Happy Birthday–July 1

Roger Connor (1857)
John Clarkson (1861)
Jack Quinn (1883)
Ben Taylor (1888)
Bob Prince (1916)
Frank Baumann (1933)
Brian Sabean (1956)
Jamie Walker (1971)
Nelson Cruz (1980)
Matt Carson (1981)
Justin Huber (1982)

First baseman Ben Taylor was a star in the Negro Leagues, batting over .300 in fifteen of his sixteen seasons.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Prince is best remembered for his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948-1975.

Brian Sabean was the general manager of the San Francisco Giants from 1997-2014 and has been their executive vice president of baseball operations since that time.

Outfielder Matthew Reese Carson played in twenty-six games for the Twins in 2012.  He was born in Newport Beach, California, went to high school in Yucaipa, California, attended Brigham Young University, and was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round in 2002.  He went back and forth between A and AA from 2004-06 before finally playing a full year of AA in 2007.  He reached AAA in 2008 and did well there, batting .285 with an OPS of .825, but by then he was twenty-six years old.  He became a minor league free agent and signed with Oakland for 2009.  He hit twenty-five homers with AAA Sacramento that season, which got him a September call-up.  He split 2010 between AAA in the majors.  He hit very well in Sacramento but played sporadically with the Athletics and did not do well when he did play, batting .177 in 79 at-bats.  He was having another fine season for Sacramento in 2011 when he was sold to Tampa Bay on August 1.  The Rays did not bring him to the majors, he became a free agent again, and signed with Minnesota.  He had a fine year for Rochester in 2012 and was called up to the Twins in mid-August.  He got only sixty-six at-bats, however, batting .227/.246/.242.  He signed with Cleveland for 2013 and again spent most of his summer in AAA, getting a call-up in late August but getting just eleven at-bats.  He stayed in AAA with the Indians for 2014, signed with the Dodgers for 2015, was sold to Oakland on May 8, and was released on June 20.  No information about what Matt Carson has done since then was readily available.

First baseman/outfielder Justin Huber had two at-bats with the Twins in 2009.  He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and was signed by the Mets in 2000.  He hit well throughout his early minor league career, reaching AAA briefly in 2004.  He was then traded to Kansas City, for whom he reached the majors for a week in June and then received a September call-up in 2005.  He had been a catcher in the Mets’ system, but was moved to first base by the Royals.  He hit well in AAA for Kansas City, but got only brief trials with the big club, batting only 98 times in three seasons.  He was sold to San Diego late in spring training of 2008 but did not get much of a chance there, getting 61 at-bats in 33 games.  Huber became a free agent after the 2008 season and the Twins signed him.  He hit .273 with 22 homers in Rochester in 2009, earning a September call-up.  Unfortunately, he got only two at-bats, going 1-for-2, before being injured for the rest of the season.  Minnesota released him after the season, and he signed to play for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan.  He came back to the United States and signed with Minnesota for 2011, but was released during spring training.  He played for Somerset in the Atlantic League, then went back to his native Melbourne to play in the Australian League.  He has since retired and at last report was the general manager of the Melbourne Aces.  He probably could never have been a star, but he was a guy with some pop in his bat who could play first, corner outfield, and catch.  It seems like that would have been a valuable bench player, but no one wanted to give him the chance to do it.