Each week, commenter Stu tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have forgotten. Usually, this results in entertainment. Occasionally, this results in a Twitter fight. Stu?
The Hunt Down
Name: Brad Havens
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: one of the players the Twins acquired from the Angels in the Rod Carew trade that made us throw an epic [redacted] fit in 1979. As his oddly thorough Wikipedia page notes, Havens finished ninth in the AL Rookie of the Year race in 1981. He was also your opening day starter in 1983, recording four outs and losing to your 1991 opening day starter, Jack Morris. Was traded to Baltimore in 1985 for Mark Brown.
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: was sort of on the 1988 World Series champion Dodgers—he was released in May, but as the aforementioned oddly thorough Wikipedia page says, was voted a full playoff share and given a ring. Also played for Cleveland and finished his career with Detroit.
Where He Is Now: as best we can tell, the Michigan native has returned home to suburban Detroit, as his name attached to Brad Havens Baseball Clinics, Inc., and Major League Gutter Window (baseball reference!).
Is He on Twitter: no.
Has He Been in a Twitter Fight with Patrick Reusse: no.
Glorious Randomness #1: the other spoils of the Carew trade were future All-Star catcher Dave Engle, Twins hitting-streak record-holder Ken Landreaux, and Paul Hartzell.
Glorious Randomness #2: the Tigers and Jack Morris also creamed the Twins in their 1984 opener, but Twins starter Albert Williams went 6 and 1/3 innings to give up his six earned runs, so he can hold that over Havens at the next “Nondescript Guys Who Were Opening Day Starting Pitchers for the Minnesota Twins” reunion. It will be held at Bob Tewksbury’s patio home.