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Let’s Remember Some Guys: Twins Players with Short Stints


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Steve Carlton. Remember this guy! Pitched 741 games (709 as a starter) over a quarter-century of baseball. But his last 13, split over two seasons, were with the Minnesota Twins to cap his Hall of Fame career. 1-6, 8.43 ERA in 50+ innings. Left off the post-season roster in 1987 after being obtained from the...Indians. Declared a free agent but resigned by the Twins, pitching four games before jettisoned in April and ending his career on the mound.

 

Gave up 250 runs (215 earned) in his final 348 innings over three seasons with the Phillies, White Sox, Indians, Giants and Twins - winning 15 games and losing 29. Did put a minor dent in his career ending stats!

 

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17 hours ago, ashbury said:

Is that a catcher's mitt or an umpire's balloon chest protector he's holding there?  He must have given up a ton of stolen bases - first you have to find the ball somewhere in there, then patiently dig it out.

This pic also helps explain why catchers eventually started wearing face masks behind the plate. 

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4 hours ago, IndianaTwin said:

 

Yikes.

Bad as he was with the Twins (5.79 ERA in 4.2 innings over eight games), his career was even less illustrious in his preceding stint with the Yankees, where he served as a LLTOOGY (Lefty Less-Than One Out Guy) with 4.1 innings over 15 games. 

Ha, and somehow the Yankees got him by trading “future considerations” which ended up being “not a damn thing” and the Twins had to trade an actual living human being who ended up making the majors.

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When you think of CASEY BLAKE you remember him as being a regular with the Indians and the Dodgers over nine seasons. 

 

But the Twins claimed him from the Blue Jays after 1999. In 2000/2001 he appeared in a total of 20 games with the Twins. The Twins waived him and Baltimore grabbed him for 6 games and 15 at bats. In the off-season he was claimed, again, by the Twins. In 2002 he was a regular at Edmonton again, batting the same .309 he did at Edmonton in 2002. But only did nine games before being released in the off-season and beginning a new career at age 29 and earning $32 million dollars.

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Back in 2005 the Twins signed a guy named YOHAN PINO. He was traded to the Indians for Carl Pavano in 2009. Then the Blue Jay gots him, released him, resigned him. Pino became a free agent. Signed with the Reds. They released him. Signed him again. No major league action at all and then he signed with the Twins in the winter of 2013 and made the team briefly in 2014, pitching 60 innings in 11 starts as a 30-year-old, going 2-5 with a 5.07. Then, surprise, he became a free agent, signed with the Royals, and got in 7 more games in 2015. Went to Korea for a year and, surprise surprise - resigned with the Twins in 2017 pitching mostly in relief at AA/AAA ball before ending his career in Caribbean ball. 

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RANDY BASS, drafted b y the Twins in the 1972 draft. Gonna be one of those power guys. And he was, only during a six season stint in Japan where he hit 202 home runs. For the Twins, he had a cup of coffee in 1977 going 2 for 19 in  nine games, with five strikeouts. Sold to the Royals during spring training 1978.

 

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This memory really stings...

Adam Johnson.

#2 overall pick for the Twins in 2000.  Pitched 9 games to a 10+ ERA.  The first round of the 2000 draft was pretty weak across the board with Adam Wainwright and Chase Utley being the two most successful big league players taken after Johnson.

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He wasn't really a short-timer (300 ABs over parts of 3 years), but like Rick Dempsey, his time with the team was far too short. He was one of four players (including Dean Chance) traded to the Indians for a half-season of Luis Tiant and a season and a half of Stan Williams:

Graig Nettles 6 All-Stars, 2 Gold Gloves, 390 HRs, 67.9 WAR, 2nd all-time in assists from 3B

 

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On 12/16/2021 at 5:19 PM, Vanimal46 said:

Twins legend Sean Burroughs, who played 10 games in 2012 and finished with an impressive negative 4 OPS+
 

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Is there anyone else who made it to the majors and is perhaps more remembered for their Little League career? No one immediately comes to mind. 

 

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