The Twins Almanac for April 3rd-9th

The Twins Almanac for April 3rd-9th

4/3/82: The Twins beat the Phillies 5-0 in an exhibition game, the first Major League game played at the Metrodome. Pete Rose collects the first hit, and Bloomington-native Kent Hrbek hits the Dome’s first two homers. 4/4/90: The Twins trade future-KARE 11 anchor, Mike Pomeranz, to Pittsburgh in exchange for Junior Ortiz and a minor league pitcher. Ortiz, who wore #0, is best-remembered as Scott Erickson’s personal catcher during the Twins’ 1991 World Championship season. 4/5/14: The Twins beat Cleveland 7-3 for Ron Gardenhire’s 1,000th managerial win. 4/6 is the birthday of Rik Aalbert “BertBlyleven, born in Zeist, Holland (1951). Blyleven grew up in Garden Grove, CA and was drafted by Minnesota out of high school in the 3rd round in 1969. After only 21 minor league starts, Bert made his Major League debut on 6/2/70 at age 19. Blyleven would pitch for 22 seasons, 11 in Minnesota (‘70-’76, ‘85-’88). He is a 2x World Series champion, winning his 1st in 1979 as a Pittsburgh Pirate, and his 2nd as a member of the ‘87 Twins. Blyleven won 149 games as a Twin, 2nd only to Jim Kaat (190). His 3,701 career strikeouts rank 5th in Major League history. Bert Blyleven was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, his 14th year on the ballot. His number 28 is retired by the Minnesota Twins. 4/6/66: The Twins trade Nimrod, MN-native, Dick Stigman, to Boston. 4/6/73: Tony Oliva hits the first home run by a designated hitter in Major League history off of Oakland’s Catfish Hunter in an 8-3 Twins win. 4/7/70: Outfielder Brant Alyea drives in 7 runs to back winning pitcher Jim Perry in the season-opener. Alyea will go on to collect 21 RBI in the Twins’ first 12 games, and 19 in Perry’s first 4 starts. 4/8/88: The Twins beat the Blue Jays 6-3. Dan Gladden goes 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 4 RBI and 2 home runs. He homers in the 1st and 8th and, and steals home off of David Wells in the 7th with Kent Hrbek batting. 4/9/00: Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in win at KC.