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Twins Birthdays--September 10

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Len Whitehouse (1957)
Riccardo Ingram (1966)
Anthony Swarzak (1985)


Left-hander Leonard Joseph Whitehouse played for the Twins from 1983-1985. He was born in Burlington, Vermont and was signed by the Texas Rangers as a free agent in 1976. He did not pitch very well in the minors, having only one season (1981 in AA Wichita) in which his ERA was under 4.00. He was left-handed, however, and so he got a September call-up with the Rangers in 1981, and after spending 1982 in AAA Denver he was traded to the Twins for John Pacella. Whitehouse was with the Twins for a little over two seasons, appearing in 60 games in 1983, 30 in 1984, and five in 1985. He actually seemed to pitch better in the big-leagues than he did in the minors: in his two full seasons with the Twins he was 9-3 with 3 saves and a 3.86 ERA. Whitehouse pitched poorly in 1985, however, both in his short stint with the Twins and in AAA Toledo, and was released. He pitched for AA Glens Falls in the Tigers organization in 1986 before calling it a career. At last report, Len Whitehouse was coaching high school and American Legion baseball in his home town of Burlington, Vermont. He also does furniture upholstery for Saint Michael’s College. He is one of only two Vermont high school baseball players to reach the major leagues.


Outfielder Riccardo Benay Ingram got eight at-bats with the Twins in 1985. He was born in Douglas, Georgia, went to Georgia Tech, and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round in 1987. Ingram spent two years in Class A and two more in AA. In this third year at AAA Toledo, 1994, he got a brief trial with the Tigers, going 5- for-23 (.217) with 2 RBIs. Ingram became a minor-league free agent and signed with the Twins organization for 1995. Ingram had his best season that year at AAA Salt Lake, batting .348 with 43 doubles and 12 home runs. He earned another short stint in the majors, going 1-for-8 in four games with the Twins. He again became a free agent after the season, and signed with the Padres organization, spending 1996 in AAA Las Vegas. Since retiring as a player, Riccardo Ingram has been a coach and manager in the Twins’ organization, and was a coach for the GCL Twins in 2013. Riccardo Ingram is a member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, starring in both baseball and football while at the school.


Right-hander Anthony Ray Swarzak pitched for the Twins in 2009 and from 2011 to the present. He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, went to high school in Davie, Florida, and was drafted by the Twins in the second round in 2004. He pitched pretty well at every minor league stop with the exception of his stint in New Britain in 2008, where he went 3-8 with a 5.67 ERA; however, he redeemed himself by going 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts in Rochester. Swarzak was suspended for fifty games in 2007 for violating baseball’s drug policy–reportedly, he had used marijuana. Swarzak again pitched well in Rochester in 2009, and earned a trial in Minnesota. He did not do well there, going 3-7 with a 6.25 ERA in 59 innings. He had an awful season in Rochester in 2010, going 5-12, 6.21, 1.62 WHIP in 111.2 innings. He bounced back in 2011, doing reasonably well in Rochester and also reasonably well in Minnesota after being called up to the Twins in mid-May. 2012 was his first full season in the majors. He is having a fine year as a long reliever for the Twins in 2013. Overall in the majors, he is 11-22, 4.50, 1.38 WHIP at this writing. As a starter, he is 6-17, 5.79, 1.51 WHIP As a reliever, however, he is 5-5, 3.55, 1.28 WHIP. He turns twenty-eight today. There is talk of moving him back into the rotation, which appears to be more a result of the Twins starting pitcher options than of Swarzak’s abilities. If they keep him in the bullpen, however, he may well be a valuable pitcher for several years to come.
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