Happy Birthday–June 15

Connie Rector (1892)
Babe Dahlgren (1912)
Bernice Gera (1931)
Mario Cuomo (1932)
Billy Williams (1938)
Ty Cline (1939)
Bruce Dal Canton (1941)
Ken Henderson (1946)
Champ Summers (1946)
Dusty Baker (1949)
Lance Parrish (1956)
Brett Butler (1957)
Wade Boggs (1958)
Tony Clark (1972)
Ramiro Mendoza (1972)
Andy Pettitte (1972)
Zach Day (1978)
Jeremy Reed (1981)
Tim Lincecum (1984)
Cliff Pennington (1984)
Mike Fiers (1985)
Trevor Plouffe (1986)
Eduardo Nunez (1987)
Jake Locker (1988)

Bernice Gera was the first female umpire in Organized Baseball, umpiring one game in the New York-Penn League in 1972.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was an outfielder for the Brunswick Pirates of the Georgia-Florida League in 1952.

Quarterback Jake Locker was drafted by the Angels as an outfielder in the tenth round in 2009.  He signed a contract with them, but never played a game of professional baseball.

Right-hander Stephen Zachary Day did not pitch for the Twins, but he was in their farm system for about a month in 2008.  Born and raised in Cincinnati, he was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round in 1996.  He advanced slowly, not getting out of A ball until 2000.  When he did, he was no longer in the Yankees’ system; he was traded to Cleveland in late June of 2000.  He reached AAA for the Indians in 2001, but after one game there he was traded to Montreal at the July deadline.  He made his major league debut with the Expos in 2002, spending about two and a half months with the team that year.  He was mostly used as a relief pitcher in 2002, but was in the starting rotation in 2003-2004.  He was decent in those years, not great but not terrible.  He moved to Washington with the team in 2005, but was traded to Colorado in July.  He spent time in the minors that year as well, and also split 2006 between AAA and the majors.  He was waived in late April of 2006 and went back to Washington.  He made five mediocre starts with the Nationals, then had rotator cuff surgery and never made it back to the majors.  He kept trying for a while, though.  He signed with Kansas City for 2007, was in AAA that season, then signed with Minnesota for 2008.  The Twins sent him to Ft. Myers due to his continuing shoulder problems.  The hope was that the shoulder would improve, but it was not to be.   He made six relief appearances for Ft. Myers and went 1-0, 5.62, 1.88 WHIP in eight innings.  The Twins released him in early May.  His continuing health problems led him to not try to play for another team, and his playing career came to an end.  At last report, Zach Day had moved back to his home town of Cincinnati.  He was the founder of Zigoo Pets, a company which makes pet toys.  He was also the manager of business development for TrackMan A/S, which consults with software development experts to translate principles of peak athletic performance into teaching applications.  Currently, Zach Day is the co-founder of NewtForce, a company which, among other things, has developed a smart pitching mound which monitors a pitchers throwing mechanics.  The Minnesota Twins are one of the teams that uses this smart mound.

Outfielder Jeremy Thomas Reed did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system in 2011.  He was born in San Dimas, California, went to high school in LaVerne, California, then attended Cal State—Long Beach.  He was drafted by the White Sox in the second round in 2002.  He hit very well in his first couple of years in the minors, reaching AAA in 2004.  In late June of that season he was traded to Seattle and made his major league debut for the Mariners that September.  He was their starting center fielder in 2005, but hit only .254 with no power.  It was his only year as a major league regular.  He was a reserve for Seattle in 2006, then spent most of 2007 in AAA, coming back to the majors only as a September call-up.  He started 2008 in the minors again but came back to Seattle in late May and stayed the rest of the season.  He was traded to the Mets for the 2009 season.  He was in the majors all year, playing in 126 games but getting only 161 at-bats.  Fifty-three of those games were as a pinch-hitter.  Given his use, he didn’t do badly, batting .242, but it was his last full season in the majors.  A free agent after the season, he signed with Toronto for 2010, played seldom, and was released in early July.  The White Sox picked him up and sent him to AAA for the rest of the season.  He signed with Milwaukee for 2011, went 0-for-7 as a pinch hitter, was sent to the minors, then was traded to Minnesota in early June for future considerations.  He played in four games for Rochester, went 0-for-15, and then got hurt and did not return.  He was a free agent after the season, but did not play in 2012.  He signed with Arizona for 2013 but retired during spring training.  The Diamondbacks apparently held out hope that he might change his mind, as they did not release him until after the season.  He elected to stay retired, however, and was the minor league batting coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2014-2015.  He was the minor league batting coordinator for the Los Angeles Angels from 2016-2018 and was the major league batting coach for the Angels from 2019-2022.  He was let go after the 2022 season, and at last report was a hitting consultant with Bola Performance in Tennessee.

Third baseman Trevor Patrick Plouffe played for the Twins from 2010-2016.  He was born in West Hills, California and was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft.  He progressed at a pace of roughly a level per season.  His minor league numbers are not bad but not terribly impressive, either.  His highest batting average is .274 and his highest OPS is .736 (both at New Britain, 2007); his lowest batting average is .223 and his lowest OPS is .645 (both at Beloit, 2006).  He had four brief stints with Minnesota in 2010, getting a few days in May, a week in June, about a week in August, and coming back for a September call-up.  He was with the Twins for about a month in 2011, spending most of the season in Rochester.  He started to develop some power in 2009, hitting 13 homers in Rochester that season and 15 there in 2010.   He split 2011 between Rochester and Minnesota, hitting 15 more homers in Rochester in just 220 at-bats and eight more in Minnesota in 286 at-bats.   He became the regular third baseman for Minnesota in 2012 and remained there through 2016.  He was remarkably consistent year-to-year, never great but never awful.  As a Twin, Trevor Plouffe hit .247/.308/.420 in 2909 major at-bats.  Rather than trade him before the 2016 season to make room for Miguel Sano at third base,  the Twins kept him all year and then allowed him to become a free agent after the season.  He signed with Oakland for 2017, but didn't hit and was traded to Tampa Bay in mid-June, for whom he continued not to hit.  He signed with Texas in 2018, was released in April, and signed with Philadelphia, for whom he played in AAA did somewhat better, but not enough to matter.  He re-signed with the Phillies for 2019 but was released in late March and his playing career came to an end.  He was a fan favorite in Minnesota, but at his best he was really no better than average.  He is now part of the Jomboy media network,  where he co-hosts a podcast and has a youtube show.  He also is an analyst for Bally Sports North.

Infielder/outfielder Eduardo Michelle (Mendez) Nunez came to the Twins in April of 2014.  He was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, went to high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 2004.  He did not reach AA until 2009, but it should be remembered that he was still only 22 then.  He reached AAA in 2010 and made his major league debut in August of that year.  He spent the next few years bouncing back and forth between AAA and the majors, posting decent batting averages but not doing a lot else.  Despite the fact that the Yankees knew they would soon be looking for a shortstop, they traded Nunez to Minnesota in April of 2014 for Miguel Sulbaran.  He mostly played shortstop and third base, although he does had a handful of games at second and in the outfield.  He had a decent season as a reserve in 2015, batting .282/.327/.431 in 188 at-bats.  He got off to a tremendous start in 2016, playing mostly shortstop and batting .373 at the end of April, 340 at the end of May, and still batting .321 at the all-star break, making his only all-star team.  The Twins decided to strike while the iron was hot and traded him to San Francisco for Adalberto Mejia.  He did pretty well for the Giants in 2016 and had a big year in 2017, which resulted in him getting traded in July again, this time to Boston.  He came back to earth in 2018, and slumped further in 2019, batting just .228 and getting released in mid-July.  He signed with the Mets for 2020 but got just two at-bats, going 1-for-2.  He became a free agent and signed to play for Fubon in Taiwan for 2021, but played in just seven games for them.  He did not play in 2022 and announced his retirement in October of that year.  At last report, Eduardo Nunez was living in Boston.