Twins Birthdays--March 21
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Fernando Arroyo (1952)
Tim McIntosh (1965)
Cristian Guzman (1978)
Right-hander Fernando Arroyo pitched for the Twins from 1980-1982. Born and raised in Sacramento, he was drafted by the Tigers in the tenth round in 1970. He pitched very well in the low minors, stumbled in his first year at AAA in 1974, but had a 2.62 ERA and 1.16 WHIP there in 11 starts in 1975 when he was promoted to Detroit in late June. He didn't do so badly for a 23-year-old: 2-1, 4.56 in 53.1 innings, mostly in relief. Back in AAA in 1976, he had a poor year, but he still made the Tigers out of spring training in 1977 and was in the starting rotation by mid-May. He was 8-18, but had an ERA of 4.17 and a WHIP of 1.33. Unfortunately, no one could see past the eighteen losses, and Arroyo was in AAA for most of 1978 and 1979. He was not particularly good there in 1978, but had a strong year in 1979. After the 1979 season, though, Arroyo was traded to Minnesota for Jeff Holly. He made eight starts in AAA Toledo and went 6-1, 1.62, resulting in a promotion to the Twins in early June. He started in the bullpen, but was in the starting rotation in July and August. He did fairly well there, going 4-5, 4.39 as a starter, but was removed from the rotation in September. He was in the rotation for almost all of 1981 and again wasn't too bad, going 7-10, 3.93 with a 1.39 WHIP. Arroyo began 1982 in the bullpen, but did not pitch well there, was in the minors by the first of May, and was released in mid-May. As a Twin, Fernando Arroyo went 13-17, 4.30 in 234.1 innings over fifty games, thirty of them starts. Oakland signed him, but he did not pitch well there either and was released again in late July. The White Sox picked up Arroyo a couple days later. He was in AAA with them through 1984. He was sold to Yucatan in the Mexican League after the season, and pitched for them in 1985. He hooked on with Oakland for 1986, making one last appearance in the majors before his playing career ended. After that, Fernando Arroyo was a minor league manager and pitching coach for many years. In 2008, he was the pitching coach of the Lotte Giants of the Korean League, but he appears to have held that position for only one season. In 2010, Fernando Arroyo was inducted into the Mexican American Hall of Fame. At last report, he was living in Vero Beach, Florida and was involved in a company called ARMTRAK, which was marketing a teaching aid to show young baseball and softball players the proper throwing angle to improve command and to help avoid arm injury.
Utility player Timothy Allen McIntosh did not play for the Twins, but was in their farm system in 1994. Born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota and was drafted by Milwaukee in the third round in 1986. Initially an outfielder, he converted to catching in 1987. He hit .302 with 20 home runs at Class A Beloit in 1987, but was still in Class A in 1988, presumably to work on catching skills. He continued to produce good averages with double-digit home run power throughout his time in the minors, reaching AA in 1989 and AAA in 1990. He made his major league debut in 1990 as well, getting five at-bats as a September call-up. He got another September call-up in 1991, getting eleven at-bats this time, and started 1992 in the majors. He was in the majors most of the season, but was seldom used, catching fourteen games, playing the outfield in ten, and playing first base in seven. He started 1993 with the Brewers as well, but had only one at-bat when he was put on waivers and claimed by Montreal in mid-April. He stuck with the Expos until late July, again as a seldom-used reserve, then finished the year in the minors. He was a free agent after the season and signed with Minnesota for 1994. He had a really good year at AAA Salt Lake, batting .338 with 18 homers and an OPS of .914, but despite the fact that the Twins catchers that year were Matt Walbeck and Derek Parks, he never got a call-up to the majors. He was sold to the Nippon Ham Fighters for 1995, then came back to play in the Yankees’ system in 1996. He got three more at-bats in the majors that season, which would prove to be his big league swan song. He hung around for a few more years, playing in AAA for the Cubs in 1997 and for independent Sacramento in 1999, then was done for good. He has remained in baseball since. Most of those years have been as a scout for the Yankees, the position he held at last report. His wife Laura has a syndicated TV show, "Bringing It Home with Laura McIntosh". For his career, Tim McIntosh hit .179/.211/.274 in 117 at-bats over five major league seasons. He appeared in 71 major league games, starting only twenty.
Shortstop Cristian Guzman was with the Twins from 1999-2004. Guzman was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1994. He did not enter American organized baseball until 1996. Guzman was in the low minors for the Yankees for two years and was okay, but nothing special. In February of 1998, Guzman was traded to Minnesota along with Brian Buchanan, Eric Milton, Danny Mota, and cash for Chuck Knoblauch. He spent one year at AA New Britain, where he was again decent but nothing special, and then was named the Twins starting shortstop in 1999, a position he held through 2004. He was clearly not ready that year--at age 21, he hit .226 with an OPS of .543. He improved from there, of course; Guzman's best season as a Twin was 2001, when he hit .302, made the all-star team, and finished 16th in MVP voting. He led the league in triples three times as a Twin. In his six years with Minnesota, Guzman hit .266/.303/.382 with 61 triples and 102 stolen bases. Guzman became a free agent after the 2004 season and signed with Washington. He had a poor year in 2005 and missed all of 2006 and part of 2007 with injuries. He played well for the Nationals after that, hitting .305 from 2007 on and making another all-star team in 2008. He was having another solid season in 2010 when he was traded to Texas at the July deadline. He played poorly in Texas, hitting just .152 and battling injuries, and became a free agent. He sat out the 2011 season, signed with Cleveland for 2012, but had trouble staying healthy and was released during spring training. He did not play in 2012, so it appears that his playing career is probably over. At last report, Cristian Guzman was living in New Jersey.