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.

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According to ELIAS – Byron Buxton

Another day, another walkoff homer

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton hit a walkoff home run to beat the Blue Jays last night, one night after Eddie Rosario won a game for the Twins with a walkoff homer. That is the first time since 1970 that the Twins won two consecutive games on walkoff homers. George Mitterwald and Jim Holt turned the trick on August 6 and 7 that season.

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Espinoza, Stanfield, & Hughes

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 14th.

Alvaro Espinoza (SS) – September 14, 1984 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on March 18, 1982. Entered the game late as a replacement shortstop and had no PA’s in his big league debut at Arlington Stadium in a Rangers 9-2 win over Minnesota.

Kevin Stanfield (P) – September 14, 1979 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 7th round of the 1976 amateur draft (January). Debut was a relief appearance in the first inning that lasted just one batter after Twins starter Dave Goltz got off to a rough start. Stanfield retired the batter on an infield fly at Arlington Stadium in a Twins 5-3 loss to Texas.

Jim Hughes (P) – September 14, 1974 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 33rd round of the 1969 amateur draft. Hughes debuted as the Twins starter in the second game of a DH at Met Stadium against the Kansas City Royals and was pinned with the 13-3 defeat. He lasted just 1.1 innings allowing 6 run (4 earned) on 5 hits and a walk. He never actually recorded an out himself as the first batter he faced, Hal McRae walked and was caught stealing. Tough start indeed.

 

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Mijares, Valentin, Perlozzo & Bethea

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 13th.

Jose Mijares (P) – September 13, 2008 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on March 2, 2002. Debuted at Camden Yards and closed out the 12-2 Twins win over the Orioles with one scoreless inning pitched (14 pitches) and one strike out.

Javier Valentin (C) – September 13, 1997 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the 1993 amateur draft. Debuted as replacement for catcher Terry Steinbach late in a Twins 9-3 setback to the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington but had no chances to swing the bat.

Sam Perlozzo (2B) – September 13, 1977 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in August 1972. Debuted in the 7th inning at 2B in a Twins 6-1 loss to the Chicago south-side bunch at Comiskey Park.

Bill Bethea (2B/SS) – September 13, 1964 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1963 first-year draft. Debuted in Yankee Stadium as a replacement for Zoilo Versalles but had no PA’s in the Twins 5-2 loss to the Bronx Bombers.

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According to ELIAS – Eddie Rosario

Rosario delivers a walk-off homer for the Twins

 

Eddie Rosario

Eddie Rosario’s home run in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Twins a 3-1 win over the Padres last night at Target Field. Rosario was just 1-for-18 in extra innings in his career entering the contest. Rosario’s homer was the 46th of his career, but it was the first that gave his team the lead in the eighth inning or later.

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Guth

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 12th.

Bucky Guth (SS) – September 12, 1972 – Acquired from the Atlanta Braves in an unknown transaction in June 1970. Made his big league debut as a pinch-runner wearing a Twins uniform at Met Stadium in a 7-4 loss to the Oakland A’s.

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Parks, Pettibone, Edwards & Clark

Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins on September 11th.

Derek Parks (C) – September 11, 1992 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1986 amateur draft. Parks debuted in the Dome when the Twins were  hosting the California Angels. The Twins were down 5-0 when Parks replaced Brian Harper at catcher and had a single in his first big league at bat and walked in his second plate appearance but the Twins came out on the short end of an 8-0 game.

Jay Pettibone (P) – September 11, 1983 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on February 23, 1981. Started the Twins versus Royals game on the mound at the Metrodome and pitched a complete game but took the loss in a 3-1 effort. Pettibone only allowed 6 hits but 2 were home runs and thus the 3 runs allowed with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Attendance at the Dome for the game? 4,820 is all.

Dave Edwards (OF) – September 11, 1978 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 7th round of the 1971 amateur draft. Debuted at Comiskey Park as the center fielder hitting sixth. Edwards went 1 for 4 with a double and an error. Twins beat the White Sox 3-1.

Ron Clark (3B/SS/2B) – September 11, 1966 – Sent from the Los Angeles Angels to the Minnesota Twins in an unknown transaction in 1963. Debuted as a pinch-runner in a 11-6 Twins win over the Orioles at Met Stadium.

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According to ELIAS – Twins mash the Padres 16-0

Twins mash Padres

The Twins hit homers in each of the first seven in innings in their 16-0 win over the Padres last night at Target Field. In doing so, they became the first team in major-league history to homer in each of the first seven innings of a game and the second team in MLB history to hit homers in seven consecutive innings in the same game. The Reds hit home runs in innings two through eight at Philadelphia on September 4, 1999.

The Twins beat the Royals, 17-0, on September 2 of this season. Minnesota is the second team in major league history to have two shutout wins by a margin of at least 16 runs twice in one calendar month. The Cardinals had two wins like that in June of 1944: 18-0 at Cincinnati and 16-0 at Pittsburgh.

The Twins’ victory was the 151st by an American League team against a National League team this season, and it clinched the 300-game interleague series for the American League for a 14th consecutive year. With 14 interleague games remaining this season, American League teams own a record of 151 wins and 135 losses, a winning percentage of .528.

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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. Continue reading

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According to ELIAS – one-and-done

One-and-done has new meaning for Twins

 

Pitch limits were at an all-time low for Twins relievers in Kansas City last night. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Buddy Boshers relieved Ryan Pressly and threw one pitch to Eric Hosmer; it was hit for a single. Tyler Duffey then replaced Boshers and threw but one pitch, which was grounded down the left-field line by Salvador Perez for an RBI double. After Duffey stuck around for a no-pitch intentional walk, Taylor Rogers took his turn for the Twins, retiring Brandon Moss on one pitch before taking his leave. Alan Busenitz finished off the inning for Minnesota, throwing five pitches (what stamina!) to finish off the frame.

It had been a little more than 10 years since the last time that a major-league team had as many as three pitchers throw exactly one pitch in a game. The circumstances were quite similar on Aug. 21, 2007, with the Royals at bat in the eighth inning. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen used a new pitcher for every batter in the inning. Ehren Wassermann recorded the first out on six pitches, then he gave way to Mike Myers, who was pulled after allowing a first-pitch single. Ryan Bukvich wasn’t much better, allowing a single on his only pitch as well. Matt Thornton cleaned up the damage with his one pitch, coaxing a double-play ground ball from Alex Gordon to end the inning.

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