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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twins: Jim Rantz, the man who discovered Kirby Puckett, retires after 52 years with Minnesota

Rantz, 75, the Twins’ director of minor league operations since 1986 and part of the team for its entire 52 years in Minnesota, will retire at the end of the year, he announced Monday, Oct. 15. Rantz actually first joined the organization as a pitcher when the franchise still was the Washington Senators, a year before the move to Minnesota.

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM (#4272311)
Lots of change in MN with the dismissal of several long-time coaches and now Rantz retiring.
   2. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: October 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4273006)
The Twins selected Puckett third overall in the goofy January draft. Only player from the first round with positive WAR. Why exactly did the "other" drafts disappear?
   3. zonk Posted: October 16, 2012 at 08:53 PM (#4273050)
The Twins selected Puckett third overall in the goofy January draft. Only player from the first round with positive WAR. Why exactly did the "other" drafts disappear?


I think the first January draft went away with a CBA that allowed/created "draft and follows" -- a lot of decent talent would basically go to JuCo and then sign for well better than slot in the next draft. In effect, baseball made themselves another tier of minor leagues... I know 'draft and follow' was killed with the last (not newest) CBA, but the first January draft never came back.

The other draft was an oddball draft that I think used to actually be in August and eventually became the January supplemental or something like that.

Someone can explain it better than me, but I think they all originated with the different levels of draft eligibility a player had... MLB used to be hardcore about and have significant eligibility technicalities.

Strangely enough - the two remaining drafts are the rule 4 (the June amateur) and rule 5.

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