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Sunday, November 17, 2013

1990 Orlando SunRays

Features on each member of the 1990 Orlando SunRays, as included in that year's team set

Interview (1)
1 - Reed Olmstead, That Confidence
Reed Olmstead had to fight against losing his confidence. He never got past that to make the majors.

1990 Orlando SunRays (31)
1 - Johnny Ard, Difficult Fix
Johnny Ard was a first-rounder for the Twins, but his career was limited by injuries. He never made the bigs.
2 - Willie Banks, No Pressure
Willie Banks made the majors in 1991, then credited his mother with getting him there.
3 - Jarvis Brown, That Chance
Jarvis Brown got his chance to play in the World Series with the Twins in his first season.
4 - John Eccles, Team Leader
John Eccles took the extra base, earned the respect of his team. Played five seasons, never made the majors.
5 - Scott Erickson, Full Steam
Scott Erickson had a magical 1991 season for the Twins, then had a magical game four years later with a no-hitter.
6 - Mark Funderburk, Was Patient
Mark Funderburk learned to be patient. He then was patient enough to return to the majors.
7 - Ron Gardenhire, Certain Way
Ron Gardenhire not only got to manage the Twins, but he hasn't stopped managing.
8 - Shawn Gilbert, Not Wasted
Shawn Gilbert wondered if he was wasting his time in decade in minors. He wasn't. Made Mets, Cardinals and Dodgers.
9 - Wayne Hattaway, First Game
Wayne Hattaway has kept the Twins honest - and laughing.
10 -Gorman Heimueller, Never Worked
Gorman Heimueller loved coaching so much it was as though he never worked.
11 - Jeff Hull, Ran With
Jeff Hull always wanted to start. At single-A in 1984, he returned to that role, and excelled. He never made the majors.
12 - Greg Johnson, Called On
Greg Johnson helped his Orlando SunRays out of jams, but he couldn't help himself to the majors.
13 - Chuck Knoblauch, Time Thinking
Chuck Knoblauch had a whirlwind year in 1991. He then had a 12-season major league career.
14 - Orlando Lind, Make This
He wanted to make 1991 the year he made the bigs. Never made it.
15 - Jose Marzan, Good Sign
Jose Marzan helped his AA Orlando team win with work on the bases. He later became a minor league manager.
16 - Rick McWane, Concussion Rules
Rick McWane helped write new major league concussion rules.
17 - Basil Meyer, Turning Points
Basil Meyer helped turn AA Orlando's fortunes in 1990. He played just four seasons as a pro.
18 - Kenny Morgan, Real Pop
Kenny Morgan had some real pop at AA Orlando in 1990. He never made the bigs.
19 - Steve Muh, Was Confident
Steve Muh was confident in high school. He took that to college and the pros. He played four seasons, never made the bigs.
20 - Ed Naveda, Playing Hard
Ed Naveda was very valuable at AA. He never made the bigs.
21 - Denny Neagle, Already Familiar
Denny Neagle quickly made connections in New York.
22 - Reed Olmstead, Extra Innings
Reed Olmstead was 'Mr. Extra Inning' in 1990, with five game-winning RBIs at AA Orlando. He never made the majors.
23 - Mike Randle, Hit Different
Mike Randle hit differently than the textbook. He ended up hitting in five pro seasons.
24 - Jeff Reboulet, Defensive Job
Jeff Reboulet knew how to play the game, he did so in 12 major league seasons.
25 - Mike Redding, Every Bit
Mike Redding took a no-hitter through six in a 1990 start, played six seasons, never made the majors.
26 - Gary Resetar, Straight Forward
Gary Resetar tried his hand at managing, after four seasons as a player. He never made the bigs.
27 - Doug Simons, As Excited
Doug Simons got his first major league win. He then threw a party in his head.
28 - Steve Stowell, Impressive Work
Steve Stowell turned from outfielder to pitcher in college. He played six seasons as a pro, never made the majors.
29 - Frank Valdez, Real Quick Bat
Frank Valdez had a quick bat, but he never made it above AA in six seasons of affiliated ball.
30 - Rob Wassenaar, Funny Game
Rob Wassenaar got a tough-luck loss at AA in 1989. He played seven seasons as a pro, never made the bigs.
31 - Lenny Webster, Tough Decision
Lenny Webster tried to make the Twins' decision tough. He saw time in 12 major league seasons.

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