Changes or additions to the site

  • Added a number of MLB “Weekly Notes” that include entire 2017 playoff schedule. 9/18/2017
  • Twins 2017 attendance was updated through Sunday, September 18. Average attendance is higher than previous season with shot at 2 million. 9/18/2017
  • Updated blog According to ELIAS – Byron Buxton to include AL POW honor. 8/29/2017
  • Added 1967 Twins media guide to “Twins Media Guides” page. 8/28/2017
  • Added “Twins Magazine” and “Twins Timeline” as new links under the Additional Menu Selections on right hand side of the page. 07/13/2017
Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

1967 AL Pennant Race

 

1967 Twins Topps team card

 

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 21, 1967

The Twins and Red Sox both win while the White Sox and Tigers are idle.  The Twins and Red Sox remain deadlocked atop the standings with White Sox a game back and the Tigers one and a half games out. What a pennant race!

Make sure you follow along in our Today in Twins History.

The rest of the stories that I have done on the 1967 AL pennant race can be found here.

Posted in The 1967 AL Pennant Race | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Perkins

The only big league debut as a Minnesota Twins player on September 21.

Glen Perkins (P) – September 21, 2006 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (22nd) of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft. Perkins debut took place at Fenway Park in a 6-0 loss to the Red Sox as Perkins finished the game on the mound for Minnesota with 1.1 innings (18 pitches) of scoreless hitless relief with a one strike out.

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Ryan, Gaetti, Stephen & Roland

September 20 major league debuts in a Minnesota Twins uniform.

Mike Ryan (OF) – September 20, 2002 –  Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB June Amateur Draft. Was in the starting line-up at Comiskey Park II hitting lead-off and playing left field and went o for 4 at the plate in a Twins 10-2 loss. See real story about the Mike Ryan debut.

Gary Gaetti (3B) – September 20, 1981 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (June Secondary). Signed June 21, 1979. Debut took place at Arlington Stadium hitting 7th and playing third base. In his first big league at bat Gaetti hit a two-run home run off Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough. For the day Gaetti was 1 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Buzz Stephen (P) – September 20, 1968 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1966 amateur draft (June Secondary). Twins starter at Met Stadium in a 7-1 loss to the Oakland A’s. Stephen pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 5 walks while fanning just one and his effort earned him the loss. Buzz also had an error and a wild pitch but on the plus side he did pick-off Bert Campaneris. 

Jim Roland (P) – September 20, 1962 – Signed as an amateur free agent in 1961, Debuted at Met Stadium in relief and tossed 2 innings of scoreless relief allowing just one hit and striking out one along the way. Unfortunately the Twins came up short and lost 5-1 to the Tigers.

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Mike Ryan debut that wasn’t

The big league debut of Mike Ryan that really wasn’t on September 19, 2002.

 

Mike Ryan (OF) – September 19 20, 2002 –  Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Star_Tribune_Fri__Sep_20__2002_

Star_Tribune_Fri__Sep_20__2002_ (1)

 

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Restovich, Mientkiewicz, Garces, Veselic, Nieson, & Boswell

Major league debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 18th.

Michael Restovich (OF) – September 18, 2002 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1997 MLB June Amateur Draft. Started as the Twins right fielder hitting seventh in his debut at Comerica Park but ended up going 0 for 4 in the Twins 2-0 shutout of the Tigers.

 

Doug Mientkiewicz

Doug Mientkiewicz (1B) – September 18, 1998 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 5th round of the 1995 amateur draft. O for 3 with a walk in his debut at Tiger Stadium while playing first base and hitting in the eight hole. The Twins lost this game to the Tigers by a 5-4 score in 11 innings.

Rich Garces (P) – September 18, 1990 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on December 29, 1987. Pitched a scoreless final inning allowing a hit and a walk at the Dome as the Twins pounded the KC Royals 10-4.

 

Bob Veselic

Bob Veselic (P) – September 18, 1980 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1976 amateur draft (January). Debuted at County Stadium with 4 innings of relief allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2 batters but his team was shutout by the Brewers 5-0 in game 2 of a DH for a sweep.

Chuck Nieson (P) – September 18, 1964 – Signed as an amateur free agent in 1962. Big league debut was at Fenway Park as a reliever in a Twins 7-6 loss to the Red Sox. Nieson pitched one scoreless inning striking out two and walking one. Chuck only pitched in one other big league game which was the next day against the Red Sox again and he gave up his only big league hit, a home run to Frank Malzone. Nieson debuted in the same game as Dave Boswell did.

 

Dave Boswell

Dave Boswell (P) – September 18, 1964 – Signed as an amateur free agent in 1963. Debuted as the starting pitcher in the same game that Chuck Nieson did at Fenway Park and his pitching line was 3 innings pitched, 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks with 5 strikeouts but at least he avoided getting the “L”. Boswell’s big league career lasted a lot longer than did Mr. Nieson’s.

 

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

According to ELIAS – Eddie Rosario

Twins blessed by Rosario

Eddie Rosario

The Twins defeated the Blue Jays 13–7 to salvage a split of a 4-game home series. Eddie Rosario hit two homers, number 25 and 26 of the season. Rosario now has hit 15 home runs in his last 40 games, since August 6. Since they moved to Target Field in 2010, only three other Twins players have hit 15+ homers over 40 games: Trevor Plouffe in 2012, whose best span was 18 homers in 40 games, Josh Willingham in 2012, whose best span was 16 in 40 games, and Brian Dozier last season, whose best span was 22 homers in 40 games. (Dozier also had a span that overlapped the 2016 and 2017 seasons with 15 homers over 40 games.)

Posted in According to Elias | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 39 – Kline, Boswell, Uhlaender and Oliva

A nice story about Twins reliever Ron Kline who was in his 14th season of big league action and had yet to savor the pleasure of pitching in the post season. Harmon Killebrew steals his first base in five years. Killebrew would go on to steal 8 bases in 1969…

Sporting News 09161967 P17

When I was a youngster I used to subscribe to the Sporting News and I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to getting that weekly baseball paper. Since we had no daily paper this was my only way to see the baseball box scores except when school was in session and I could stop in the school library and read the local paper. When I received the Sporting News the first article I always looked for was the Joe Falls column, he was my favorite baseball writer back then and his writing was always informative and fun. Here is one of his columns that you can enjoy about Twins outfielder Ted Uhlaender and Tigers outfielder Mickey Stanley.

Sporting News 09231967 P2

Pat Kelly in a Denver Bears uniform. Credit: Getty Images.

Dave Boswell was an interesting person and there is a nice story about him in this section of the Sporting News. There is also a story about manager Cal Ermer‘s wife Gloria that I think you will enjoy. A small blurb also mentions Fan Appreciation Day put on by Calvin Griffith and how the Minnesota Twins showed their appreciation back then and how todays Minnesota Twins show their appreciation to the fans that support them. Today’s Twins should be ashamed of themselves.

Sporting News 09231967 P11

Did you know that Twins outfielder Pat Kelly was a brother to Cleveland Browns running back LeRoy Kelly? Everybody wants to read more about a younger Tony Oliva. The Red Sox fans among you may enjoy a nice story by Larry Caflin about how “Beantown” is enjoying their Red Sox team of 1967.

 

Sporting News 09301967 P7

 

Previous 1967 AL Pennant Race blogs can be found here

Posted in The 1967 AL Pennant Race | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Sears & Raabe

Major league debuts in a Twins uniform on September 17.

Todd Sears (1B) – September 17, 2002 – Traded by the Colorado Rockies with cash to the Minnesota Twins for Butch Huskey and Todd Walker on July 15, 2000. Sears was the starting first baseman batting 8th in the order at Comerica Park in a Twins 7-4 win. Sears was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored.

Brian Raabe (3B/2B) – September 17, 1995 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 41st round of the 1990 amateur draft. Debuted at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as the starting second baseman and went 0 for 3 in a 4-1 Twins loss to the Oakland A’s.

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Herrmann, Barnes, Rivas & Wolfe

Major league debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 16.

Chris Herrmann (C/OF) – September 16, 2012 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. Debuted at Target Field in a Twins 9-2 loss to the White Sox as a replacement for catcher Ryan Doumit and went 0 for 1.

John Barnes (OF) – September 16, 2000 – Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Joe Thomas (minors) and Matt Kinney to the Minnesota Twins for Orlando Merced and Greg Swindell on July 31, 1998. Barnes debuted in the same game as Luis Rivas did at the Dome in a Anaheim Angels 7-6 win over the Twins. Barnes was the starting center fielder hitting seventh and he was 1 for 3 with a walk and a RBI.

Luis Rivas – Credit: Getty Images

Luis Rivas (2B/SS) – September 16, 2000 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on October 9, 1995. Rivas debuted in the same game as John Barnes did at the Dome in a Anaheim Angels 7-6 win over the Twins. Rivas started at second base hitting second and he was 1 for 4 with a single to center in his first big league at bat.

Larry Wolfe (3B/2B/SS) – September 16, 1977 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 9th round of the 1973 amateur draft. The Twins beat the Rangers 9-7 at Arlington Stadium in Wolfe’s big league debut starting at third base hitting fifth and going 1 for 5 with two RBI.

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Mota, Romero, Brito, Mitterwald & Snyder

Major league debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 15th.

 

Danny Mota (Credit Getty Images)

Danny Mota (P) – September 15, 2000 – Traded by the New York Yankees with Brian Buchanan, Cristian Guzman, Eric Milton and cash to the Minnesota Twins for Chuck Knoblauch on February 6, 1998. Mota’s debut was at the Dome in a 16-5 loss to the Anaheim Angels. Mota pitched 2.2 innings of relief throwing 51 pitches and faced 16 batters allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk while striking out one.

 

JC Romero (Credit: EPSON MFP image)

J.C. Romero (P) – September 15, 1999 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round of the 1997 amateur draft. Debuted in a 8-3 Rangers win at the Dome pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing one hit.

Bernardo Brito

Bernardo Brito (OF) – September 15, 1992 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on March 31, 1988. Debuted as a PH at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and struck out. Brito was one of three consecutive pinch-hitter TK sent up to the plate in the 8th inning against Ron Darling and Darling retired all of them in a twins 2-1 loss to the Oakland A’s.

George Mitterwald (C) – September 15, 1966 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in April 1965. The Twins were trailing the Tigers 8-5 when Mitterwald replaced Earl Battey as the catcher but had no PA’s in this game. Only 4,337 fans were at Tiger Stadium that day to witness Mitterwald’s debut.

Jim Snyder (2B) – September 15, 1961 – Purchased by the Minnesota Twins from Indianapolis (American Association) in 1961. This future Seattle Mariners skipper made his big league debut in Cleveland Stadium in the Twins 3-2 win over the Indians as the starting second baseman hitting eighth but he was 0 for 3 in the game.

You can check out other Major League Debuts as Twins that I have done by going here.

Posted in Major League debuts as Twins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment