Major league Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Delaney, Burtt, Funderburk, Uhlaender, & Reese

Still more big league debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 4.

Rob Delaney – courtesy of Getty images

Rob Delaney (P) – September 4, 2010 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on June 16, 2006. The Twins were beating the Rangers at Target Field when Delaney made his first big league appearance. Delaney closed out the game for starter Carl Pavano by pitching 1 inning but he gave up a home run to the first batter, walked the second and allowed the next batter to get a single before settling down and retiring the side with just the one run allowed.

Dennis Burtt (P) – September 4, 1985 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on December 31, 1984. Burtt’s first big league appearance resulted in a “L” being pinned next to his name. Playing at the Dome against the Brewers, Burtt actually pitched a scoreless inning of relief but his second inning did not go so well and he ended up giving 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.

Mark Funderburk (OF) – September 4, 1981 – Drafted  by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round of the 1976 amateur draft. The Twins were getting beat up b y the Brewers at The Met when Funderburk was brought into the game as a replacement for LF Mickey Hatcher. Funderburk got one plate appearance that day and hit a Sac fly to knock in a run but the Twins still lost 16-5.

Ted Uhlaender (OF) – September 4, 1965 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1961. Uhlaender debuted at the Met against the White Sox as a pinch-hitter and struck out as the Twins were charging towards their first pennant.

Rich Reese (1B/OF) – September 4, 1964 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins from the Detroit Tigers in the 1962 first-year draft. Reese’s first taste of big league action came as a pinch-runner for Don Mincher in a 14-3 beating of the Boston Red Sox at the Met.


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