Monday, December 29, 2014
Undrafted out of college, Gray's caught on with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 and spent the season learning the H-back and tight end positions. He was brought back to Minnesota prior to this past season and made the Vikings as a backup tight end. Gray appeared in eight games for the Vikings, catching one pass. He was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills and finished out the season with them.
Following the 1987 World Series (Anderson was not a part of the post-season roster), Anderson was removed from the Twins' 40 man roster. Every other team in baseball had a shot at him, and they all passed. After a nice start to the 1988 season at Triple-A Portland, Anderson was added to the Twins' rotation at the end of April. He pitched surprisingly well for through mid-June -- good enough to keep his spot in the rotation anyway. Superstar teammate Frank Viola was dominating the AL, on his way to 24 wins and the Cy Young Award. Anderson quietly mirrored Viola's steady control and usurped future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven as the Twins' #2 starter.
The defending champion Twins were in a tight pennant race with the Oakland A's all summer long. With pinpoint control, Anderson was one of the biggest reasons why the Twins were able to remain in contention into September. While his mentor Viola ran away with the Cy Young award, Anderson closed the season with a three-hit shutout against the A's to lock up the AL ERA title.
In 1989, the wheels fell off for the Twins. Viola got off to a rough start and was eventually traded to the New York Mets. With Blyleven and Viola both gone, Anderson was suddenly thrust into the ace role. He responded with a career-high 17 wins, though his ERA jumped over a full run, to 3.80.
He had a remarkable two-year run, but Anderson came crashing back to Earth in 1990, with a 7-18 record and 4.53 ERA. Things got even worse in 1991. While the Twins were on their way to another World Series title, Anderson lost his rotation spot during the summer and was, once again, left off the post-season roster. He would never again appear in the majors.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Jimenez, had an all-glove, no-bat skill set, but his glove didn't really play in the big leagues. In two years with the Twins, he threw up an abysmal .195/.231/.257 slash line at the plate, and ranked as a below-average defender. So speed must have been his game, right? Wrong. 0 for 2 in career stolen base attempts. In fact, Jimenez's most memorable moment as a major league ballplayer was staring at the Metrodome ceiling, waiting for Dave Kingman's pop-up to come down (which it never did).