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Minor Details: Games of June 23


St. Paul led 5-3 after one inning, but Toledo scored sixteen more runs before the Saints scored again.

Multi-hit games:  Edouard Julien was 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, and two runs.  Patrick Winkel was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.  Will Holland was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Jair Camargo was 2-for-5 with a triple, a double, and two RBIs.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Camargo 2 (26).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Jeff Brigham pitched two shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks and striking out one.

Opposition standout:  Dillon Dingler was 3-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Record:  St. Paul is 38-36, tied for second with Louisville, 11.5 games behind Omaha.


Wichita led 3-0 before Arkansas scored two in the eighth.  They got the tying run to second base, but a strikeout ended the inning.

Multi-hit games:  Kyler Fedco was 2-for-4 with a double.  Jake Rucker was 2-for-5 with a home run.

Home runs:  Rucker (5).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Tanner Schobel (7); Dalton Shuffield (3).

Pitching prowess:  Travis Adams struck out seven in five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.  Taylor Floyd struck out three in two perfect innings.  Cody Laweryson retired all four men he faced, striking out three.

Opposition standout:  Reid VanScoter pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks and striking out two.

Record:  Wichita is 31-38, in fifth (last) place, six games behind Springfield.


It was 4-2 after seven, but Peoria scored two in the eighth and three in the ninth.

Multi-hit games:  None.  Cedar Rapids had two hits.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Misael Urbina (12); Payton Eeles (2).

Pitching prowess:  Jacob Wosinski pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk.

Opposition standout:  Osvaldo Tovalin was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 37-27, in second place, four games behind Wisconsin.


Fort Myers scored seven runs in the second inning.

Multi-hit games:  Matthew Clayton was 3-for-4 with two home runs, a walk, three runs, and four RBIs.  Carlos Aguiar was 2-for-5 with a double.

Home runs:  Clayton 2 (2); Rixon Wingrove (4).

Multi-RBI games:  Clayton 4 (10); Wingrove 3 (17); Isaac Pena 3 (15); Walker Jenkins 2 (13).

Stolen bases:  Nick Lucky 2 (5); Byron Chourio (11).

Pitching prowess:  Jose Olivares struck out six in five innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk.  Wilker Reyes struck out four in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Ben Ethridge pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.

Opposition standout:  Gregori Louis pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up one walk and striking out two.

Record:  Fort Myers is 31-34, in fourth place, 11.5 games behind Clearwater.


10:00  DSL Twins at DSL Cardinals
11:00  FCL Rays at FCL Twins

It appears that the first half of the season for full-season minor leagues is over.  If we understand it correctly, the second half will start Tuesday.

Happy Birthday–June 24

Billy Nash (1865)
George Harper (1892)
Rollie Hemsley (1907)
Jim Mills (1919)
Wally Yonamine (1925)
Don Mincher (1938)
Ken Reitz (1951)
Doug Jones (1957)
Tom Klawitter (1958)
Doug Bernier (1980)
Phil Hughes (1986)

Jim Mills spent almost his entire adult life involved in baseball in the Carolinas.  He played college ball at North Carolina State, played minor league ball for nine seasons in the Carolinas, managed in Carolina minor leagues for six seasons, umpired in the Carolina League for two seasons, was in minor league front offices in the Carolinas from 1956-1971, and was president of the Carolina League for seven years.

Born in Hawaii, Wally Yonamine was a star in Japan from 1951-1962, stealing home eleven times.

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Happy Birthday–June 23

Due to personal time constraints, this is a reprint from last year which has not been updated.

George Weiss (1894)
Jack Smith (1895)
Karl Spooner (1931)
Dave Bristol (1933)
Tom Haller (1937)
Dave Goltz (1949)
Marty Barrett (1958)
Jim Deshaies (1960)
Hensley Meulens (1967)
Josh Byrnes (1970)
Mark Hendrickson (1974)

George Weiss was the general manager of the New York Yankees from 1948-1960.

Karl Spooner set the record, later tied by J. R. Richard, for strikeouts in a major league debut with fifteen.

Dave Bristol managed four different teams from 1966-1980.

Josh Byrnes has been the general manager of Arizona and San Diego and is currently the senior vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.

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Happy Birthday–June 22

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Steel Arm Davis (1896)
Carl Hubbell (1903)

Walt Masterson (1920)
Han Urbanus (1927)
Faye Throneberry (1931)
Russ Snyder (1934)
Ron Hodges (1949)
Dave Tomlin (1949)
Greg Booker (1960)
Brant Brown (1971)
Esteban Yan (1975)
Willie Harris (1978)
Luis Maza (1980)
Ian Kinsler (1982)
Engelb Vielma (1994)

Han Urbanus is in the Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame.  He pitched over 150 consecutive complete games over a period of eight years.

The brother of Marv Throneberry, outfielder Faye Throneberry spent much of his career with the Twins franchise while it was still in Washington (1957-1960).  In December of 1960, he was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft.

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Happy Birthday–June 21

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Matt Kilroy (1866)
Randy Moore (1906)
Harold Seymour (1910)
Ed Lopat (1918)
Merle Harmon (1926)
Jackie Collum (1927)
Charlie Moore (1953)
Rick Sutcliffe (1956)
Jay Pettibone (1957)
Donovan Osborne (1969)
Garrett Jones (1981)
Jeff Baker (1981)
Sam Clay (1993)

Harold Seymour wrote a three-part History of Baseball, published from 1960-1990.

Merle Harmon broadcast Minnesota Twins games from 1967-1969.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to MagUidhir, Sheenie, and UncleWalt’s daughter.

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Happy Birthday–June 20

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Ned Cuthbert (1845)
Jim Delahanty (1879)
Cum Posey (1890)
Namon Washington (1894)
Billy Werber (1908)
Andy Etchebarren (1943)
Dave Nelson (1944)
Paul Beeston (1945)
Dickie Thon (1958)
Doug Gwosdz (1960)
Paul Bako (1972)
Juan Castro (1972)
Carlos Lee (1976)
Kevin Gregg (1978)
Kendrys Morales (1983)
Adalberto Mejia (1993)
Ronny Henriquez (2000)

Cum Posey, played for, managed, and owned the Homestead Grays in the Negro National League.

Paul Beeston has been president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989-1997 and from 2010-2016, at which time he became president emeritus.

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Happy Birthday–June 19

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Eddie Cicotte (1884)
Lou Gehrig (1903)
Bill Swift (1908)
Don Gutteridge (1912)
Archie Ware (1918)
Mom A (1925)
Chet Boak (1935)
Bob Aspromonte (1938)
Isao Harimoto (1940)
Jerry Reuss (1949)
Duane Kuiper (1950)
Jim Slaton (1950)
Johnnie LeMaster (1954)
Doug Mientkiewicz (1974)
Alex Prieto (1976)
Dustan Mohr (1976)
Bruce Chen (1977)
Blake Parker (1985)
Collin McHugh (1987)
Jacob de Grom (1988)
Austin Brice (1992)
Casey Legumina (1997)

Archie Ware was a star first baseman in the Negro Leagues.

Infielder Chet Boak played for the Twins’ AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, in 1961, but does not appear to have actually been a part of the Twins’ organization, as records show him belonging to the expansion Washington Senators. One assumes he was loaned to the Twins’ for part of that season.

Isao Harimoto is the only person to have 3,000 hits in Japanese baseball.

Mom A would have been ninety-nine today. She was never a big baseball fan (she felt I'd had a good game if she didn't have to wash my uniform, which unfortunately happened quite a bit because I sat on the bench a lot), but she came to every game and often worked in the cramped little concession stand even on the hottest days.  The federal government has made her birthday a national holiday, and she certainly deserves the honor.

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Happy Birthday–June 18

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Charlie Ganzel (1862)
Russ Hodges (1910)
Roy Partlow (1912)
Ron Necciai (1932)
Lou Brock (1939)
Bill James (1949)
Andres Galarraga (1961)
Sandy Alomar (1966)
Felix Heredia (1975)
Tommy Watkins (1980)
Steve Cishek (1986)
Jason Castro (1987)
J. B. Shuck (1987)
Matt Moore (1989)
Tomas Telis (1991)

Russ Hodges was a baseball broadcaster from 1929-1970, most notably with the Giants.  He is most famous for his home run call on Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951.

Ron Necciai struck out 27 batters in a nine inning game while playing for Bristol in the Appalachian League in 1952.

It may never happen, but Bill James belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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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.

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Happy Birthday–June 16

Pete Coscarart (1913)
Max Surkont (1922)
Ernie Johnson (1924)
Richard Jacobs (1925)
Bob Miller (1926)
Ken Johnson (1933)
Joe Decker (1947)
Ron LeFlore (1948)
Salome Barojas (1957)
Wally Joyner (1962)
Calvin Schiraldi (1962)
Kevin Young (1969)
Chris Gomez (1971)
Kerry Wood (1977)
Joe Saunders (1981)
Jonathan Broxton (1984)
Justin Haley (1991)
Zack Weiss (1992)
Ian Hamilton (1995)

Richard Jacobs was the owner of the Cleveland Indians from 1986-2000.

The Bob Miller born today, although a pitcher, is not the Bob Miller who pitched for the Twins.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to texastwinsfan.

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