Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#119 Pedro Munoz

About the Front: Really, Twins? No tilde on "Munoz"? Poor form.

About the Back: The Twins acquired Pedro and infielder Nelson Liriano when they dealt John Candelaria to Toronto prior to the 1990 trade deadline. The 36-year-old Candelaria went 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA in 13 appearances with the Jays.

Triple Play:

1. On August 31, 1993, Munoz ended a 22-inning marathon between the Twins and Indians with his solo home run against Jason Grimsley.

2. More an oddity than anything else - Pedro was successful in each of his first six stolen base attempts as a major leaguer. For the rest of his career, he was just 5-for-15.

3. Munoz drove in seven runs in Minnesota's 21-7 thrashing of the Tigers on June 4, 1994. His outburst included a pair of home runs and a sacrifice fly.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I had this vague sense of Pedro Munoz as a power bat, but his career slugging percentage was .444 with a single-season high of 18 home runs.

Bill James Said: "No star potential now; will have to move his slugging percentage up from .400 in order to increase his playing time." He slugged .489 over the next three seasons, but didn't play again after that due to knee injuries.

On This Date in 1993: December 3. Diana, Princess of Wales, whose marriage to Prince Charles is nearing its end, announces her withdrawal from public life.

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