Saturday, March 11, 2017

On The Beat With Minnesota Twins Coach Stew Cliburn

At Spring Training 2017, my brother-in-law Scott Parker joined Johngy's Beat as Photographer-Videographer.  As with my other friends, it was just fun to be on the field with Scott.
We arrived a bit late to do much in the way of interviewing, but we got to see the players (like Joe Mauer) up close and walk around as part of the media.
We did get a quick interview with Minnesota Twins Coach Stew Cliburn.  Stew is also the Manager for the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Twins.
Stew pitched for the California Angels in 1984, '85 and '88.  He went 13-5 with 6 saves during his MLB career.  He appeared on a few baseball cards with the Angels and several more with various minor league teams playing and coaching.
His twin brother catcher Stan hit .179 over 60 plate appearances for the 1980 Angels.  The brothers had a unique bobblehead featuring both of them with the Rochester Red Wings.
Stew once said that he knew he was a major leaguer when he saw himself on a baseball card.  I always thought that had to be the coolest thing.  It's great to hear a former player say that.
Thank you to Coach Cliburn, the Minnesota Twins organization for their hospitality.  Thank you to Scott for his fine video work.

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