Happy Birthday–August 24

Harry Hooper (1887)
Hank Gowdy (1889)
Hal Woodeshick (1932)
Tony Bernazard (1956)
Cal Ripken (1960)
Tim Salmon (1968)
Kevin Correia (1980)
Brett Gardner (1983)
Nick Adenhart (1986)

Right-hander Kevin John Correia pitched for the Twins from 2013-2014.  He was born in San Diego, went to high school in La Mesa, California, attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and was drafted by San Francisco in the fourth round in 2002.  He had an indifferent time in low class A that season, but started 2003 in AA, was promoted to AAA, and reached the majors by mid-August.  He did well there, too, going 3-1, 3.66 in 39.1 innings.  He split 2004 between AAA and the majors, not doing particularly well in either place.  2005 was similar.  In 2006, however, he was shifted to the bullpen and spent the whole year in San Francisco, going 2-0, 3.49, 1.23 WHIP in 69.2 innings.  He continued to do well as a reliever in 2007.  2008, however, was pretty much a disaster for him, and he became a free agent after the season.  He signed with San Diego and spent two years with them, doing all right in 2009 but not so well in 2010.  A free agent again, he signed with Pittsburgh and spent two years there as well.  He made the all-star team in 2011, but was not particularly good (although not awful, either) in both years.  His career numbers at that point were 60-65, 4.54, 1.41 WHIP.  Once again a free agent, he signed with Minnesota for 2013.  He got off to a hot start, but for the season pitched pretty much as he had his whole career--adequately, but no more.  He repeated that performance for the Twins in 2014 until August, when he was traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash.  As a Twin, Kevin Correia was 14-26, 4.49, 1.44 WHIP, numbers pretty much in line with what his career has been.  He pitched poorly for the Dodgers, became a free agent, signed with Seattle for 2015, was released at the end of March, signed with the Giants, was granted free agency at the end of May, and signed with Philadelphia, for whom he made five mostly poor starts before being sent to AAA.   He did not sign with anyone for 2016, bringing his playing career to an end.  You wouldn't necessarily call it a distinguished career--his top ten similarity scores include ex-Twin Mike Smithson--but he pitched in all or part of thirteen major league seasons and appeared in 358 major league games, and that ain't chicken feed.  He is in the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame.  At last report, Kevin Correia was living in Del Mar, California.