Your favorite #4 memory
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:26 AM
Bob Allison, 1961-70
Steve Braun, 1971-75
Gene Mauch, 1976-80 (Manager)
Mark Funderburk, 1981
Jim Eisenreich, 1982-84
Chris Speier, 1984
Steve Lombardozzi, 1985-88
Orlando Mercado, 1989
Chip Hale, 1990-95
Paul Molitor, 1996-98
Paul Molitor, 2000-01, 2003 (Coach)
Augie Ojeda, 2004
Hold it - Molitor was a coach in 2003? I didn't think he was ever on Gardy's staff. Am I wrong, or is this list?
I also notice that Molitor ws #4 throughout his career with the Brewers and the Twins, but he was #19 with the Blue Jays, and there doesn't seem to be a very good reason why. His first year, it belonged to Alfredo Griffin, but he left after that, so I assume Molitor could have had it. Instead, it went to Dick Schoenfeld and in Molitor's last year with the Jays nobody had that number. Perhaps after winning a World Series (and a World Series MVP) he didn't want to jinx it.
My biggest memory of Molitor was as an opponent, and not even as an opponent to the Twins, but to the Phillies in that 93 World Series. I had just moved there, got season tickets, and watched a flukey rag-tag bunch just keep winning. It was one of the most magical seasons I've ever seen until Molitor, Joe Carter and Mitch Williams just crapped all over it. Lord, but he was good in that series.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:44 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:55 AM
And yes, Molitor was a bench coach for a bit.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:09 AM
But since that all happened after Eisenreich left the Twins, my favorite # 4 memory is still "Molitor for three!", Johnny G's call of Mollie's 3000th hit, the first guy to triple for 3k.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:49 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:10 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:21 AM
Allison is before my time but I think I give him the nod for being a career Twin (and a good one too) over Molitor.
Agreed. Allison played in the shadow Killibrew and Oliva, but he was an excellent player in his own right. If his peak years had coincided more closely with theirs, it would have been an incredible trio.
My choice of Molitor is based on the literal "memory" idea of the thread. But it's nice to see that younger posters are up on their Twins history by bringing up some of first generation of Twins.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:28 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:30 PM
And he held the record for the longest-last-name of a player to hit a post-season homerun until Doug Mientkovich (sp?) many, many years later.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:57 PM
Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:45 AM
Lombo is mostly notable to me as being deficient enough to cause the ill-starred Brunansky trade bringing in Tommy Herr.
I get you. Even though it wasn't his "fault," Lombo's memory is always tarnished for me for something he had no control over.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:09 AM
Who the hell is Augie Ojeda?
He didn't spend a lot of time in the majors