Happy Birthday–November 15

Tom Loftus (1856)
Pat Ragan (1883)
Mickey Livingston (1914)
Gus Bell (1928)
Big Brother A (1951)
Randy Niemann (1955)
Pedro Borbon (1967)

Tom Loftus managed Cincinnati, Chicago, and Washington around the turn of the (twentieth) century.

Big Brother A is one of the two people--Dad A being the other--from whom I got a love of baseball and a love of the Twins.  I don't know how it's possible that I have a brother who's seventy years old when I'm still so young, but happy birthday, Big Brother.

We also wish a happy birthday to spookymilk’s brother.

Left-hander Randal Harold Niemann appeared in six games for the Twins in 1987, at the end of his major league career. Born in Scotia, California, he was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the secondary phase of the 1975 June draft. He appears to have pretty much topped out at AA, although he had a couple of small sample size years where he was decent in the majors. In June of 1977, Niemann was traded to Houston. He had a fine year at AA for the Astros in 1978, going 9-5 with a 2.05 ERA as a part-time starter and part-time reliever. That and a decent start at AAA in 1979 got him promoted to the majors, where he spent most of the year as a seldom-used reliever and occasional spot starter. His numbers were decent that year, and 1980 found him starting the year in a similar role. He struggled in 1980, possibly due in part to a lack of consistent work, and landed back in the minors in July. He may have been injured the next year, as he made only 10 appearances, all of them starts for AAA Tucson. After the season, Niemann was traded to Pittsburgh. He spent most of 1982 in Pittsburgh and most of 1983 at AAA Hawaii, but was not particularly impressive either place. He moved on to the White Sox in 1984 and the Mets in 1985, playing most of both seasons in AAA. 1985 was the seventh consecutive season he had spent at least part of at AAA, and he apparently started to figure out how to get AAA hitters out, as he went 11-6 with a 2.76 ERA that year in 30 appearances, 19 of them starts. He was with the Mets for most of 1986, and pitched well for them in short relief, though he only threw 35.2 innings. A free agent at the end of the season, Niemann signed with the Twins for 1987. He spent a little over two weeks with the Twins in June, pitching 5.1 innings over six appearances. He was 1-0 in that span with an 8.44 ERA. Most of his season was spent at AAA Portland, where he was decent, but nothing to get too excited about. The Twins apparently weren't too excited, anyway--they let him go at the end of the season. He made nine appearances for AAA Tidewater in the Mets organization in 1988, then called it a career.  Randy Niemann then went into coaching, and was the bullpen coach for the New York Mets from 2009-2010.  He was the team's pitching rehab coordinator in 2011, working closely with Johan Santana.  He moved on to the Boston organization in 2012, becoming that team's pitching coach on August 20, but was replaced after the season.  Randy Niemann was the pitching coach of AA Springfield in 2013 and 2014 and was the pitching coach Class A Palm Beach since 2015-2017.  Both teams are in the Cardinals' organization.  He became the Cardinals' minor league pitching coordinator in 2018 and became a minor league pitching instructor for the team in 2019, a position he still held at last report.