University of Maryland.

Infielder Rainer Gustavo Olmedo did not play for the Twins, but he was in their minor league system in 2013.  Born and raised in Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela, he signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in 1999.  He was never a great hitter in the minors, but after a decent start in AA in 2003 and a quick stop in AAA that same year, Ray Olmedo was called up to the Reds in late May and stayed the rest of the season as a utility infielder.  He was up and down with the Reds through 2006, never getting a full season in the majors but always getting some time there.  He had some decent years in AAA, although certainly nothing to get excited about.  In the majors, though, he was pretty much a zero offensively, hitting .230 with an OPS of .573.  He was waived after the 2006 season and claimed by Toronto.  He continued to be the same player in 2007; decent but nothing special in AAA, and basically nothing at all in the majors.  After that, he started moving around a lot.  He was waived by Toronto on Feb. 1, 2008 and claimed by Pittsburgh; waived again at the end of February and claimed by Philadelphia, then released a month later and signed by Washington for whom he played in AAA in 2008.  He was in AAA with Tampa Bay in 2009, signed with Texas for 2010 but was traded to Milwaukee before the season started and was in AAA for them, was back in AAA for Tampa Bay in 2011, and signed with the White Sox for 2012.  In all that time he remained pretty much the same player he had always been, but despite that he found himself back in the majors for the last two months of 2012.  A free agent after the 2012 season, he signed with Minnesota and once again played in AAA in 2013, this time in Rochester, where he hit .234/.316/.298.  A free agent once more after the season, he signed with Tampa Bay and spent 2014 playing for AAA Durham, for whom he again didn't hit.  He played in Italy in 2015-16 and then his playing career came to an end.  I don't mean to sound too harsh about him.  He played in 218 major league games, and there are not many people who can say that.  But in those 218 major league games, he hit .230, had an OPS of .566, and had an OPS+ of 50, making him essentially the Drew Butera of middle infielders.  No information about what Ray Olmedo has been doing since his playing career ended was readily available.

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