Your favorite #5 memory
Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:27 PM
Jose Valdivielso, 1961
Don Mincher, 1962-66
Russ Nixon, 1967 Bob Oldis, 1968 (Coach)
Leo Cardenas, 1969-70
Danny Thompson, 1970-76
Roy Smalley, 1976-82, 1985-87
Ray Smith, 1983
Houston Jimenez, 1984
Jim Dwyer, 1988-90
Pedro Munoz, 1990-95
Roberto Kelly, 1996-97
Brent Gates, 1998-99
Michael Cuddyer, 2001-11
Eduardo Escobar, 2012
I've always been happy that Roy Smalley and Bert Blylelven ended up back on the Twins in time for the 1987 World Series win. I feel like Smalley certainly deserved it, after faithfully serving the Twins and then being flipped to the Yankees by Griffith in that gut-punching '82 season. I felt like a lot of guys from the 77 team deserved it - Wynegar, Hisle, Bostock and certainly Carew. Maybe Mauch more than any of them.
Pedro Munoz played SIX seasons for the Twins? Really? I primarily identify him as one of the guys that I hoped would eventually replace Bruno, but didn't.
And the guy who eventually DID replace Bruno is on this list, too. I'm surprised to see Cuddy on there for 11 years, though those first three were just a tease. Cuddyer is 10th on the Twins list of home run leaders, and Bruno is 9th. I wonder how likely it is that Cuddy eventually winds up in the Twins HOF? I haven't really studied it, but I would think pretty good.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:23 PM
Who here remembers the nickname that Hrbek laid on Pedro Munoz? "Booger." And why? Because Kent, scholar of languages that he is, thought that Munoz sounded like "My Nose". Proof that I'm not just imagining things:
GAME USED BAT FOR SALE
Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:23 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:29 PM
Edited by Longdistancetwins, 08 February 2013 - 08:04 AM.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:08 PM
Smalley was by far the Twins best hitter for a couple of years. I don't recall him DHing at all during his first run with the Twins. Good looking, well spoken and the manager's nephew, he was the face of the franchise. He's my second favorite #5. I remain a Cuddy fan. He played hard, played hurt and was available whether the club was good or not. He was a mainstay for the nice run that the Twins put together between '01 and '10, starting playoff games in right, first and second.
Smalley was that rare specimen of shortstop that you would want to DH on his day off.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:23 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:11 PM
I don't recall him DHing at all during his first run with the Twins
Yeah, my memory wasn't too sharp about that, and I checked and he didn't DH at all until 1980-81. Still, it says something about a shortstop that this career trajectory doesn't go toward utility infielder but DH. Maybe that can be inferred as a negative about his fielding being in decline, but without a bat, he's just out of baseball in that case; instead, Smalley in his 30s was valuable as a hitter to a team on the upswing. His value in his 20s as a steady shortstop was very high.