I was just reading Nick’s amazing post, and I had a few anecdotes to share about the players as a Twinkie fan.
Steve Carlton whom during the Twins meeting with President Ronald Reagan had his photo taken candidly, and was mistakenly identified as a Secret Service member. Oops.
Joe Crede’s aunt was very enthusiastic to denounce the Twins. I was traveling through Chicago a several years before Crede joined the Twins and the security gate attendant made it her mission to inform me that my Twins hat was trash, and that her nephew plays third base for the White Sox and that they’re just the greatest. This was before they had won their World Series in 2005 so I’m not sure where she got that impression. :).
Former interim-GM of the Cubs Randy Bush played for the Twins starting in 1982 and retiring in 1993 – all with the Twins. However, he’s not the only front office/manager the Twins had on our 1987 World Series championship team. Shortly before spring training ended the Twins cut, released, or demoted Ron Gardenhire, Ron Washington, AND Billy Beane. Woof. Semi-related, one of these is at the top of my chase list:
Chip Hale, Chili Davis’ … Chip and Chili dish!
Finally of the players they wrote about, how fun is Quinton McCracken’s name to say?
If I were to add any Short Term Stops, I’d include:
- Pat Borders – who in 19 games contributed .286/.302/.381 with four doubles and five RBI in 2004,
- Terry Mulholland – although 88 games mostly in relief isn’t really a minor role, Terry mopped up Twins messes in 2004 and 2005.
- Vic Wertz – once robbed by Willie Mays, Vic finished up his career with 35 games for the Twins in 1963.
- Rick Dempsey – who flourished with the Orioles after floundering with the Twins and Yankees. Rick was a cup of coffee call up for the Twins each year from 1969 to 1972. In 41 games, Rick’s .227/.320/.273 hitting and Glenn Borgmann(and eventually Butch Wynegar) becoming a mainstay made Dempsey expendable to the Twins brass. Four similar years with the Yankees(Twins received Danny Walton’s light hitting in trade – .176/.272/.302) later, and the Orioles snatched up their mainstay catcher and 1983 World Series MVP(.385/.467/.923, four doubles, one home run). I’m sure the Phillies would’ve preferred in hindsight to have traded with us nine years prior!