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Happy Birthday–September 22

Doc Powers (1870)
Hooks Dauss (1889)
Urban Shocker (1890)
Ira Flagstead (1893)
Harry Walker (1918)
Bob Lemon (1920)
Tommy Lasorda (1927)
Ken Aspromonte (1931)
Jim Fairey (1944)
Larry Dierker (1946)
Jeffrey Leonard (1955)
Wally Backman (1959)
Vince Coleman (1961)
Bob Geren (1961)
Mark Guthrie (1965)
Mike Matheny (1970)

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Spookymilk’s oldest daughter.

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Happy Birthday–September 21

Tom Brown (1860)
Elmer Smith (1892)
Eldon Auker (1910)
Max Butcher (1910)
Joe Haynes (1917)
John McHale (1921)
Jerry Zimmerman (1934)
Jerry Fosnow (1940)
Sudden Sam McDowell (1942)
Aurelio Lopez (1948)
Danny Cox (1959)
Cecil Fielder (1963)
D. J. Dozier (1965)
Jason Christianson (1969)
Scott Spiezio (1972)
Doug Davis (1975)

Joe Haynes played for the Twins franchise while it was in Washington for four years, then coached for three, then was with the team as executive vice-president through 1967, when he passed away from a heart attack.

John McHale was the general manager of the Tigers, the Braves, and the Expos.

 Better known for his football career, William Henry “D. J.” Dozier played in 25 games for the New York Mets in 1992.  He is second in hits and games played by a man whose last name is "Dozier".

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Happy Birthday–September 20

Chuck Dressen (1898)
Zeke Bonura (1908)
Tom Tresh (1937)
Rich Morales (1943)
Roric Harrison (1946)
Pete Hamm (1947)
Mickey Klutts (1954)
Pat Bangtson (1964)
Jason Bay (1978)
Steve Lombardozzi (1988)

Jason Bay is the only player born on this date to play in ten major league seasons.  This is the only date on which there is only one player to have been in the big leagues for ten seasons.  That will change if Ian Desmond plays next year.

Pat Bangtson was drafted by the Twins in 1987 and was in their system through 1991, reaching as high as AAA. He then worked as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1992-2005, when he became the head coach at the University of Akron.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to the Philosofer's daughter.

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DSL Twins Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Alberoni Nunez, .352
Ruben Santana, .340
Yeltsin Encarnacion, .318

OBP

Nunez, .420
Santana, .418
Encarnacion, .408

SLUGGING

Nunez, .545
Encarnacion, .523
Santana, .453

OPS

Nunez, .965
Encarnacion, .931
Santana, .871

DOUBLES

Wander Valdez, 12
Agustin Marte, 11
Santana, 10
Juan Martinez, 10

TRIPLES

Encarnacion, 8
Nunez, 7
Jesus Feliz, 5

HOME RUNS

Estamy Urena, 3
Nunez, 3
Francisco Martinez, 3

RBI

Nunez, 38
Urena, 36
Marte, 29

RUNS

Samuel Vasquez, 44
Santana, 36
Nunez, 35

WALKS

Vasquez, 24
Encarnacion, 22
Valdez, 21

STOLEN BASES

Vasquez, 26
Nunez, 11
Marte, 11

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS--5 STARTS)

Fredderi Soto, 1.34
Andriu Marin, 2.02
Jesus Toledo, 2.38

ERA (RELIEVERS--10 GAMES)

Junior Navas, 0.00
Frandy Torres, 0.72
Luis Bellorin, 2.95

WINS

Torres, 6
Seven tied at 4

SAVES

Torres, 10
Five tied at 2

INNINGS

Michael Montero, 58.1
Soto, 53.2
Marin, 49

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Montero, 64
Luis Gil, 49
Marin, 46

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Cristian Castro, 37
Bellorin, 36
Torres, 34

WHIP (STARTERS)

Montero, 0.96
Soto, 1.06
Gil, 1.22

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Torres, 1.01
Osiris German, 1.04
Jose Bermudez, 1.08

Happy Birthday–September 19

Yank Robinson (1859)
Stuffy McInnis (1890)
Roger Angell (1920)
Epitacio Torres (1921)
Bob Murphy (1924)
Duke Snider (1926)
Bob Turley (1930)
Bill Williams (1930)
Chris Short (1937)
Joe Morgan (1943)
Joe Ferguson (1946)
Masaji Hiramatsu (1947)
Joe Maddon (1954)
Charlie Reliford (1955)
Randy Myers (1962)
Jim Abbott (1967)
Pedro Munoz (1968)
Javier Valentin (1975)
Mike Smith (1977)
Nick Johnson (1978)
Scott Baker (1981)
Danny Valencia (1984)
Gio Gonzalez (1985)
George Springer (1989)

Roger Angell has written several books and essays on baseball.  He is the stepson of author and essayist E. B. White, who was the co-author of "The Elements of Style".

Outfielder Epitacio Torres was a star in the Negro Leagues and the Mexican League in the 1940s and 1950s.  He is a member of the Mexican League Hall of Fame.  Whitey Ford once described him as "the best player I've seen in my career."  He is also the father of major leaguer Hector Torres.

Bob Murphy was a baseball broadcaster from 1954-2003, spending most of that time broadcasting for the New York Mets.

Bill Williams was a National League umpire from 1963-1987.

Masaji Hiramatsu won over two hundred games in Japan, pitching for the Taiyo Whales.

Joe Maddon was interim manger of the Angels in 1996 and 1999, and managed Tampa Bay from 2006-14, and is currently the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Charlie Reliford was a major league umpire from 1989-2009 and is currently a supervisor of umpires.

George Springer was drafted by Minnesota in the 48th round in 2008, but did not sign.

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GCL Twins Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Alex Robles, .324
Jean Carlos Arias, .298
Benjamin Rodriguez, .290

OBP

Rodriguez, .399
Royce Lewis, .390
Robles, .369

SLUGGING

Arias, .476
Rodriguez, .457
Lewis, .414

OPS

Rodriguez, .856
Arias, .835
Lewis, .803

DOUBLES

Rodriguez, 11
Emmanuel Morel, 10
Arias, 7

TRIPLES

Arias, 4
Akil Baddoo, 3
Four tied at 2

HOME RUNS

Arias, 5
Rodriguez, 4
Four tied at 3

RBI

Rodriguez, 40
Arias, 32
Robles, 29

RUNS

Lewis, 38
Arias, 30
Robles, 30

WALKS

Rodriguez, 22
Lewis, 19
Ricky De La Torre, 16
Colton Burns, 16

STOLEN BASES

Lewis, 15
Morel, 12
Arias, 10
Robles, 10

*I did not include Akil Baddoo or Colton Burns in the rate stats because they had only 75 and 78 at-bats, respectively.  They each appear above anyway Baddoo as one of the triples leaders and Burns as one of the walk leaders.  Baddoo's line was .267/.360/.440 and Burns' line was .282/.423/.385

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS--3 STARTS)

Carlos Suniaga, 1.69
Michael Kohn, 1.80
Pedro Garcia, 2.59

ERA (RELIEVERS--5 GAMES)

Kevin Marnon, 0.54
Derek Molina, 1.08
Blayne Enlow, 1.33

WINS

Garcia, 6
Suniaga, 4
Juan Mojica, 3
Enlow, 3

SAVES

Vadim Balan, 4
Molina, 4
Three tied at 2

INNINGS

Garcia, 48.2
Suniaga, 48
Jordan Balazovic, 40.1

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Garcia, 41
Suniaga, 38
Balazovic, 29

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Amilcar Cruz, 28
Molina, 21
Brusdar Graterol, 21

WHIP (STARTERS)

Kohn, 0.60
Garcia, 0.88
Suniaga, 1.00

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Enlow, 0.69
Graterol, 0.72
Austin Bizzle, 0.83

*The distinction between starters and relievers doesn't mean a lot at this level.  It was not usual for a "start" to be one to three innings, with the first reliever going an equal or even higher number of innings.  For example, Michael Kohn made four "starts", but each was for one inning only.  Pedro Garcia, who led the team in innings, made only three "starts" but made seven relief appearances.  

Happy Birthday–September 18

Heinie Groh (1889)
George Uhle (1898)
Harvey Haddix (1925)
Lorn Brown (1938)
Dick Dietz (1941)
Ken Brett (1948)
Tony Scott (1951)
Ray Smith (1955)
Ryne Sandberg (1959)
Jeff Bronkey (1965)
Kevin Thompson (1979)
Joe Bisenius (1982)

Lorn Brown was a baseball broadcaster from 1966-1988, calling games for the Chicago White Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the New York Mets.

Kevin Thompson was drafted by Minnesota in the eighteenth round in 1998, but did not sign.

Joe Bisenius is from Sioux City and was somewhat of a local hero when I lived in that area.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to nibbish and a very happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Corn.

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Elizabethton Twins Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Jordan Gore, .389
Akil Baddoo, .357
Rainis Silva, .356

OBP

Baddoo, .478
Silva, .446
Gore, .443

SLUGGING

Brent Rooker, .588
Baddoo, .579
Shane Carrier, .529

OPS

Baddoo, 1.057
Rooker, .952
Gore, .943

DOUBLES

Baddoo, 15
Wander Javier, 13
Carson Crites, 11

TRIPLES

Baddoo, 2
Mark Contreras, 2
Jose Miranda, 2
T. J. Dixon, 2

HOME RUNS

Miranda, 11
J. J. Robinson, 9
Rooker, 7

RBI

Miranda, 43
Robinson, 36
Carrier, 32

RUNS

Miranda, 43
Baddoo, 39
Javier, 34

WALKS

Andrew Bechtold, 27
Baddoo, 27
Kolton Kendrick, 22

STOLEN BASES

Contreras, 5
Baddoo, 5
Three tied at 4

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS--5 STARTS)

Charlie Barnes, 1.19
Ryley Widell, 2.43
Edwar Colina, 3.34

ERA (RELIEVERS--10 GAMES)

Jovani Moran, 0.36
Jared Finkel, 2.18
Jose Martinez, 3.34

WINS

Martinez, 5
Melvi Acosta, 5
Moises Gomez, 4

SAVES

Finkel, 3
Juan Gamez, 2
Rickey Ramirez, 2

INNINGS

Colina, 59.1
Acosta, 50.2
Nick Brown, 50.1

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Colina, 56
Brown, 54
Gomez, 51

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Moran, 45
Huascar Ynoa, 44
Blair Lasko, 32

WHIP (STARTERS)

Barnes, 1.06
Brusdar Graterol, 1.21
Brown, 1.27

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Moran, 0.73
Martinez, 1.21
Finkel, 1.21

Happy Birthday–September 17

Ezra Sutton (1850)
Willie Sudhoff (1874)
Frank Schulte (1882)
Sheriff Blake (1899)
Hughie Critz (1900)
Chase Riddle (1925)
Orlando Cepeda (1937)
Bobby Wine (1938)
Thad Bosley (1956)
John Franco (1960)
Dan Haren (1980)
Zack Granite (1992)

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.

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