Happy Birthday–March 30

Tom Burns (1857)
George Van Haltren (1866)
Ripper Collins (1904)
Dick Fowler (1921)
Dick Woodson (1945)
Grady Little (1950)
Jason Dickson (1973)
Jeriome Robertson (1977)
Josh Bard (1978)
Shairon Martis (1987)
Chris Sale (1989)
Jake Marisnick (1991)

Grady Little was the manager of the Boston Red Sox from 2002-03 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-07.

Josh Bard was drafted by Minnesota in the thirty-fifth round in 1996, but did not sign.

Right-hander Richard Lee Woodson was with the Twins for four years, 1969-1970 and 1972-1973. He was born in Oelwein, Iowa, but attended high school in San Diego. He signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1965. He both started and relieved in the minors. He did not look like anything special in his first couple of years, but in 1967, used exclusively out of the bullpen, he went 5-2, 1.32 in 41 innings in Class A Orlando. Primarily a starter in 1968, he had another fine year, mostly at AA Charlotte, posting a 3.47 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He was with Minnesota all of 1969 and did fairly well. He was used mostly in relief, although he made ten starts, and went 7-5, 3.67 in 110 innings. Woodson started 1970 in the minors and did not do very well, but was called up to the Twins in late May anyway and did all right in 21 relief appearances. He was back in the minors for all of 1971, winning 16 games and pitching 221 innings for AAA Portland. Back in the majors in 1972, he had his best season, going 14-14, 2.72 in 251 innings. The number of innings may have taken a toll on his arm, however. His ERA rose by more than a full run in 1973, to 3.95, and an injury ended his season in mid-August. That off-season, he became the first player to go to arbitration, seeking a salary of $30,000 (the Twins offered $23,000--Woodson won). He got off to a poor start in 1974 and was traded to the Yankees in early May for Mike Pazik and cash. He again had to deal with injuries and an abbreviated season. He pitched ineffectively at AAA for the Atlanta and Texas organizations in 1975 and then his career was over. Woodson believed that the fact that he was the first player to go to arbitration played a role in both his trade and the end of his career, although such a charge is difficult to prove. As a Twin, Dick Woodson was 33-30, 3.35. He appeared in 129 games, 73 of them starts, and pitched 561 innings. Woodson eventually became part-owner of a company which developed software to help companies track and monitor their assets. He retired at age 60 and at last report was living in Menifee, California, where he was volunteering with the elementary school reading program a couple of days a week.

Right-hander Shairon Benjamin Martis appeared in six games for the Twins in 2013. Born and raised in Willemstad, Curacao, he signed with San Francisco as a free agent in 2004. He had a very good year in rookie ball in 2005 and was pitching well in Class A in 2006 when he was traded to Washington in late July for Mike Stanton. He reached AA in 2008, made seven solid starts in AAA that same year, and received a September call-up, going 1-3, 5.66 in 20.2 innings at age 21. He started 2009 in the Nationals rotation at age 22 and stayed there for three months. He had occasional good games, including one complete game, but by and large things did not go well for him and he was sent down in late June with a record of 5-3 but an ERA of 5.25. He struggled at AAA the rest of that season. Returned to AAA in 2010, he was okay, but nothing more. The Nationals sent him back to AA in 2011 and he did quite well there as a twenty-four-year-old. He had split 2012 between AA and AAA when Pittsburgh sold him to Minnesota in late June. He made three starts in New Britain and ten in Rochester, where he went 4-3, 5.22, 1.38 WHIP. The Twins moved him to the bullpen in Rochester in 2013, and he had a fairly decent season, although nothing to shout about. The Twins gave him a September call-up and he made six appearances out of the bullpen, going 0-1, 5.59, but with a WHIP of 1.03. He was hurt by giving up three home runs in only 9.2 innings. He became a free agent and oddly went unsigned, finally going to the CPBL to play in 2014.  He spent most of 2015 and all of 2016 with Lincoln in the American Association, for whom he pitched quite well. He signed with Baltimore for 2017, but made just eight appearances in AAA and was released.  He went back to Lincoln and again pitched very well in 2017, but not very well in 2018 and even worse in 2019.  He has pitched in the Netherlands since 2020 and has done very well.  He turns thirty-seven today.  It looks like Shairon Martis is going to play baseball as long as he can find someone, somewhere, who will let him play, and I don't see any problem with that.

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