Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#309 J. T. Bruett

About the Front: J. T. Bruett's bat toss must have been effective and quick, since no part of the bat is visible in this photo.

About the Back: Four homers total in his first five pro seasons, and he hits a grand slam in a minor league All-Star Game. Makes perfect sense.

Triple Play:

1. Bruett attended the University of Minnesota, where he set a school record (since broken) with 77 career stolen bases.

2. He singled off of Jack McDowell on June 13, 1992 for the first hit of his big league career.

3. J. T. played in 17 games for the Twins in 1993, his last taste of the majors. He spent two more seasons at AAA, and finished his career with a 50-game stint for the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League in 1996, batting .320/.391/.383.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: This guy was named Bruett and came from Milwaukee. How did he not play for the Brewers?

Bill James Said: "Predicting what Tom Kelly will do is like predicting who Geraldo will have on tomorrow (God only knows), but if Shane Mack leaves as a free agent and Becker doesn't come through, Bruett may inherit a job, and might score 100 runs." Rich Becker didn't really come through, but the other two guesses were off the mark.

On This Date in 1993: October 28. Former Cubs, Mets, and Red Sox reliever Cal Koonce dies of lymphoma at age 52. He had posted a 2.42 ERA, six wins, and 11 saves for New York in 1968.

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