I got a little busy with some other activities yesterday and didn’t get the August 2 debuts out here so today we will do August 2 & 3.
Danny Ardoin (C) – August 2, 2000 – Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Minnesota Twins for Mario Valdez on July 31, 2000. Debut was at Camden Yards in a Twins 10-6 win over the Orioles and Ardoin was 0 for 2 but scored a run and walked three times.
Bob Gebhard (P) – August 2, 1971 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 44th round of the 1965 amateur draft. Debuted at White Sox Park in a 7-5 loss to the White Sox. He pitched 2 innings of scoreless, hit-less relief and allowed just the single walk.
Jim Merritt (P) – August 2, 1965 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1961 first-year draft. Debuted as a starter against the Orioles at the Met and had a 5-2 lead after 8 innings but in the ninth inning he retired Brooks Robinson on a ground ball, gave up a single to Bob Johnson, induced Carl Warwick to pop-up before giving up another single to Jerry Adair and that brought up catcher Dick Brown who proceeded to hit a 3 run home run, his only home run of the season and tied the score at 5-5. Johnny Klippstein was brought in and struck out Jim Palmer to end the threat. In the bottom of the ninth inning the first Twins batter was Klippstein and Jimmie Hall pinch-hit a walk-off home run for him off Palmer and Twins fans went home happy, Merritt probably was not in such a merry mood as he did the heavy lifting and Klippstein earned the “W”.
Jason Bartlett (SS) – August 3, 2004 – Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Minnesota Twins for Brian Buchanan on July 12, 2002. Debuted as a sub for Cristian Guzman at the Dome and struck out in his only plate appearance but at least he got to shake hands on the field after the Twins 10-0 shellacking of the Angels.