Happy Birthday–June 17

Pete Browning (1861)
Joe Bowman (1910)
Ray Scott (1919)
Dave Concepcion (1948)
Joe Charboneau (1955)
Tom Drees (1963)
Manny Lee (1965)
Mike Magnante (1965)
Matt Barnes (1990)
Andrew Chafin (1990)

Ray Scott broadcast Minnesota Twins games from 1961-1966 and 1973-1975.

Outfielder Joe Charboneau was drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round of the January draft in 1976, but did not sign.

We would like to wish a very happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. texastwinsfan, a very happy birthday to Mrs. MagUidhir, and a very happy birthday to nibbish's newbish.

Lefthander Thomas Kent Drees did not play for the Twins, but was at AAA for them in 1993.  He was born in Des Moines, went to high school in Edina, Minnesota, attended Creighton University, and was drafted by the White Sox in the seventeenth round in 1985.  He did really well in the Gulf Coast League that year, walked far too many batters in Class A in 1986, but then settled in to have some solid minor league seasons.  He went 12-11, 3.37, 1.27 WHIP at AAA Vancouver in 1989.  He threw three no-hitters that season, two of them consecutive (one a seven-inning game as part of a doubleheader), and appeared ready for the majors.  The White Sox had a pretty good rotation in 1990, though, and Drees was sent back to AAA.  He did not do as well, and apparently missed about half the season due to injury.  Again at Vancouver in 1991, he went 8-8, 3.52, 1.34 WHIP and got a September call-up.  It did not go well for him.  He made four appearances, all in relief, and posted an ERA of 12.27 with a WHIP of 2.18.  Two of his appearances were against the Twins, who scored six runs off him in a total of one inning.  Unfortunately for Drees, he never made it back to the majors.  He was a free agent after the season and signed with Texas for 1992.  He pitched poorly in AAA, moved on to the Seattle organization, and continued to pitch poorly.  He moved on to the Twins organization for 1993 and went to AAA Portland.  He was 15-10, which sounds good, but he had an ERA of 6.22 and a WHIP of 1.60.  At some point he developed a problem with his hip, which may be the reason his AAA pitching took such a nosedive.  1993 was the end of the line for him as a professional baseball player.  He became a stockbroker and appears to be successful at it.  At last report, Tom Drees was living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and was the managing director of the Morgan Stanley office in Bloomington.

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