Due to personal time constraints, this is a reprint from last year which has not been updated.
Bill Klem (1874)
Clarence Mitchell (1891)
Roy Spencer (1900)
Charles O. Finley (1918)
Stubby Greer (1920)
Ryne Duren (1929)
Sparky Anderson (1934)
Steve Barber (1938)
Tom Griffin (1948)
Gerry Davis (1953)
John Halama (1972)
J. J. Putz (1977)
Kelly Johnson (1982)
Brian Duensing (1983)
Casey Kotchman (1983)
Bill Klem was a National League umpire from 1905-1941. He was the first umpire to indicate his calls with arm signals, and was also the first umpire to wear an inside chest protector. He umpired in eighteen World Series and also umpired the first all-star game.
Charles O. Finley was the owner of the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics from 1960-81.
Stubby Greer played in the minors from 1940-1958 with a career batting average of .330. He never played in the major leagues.
Sparky Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota.
Gerry Davis has been a major league umpire since 1982.
J. J. Putz was drafted by Minnesota in the seventeenth round in 1998, but did not sign.
Continue reading Happy Birthday–February 22
Consensus after the game seemed to be that:
a) Molitor made some curious moves re: pinch-running and defensive substitutions which came back to bite him (see socal's comments in the Game Log),
b) The Twins offense had numerous chances to put this thing away, but simply couldn't get it done (3-13 w/ RISP),
c) Jepsen was bound to blow a save with the Twins at some point - unfortunately, it came in game that was both very winnable and very important,
d) Hicks still has some work to do on keeping his head in games: he was doubled off 2nd in the 6th and didn't hit the cut-off man in the 9th, allowing the eventual tying runner to advance to 2nd.
e) Duensing sucks,
f) It's all Mauer's fault, all the time.*
And the positive:
With his solo homer off Norris in the third, Eddie Rosario became the 17th rookie to record 10 homers, 10 triples, 10 doubles and 10 stolen bases in a season. He was the first do it since Hanley Ramirez in 2006. He's also just the sixth rookie to reach those marks with at least 10 outfield assists.
They're still only 1.5 games behind Houston for the 2nd Wild Card spot, with seventeen games left and a fairly favorable list of opponents. Channeling JeffA, I'd say they're ready to start their seventeen game winning streak tonight against LAAAAA.
*even though he's reached base safely in 36-straight-games, a career high.
Okay, everyone who a week ago, when the Yankees wrapped up their sweep of the Twins, thought the Twins would go on to win their next six games on the road, raise your hands. Okay, now put your hands down, because you know you're lying.
Continue reading Game 126 Recap: Twins 5, Rays 3
Hey! The Twins are playing. Cool. Span's back in the lineup! Cool.
Dempster vs. Duensing.....
...whelp...at least Blackburn isn't a major leaguer anymore.