April 30 – Happy Birthday Randy Kutcher

kutcherSlim pickings when it comes to members of the Red Sox’ all-time roster who were born on April 30. Randy Kutcher saw action, mostly as an outfielder in five big league seasons from 1986 through 1990. 

He was a fourth-round selection of the Giants in the 1979 amateur draft. It then took him seven years to make his big league debut with San Francisco. It was a good one. In his first game he hit a home run off of Padres’ reliever Craig Lefferts. In fact, Kutcher hit seven home runs in his first 25 games as a rookie but then not another in his final 46 that year and then just three more his entire career.

In December of 1987, he was sent to the Red Sox as the player to be named later in in the trade that sent Dave Henderson from Boston to San Francisco. He then spent most of his first season in the Red Sox organization playing for Pawtucket. In 1990, Boston skipper Joe Morgan used him in 77 games as both a spare outfielder and utility infielder. He appeared in two games in that year’s ALCS versus Oakland but did not get to make a plate appearance in either contest. He continued in that dual-utility role for Morgan the following year as well and then got released.

Kutcher does hold the distinction of being the only position player in Red Sox history to be born in the state of Alaska. The only other member of Boston’s all time roster to be born in America’s northern most state was pitcher Curt Schilling. The only other Red Sox born on April 30th was a long-ago first baseman named Babe Danzig who saw just 6 games of action during the 1909 season.

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