Wednesday, August 23, 2017

no. 694 - rick renick

Who is the man: Rick Renick appeared in a career-high 81 games for the Twins in 1970 and set career highs in several categories.

Can ya dig it: Renick is displaying the yellow-bordered "Minnie and Paul" logo that the Twins have worn on their sleeves from the start.

Right on: I dig the distant American flag.

You see that cat Renick is a bad mother: Renick hit a home run off of the Tigers' Mickey Lolich in his first major league at-bat in 1968.

Shut your mouth: Renick managed in the minor leagues during the 1990s, most notably with the White Sox. One of his pitchers was Jason Bere, a brief sensation for the White Sox around 1993. Bere was cruising during one minor league start when Renick came out to remove him from the game. "Did you think you could have gone another inning," Renick asked Bere. "Yes," Bere said. "Do you think you can go another inning Thursday in Kansas City?" Renick replied. Bere looked at him. "Congratulations. You're in the major leagues," Renick said.

No one understands him but his woman: When Tom Kelly was named the Twins' manager before the 1987 season, Renick replaced Kelly as the Minnesota third base coach.

(A word about the back): You can tell by the 179 at-bats in 81 games that Renick pinch-hit a lot. His pinch-grand slam in that June 30th game turned a 5-2 Royals lead in the sixth inning into a 6-5 Twins lead (the Royals actually led 5-1 when the inning started but Harmon Killebrew led off with a solo homer).

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