Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Beresford, Heintz, Bowyer, Becker, Hocking, Stahoviak, Jorgensen, Johnson, Adams, Morris, & Dotter

Lots of players that made their big league debut as a Minnesota Twin on September 10.

James Beresford (1B/3B/2B) – September 10, 2016 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on August 13, 2005. Made his major league debut at Target Field as the starting third baseman hitting eighth. James was 1 for 4 with a sacrifice in 5 PA’s and helped celebrate a Twins 2-1 victory over the Indians.

Chris Heintz (C) – September 10, 2005 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on November 21, 2003. Heintz debuted as a replacement for Mike Redmond as the catcher with the Twins down 7-2 at Jacobs Field. The Twins ended up losing 7-5 and Heintz was in the on deck circle awaiting his first plate appearance when the game ended.

Travis Bowyer (P) – September 10, 2005 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 1999 MLB June Amateur Draft. Bowyer debuted in the same game as Chris Heintz but Bowyer entered the game in relief with no outs and the bases full of Indians. Bowyer got the first batter on a sac fly and then threw a wild pitch moving the runners-up before allowing a single to score another run and his night was over at Jacobs Field in the 7-5 loss to Cleveland after 7 pitches.

Rich Becker (OF) – September 10, 1993 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the 1990 amateur draft. Becker,  Hocking, and Stahoviak all debuted in the same game. Becker debuted in the lead-off spot while playing center field and went 2 for 5, both hits were doubles and he scored a run and struck out 3 times. Twins lost 3-2 in Arlington Stadium.

Denny Hocking (2B/SS/OF) – September 10, 1993 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 52nd round of the 1989 amateur draft. Hocking, Stahoviak and Becker all debuted in the same game. Hocking was the starting shortstop and hit ninth in the order but was 2 for 4. Twins lost 3-2 in Arlington Stadium.

Scott Stahoviak (3B) – September 10, 1993 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 1991 amateur draft. Stahoviak , Becker and Hocking all debuted in the same game. Stahoviak entered the game as a PH and stayed in the game and played third base but went 0 for 2. Twins lost 3-2 in Arlington Stadium.

Terry Jorgensen (3B/1B) – September 10, 1989 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1987 amateur draft. Debuted at Royals Stadium in a Twins 8-2 win over the Royals as the starting third baseman going 0 for 4 in 5 PA’s but had 2 RBI.

Tom Johnson (P) – September 10, 1974 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent. Johnson, a St. Paul native had an interesting debut. He debuted at the Met in a 15 inning 8-7 win over the White Sox. Johnson entered the game in the 14th inning with the score tied at 6-6. Johnson struck out Eddie Leon but gave up a single to Jorge Orta. Johnson then threw wildly to first in an attempt to pick-off Orta who then went to second and was moved to third on a ground out. Nyls Nyman then delivered a single to knock in Orta before retiring Brian Downing for the third out. The Twins tied it at 7-7 in the bottom of the 14th on a Eric Soderholm single and a Tony Oliva double. Johnson retired the White Sox in the top of the 15th with a 1,2,3 inning. In the bottom of the 15th, Rich Gossage struck out Steve Brye, walked Rod Carew who then stole second base. Larry Hisle singled to score Carew and the Twins had a 8-7 walk-off win. That folks is how Tom Johnson‘s big league debut earned him his first big league victory.

Mike Adams (OF) – September 10, 1972 – Acquired in a March 21, 1971 trade with the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1970 season. The first big league action for Adams took place at Municipal Stadium as a pinch-runner for Rod Carew of all people in a Twins 3-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Danny Morris (P) – September 10, 1968 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1964. Morris debuted in relief of Jim Kaat at the Met in a Twins 6-2 loss to the Indians. Morris pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless and hit-less relief retiring all five batters while striking out Max Alvis, the first batter he faced.

Credit: Steve’s Baseball Photography Page

Gary Dotter (P) – September 10, 1961 – drafted from Cardinals in 1960 first year draft. The Twins were already down 4-0 when Dotter entered his first big league game in relief. Dotter kept the Kansas City A’s off the board for several innings but in his fourth inning of work he ran into trouble and it didn’t help when he was relieved by position player Julio Becquer who gave up two singles and two doubles before getting the final out of the inning. Dotter’s final line was 4 innings pitched, 6 runs, 6 hits, 4 walks, and two strikeouts. When all was said and done, the scoreboard said the A’s had 13 runs and the Twins had 1.

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