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  1. Twins Birthdays--May 17

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    Dan Monzon (1946)

    Daniel Francisco Monzon was an infielder for the Twins for parts of the 1972 and 1973 seasons. He was born and raised in the Bronx, attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the June Secondary draft in 1967. He was in Class A for three seasons, hitting very well in his first one and poorly in his next two. He never did hit for power, but his average came up when he ...
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  2. Twins Birthdays--May 16

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    Billy Martin (1928)
    Jack Morris (1955)
    Tack Wilson (1956)
    Mark Funderburk (1957)

    Second baseman Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin played for the Twins for about four months in 1961 and later became a coach and manager for them. He was born and raised in Berkeley, California and began playing professional baseball in 1946. He played for unaffiliated teams for four years, the last two of them for Oakland in the Pacific Coast League. ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--May 15

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    Scott Watkins (1970)
    Justin Morneau (1981)
    Brian Dozier (1987)

    Left-hander Scott Allen Watkins pitched for the Twins for about two months in 1995. He was born in Tulsa, went to high school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and was drafted by Minnesota in the 23rd round in 1992. A reliever throughout his minor-league career, his numbers were not particularly impressive until 1995, when he posted a 2.80 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 20 saves, and 57 strikeouts ...
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  4. Twins Birthdays--May 14

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    Bob Thurman (1917)
    Dave LaRoche (1948)
    Hosken Powell (1955)
    Pat Borders (1963)
    Larry Sutton (1970)

    Outfielder Robert Burns Thurman did not play for the Twins, but was briefly in their farm system at the end of his career. Born in Kellyville, Oklahoma, he played semipro ball until 1941, when he went in to the Army for World War II. Upon leaving the Army, he became a victim of baseball’s color barrier, playing in the Negro ...
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  5. Twins Birthdays--May 13

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    Johnny Roseboro (1943)
    Lenny Faedo (1960)
    Jack Cressend (1975)


    Catcher John Junior Roseboro was with the Twins from 1968-1969, near the end of his career. Born and raised in Ashland, Ohio, Roseboro signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent in 1952. He hit very well for two years in the low minors, then missed a year due to military service. It took Roseboro a while to get going upon his return, but he hit .273 with 25 ...
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  6. Twins Birthdays--May 12

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    Vic Albury (1947)
    Evan Meek (1983)


    Left-hander Victor Albury pitched for the Twins from 1973-1976. Born and raised in Key West, Albury was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in 1965. He was a first baseman then, and spent a year at Class A Dubuque hitting .233. He then went into the military for three years, and when he came back he was a pitcher. Somewhere along the line, Cleveland transferred his rights to the Cubs. He pitched for
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  7. Twins Birthdays--May 11

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    Frank Quilici (1939)


    Infielder/manager/broadcaster Francis Ralph Quilici has been associated with the Twins for a long time. He was born and raised in Chicago, attended Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa, one of two major league players that school has produced (Red Faber), then transferred to Western Michigan. Quilici signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1961. He was not a great batter in the minors, but had a decent season at AA Charlotte ...
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  8. Twins Birthdays--May 10

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    John Cumberland (1947)
    Joey Meyer (1962)

    This is also the birthday of Hall of Fame broadcaster Herb Carneal (1923).

    Left-hander John Sheldon Cumberland did not play for the Twins, but went to spring training with them in 1973. He was born in Westbrook, Maine, attended the University of Maine, and signed with Philadelphia as a free agent in 1966. He had a mediocre season in Class A, but the Yankees thought they saw something in ...
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  9. Twins Birthdays--May 9

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    Ron Jackson (1953)
    Tom Chism (1954)
    Oswaldo Arcia (1991)

    ​First baseman Ronnie Damien Jackson played for the Twins from 1979-1981. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he was drafted by California in the second round in 1971. He was primarily a third baseman in the minors. He had good but unspectacular minor league seasons with the exception of 1974, when he hit .328 with 11 home runs at AA El Paso. He made his major league ...
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  10. Twins Birthdays--May 8

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    Steve Braun (1948)


    Left-handed hitter Stephen Russell Braun played for the Twins from 1971-1976. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, went to high school in Pennington, New Jersey, and was drafted by the Twins in the tenth round in 1966. He was in rookie ball for two years, doing nothing special, and then missed two years to military service. He came back to hit .279 at Class A Lynchberg in 1970 and started 1971 with the Twins. He was used mostly ...
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  11. Twins Birthdays--May 7

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    Manny Hernandez (1961)

    Right-hander Manuel Antonio (Montas) Hernandez did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system for most of 1989. He was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and signed with Houston as a free agent in 1978. He was very young, of course, and as a result he was in rookie ball for two years and Class A for three more. He pitched well in every year except 1982. He jumped to AAA Tucson in 1984 and stayed there ...
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  12. Twins Birthdays--May 6

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    Bill Hands (1940)
    Al Williams (1954)

    Right-hander William Alfred Hands pitched for the Twins for most of two seasons in 1973 and 1974. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, went to high school in Rutherford, New Jersey, and signed with San Francisco as a free agent in 1959. Hands struggled early in his minor league career, and as a result he spent a full year in Class D, Class C, Class B, and Class A. After a fine season in 1962 at Class
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  13. Twins Birthdays--May 5

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    John Donaldson (1943)
    Larry Hisle (1947)
    Mike Redmond (1971)

    Infielder John David Donaldson did not play for the Twins, but began his professional career in their minor league system. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, he signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1963. He played for Class A Orlando that year, hitting .251, and was chosen by the Kansas City Athletics in the first year player draft. He hit .315 at Class A in ...
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  14. Twins Birthdays--May 4

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    Ryan Jorgensen (1979)
    Matt Tolbert (1982)
    Kevin Slowey (1984)


    Catcher Ryan Wayne Jorgensen played a total of three innings for the Twins in 2008. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, went to high school in Kingwood, Texas, and attended LSU. He was then drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round in 2000. He really never had a productive offensive season in the minors above Class A; his best was 2004, when he hit .259 with eight ...
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