Happy Birthday–May 7

Mickey Doolin (1880)
Tom Zachary (1896)
Dick Williams (1929)
Claude Raymond (1937)
Steve Whitaker (1943)
Manny Hernandez (1961)
Brook Fordyce (1970)
James Loney (1984)
Sam Dyson (1988)

Right-hander Manuel Antonio (Montas) Hernandez did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system for most of 1989.  He was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and signed with Houston as a free agent in 1978.  He was very young, of course, and as a result he was in rookie ball for two years and Class A for three more.  He pitched well in every year except 1982.  He jumped to AAA Tucson in 1984 and stayed there most of the next five seasons, getting some cups of coffee in Houston in 1986 and 1987.  His numbers in AAA were neither good nor terrible, but he never really seemed to improve while he was there.  He made fifteen appearances with the Astros, seven of them starts, and went 2-7, 4.56 in 49.1 innings.  He became a free agent after the 1988 season and signed with Minnesota for 1989.  He did all right in Portland, going 9-8, 3.91 with a 1.15 WHIP.  He was sold to the Mets on August 1 and got back to the majors for one inning, retiring all three batters he faced.  That was his swan song in the majors.  He remained in the Mets’ organization in 1990, split 1991 between the Mets and Brewers organization, and then his playing career was over.  At last report, Manny Hernandez was living in Ocala, Florida.

Right-hander Samuel Isaac Dyson appeared in twelve games for the Twins in 2019.  Born and raised in Tampa, he attended the University of South Carolina and was drafted by Toronto in the fourth round in 2010.  He had Tommy John surgery, so he did not make his professional debut until 2012.  He pitched well in AA and even made two appearances in the majors in July.  He was waived after the season, however, and was claimed by Miami.  He did well in a 2013 season split between AA and AAA, started 2014 in AAA, came to majors in mid-June and stayed there ever since.  He was a starter in 2013, the only season of his professional career in which he started.  He did well for the Marlins, but was traded to Texas at the July deadline in 2015.  He continued to pitch well through 2016, but got off to a very poor start in 2017 and was traded to San Francisco.  He pitched much better and was a solid reliever for the Giants through the July trade deadline in 2019.  At that point, he was traded to Minnesota for Prelander Berroa, Kai-Wei Teng, and Jaylin Davis.  It seemed like a good idea, but unfortunately for the Twins, he was injured and they didn't know that.  After a couple of disastrous games he went on the disabled list, and he pitched better after that.  He became a free agent after the season and has not signed with anyone at this writing.  As a Twin he was 1-0, 7.15, 1.77 WHIP in 11.1 innings (12 games).  He turns thirty-two today.  If he's healthy, it seems like someone will sign him for this season, if there actually is a "this season".