This Day in Twins History – January 7

Bobby Castillo1/7/82 – The Twins sent catcher Scotti Madison and pitcher Paul Voigt to the Dodgers and acquired pitcher Bobby Castillo and outfielder Bobby Mitchell. Castillo spent three years in a Twins uniform and posted a 23-24 record with 3.98 ERA in 52 starts. Castillo’s claim to fame? He is credited with teaching Fernando Valenzuela how to throw a screwball. Mitchell was the Twins regular center fielder in 1982 hitting .249 in 124 games but lost his job in 1983 and never appeared in the big leagues again. Mitchell is currently the Atlanta Braves roving minor league outfield and base running instructor.

Rick Lysander1/7/83 – Houston sends pitcher Rick Lysander to the land of 10,000 lakes and receives pitcher Bob Veselic. The Twins used Lysander primarily as a reliever from 1983-1985 and during that time frame he appeared in 132 games winning 9 and losing 17 with a 4.08 ERA. Lysander had one particularly tough stretch in 1983 when he lost both games of a double-header to the Tigers on May 27th becoming the first Twins pitcher to suffer that indignity. The Twins gave Lysander a day off on the 28th in another loss to the Tigers but on the 29th he lost to the Tigers again giving him 3 losses to the Tigers in four days. The Twins then went home to Minnesota to play the Baltimore Orioles and you guessed it, on June 1st Lysander turned up as the losing pitcher again. Four losses in six days makes for a BAD week.

1/7/86 – The Twins trade pitchers Bryan Oelkers and Ken Schrom to the Indians and get pitchers Roy Smith and Ramon Romero in return. Smith went on to spend five seasons in Minnesota winning 19 and losing 18 games with a 4.28 ERA. Schrom is now president of the Corpus Christi Hooks.

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