The Busch-Man Cometh

For all you die-hard Twins fans out their, has anybody ever noticed that the Twins always seem to get good play from their rookie call-ups right off the bat (even if that production wanes in the future)?  In the recent series with Milwaukee, Brian Buscher came up from Triple-A and essentially got the game-winning hit on Saturday in extra innings.  This got me thinking about some other Twins who have made an immediate impact on the “big club”:

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Lew Ford: Came out of nowhere in 2004 to hit .299 in a full season of at-bats (including a bunch of clutch hits), but then dropped off the map and is now playing in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Restovich: Was touted as a “blue chip” outfield prospect for many years (because of his power), then came up to the big leagues in ’03 and won a game in a most unusual fashion: By striking out but reaching first base and allowing the winning run to score!  Never lived up to his potential with the Twins and bounced from Colorado to Washington to Japan.

 

 

 

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Mike Ryan: Was a late-season callup in 2003 and almost single-handedly catapulted the Twins past the White Sox in a key series at the Metrodome.  Was last seen with the Twins in 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sears.jpg Todd Sears: Hit an exciting walk-off home run not long after his first call-up in 2003, then faded into oblivion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Tyner: Came over from Tampa Bay in mid-summer 2006 and, for likely the first and only time in his career, could not be stopped, as he fit right in with the Piranha attack.  Now plays for Cleveland.

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