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Random Rewind: 2017, Game Sixty-two


Date:  Wednesday, June 14.

Batting stars:  Byron Buxton was 3-for-3 with a home run (his fourth), a double, and two stolen bases (his eleventh and twelfth).  Miguel Sano was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixteenth.  Eduardo Escobar was 2-for-4 with a home run, his sixth.

Pitching stars:  Matt Belisle struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.  Taylor Rogers pitched two perfect innings and struck out one.

Opposition stars:  Ben Gamel was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Robinson Cano was 3-for-5.  Danny Valencia was 2-for-5.  Jarrod Dyson was 2-for-5.  Mitch Haniger was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and a walk.  Mike Zunino was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his sixth.

The game: Gamel led off the game with a single and Haniger followed with a two-run homer, putting the Mariners up 2-0 two batters into the game.  They loaded the bases with two out in the second, but Cano grounded out to end the inning.  With two out in the third Valencia and Dyson singled and Zunino hit a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 5-0 lead.  The Mariners put men on second and third with two out in the fourth, but Kyle Seager flied out to keep the score 5-0.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on solo homers by Escobar and Buxton, cutting the margin to 5-2.  In the sixth, Gamel reached on an error, Cano singled, and Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out.  Seager flied out, but Valencia singled to drive in a run and make it 6-2 Seattle.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Joe Mauer singled and Sano hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4.  But that was it.  The Twins did get the tying run on in both the eighth and the ninth.  With two out in the eighth Sano singled and Robbie Grossman walked, but Kennys Vargas struck out to end the inning.  In the ninth Jason Castro drew a one-out walk and Byron Buxton singled.  With two out, pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza and Buxton pulled off a double steal, meaning a hit to the outfield would tie the game.  Brian Dozier hit a fly ball to deep center, but it was caught and the game was over.

WP:  Sam Gaviglio (3-1).  LP:  Ervin Santana (8-4).  S:  Edwin Diaz (11).

Notes:  Eduardo Escobar was at shortstop in place of Jorge Polanco, who was apparently just being given a day off.

Neither starter pitched particularly well.  Santana pitched five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk and striking out five.  Gaviglio pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks and striking out five.

This was Diaz' first full season as a closer.  He had taken over from Steve Cishek in 2016.

Gaviglio joined the Mariners' rotation in mid-May.  He would stay there until mid-July.  He was waived and taken by Kansas City on September 1.

This was Santana's best season as a Twin and among the best of his career, although you can't tell it by this game.  He would end up 16-8, 3.28, 1.13 WHIP.

Three members of the Seattle starting lineup have Twins connections:  Cruz (DH), Valencia (1B), and Taylor Motter (SS).

Of Twins who played in this game, the batting average leader was Sano at .292.

Record:  The Twins were 33-29, first in the American League Central, two games ahead of Cleveland.  They would finish 85-77, second in the American League Central, but winning the wild card.

The Mariners were 33-34, in third place in the American League West, twelve games behind Houston.  They would finish 78-84, third in the American League West, twenty-three games behind Houston.

Happy Birthday–April 2

Tommy Bond (1856)
Hughie Jennings (1869)
Bill Yancey (1904)
Luke Appling (1907)
Al Barlick (1915)
Vedie Himsl (1917)
Bobby Avila (1924)
Billy Pierce (1927)
Gordon Jones (1930)
Dick Radatz (1937)
Al Weis (1938)
Mike Kekich (1945)
Reggie Smith (1945)
Don Sutton (1945)
Daniel Okrent (1948)
Tom Johnson (1951)
Billy Sample (1955)
Hank Steinbrenner (1957)
Pete Incaviglia (1964)
Curtis Leskanic (1968)
Denny Hocking (1970)
Jon Lieber (1970)

Shortstop Bill Yancey played in the Negro Leagues for fourteen years, later becoming a manager, coach, and scout.

Al Barlick was a National League umpire from 1940-1970.

Vedie Himsl was a longtime coach and scout, primarily in the Cubs organization.  While pitching for St. John's (Minnesota) University, he struck out twenty batters in a game.

Daniel Okrent was one of the creators of the first fantasy baseball league.

Hank Steinbrenner is one of the owners of the New York Yankees, inheriting the team from his father in 2010.

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

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Random Rewind: 1968, Game One Hundred Four


Date:  Friday, August 2.

Batting stars:  Ron Clark was 3-for-4 with a home run.  Rod Carew was 3-for-4 with a double.  Ted Uhlaender was 3-for-5 with two doubles.  Rich Reese was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer (his third) and two runs.  Cesar Tovar was 2-for-5.

Pitching stars:  Al Worthington pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, giving up only a walk and striking out two.  Ron Perranoski pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

Opposition stars:  Don McMahon pitched four shutout innings of relief, giving up four hits and striking out three.  Bill Freehan was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Dick McAuliffe was 2-for-4.

The game:  The Tigers jumped on Twins starter Jim Merritt early.  McAuliffe led off with a single and Mickey Stanley walked.  With one out, Willie Horton walked to load the bases.  Freehan then doubled in two runs, Jim Northrup hit a sacrifice fly, and Don Wert delivered an RBI single.  It was 4-0 Detroit before the Twins even came up to bat.

The Twins tried to battle back.  They threatened in the first, when uhlaender hit a two-out double, and in the second, when Carew hit a one-out double and Frank Quilici walked.  Clark then singled, but apparently Carew rounded third too far and was thrown out, taking them out of the inning.

The Twins finally broke through in the third.  Reese hit a one-out single, Uhlaender doubled, and Bob Allison walked, loading the bases.  John Roseboro hit a sacrifice fly and Carew had an RBI single, cutting the margin to 4-2.  They took the lead in the fourth.  Clark led off with a home run.  With one out, Tovar singled and Reese hit a two-run homer to put the Twins up 5-4.

It wouldn't last.  The first two Tigers went out in the fifth.  Then came consecutive singles by Stanley, Al Kaline, Horton, and Freehan, resulting in two runs and a 6-5 advantage for the Tigers.

The Twins had consecutive singles to open the fifth, but nothing came of it.  They did not get a man past first base after that, and the score remained 6-5.

WP:  McMahon (3-1).  LP:  Bob Miller (0-2).  S:  Daryl Patterson (5).

Notes:  Tovar was in right field in place of Tony Oliva, who was out for about ten days, presumably with an injury.  Reese was at first base in place of Harmon Killebrew, who you may remember was injured in the all-star game.  Frank Quilici was at third base.  Clark was at shortstop.

Merritt was the starter for the Twins, but he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks.  He struck out one.  The Detroit starter was Joe Sparma.  He lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out one.  Mickey Lolich was used in relief, one of seven times he relived for the Tigers in 1968.  The Tigers really didn't have a closer that year--I guess with a rotation of Denny McLain, Earl Wilson, Lolich, and Sparma, they really didn't need one.  Patterson was tied with Pat Dobson for the team lead with seven.

Clark's home run was the only one he would hit in 1968.  He would hit five in his career.

Reese did not have much power early in his career.  He would hit four home runs in 1968, the same amount he had hit in 1967 in about a third as many at-bats.  He would set his career high, 16, the following year of 1969.

Of the players in the starting lineup this day, Uhlaender led the team in batting (at this point of the season) at .299.  Carew was second at .296.

Record:  At this point of the season, the Twins were 49-55, in seventh place in the American League, sixteen games behind first-place Detroit.  The Tigers would go on to win the American League pennant.  The Twins would finish 79-83 and in seventh place.

Happy Birthday–April 1

Hugo Bezdek (1884)
Jeff Heath (1915)
Vern Hoscheit (1922)
Bo Schembechler (1929)
Giulio Glorioso (1931)
Ron Perranoski (1936)
Ted Sadowski (1936)
Phil Niekro (1939)
Rusty Staub (1944)
Willie Montanez (1948)
Mike Bacsik (1952)
Mike Kinnunen (1958)
Rich Amaral (1962)
Frank Castillo (1969)
Matt Herges (1970)
John Axford (1983)
Daniel Murphy (1985)

Hugo Bezdek is the only man to manage a major league team and coach an NFL team.  He was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1917-1919 and the coach of the Cleveland Rams in 1937.  He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Vern Hoscheit was a long-time minor league manager, scout, and major league coach.  He was also the president of the Three-I League from 1960-61.

Better known as a college football coach, Bo Schembechler was the president of the Detroit Tigers from 1990-1992.

Giulio Glorioso won six ERA titles and four pitching triple crowns in Italy and is a member of the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame.

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1991 Rewind: Team Leaders



  1.  Chili Davis, 153
  2. Kirby Puckett, 152
  3. Chuck Knoblauch, 151


  1.  Puckett, 661
  2. Knoblauch, 636
  3. Davis, 634


  1.  Puckett, 611
  2. Knoblauch, 565
  3. Davis, 534


  1.  Puckett, 92
  2. Davis, 84
  3. Shane Mack, 79


  1.  Puckett, 195
  2. Knoblauch, 159
  3. Davis, 148


  1.  Davis, 34
  2. Puckett, 29
  3. Brian Harper, 28


  1.  Dan Gladden, 9
  2. Mack, 8
  3. Knoblauch, 6
    Puckett, 6


  1.  Davis, 29
  2. Kent Hrbek, 20
  3. Mack, 18


  1.  Davis, 93
  2. Hrbek, 89
    Puckett, 89


  1.  Knoblauch, 25
  2. Gladden, 15
  3. Mack, 13


  1.  Davis, 95
  2. Hrbek, 67
  3. Knoblauch, 59


  1.  Davis, 117
  2. Mack, 79
  3. Puckett, 78


  1. Puckett, .319
  2. Harper, .311
  3. Mack, .310


  1. Davis, .385
  2. Hrbek, .373
  3. Mack, 363


  1. Mack, .529
  2. Davis, .507
  3. Hrbek, .461


  1. Mack, .893
  2. Davis, .892
  3. Hrbek, .834


  1. Davis, 141
  2. Mack, 140
  3. Hrbek, 125


  1. Puckett, 281
  2. Davis, 271
  3. Mack, 234


  1. Puckett, 27
  2. Hrbek, 15
    Gagne, 15


  1. Harper, 6
    Mack, 6
  2. Gladden, 5


  1. Puckett, 8
  2. 4 tied at 5


  1. Puckett, 7
  2. Harper, 6
  3. 3 tied at 5


  1. Davis, 13
  2. Hrbek, 4
    Puckett, 4



  1. Scott Erickson, 20
  2. Jack Morris, 18
  3. Kevin Tapani, 16


  1. Morris, 12
  2. Allan Anderson, 11
  3. Tapani, 9


  1.  Carl Willis, .727
  2. Erickson, .714
  3. Tapani, .640


  1. Rick Aguilera, 2.35
  2. Willis, 2.63
  3. Tapani, 2.99


  1. Aguilera, 63
  2. Steve Bedrosian, 56
  3. Terry Leach, 50


  1. Morris, 35
  2. Tapani, 34
  3. Erickson, 32


  1. Aguilera, 60
  2. Bedrosian, 22
    Leach, 22


  1. Morris, 10
  2. Erickson, 5
  3. Tapani, 4


  1.  Erickson, 3
  2. Morris, 2
  3. Tapani, 1


  1. Aguilera, 42
  2. Bedrosian, 6
  3. Mark Guthrie, 2
    Willis, 2


  1. Morris, 246.2
  2. Tapani, 244
  3. Erickson, 204


  1. Anderson, 24
  2. Tapani, 23
  3. Morris, 18


  1. Morris, 92
  2. Erickson, 71
  3. Anderson, 42


  1. Morris, 163
  2. Tapani, 135
  3. Erickson, 108


  1. Erickson, 6
  2. Anderson, 5
    Morris, 5


  1. Tapani, 3
  2. Morris, 1
    Willis, 1


  1. Morris, 15
  2. Guthrie, 7
  3. Paul Abbott, 5


  1. Morris, 1032
  2. Tapani, 974
  3. Erickson, 851


  1. Aguilera, 183
  2. Willis, 163
  3. Tapani, 143


  1. Willis, 2.92
  2. Aguilera, 3.00
  3. Leach, 3.11


  1.  Willis, 1.07
  2. Aguilera, 1.07
  3. Tapani, 1.09


  1. Aguilera, 5.7
  2. Willis, .7.7
  3. Bedrosian, 8.1


  1. Leach, 0.4
    Willis, 0.4
    Aguilera, 0.4


  1. Tapani, 1.5
  2. Willis, 1.9
  3. Leach, 1.9


  1. Aguilera, 8.0
  2. David West, 6.6
  3. Guthrie, 6.6


  1. Tapani, 3.38
  2. Willis, 2.79
  3. Leach, 2.29

Happy Birthday–March 31

Bill Hallman (1867)
Jack Stivetts (1868)
Big Jeff Pfeffer (1882)
Brick Owens (1885)
Tom Sheehan (1894)
Carson Bigbee (1895)
Mule Suttles (1900)
Marv Grissom (1918)
Dave Koslo (1920)
Moises Camacho (1932)
Moose Stubing (1938)
Balvino Galvez (1964)
Chien-Ming Wang (1980)
Jeff Mathis (1983)
Peter Bourjos (1987)
Josmil Pinto (1989)

There have been two players in the majors named Jeff Pfeffer.  They were brothers.  "Big Jeff" Pfeffer was actually Francis Xavier Pfeffer.  Plain old Jeff Pfeffer was actually Edward Joseph Pfeffer.  "Big Jeff" was 6'1", 185 pounds.  Plain old Jeff was 6'3", 210.

Brick Owens was a longtime major league umpire.  His first name was Clarence.  He got the nickname "Brick" after being hit by one while umpiring a game in Pittsburg, Kansas early in his career.

Mule Suttles is sometimes credited as the all-time Negro Leagues home run leader with 237.  He swung a fifty-ounce bat.

One of the top second basemen in the history of the Mexican League, Moises Camacho played  there from 1951-1975.  He was known as the Rogers Hornsby of Mexico.

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1991 Rewind: 1991 Twins League Leaders



  1.  Julio Franco, Tex, .341
    8.  Kirby Puckett, .319


  1. Danny Tartabull, KC, .593
    8.  Shane Mack, .529
    10.  Chili Davis, .507


  1. Frank Thomas, Chi, 1.006
    7.  Davis, .892


  1.  Paul Molitor, Mil., 216
    7.  Puckett, 195


  1.  Molitor, 13
    Lance Johnson, Chi, 13
    6 (tie).  Dan Gladden, 9
    8 (tie).  Mack, 8


  1.  Cecil Fielder, Det, 44
    Jose Canseco, Oak, 44
    8.  Davis, 29


  1.  Thomas, 138
    5.  Davis, 95


  1. Franco, 156
    4.  Puckett, 145


  1.   Wade Boggs, Bos, 25
    6 (tie).  Davis, 13


  1.  Puckett, 27


  1.  Henry Cotto, Sea, 84.2
    2.  Knoblauch, 83.3



  1.  Roger Clemens, Bos, 2.62
    7.  Kevin Tapani, 2.99


1 (tie).  Scott Erickson, 20
Bill Gullickson, Det, 20
4 (tie).  Jack Morris, 18
10 (tie).  Tapani, 16


  1. Joe Hesketh, Bos, .750
    2.  Erickson, .714


  1.  Nolan Ryan, Tex, 1.01
    4.  Tapani, 1.09


  1.  Greg Swindell, Cle, 1.17
    3.  Tapani, 1.48


  1.  Bryan Harvey, Cal, 46
    3.  Rick Aguilera, 42


  1.  Clemens, 271.1
    3.  Morris, 246.2
    5.  Tapani, 244


  1.  Clemens, 241
    10.  Morris, 163


1 (tie).  Morris, 35
Clemens, 35
Gullickson, 35
Jack McDowell, Chi, 35
Dave Stewart, Oak, 35
Bob Welch, Oak, 35
7 (tie).  Tapani, 34


  1.  McDowell, 15
    3 (tie).  Morris, 10


  1.  Clemens, 4
    2 (tie).  Erickson, 3
    6 (tie).  Morris, 2


  1.  Rich DeLucia, Sea, 31
    5 (tie).  Allan Anderson, 24
    8 (tie).  Tapani, 23


  1.  Randy Johnson, Sea, 152
    7.  Morris, 92


  1.  Walt Terrell, Det, 257
    8.  Morris, 226
    9.  Tapani, 225


  1.  Swindell, 5.45
    4.  Tapani, 3.38


  1.  Tom Candiotti, Cle/Tor, 0.45
    9.  Erickson, 0.57


  1.  Morris, 15


  1.  Clemens, 1077
    2.  Morris, 1032
    9.  Tapani, 974


  1.  Harvey, 63
    3.  Aguilera, 60

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)

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.

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1991 Rewind: World Series Game Seven


Date:  Sunday, October 27.

Batting stars:  Dan Gladden was 3-for-5 with two doubles.  Brian Harper was 2-for-4.

Pitching star:  Jack Morris pitched ten shutout innings, giving up seven hits and two walks and striking out eight.  He threw 126 pitches.

Opposition stars:  John Smoltz pitched 7.1 scoreless innings, giving up six hits and a walk and struck out four.  Lonnie Smith was 2-for-4 with a walk.

The game:  Obviously there was no score through nine innings, so we'll detail the threats.  In the second, the Twins got a pair of two-out singles.  With one out in the third, Rafael Belliard singled and Smith walked.  Gladden hit a one-out double in the bottom of the third but did not advance.

The Braves had a significant threat in the fifth.  Mark Lemke led off with a single, was bunted to second, and went to third on Smith's infield single.  But Terry Pendelton popped up and Ron Gant struck out to end the inning.

The big threat came in the eighth.  Smith singled and Pendleton doubled, putting men on second and third with none out.  This was the famous Chuck Knoblauch deke play, where he fooled Smith by pretending to field a ground ball and throw to second.  Still, Atlanta had the middle of their order coming to bat.  But Gant grounded out, David Justice was intentionally walked, and Sid Bream hit into a 3-2-3 double play to keep the game scoreless.

The Twins had a threat of their own in the ninth.  Chili Davis and Brian Harper led off with singles.  Shane Mack hit into a double play, but pinch-runner Jarvis Brown was still on third with two out.  But pinch-hitter Paul Sorrento struck out and the game continued.

The Braves went down in order in the top of the tenth.  Gladden led off with a bloop double in the bottom of the tenth.  Knoblauch bunted him to third.  Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek were both intentionally walked, loading the bases.  With the outfield drawn in, pinch-hitter Gene Larkin then hit a fly ball to left-center, which fell for a hit and won the game and the series for the Twins.

WP:  Morris (4-0).  LP:  Alejandro Pena (0-1).  S:  None.

Notes:  Randy Bush pinch-hit for Greg Gagne in the eighth.  Al Newman then pinch-ran for Bush and stayed in the game at shortstop.  In the ninth, Brown pinch-ran for Davis and Sorrento pinch-hit for Newman.  Scott Leius came into the game in the tenth at shorstop.  Larkin pinch-hit for Brown in the tenth.

What a game.  If you've watched it, there's probably not much I can tell you about it that you don't know.  If you haven't, I probably can't do it justice.

Morris pitched about as good a game as you will ever see anyone pitch in that situation.

Gladden gets a lot of credit for aggressive baserunning in the tenth, and I guess he deserves it, but I remember thinking as I saw the ball dropping in that it should be a double.

I always think about how close Jarvis Brown came to being a World Series hero.  When he pinch-ran in the ninth, he came that close to scoring the deciding run.  But, of course, it didn't happen.

The Braves eighth was amazing.  Even with Smith's baserunning blunder, I still thought they would score at least once and probably win.  I can still remember how awesome that 3-2-3 double play was.

The only bench player the Twins had left was Junior Ortiz.  Had the game continued, there would've have been almost no moves for Tom Kelly to make beyond pitching changes.

I don't remember if the Twins had anyone warming up to come in to pitch the eleventh or if Morris would've gone back out there.

So, the Twins were World Series champions.  We'll do a couple of statistical wrap-up posts before we let go of 1991 Rewind.  Thanks for reading!

Record:  The Twins won the best-of-seven series four games to three.

Happy Birthday–March 29

Cy Young (1867)
Duff Cooley (1873)
Bill Dietrich (1910)
Tommy Holmes (1917)
Ferris Fain (1921)
Denny McLain (1944)
Bill Castro (1952)
Tom Hume (1953)
Domingo Ramos (1958)
Mike Kingery (1961)
Billy Beane (1962)
Laz Diaz (1963)
Eric Gunderson (1966)
Brian Jordan (1967)
Alex Ochoa (1972)
Danny Kolb (1975)
Pat Light (1991)

Laz Diaz has been a major league umpire since 1999.

Danny Kolb was drafted by Minnesota in the seventeenth round in 1993, but did not sign.

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