Happy Birthday–November 20

Joe Sommer (1958)
Kenesaw Landis (1866)
Clark Griffith (1869)
George McBride (1880)
Leon Cadore (1890)
Larry Benton (1897)
Jay Ritchie (1936)
Herm Starrette (1938)
Jay Johnstone (1945)
Rick Monday (1945)
Ron Cash (1949)
Alex Arias (1967)
Gabe White (1971)
J. D. Drew (1975)
Sam Fuld (1981)
Brock Peterson (1983)
Greg Holland (1985)
Cody Allen (1988)

Kenesaw Landis, as I'm sure you know, was the first commissioner of baseball, holding the job from 1920 until his death in 1944.

Pitcher Clark Griffith was a star for the Cubs before jumping to the White Sox when the American League was formed. Later, of course, he was the owner of the Twins franchise while it was still in Washington. His adopted son, Calvin, brought the team to Minnesota.

Ron Cash was drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round in 1969, but did not sign.

Outfielder Samuel Babson Fuld was with the Twins for about half of the 2014 season.  He was born in Durham, New Hampshire, went to high school in Exeter, New Hampshire, attended Stanford University, and was drafted by the Cubs in the tenth round in 2004.  He never showed much power, but he hit for a high average, drew a good number of walks, and stole some bases throughout his minor league career.  He got his first taste of major league ball as a September call-up in 2007, was with the Cubs for the second half of 2009, and finally made the majors to stay in mid-August of 2010.  That off-season, he was traded to Tampa Bay in a multi-player trade that included ex-Twin Matt Garza.  He started 2011 as the Rays' regular left fielder, but could not hit enough to hold the position.  He was injured much of 2012, was a reserve for the Rays in 2013, was a free agent after the season, and signed with Oakland.  The Athletics waived him three weeks into the season and was claimed by Minnesota.  He was a mostly regular outfielder for them when healthy and didn't do badly, hitting ,274/.370/.354 in 164 at-bats.  The Twins traded him to Oakland at the end of July for Tommy Milone and he was a regular outfielder for them for the rest of the season.  He was again with Oakland in 2015 and started nearly half the team's games, starting at all three outfield positions, but hit only .197.  He missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury.  He played for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, but that was the end of his playing career.  Still, he was in the big leagues for parts of eight seasons, overcoming type 1 diabetes to get there, and he made a number of highlight-reel catches during his career.   He has worked for the Philadelphia Phillies since his playing career ended and is currently their Director of Integrative Baseball Performance.  He has been rumored as a candidate for several managerial jobs, but has not yet gotten one.

First baseman/outfielder Brock Alan Peterson did not play for the Twins, but was drafted by them and was in their farm system for eight years.  He was born in Centralia, Washington, went to high school in Chehalis, Washington, and was drafted by Minnesota in the forty-ninth round in 2002.  He was initially a third baseman, but switched to first in 2004.  He rose very slowly, spending one year in rookie ball and three in Class A.  After hitting .291 with 21 home runs in Fort Myers in 2006, he finally reached New Britain in 2007.  He had a couple of decent years there, reaching AAA briefly in 2008 before going there for all of the following two seasons.  The Twins let him go after the 2010 campaign.  When one looks at his minor league career, one doesn't really see any bad years, but one doesn't really see much to make him sit up and take notice, either.  He was a consistently good minor league player, but not really any more than that.  He played in Bridgeport in the Atlantic League for most of the next two years before signing with the Cardinals in mid-August of 2012.  They sent him to AAA Memphis, and in 2013 he had the best minor league season of his career, hitting .296/.364/.531 with twenty-five home runs.  He got two stints in the majors that season, playing in St. Louis for about three weeks from mid-July to early-August and then getting a September callup.  He was used mostly as a pinch-hitter, playing in 23 games but getting only 26 at-bats.  He did not do well in those at-bats, going 2-for-26 with no extra-base hits, two walks, and two RBIs.  He once again became a free agent after the season, signed with Washington, was sold to the Dodgers in July, and spent the entire season at AAA, doing much better in Albuquerque than he had done in Syracuse.  He signed back with the Twins for 2015 but hit only ,186 in Rochester and was released in late May.  He signed with the Mets a couple weeks later and finished out the season in AAA for them.  He was a free agent after the season and went unsigned, ending his playing career.  Twenty-six big league at-bats isn't a lot, but it's not bad for a forty-ninth round draft choice, and it's twenty-six more than most of us will ever get.  No information about what Brock Peterson has done since he stopped playing baseball was readily available.

Right-hander Cody Edward Allen did not play for the Twins, but he was in their farm system for about half of 2019.  Born and raised in Orlando, he attended St. Petersburg College and High Point University and was drafted by Cleveland in the twenty-third round in 2011.  A reliever all the way, he shot through the Indians farm system and made his major league debut in July of 2012.  He was there to stay, setting up Chris Perez in 2013 and taking over the closer role in 2014.  He did very well for the Indians:  through 2017 he had 122 saves, an ERA of 2.66, and a WHIP of 1.16.  He appeared in around 70 games a season, however, and by 2018 it looked like all those games had caught up to him.  He had a poor year and was allowed to become a free agent after the season.  He signed with the Angels for 2019, but could not get anything accomplished and was released in mid-June.  The Twins signed him and sent him to first to Fort Myers, then to Rochester.  He did okay, but nothing special, and the Twins released him at the end of July.  He signed with Texas for 2020, was released shortly before the season started, and signed with the Cubs a week later.  He did not play for them, however, and he was released after the season.  He was a fine pitcher once, but he has not had a good year since 2017.  It's possible that someone might take him to spring training (assuming there is a spring training), but it's also possible that he's run out of chances.

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