Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday! of veteran big league pitcher Randy Wolf.
Randall Christopher Wolf is spending his 39th Birthday today in Detroit, Michigan, were, around 7pm tonight, he'll step onto the mound at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers and face the Texas Rangers.
It will be the first time in a year that Wolf, a second round draft pick in 1997 by the Philadelphia Phillies, has pitched in the big leagues.
Last season Wolf pitched for the Miami Marlins, going 1-3 in 6 appearances for the Fish.
Wolf was pitching for Triple -A Buffalo for the Blue Jays, and the Tigers went back to Toronto for pitching help after Daniel Norris, traded by the Blue Jays to Detroit in the David Price deal, went on the 15 day disabled list.
The Tigers also put RHP Anibal Sanchez on the DL, so the team looked around for someone to take Saturday's start, and Wolf was called on to help by his former teammate, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Wolf and Ausmus played together in Houston in 2008, and for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009.
Wolf told Mathew B. Mowrey of the Oakland Press "...I didn't want to look back with any regrets.." when asked why he was still hanging on in baseball, pitching and riding buses in the minors, after 15 years and Tommy John surgery.
Randy Wolf was born on August 22, 1976, in Canoga Park, California, grew up in Woodland Hills, attended El Camino Real High School, and then played college baseball at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
On June 11, 1999 Wolf made his big league debut with the Phillies against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tonight will be Wolf's 373rd big league start, now in his 16th big league season.
Wolf will also be reunited with his fellow Buffalo Bisons teammates Norris and Matt Boyd in Detroit.
Wolf has a career record of 133-120, with a 4.31 ERA in 382 big league apperances.
Wolf has won at least 11 games eight times in the big leagues, with a career high 16 wins in his only All-Star season of 2003, with the Phillies.
As a Tigers fan I hope Randy Wolf has a outstanding Happy Baseball Birthday!
Welcome to Motown Randy!