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Twins Birthdays--June 6

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Bobby Randall (1948)
David Lamb (1975)

Second baseman Robert Lee Randall played for the Twins in the late 1970s. He was born in Norton, Kansas, went to high school in Gove, Kansas, and attended Kansas State. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the June Secondary draft in 1969. He never showed power in the minors, and his average was up and down; his best year was 1974, when he hit .338 for AAA Albuquerque. After the 1975 season, Randall was traded to Minnesota for Danny Walton. He was instantly installed as the regular second baseman, but when he proved inadequate offensively he was platooned with Rob Wilfong for the next three years. He was a solid defensive player, but never hit well enough to justify his place in the lineup. His batting average sometimes made him look adequate–his highest was .270 in 1978–but he had no power and did not draw walks, so his highest OPS was .650, also in 1978. Randall was a fine bunter, achieving double-digit sacrifice bunts every season. The Twins released Randall at the end of spring training of 1980, signed him again on May 16, released him again on June 3, signed him again on June 18, and released him again on July 16, this time for good. He never played for another team. Bobby Randall’s career numbers are .257/.310/.311 in 1,325 at-bats. He then went into college coaching, serving as an assistant coach at Iowa State from 1981-1984, head coach at Iowa State from 1985-1995, and head coach at Kansas from 1996-2002. He also got a master’s degree in economics at Kansas State. At last report, Bobby Randall was living in Manhattan, Kansas and was a part-time professor of economics and statistics at Manhattan Christian College.

Infielder David Christian Lamb appeared in seven games for the Twins in 2002. He was born in West Hills, California, went to high school in Newbury Park, California, and was drafted by Baltimore in the second round in 1993. It took him a while to get started, but he hit right around .300 from 1997-1998 in the minor leagues. The Orioles did not put him on the 40-man roster, however, and he was selected by Tampa Bay in the Rule 5 draft after the 1998 season. He was with the Devil Rays in 1999 as a utility infielder, batting .226. Tampa Bay waived him in February of 2000 and the Mets picked him up. He was in the big leagues for about three weeks, again as a reserve, and had a poor year in AAA. He became a free agent after the season, signed with Anaheim, was released at the end of spring training of 2001, signed with Colorado, was unspectacular in AA, was released in August, and signed with Florida the same day, going to AAA for the rest of the year. Lamb signed with Minnesota for 2002. He had a solid season in AAA Edmonton, hitting .309 with ten homers, and got a September call-up. He went 1-for-10, but replaced Denny Hocking on the ALCS roster that year, appearing in two games but not getting a time at bat. Lamb was back with the Twins’ AAA team, now at Rochester, for 2003. He had a mediocre season and his playing career came to an end. At last report, David Lamb was a batting and fielding instructor for Hitting Zone, a baseball instructional facility located in Westlake Village, California.
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