Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dave Telgheder, Strange Feeling - 26

Dave Telgheder threw a AAA no-hitter in 1992 and it made national news, according to The Newport News Daily Press.

Telgheder threw it as a member of the Mets organization, whose top club in Queens had never thrown one, The Daily Press noted.

"It was a good game, but I never thought it would become that big of a deal," Telgheder told The Daily Press. "I had a lot of newspapers and reporters lining up to talk to me. It felt strange."

Telgheder had to deal with more newspapers and reporters the next year, when he made the majors. He went on to see time in six major league seasons.

Telgheder's career began in 1989, taken by the Mets in the 31st round of the draft out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He started with the Mets at short-season Pittsfield. He went 5-3 there, with a 2.45 ERA. He made AA Williamsport in 1991, then AAA Tidewater in 1992. He went 6-14 on the year at Tidewater, with a 4.21 ERA.

In June 1993, Telgheder made the majors. He went 6-2, with a 4.76 ERA over 24 outings, seven starts. He closed out the season with three-straight wins. He explained the run to The New York Times after the third win.

"I've been staying away from the middle of the plate and not giving in to hitters as much," Telgheder told The Times.

Telgheder returned for brief stints for the Mets in 1994 and 1995. He then moved to the Athletics for 1996. He went 4-7, with a 4.65 ERA over 16 outings, 14 starts. He then returned for another 20 outings, 19 starts in 1997.

To start 1997, he went 7.2 shutout innings against the Yankees.

"Outstanding, what can I say?" Oakland manager Art Howe told The San Francisco Examiner afterward of Telgheder's outing. "I don't know that words can express the job he did for us."

Telgheder went 4-6 overall in 1997, with a 6.06 ERA. He then returned for eight final appearances in 1998 and ended his career at AAA in 1999.

Talgheder returned home to Middletown, NY, but stayed in the game. In 2007, he served as a high school pitching coach and instructor.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,930
Made the Majors:1,089-37.2%-X
Never Made Majors:1,841-62.8%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 451-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:271

David Martinez, Second Game - 3

Originally published May 2, 2015
David Martinez' Blinn College Buccaneers lost the front end of double header in April 1984. Martinez took the mound in the second game and helped his team gain the split, according to The Baytown Sun.

Martinez gave up three hits in the first inning then just one after that. He and Blinn picked up the 4-3 win, The Sun wrote.

Martinez went on from Blinn to turn pro. His pro career lasted eight seasons. He made AAA, but he never made the majors.

Martinez' career began in 1984, taken by the Angels in the first round of the January draft out of Blinn. Martinez was also credited as Dave Martinez.

Going into the January 1984 draft, Martinez was counted among the top prospects available. He was ultimately taken fifth overall.

Martinez started with the Angels at short-season Salem. He went 3-8 over 15 starts, with a 4.30 ERA.

He moved to single-A Quad City in 1985, then single-A Palm Springs in 1986. He had a 5.02 ERA in 1985 and a 5.25 mark in 1986.

He made AA Midland in 1987, getting 12 starts and turning in a 5.60 ERA. He isn't recorded as playing in 1988. He returned to Midland in 1989. In 22 starts, he went 9-5, with a 5.19 ERA.

Martinez split time between between Palm Springs and Midland in 1990. It was his final season in the Angels system.

He moved to the Orioles system in 1991, getting 37 outings, four starts, at AAA Rochester. He had a 5.28 ERA and five losses.

Martinez' final season came in 1992 with the Brewers at AA El Paso. He got 15 outings, 13 starts. He went 5-4, with a 4.80 ERA, ending his career.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dave Sturdivant, Three Runners - 2

Originally published April 28, 2015
Bend Bucks catcher Dave Sturdivant was in a groove this night in August 1988 and the opposing runners paid the price, according to The Bend Bulletin.

Sturdivant caught three runners trying to steal. One of them came at third base to complete a double play on a strikeout, The Bulletin wrote.

Sturdivant was in his first season as a pro that year. He got into just two more. He made AA, but didn't make it higher.

Sturdivant's career began that year in 1988, taken by the Angels in the 10th round of the draft out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sturdivant won second-team all-conference honors in 1988. He made the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1987, hitting a two-run home run in an August game. He hit a three-run home run in a March 1988 game for UNLV.

Sturdivant played his first season with the Angels at short-season Bend. He got into 50 games, hitting .188. He walked and scored in a June game. He singled in another game.

Sturdivant moved to single-A Palm Springs for 1989. He got into 46 games there, but hit just .095.

For 1990, Sturdivant returned to Palm Springs. He also got time at AA Midland. Between them, he .213. It was his final season as a pro.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ryan Richmond, First Sport - 18

Ryan Richmond caught the eye of scouts in high school while playing baseball. But he also played another sport at Bradley-Bourbonnais High - basketball.

He scored 15 points in a February 1986 Bradley-Bourbonnais loss and another 16 in a March 1987 regional win, according to newspaper accounts.

Richmond turned pro in his first sport as a pitcher directly out of Bradley-Bourbonnais. His pro baseball career lasted four seasons. He never made AA.

Richmond's baseball career began in 1987 as a 34th round selection by the Mets out of Bradley-Bourbonnais in Illinois. He was the school's fourth student ever to be selected in the draft.

He first hit the field for the Mets in 1988 at rookie Kingsport. He went 6-2 over 13 outings, 12 starts. He posted a 4.84 ERA and struck out 65.

Richmond moved to short-season Pittsfield for 1989. He went 8-4 there over 18 outings, 12 starts. He ended with a 3.62 ERA and 56 punch outs.

His final year in the Mets system came in 1990 at single-A Columbia. He had a 4.96 ERA over 22 outings 7 starts. He went 1-5, with two saves.

Richmond then pitched in eight final games in 1991 for single-A Charleston in the Padres system. He gave up 9 earned in 9.2 innings of work to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,929
Made the Majors:1,088-37.2%
Never Made Majors:1,841-62.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 450
10+ Seasons in the Minors:271

Eddie Rodriguez, Very Fortunate - 1

Originally published Sept. 19, 2017
After more than a quarter century as a coach and manager Eddie Rodriguez returned to the place where he got his minor league managerial start in 2014, according to The Quad City Times.

Then a coordinator with the Padres, Rodriguez visited and reminisced about his long career, The Times wrote.

"Baseball has given me a living and given me a lifetime of memories, helping kids work toward their dreams,’" Rodriguez told The Times. "I feel very fortunate."

Rodriguez' long coaching career has taken him through both the minors and the majors. He's served as a coach for multiple major league squads and worked with players like the Royals' Mike Moustakas.

He also played himself. He saw five seasons as an infielder and made it to AA.

Rodriguez' career began 1978, taken by the Orioles in the first round of the January draft out of Miami-Dade College.

Rodriguez started at rookie Bluefield. He then made single-A Miami in 1979 and AA Holyoke in 1981. He played one final season at AA Waterbury in 1984, ending his playing career.

Rodriguez then moved on to coaching. He served as hitting coach at Quad City in 1985, then became manager there in 1987.

In July 1989, Rodriguez spoke to The Los Angeles Times about managing young men - and keeping them in line. He did so through forceful advice, or a $5 fine.

"You should see, they get awful cranky when you tell them they're out five bucks," Rodriguez told The LA Times.

Rodriguez moved to manage AA Midland in 1990. In 1995, he served as a scout for the Dodgers. In 1996, he got his first major league coaching job, credited as third base coach for the Angels.

He served with the Blue Jays as a base coach in 1998, then returned to the minors. He managed short-season St. Catharines in 1999 and Queens in 2000.

He returned to the bigs in 2001 with the Diamondbacks as first base coach - just in time for Arizona's 2001 title. He also coached on the 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. To Newsday in May 2001, Rodriguez marveled at his good fortune.

"For all I have been through, it's just astonishing," Rodriguez told Newsday. "I just hope it lasts forever. I still pinch myself on the way to the ballpark."

Rodriguez moved to the Expos in 2004 as bench coach and followed the team to Washington. He coached for the Mariners in 2008 and arrived with the Royals as third base coach in 2010. He stayed there four seasons and served as an assistant coach with the Padres in 2016.

Rodriguez worked with Moustakas on his fielding footwork in 2012. Early successes brought praise from Rodriguez, according to ESPN. Then Rodriguez stopped needing to give praise.

"I finally told him, 'I'm tired of coming over and giving you knuckles or high-fives and telling you that you made a great play,'" Rodriguez told ESPN later, "'It's what I expect of you now.'"

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tim Marting, Highest Point - 28

Tim Marting assessed the state of baseball in Oklahoma's capital in 1988 to Oklahoma Today.

"The strength of baseball in Oklahoma City is at the highest point it's ever been now," Marting told the magazine.

Marting spoke to Oklahoma Today as the spokesman for the Oklahoma City 89ers. He went on from there to help with the strength of other teams as as a general manager and in other roles.

Marting's career in baseball began at Gonzaga University. His roommate there also went on to a career in the minors, Monty Hoppel, the longtime general manager at AA Midland.

Marting spent his early years at short-season Spokane, then AAA Oklahoma City and Tucson.

He started with Oklahoma City in 1986 as an administrative assistant. He then became publicity director in 1987. He moved on to Tucson for 1989 as assistant general manager.

Marting then became full general manager at single-A Columbia in 1990 and served as vice president of the Rockford Lightning basketball team in 1991.

He later became general manager at high-A Modesto. In August 1994, he talked up Modesto baseball as the major league clubs remained on strike.

"Initially, the major league fan viewed this as just the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants being on a road trip," Marting said, according to The Santa Cruz Sentinel. "Now they're beginning to realize the Giants and A's might not be back for a long time."

Marting later joined Sports Services America in Colorado Springs, a sports management company. In 2003, he told The Greeley Tribune about the factors that allowed minor league teams to succeed.

"The success and failure of a team is based on the entertainment value it can offer the community and the ownership's involvement in its community." Marting told The Tribune.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,928
Made the Majors:1,088-37.2%
Never Made Majors:1,840-62.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 450
10+ Seasons in the Minors:271

Steve Stowell, Impressive Work - 20

Originally published Nov. 16, 2013
Steve Stowell started his college career at UCLA as a hitter. He ended it as a pitcher.

The end of his college career also saw him get drafted, as a pitcher.

In February 1987, as UCLA began its season, Stowell was projected to be the Bruins' third starter. His coach Gary Adams also told The Los Angeles Times Stowell's work impressive.

As a pro, Stowell turned that impressive college work into a total of six seasons. He ended up making AA in three of those, but he never made it higher.

Stowell's pro career began that year in 1987, taken by the Twins in the 14th round of the draft, out of UCLA.

With UCLA, the pitcher Stowell pitched six innings in an April 1986 contest to pick up a win. The Hitter Stowell hit a two-run home run in another April game
 In early April 1987, Stowell pitched himself onto a mid-season All-Tournament team and won tournament MVP.

With the Twins, Stowell played his first season between rookie Elizabethton and single-A Kenosha. He went 3-4 between them, over 12 outings, 10 starts.

He returned to Kenosha for all of 1988, turning mostly to relieving. He got into 41 games, 12 starts, with an overall ERA of 5.00. That year Stowell was also mentioned by The Chicago Tribune in a minor league pranks story, with Stowell and two other Kenosha pitchers playing good-natured pranks on their host family.

For 1989, it was single-A Visalia. In 58 relief appearances, Stowell had an ERA of 3.84. He also picked up six saves.

Stowell debuted at AA Orlando for 1990, playing that year and the next there. In July 1990, Stowell struck out Columbus' Luis Gonzalez to end a game. That August, Stowell picked up a relief win, getting two eighth-inning outs. In 1991, he also contributed to an Orlando stretch drive.

In his first season at Orlando, Stowell posted a 4.39 ERA. In his second, he bettered that to a 2.70 mark. But that second year at Orlando was his last with the Twins. He played one more year in the White Sox system, with 21 outings at AA Birmingham, ending his career.

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