Happy Birthday–September 17

Ezra Sutton (1850)
Willie Sudhoff (1874)
Frank Schulte (1882)
Sheriff Blake (1899)
Hughie Critz (1900)
Sam Streeter (1900)
Paul Hardy (1910)
Chase Riddle (1925)
Orlando Cepeda (1937)
Bobby Wine (1938)
Thad Bosley (1956)
John Franco (1960)
Dan Haren (1980)
Casey Crosby (1988)
Marcus Semien (1990)
Zack Granite (1992)
Jose Ramirez (1992)
James Marvel (1993)
Jordan Balazovic (1998)

Chase Riddle played in the minors from 1943-1962, managed in the minors from 1951-1962, was a scout from 1963-1978, and was the baseball coach at Troy State University from 1979-1990.

James Marvel was drafted by Minnesota in the thirty-seventh round in 2012, but did not sign.

Left-hander Casey William Crosby did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system in 2018.  Born and raised in Maple Park, Illinois, he was drafted by Detroit in the fifth round in 2007.  He pitched well in the low minors for two seasons, but missed almost all of the 2010 season due to injury.  He had a middling year in AA in 2011 but attracted attention after an excellent Arizona Fall League campaign after that season.  He was not particularly good in AAA in 2012, either, but made three starts in the majors anyway.  He went 1-1, but with a 9.49 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP.  Those turned out to be his career major league numbers.  He was in AAA Toledo through 2014, putting up worse numbers each season, and was finally released after that 2014 season.  He signed with Boston for 2015 but was released in March and it appeared that his playing career was over.  He came back to play for Lincoln in the independent American Association in 2017 and did very well in sixteen relief appearances.  That was enough for the Twins to sign him for 2018.  He again had injury problems, appearing in just sixteen games among the GCL, AA, and AAA.  He posted a combined 2.95 ERA, but with a 1.73 WHIP.  He was a free agent after the season and returned to independent ball, playing for Chicago in the American Association and for Lancaster in the Atlantic League,  He had done well in the Association through 2019, but struggled in 2020 and his playing career came to an end.  One has to say, though, that he got as much out of it as he could.  At last report Casey Crosby was a CPA in Elburn, Illinois.

Outfielder Zachary Thomas Granite played about half the season the Twins in 2017.  Born and raised on Staten Island, he went to Seton Hall and was drafted by Minnesota in the fourteenth round in 2013.  He was in Elizabethton in 2013 and Cedar Rapids in 2014, batting in the .280s but not drawing many walks and not showing much power.  He got off to an outstanding start in Cedar Rapids in 2015, batting .358 in 67 at-bats, and was promoted to Fort Myers.  He hit his first home run there and started drawing some walks, but otherwise didn't do much the rest of the season.  He did substantially better in Chattanooga in 2016, batting .295 with an OBP of .347 and 56 stolen bases.  He was even better in Rochester in 2017, batting .338 with an OBP of .392, and was promoted to Minnesota in early July.  His numbers with the Twins were .237/.321/.290 in 93 at-bats.  Unfortunately, 2018 was a lost year for him.  He battled injuries and batted poorly in AAA when he did play, hitting just .211 with an OPS of .527.  The Twins traded him to Texas in March of 2019 for Xavier Moore.  He batted .290 in AAA, but with an OPS of just .706.  He signed with the Yankees for 2020 but did not play.  He signed with the White Sox for 2021, did not have a very good year in AA, and retired in mid-July.  He has a great name and it would have been nice if things had gone differently, but they didn't.  At last report Zack Granite was living in Middletown, New Jersey, was offering personal baseball instruction, and was hoping to get into coaching.

Right-handed reliever Jordan Balazovic appeared in eighteen games for the Twins in 2023.  He was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and was drafted by the Twins in the fifth round in 2016.  He was a starter early in his career and pitched well in that role in the low minors, with the exception of a poor 2017 in the Gulf Coast League.  He missed the COVID year of 2020 but came back to have a fine year in AA in 2021.  He looked like he was on his way, but he had a disastrous 2022 in St. Paul.  Switched to the bullpen in 2023, he was better, but still not particularly good, in St. Paul.  Despite that, the Twins brought him up in mid-June and he stayed in the majors for two months.  He started very well, posting a 1.29 ERA (although with a 4.55 FIP) through eleven appearances.  After seven more appearances, however, his ERA was 4.44, his FIP was 6.01, and he was back in St. Paul.  He turns twenty-five today.  He has some time, but he's obviously going to have to improve if he's going to have much of a major league career.