Happy Birthday–May 23

Dummy Hoy (1862)
Deacon Phillippe (1872)
Zack Wheat (1888)
Halsey Hall (1898)
Arch McDonald (1901)
Willis Hudlin (1906)
Augie Galan (1912)
Lennie Pearson (1918)
Lawrence Ritter (1922)
Clyde King (1924)
Skip Bertman (1938)
Tom Penders (1945)
Reggie Cleveland (1948)
Buck Showalter (1956)
Ricky Gutierrez (1970)
Ramon Ortiz (1973)
Mike Gonzalez (1978)
Mike Dunn (1985)
Jordan Zimmerman (1986)
Kyle Barraclough (1990)
Cesar Hernandez (1990)

Deacon Phillippe was the winning pitcher in the first World Series game.  He lived in what would become the state of South Dakota from 1875-1896, where his family farmed near the town of Athol.

Legendary sportswriter and broadcaster Halsey Hall broadcast Twins games from 1961-72.

Arch McDonald was an early baseball broadcaster known for his re-creations of games.

Author Lawrence Ritter wrote the excellent book, "The Glory of Their Times".

Skip Bertman was the head baseball coach at LSU from 1984-2001.

College basketball coach Tom Penders played minor league baseball for the Indians in 1968.

Right-hander Ramon Diogenes Ortiz was a member of the Minnesota Twins for about four and a half months in 2007.  A native of Cotui in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1995.  He generally pitched well in the minors, although he appears to have been slowed by an injury in 1998.  He reached AAA in 1999 and after only nine starts there was promoted to the majors in August.  He was immediately thrown into the rotation, but he wasn’t ready, going 2-3, 6.52.  He split the next year between AAA and the majors, but by 2001 he was in the big leagues to stay.  He was in the Angels starting rotation for three full years, from 2001-2003.  His best year was clearly 2002, when he went 15-9, 3.77 with a WHIP of 1.18.  His ERA soared to 5.20 the next year, and when he got off to a poor start in 2004 Ortiz was sent to the bullpen.  The Angels traded him to the Reds for 2005, but while he stayed in the rotation he really did not pitch any better than he had the year before.  A free agent after the season, he signed with Washington for 2006 and again spent the entire year in the rotation despite pitching poorly.  He signed with Minnesota as a free agent for 2007.  He was again in the rotation and pitched well in his first three starts, but slipped to average for his next two and bad for his next five.  Ortiz went to the bullpen after that and was traded to Colorado in mid-August for Matt Macri.  As a Twin, he was 4-4, 5.14 in 28 appearances, ten of them starts.  He pitched 91 innings for Minnesota.  Ortiz became a free agent after the 2007 season and played in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave in 2008, where he continued to not pitch very well.  He came back to the United States for 2009, pitching at AAA Phoenix in the Giants’ organization.  He signed with the Dodgers for 2010 and made sixteen appearances in the majors, most of them poor ones.  The Dodgers released him in early June, he was in the Mets’ organization for about a month and a half, and he finished the season at AAA with Tampa Bay.  He was released by the Rays in March of 2011, but signed with the Cubs a month later and battled his way back to the big leagues, spending half the season in Chicago.  A free agent again after the season, he signed with San Francisco for 2012.  He was released near the end of spring training, but signed with the Yankees and spent the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he had a fine season in AAA but did not get another shot at the majors.  Once again a free agent after the season, he signed with Toronto for 2013.  He started the season in AAA but made it back to the majors for about a month.  That's the last time he's played in what we call Organized Baseball, but  he continued to  play in the Dominican League during the winter and also played in Mexico from 2014-15.  It's pretty impressive to play twelve seasons in the big leagues when you only had one year with an ERA under four and eight years with an ERA over five.  At last report, it appeared that Ramon Ortiz had moved back to the Dominican Republic.

Right-hander Kyle David Barraclough appeared in ten games for the Twins in 2021.  Born and raised in Santa Clara, California, he attended St. Mary's College of California.  He was drafted by the Twins in the fortieth round in 2011, but did not sign.  He was later drafted by St. Louis in the seventh round in 2012.  He pitched pretty well in the low minors, but was traded to Miami in July of 2015 for Steve Cishek.  He came up to the majors in August of 2015 and stayed with the Marlins through 2018, pitching quite well in relief.  Miami traded him to Washington after the 2018 season for Unknown Compensation.  I don't know how well Mr. Compensation did, but Barraclough was awful for the Nationals and then got hurt, or more likely he was hurt and that's why he was awful, as his numbers fell off sharply in the middle of May.  He was waived in early August and claimed by San Francisco, for whom he pitched fairly well in September.  He was signed by San Diego for 2020 but was let go before the (shortened) season started and did not pitch that year.  He signed with the Yankees in 2021 and did pretty well in AAA, but was still released in mid-June.  The Twins signed him a couple of days later, sent him to AAA, the brought him to the majors in late August.  He pitched well at times, but he also pitched not well at times, and his record as a Twin was 2-0, 5.54, 1.54 WHIP.  He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Angels.  They brought him to the majors in May and he did very well in eight appearances, but he spent the rest of the season pitching well in AAA.  He became a free after the season, and despite the fact that teams are always looking for pitching no one wanted him, so his pitching for High Point in the Atlantic League in 2023. He turns thirty-three today.  Not that he could be a star or anything, but in 288 major league games (244.1 innings), he is 18-15, 3.61, 11 saves, and a WHIP of 1.36.  He has also struck out 11.4 per nine innings.  It's hard for me to think no major league team could use that, but apparently none of them are interested.