Happy Birthday–September 9

Abner Dalrymple (1857)
Frank Chance (1876)
Dots Miller (1886)
Doc Johnston (1887)
Frankie Frisch (1898)
Waite Hoyt (1899)
Hugh Mulcahy (1913)
Jay Ward (1938)
Paul Roof (1942)
Jerry Mumphrey (1952)
Tom Foley (1959)
Alvin Davis (1960)
Jim Corsi (1961)
Todd Zeile (1965)
Joey Hamilton (1970)
Dan Miceli (1970)
Felix Rodriguez (1972)
Mike Hampton (1972)
Alex Romero (1983)

Hugh Mulcahy has one of the worst nicknames in the history of baseball.  In four seasons as a starting pitcher for the Phillies, he twice led the league in losses.  He went 45-89 for his career, leading to the nickname “Losing Pitcher Mulcahy”.

The brother of Phil Roof, Paul Roof was a pitcher for four seasons in the Braves’ system, never going higher than Class A.

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Game 143 Recap: Pale Hose at The Bullseye

Twins 5, Whities 4
WP: Hot Carl
LP: Danks
SAVE (1): Joe Nathan

Twins Record 59-84 ---->.5 games into the cellar. Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

King of the Savers race update: Craig Kimbrel and Dancie McDouche are knotted atop the leader board with 42 saves apiece. As was noted during the game log the Twins are perfect in converting saves since firing Shortening from the traditional closer role. Small, moral victories are still victories.

Wow. The Twins stink. No, really, they actually smell bad. As a cost saving measure, the front office has turned off the water in the clubhouse for the remainder of the season. They're hoping that Michael Lewis will take note of their radical attempt to change how the game is played. The ensuing movie will undoubtedly star Gene Hackman as the grizzled veteran manager who has to deal with the injuries, the prima donna, and the young upstarts that light a fire which lands the team in the cellar. I'd pay a nickle to watch that movie.

The Twins won this one, although it wasn't a pretty performance. Danny V stroked a blooper with the bases loaded to open the scoring in the third inning. I read that the Twins had been 0-24 this series with RISP before Danny V, and I couldn't believe the number wasn't more like 0-200. Hot Carl was a bit shaky on the mound. He finished the night pitching five and a third innings, allowing 10 hits, 3 runs (only one of which was earned) walking one, and striking out one. Both AJ Burnette and Jose Mijares pitched in tight situations during the 6th inning, but left without causing further harm. The official scorer handed out 4 holds for the Twins bullpen, with perkins the only relief pitcher allowing a run to score. Luke Hughes should have been thrown out attempting to seal second in the bottom of the 6th, but instead no one was covering the bag and the throw ended up in the outfield allowing Hughes to score. Awesome. Joe Nathan came on and pitched a perfect ninth striking out two batters, neither of which were Adam Dunn.

Culture Club: The next time you're up nort stop by the Duluth Art Institute. They've been an influence and a resource for many emerging artists from Minnesota, and the region, for more than 100 years. Their mission is to create a diverse, creative community of art makers and appreciators. Their current exhibit features a former studio mate of mine.

Minor League Players of the Year

Note:  this is players of the year for each individual minor league team.  Thus, a player needs to have been with one team for a significant portion of the year to be that team's player of the year.  What consitutes a "significant portion of the year" is somewhat subjective.

ROCHESTER

Position Player:  Aaron Bates hit .316/.408/.439, leading the team in OPS among players with at least 200 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Jeff Bailey hit .252/.357/.442 with 15 home runs.

Pitcher:  Chuck James was 3-2, 1 save, 2.30, 1.21 WHIP with 67 strikeouts in 62.2 innings (38 appearances).  Honorable mention:  Kyle Waldrop was 5-5, 3 saves, 3.87, 1.29 WHIP.

NEW BRITAIN

Position Player:  Brian Dozier hit .318/.384/.502.  He led the team in OPS and slugging and was second in batting average and OBP.  Honorable mention:  Joe Benson hit .285/.388/.495.  He led the team in OBP, was tied for the team lead in home runs (16) and was second in slugging.

Pitcher:  Liam Hendriks was 8-2, 2.70, 1.14 WHIP in 16 appearances (15 starts).  He struck out 81 in 90 innings.  Honorable mention:  Tyler Robertson was 10-3, 16 saves, 3.61, 1.29 WHIP in 55 appearances.  He struck out 88 in 89.2 innings.

FT. MYERS

Position Player:  No one did all that well after Brian Dozier was promoted to New Britain, but we'll give it to Oswaldo Arcia, who hit .263/.300/.460, leading the team in OPS and slugging among players with at least 200 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Aaron Hicks hit .242/.354/.368, leading the team in OBP.

Pitcher:  Andrew Albers was 4-1, 4 saves, 1.55, 1.05 WHIP in 22 appearances (2 starts).  He struck out 46 in 52.1 innings.  Honorable mention:  Matt Schuld was 4-1, 3.99, 1.30 WHIP in 70 innings.  He appeared in 15 games, 11 of them starts.

BELOIT

Position Player:  Jairo Perez hit .337/.413/.580 with 20 doubles and 15 home runs in just 276 at-bats.  He also stole 11 bases.  Honorable mention:  Michael Gonzales hit .289/.371/.468 with 27 doubles and 15 home runs.

Pitcher:  Jose Gonzalez was 5-3, 13 saves, 2.47, 1.16 WHIP with 63 strikeouts in 62 innings (48 apperances).  Honorable mention:  Adrian Salcedo was 6-6, 2.93, 1.17 WHIP.  He struck out 92 in 135 innings (29 appearances, 20 starts).

ELIZABETHTON

Position Player:  Eddie Rosario hit .337/.397/.670.  He led the team in slugging, batting average, OPS, walks, home runs, runs, RBIs, and stolen bases (17 of 23).  Honorable mention:  Miguel Sano hit .292/.352/.637.  He led the team in doubles and was second in most of the categories Rosario led.

Pitcher:  Matthew Summers was 1-1, 6 saves, 0.87, 0.77 WHIP in 20 appearances.  He struck out 36 in 20.2 innings.  Honorable mention:  Tim Shibuya was 8-2, 3.30, 1.10 WHIP in 13 starts.  He struck out 70 in 73.2 innings.

GCL TWINS

Position Player:  Phillip Chapman hit .308/.392/.442, leading the team in all three of those categories for players with over 100 at-bats.  He also led the team in doubles and RBIs.  Honorable mention:  Stephen Wickens hit .245/.370/.340.

Pitcher:  Angel Mata was 0-1, 1.46, 1.14 WHIP in 12 appearances (11 starts).  He struck out 30 in 37 innings.  Honorable mention:  Luis Nunez was 5-0, 5 saves, 1.67, 0.90 in 16 appearances.  He struck out 37 in 32.1 innings.

DSL TWINS

Position Player:  Erick Gonzalez hit .286/.445/.392.  He led the team in all three of those categories, plus runs, hits, doubles, total bases, and walks.  Honorable mention:  Adonis Pacheco hit .285/.364/.398, leading the team in triples.

Pitcher:  Junior Subero was 3-4, 0.77, 0.96 WHIP in 12 appearances (10 starts).  He struck out 49 in 46.2 innings.  Honorable mention:  Francisco Nunez was 9-1, 5 saves, 1.47, 0.76 WHIP in 20 appearances (1 start).  He struck out 61 in 49 innings.

Soul Coughing – Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

now, i can't admit to soul coughing being extremely influential on a young joe's life. i definitely dug on them though. in fact, a very feverish young joe (which was a rare occasion, no matter what he occasionally told his parents early on school day mornings) saw them headlining at first avenue with low opening. if you're going to go to a show semi-out of your mind (non-chemically enhanced-- wait, or highly chemically enhanced too, i suppose), i might recommend low/soul coughing.

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Minor League Players of the Month: August/September

ROCHESTER

Position Player:  Aaron Bates hit .295/.398/.438 in 107 at-bats.  For the season, he was .316/.408/.439.  Honorable mention:  Dustin Martin hit .266/.319/.469 in 128 at-bats.  For the season, he was .265/.341/.431.

Pitcher:  Cole DeVries was 1-0, 2.25, 1.08 WHIP in 24 innings.  For the season, he was 4-2, 3.90, 1.48 in 62.1 innings.  Honorable mention:  Chuck James was 2-1, 2.57, 1.29 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 21 innings.  For the season, he was 3-2, 2.30, 1.21 with 67 strikeouts in 62.2 innings.

NEW BRITAIN

Position Player:  Brian Dozier hit .341/.393/.565 in 138 at-bats.  For the season, he was .318/.384/.502.  Honorable mention:  Yangervis Solarte  hit .340/.371/.510 in 100 at-bats.  For the season, he was .329/.367/.466.

Pitcher:  Deolis Guerra was 2-0, 1.28, 0.62 WHIP in 21 innings.  For the season, he was 8-7, 5.59, 1.37 WHIP in 95 innings.  Honorable mention:  Tyler Robertson was 3-0, 5 saves, 1.54, 0.99 WHIP in 23.1 innings.  For the season, he was 10-3, 16 saves, 3.16, 1.29 in 89.2 innings.

FT. MYERS

Position Player:  Oswaldo Arcia hit .260/.293/.500 in 104 at-bats.  For the season, he was .263/.300/.460.  Honorable mention:  Angel Morales hit .274/.355/.389 in 95 at-bats.  For the season, he was .264./.326/.388.

Pitcher:  Matthew Tomshaw was 0-0, 0.86, 0.86 WHIP in 21 innings.  For the season, he was 0-0, 2.13, 1.11 in 25.1 innings.  Honorable mention:  Edgar Ibarra was 3-3, 1.86, 1.34 WHIP in 29 innings.  For the season, he was 5-10, 5.16, 1.71 WHIP in 106.1 innings

BELOIT

Position player:  Jairo Perez hit .315/.388/.528 in 108 at-bats.  For the season, he was .337/.413/.580.  Honorable mention:  Michael Gonzales hit .265/.315/.441 in 68 at-bats.  For the season, he was .289/.371/.468.

Pitcher:  Adrian Salcedo was 0-0, 0.66, 1.10 WHIP in 13.2 innings.  For the season, he was 6-6, 2.93, 1.17 in 135 innings.  Honorable mention:  Jose Gonzalez was 1-0, 3 saves, 1.17, 1.17 WHIP in 15.1 innings.  For the season, he was 5-3, 13 saves, 2.47, 1.16 in 62 innings.

ELIZABETHTON

Position player:  Miguel Sano hit .378/.446/.944 in 90 at-bats.  For the season, he was .292/.352/.637.  Honorable mention:  Eddie Rosario hit .368/.433/.728 in 114 at-bats.  For the season, he was .337/.397/.670.

Pitcher:  Tim Atherton was 3-0, 1.50, 0.79 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings.  Those are also his season numbers.  Honorable mention:  Matthew Summers was 0-0, 3 saves, 0.00, 0.58 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.  For the season, he was 1-1, 6 saves, 0.87, 0.77 WHIP in 20.2 innings.

GCL TWINS

Position player:  Phillip Chapman hit ,327/.389/.429 in 49 at-bats.  For the season, he was .308/.392/.442.  Honorable mention:  Joshua Hendricks hit .315/.351/.407 in 54 at-bats.  For the season, he was .275/.316/.350.

Pitcher:  Kyle Wahl was 3-0, 0.95, 0.95 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in 19 innings.  For the season, he was 5-1, 2.23, 1.05 with 35 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.  Honorable mention:  Nick Cicio was 2-0, 0.00, 0.25 WHIP with 7 strikeouts in 8 innings.  For the season, he was 2-0, 2 saves, 1.74, 0.87 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

DSL TWINS

Position player:  Adonis Pacheco hit .365/.450/.462 in 52 at-bats.  For the season, he was .285/.364/.398.  Honorable mention:  Ronald Jimenez hit .405/.468/.405 in 42 at-bats.  For the season, he was .266/.332/.305.

Pitcher:  Junior Subero was 2-0, 0.00, 0.95 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.  For the season, he was 3-4, 0.77, 0.96 with 49 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.  Honorable mention:  Francisco Nunez was 2-0, 1 save, 0.66, 0.73 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.  For the season, he was 9-1, 5 saves, 1.47, o.76 with 61 strikeouts in 49 innings.

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