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Happy Birthday–April 8

John Peters (1850)
Kirby Higbe (1915)
Stan Wasiak (1920)
Charlie Maxwell (1927)
Turk Farrell (1934)
Takao Kajimoto (1935)
John Hiller (1943)
Catfish Hunter (1946)
Randy Marsh (1949)
Mac Scarce (1949)
Gary Carter (1954)
Alex Gonzalez (1973)
Timo Perez (1975)
Jeremy Guthrie (1979)
Matt Ford (1981)
Chris Iannetta (1983)
Felix Hernandez (1986)
Carlos Santana (1986)
Yonder Alonso (1987)
Jeremy Hellickson (1987)

Stan Wasiak holds the record for most wins as a minor league manager, 2,530.  He managed from 1950-1986, managing at levels from Class D to AAA.

Pitcher Takao Kajimoto won 254 games in Japan and was a twelve-time all-star.

Randy Marsh was a major league umpire from 1981-2009 and is currently a director of umpiring.

Yonder Alonso was drafted by Minnesota in the sixteenth round in 2005, but did not sign.

We would like to wish a happy birthday to the brother of Daneeka's Ghost.

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Happy Birthday–April 7

John McGraw (1873)
Oral Hildebrand (1907)
Bobby Doerr (1918)
Jerry Hoffberger (1919)
Tom Phoebus (1942)
Bill Stoneman (1944)
Pete Van Wieren (1944)
Bobby Mitchell (1955)
Ricky Bones (1969)
Brett Tomko (1973)
Ronnie Belliard (1975)
Adrian Beltre (1979)

Jerry Hoffberger was the principal owner of the Baltimore Orioles from 1965-1979.

Pete Van Wieren was a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves from 1976-2008.

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

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Happy Birthday–April 6

Smokey Joe Williams (1885)
Mickey Cochrane (1903)
Ernie Lombardi (1908)
Phil Regan (1937)
Marty Pattin (1943)
Bert Blyleven (1951)
Kenny Williams (1964)
Bret Boone (1969)
Lou Merloni (1971)

A star in the Negro Leagues, some say that Smokey Joe Williams was a better pitcher than Satchel Paige.

I haven't checked, but my guess is that four Hall-of-Famers born on the same day is the record.

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Happy Birthday–April 5

Bill Dinneen (1876)
Wid Conroy (1877)
Bill Lachemann (1934)
Ron Hansen (1938)
Rennie Stennett (1951)
Andy MacPhail (1953)
Cris Carpenter (1965)
Ross Gload (1976)
Jorge De La Rosa (1981)
John Curtiss (1993)

The brother of Rene and Marcel Lachemann, Bill Lachemann is a long-time minor league manager, coach, and scout.

Andy MacPhail, of course, was the general manager of the Twins from 1985 through 1994, a period which included both of the Twins' World Series titles.  He later worked for the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles.  He is currently the President of Baseball Operations for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He is the son of baseball executive Lee MacPhail and the grandson of baseball executive Larry MacPhail.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Mrs. brianS.

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Happy Birthday–April 4

Bill Hinchman (1883)
John Hummel (1883)
Tris Speaker (1888)
Joe Vosmik (1910)
Mickey Owen (1916)
Gil Hodges (1924)
Gary Geiger (1937)
Bart Giamatti (1938)
Eddie Watt (1941)
Jim Fregosi (1942)
Mike Epstein (1943)
Nick Bremigan (1945)
Ray Fosse (1947)
Herm Schneider (1952)
Tom Herr (1956)
Brad Komminsk (1961)
Scott Rolen (1975)
Casey Daigle (1981)
Cameron Maybin (1987)
Martin Perez (1991)

Bart Giamatti was commissioner of baseball from April 1, 1989 until his death on September 1, 1989.

Nick Bremigan was an American League umpire from 1974-1988.

Herm Schneider has been a trainer in major league baseball for over thirty years.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to CarterHayes’ brother.

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Happy Birthday–April 3

Guy Hecker (1856)
Larry Shepard (1919)
Alex Grammas (1926)
Art Ditmar (1929)
Wally Moon (1930)
Jerry Dale (1933)
Hawk Taylor (1939)
Larry Littleton (1954)
Darrell Jackson (1956)
Gary Pettis (1958)
Doug Baker (1961)
Chris Bosio (1963)
Mark Shapiro (1967)
Mike Lansing (1968)
Ryan Doumit (1981)
Kyle Phillips (1984)
Jay Bruce (1987)
Jason Kipnis (1987)

Guy Hecker is one of three pitchers to have won over fifty games in a season.  He is also the only pitcher to have won a batting title.

Larry Shepard managed Pittsburgh in 1968-1969.  Coincidentally, he was replaced by Alex Grammas.

Jerry Dale was a National League umpire from 1971-85.  He pitched in the minors for the Washington (now Minnesota) franchise from 1951-52.

Mark Shapiro was the general manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2001-10 and became president of that club in 2011.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Papa Pirate.

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Random Rewind: 2017, Game Sixty-two

SEATTLE 6, MINNESOTA 4 IN MINNESOTA

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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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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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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