Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dick Such

Sent: 6/18/10 
Received: 6/28/10
Time: 10 Days
Address: c/o Salem Red Sox
Item Sent: 1986 Twins Team Issue, 1987 Donruss Opening Day Twins Logo
Item Received: 1986 Twins Team Issue, 1987 Donruss Opening Day Twins Logo, 2009 Grandstand  Salem Red Sox.  All signed in blue Sharpie.

Dick Such's 17 year tenure as Tom Kelly's pitching coach for the Twins included two World Series titles, two World Series MVP pitchers (Frank Viola and Jack Morris), a Cy Young winner (Viola), three 20 game winners (Viola, Scott Erickson, and Brad Radke), an AL ERA champ (Allan Anderson), two elite closers (Jeff Reardon and Rick Aguilera), two no-hitters (Erickson and Eric Milton) and three potential Hall of Famers (Bert Blyleven, Morris, and Johan Santana).  He was much maligned by fans and media alike during the mid to late nineties, which is fair given the pitching staff's production.  In his defense, the talent he was working with during that era was not exactly of major league caliber.  As for this return, I'm pretty stoked about the '87 Donruss Opening Day logo card.  I just bought a lot of those cards to use for coaches, broadcasters, and others affiliated with the 1987 Twins for my signed 1987 Donruss team set.  Mr. Such also included a signed copy of his 2009 Salem minor league card.  Great return!

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