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12/15/11

Not a Garden Variety Top 10 List - Part 2: Twins Franchise On Base Percentage Leaders

This is the second installment of the franchise top ten lists, which started with the Batting Average List earlier this week. Again, the purpose is to provide a glimpse of the great players who wore the Franchise's uniform, being Twins or Senators.

As with Batting Average, there are two top ten lists for each category: Single Season Best and Career Best. Career Best takes into consideration cumulative performance for only the Twins' or Senators' years of a player's career. In other words, what Carew did with the Angels does not matter. And the top-10 lists are not a single top ten list. Because of the variations of the game through out the years, a Senators' top ten list is merged with a Twins' top ten list to give the franchise's best (usually 20-30) players in a category.

So in the lists, we get the ranking in the franchise and the ranking of a particular player among Senators or Twins, depending what uniform that player won. Because the purpose of this is to be a history lesson and a celebration of the great players who played for our beloved franchise, and not a debate about who is better than whom, I am not adding commentary on performances. Also, because these units are somewhat freestanding the way they are posted, I am profiling every player including the ones appearing in earlier lists. The stats in the profiles are career totals and not franchise totals.

There we go: On Base Percentage

Franchise Single Season:

Franchise 1 Was 1 Myer, B (1938) .454
Franchise 2 Min 1 Carew, R (1977) .449
Franchise 3 Min 2 Knoblauch, C (1996) .448
Franchise 4 Min 3 Mauer, J (2009).444
Franchise 5 Was 2 Goslin, G (1928) .442
Franchise 6 Was 3 Yost, E (1950) .440
Franchise 6 Was 3 Myer, B (1935) .440
Franchise 8 Min 4 Carew, R (1974) .433
Franchise 9 Min 5 Mauer, J (2006) .429
Franchise 10 Min 6 Killebrew, H (1969) .427
Franchise 11 Was 5 Goslin, G (1926) .425
Franchise 12 Min 7 Knoblauch, C (1995) .424
Franchise 13 Was 6 Yost, E (1951) .423
Franchise 14 Was 7 Cronin, J (1930) .422
Franchise 15 Min 8 Carew, R (1975) .421
Franchise 15 Was 9 Goslin, G (1924) .421
Franchise 15 Was 10 Stone, J (1936) .421
Franchise 18 Was 11 Myer, B (1934) .419
Franchise 19 Was 12 Judge, J (1920) .416
Franchise 20 Min 9 Mauer, J (2008) .413
Franchise 21 Was 13 Yost, E (1956) .412
Franchise 21 Was 13 Schaefer, G (1911) .412
Franchise 23 Min 10 Carew, R (1978) .411
Franchise 23 Min 10 Carew, R (1973) .411
Franchise 23 Min 10 Killebrew, H (1970) .411

Franchise Career:

Franchise 1 Min 1 Mauer .403
Franchise 2 Min 2 Carew .393
Franchise 2 Was 1 Myer, B .393
Franchise 4 Was 2 Stone, J .392
Franchise 5 Min 3 Knoblauch, C .391
Franchise 6 Was 3 Yost, E .389
Franchise 7 Was 4 Cronin, J .387
Franchise 8 Was 5 Goslin, G .386
Franchise 9 Was 6 Ruel, M .382
Franchise 10 Min 4 Lawton, M .379
Franchise 10 Was 7 Judge, J .379
Franchise 12 Min 5 Killebrew, H .378
Franchise 13 Was 8 Spence, S .377
Franchise 14 Min 6 Braun, S .376
Franchise 15 Min 7 Mack, S .375
Franchise 15 Was 9 Rice, S .375
Franchise 17 Was 10 Ferrell, R .374
Franchise 18 Min 8 Koskie, C .373
Franchise 19 Was 11 Manush, H .371
Franchise 20 Was 12 Travis, C .370
Franchise 21 Was 13 Lewis, B .368
Franchise 22 Min 9 Mientkiewicz, D .367
Franchise 22 Min 9 Hrbek, K .367







Who is who of the Senators Listed, with a bit of biographic information and a picture (alphabetically):




Cronin, J
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Joseph Edward Cronin
Born: October 12, 1906 in San Francisco, CA
Died: September 7, 1984, Osterville, MA
SS

1926-1927 Pittsburgh, 1928-1934 Senators, 1935-1945 Red Sox.
Career: .301/.390/.468, 170 HR, 1424 RBI, 1232 R, 2285 H, 87 SB

7 times All Star: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941
AL MVP 1930
Hall of Fame (elected 1956 as a Red Sox' Player)
His number 4 retired by Boston

Ferrell, R
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Richard (Rick) Benjamin Ferrell
Born: October 12, 1905 in Durham, NC
Died: July 27, 1995 in Bloomfield Hills, MI
C


1929-1932 and 1941-1943St. Louis, 1932-1937 Boston, 1937-1941 and 1944-1947 Senators
Career: .281/.378/.363, 28 HR, 734 RBI, 687 R, 1692 H, 29 SB.

8 times All Star: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 (Boston), 1937, 1938, 1944, 1945 (Senators)
Hall of Fame (elected 1984 as a Red Sox' Player)

Goslin, G
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Leon Allen (Goose) Goslin
Born: October 16, 1900 in Salem, NJ
Died: May 15, 1971, Bridgeton, NJ
OF

1921-1930, 1933, 1938 Senators, 1930-1932 St. Louis, 1934-1938 Detroit
Career: .316/.387/.500, 248 HR, 1609 RBI, 1482 R, 2735 H, 175 SB

All Star 1936
World Series Winner 1924 (Senators) 1935 (Detroit)
Hall of Fame (Elected 1968 as a Minnesota Twin not as a Senator)


Judge, J
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Joseph Ignatius (Joe) Judge
Born: May 25, 1894 in Brooklyn, NY
Died: March 11, 1963 in Washington DC
1B

1915-1933 Senators, 1933-1934 Red Sox
Career: .298/.378/.420, 71 HR, 1034 RBI, 1185 R, 2352 H, 213 SB

World Series Winner 1924 (Senators)




Lewis, B
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John Kelly (Buddy) Lewis
Born: August 10, 1916 in Gastonia, NC
Died: February 18, 2011 in Gastonia, NC
3B

1935-1941, 1945-1947 Senators; in the US Air Force from 1942-1944 flew more than 350 missions in WWII
Career: .297/.368/.420, 71 HR, 607 RBI, 830 R, 1563 H, 83 SB

All Star: 1938, 1947


Manush, H
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Henry Emmett (Heinie) Manush
Born: July 20, 1901 in Tuscumbia, AL
Died: May 21, 1971 in Sarasota, FL
OF

1923-1927 Detroit, 1928-1930 St Louis, 1930-1935 Senators, 1936 Boston, 1937-1938 Brooklyn, 1938-1939 Pittsburgh
Career: .330/.377/.479, 110 HR, 1183 RBI, 1288 R, 2524 H, 114 SB

Led AL in Batting Average in 1926 and in Hits in 1928 and 1933
All Star (1934, Senators)
Hall of Fame (Elected 1964, Detroit Tigers)




Myer, B
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Charles Solomon (Buddy) Myer
Born: March 16, 1904 in Ellisville, MS
Died: October 31, 1974 in Baton Rouge, LA
2B

1925-1927, 1929-1941 Senators, 1927-1928 Red Sox
Career: .303/.389/.406 38 HR, 850 RBI, 1174 R, 2131 H, 156 SB

Led the AL in Batting Average in 1935 and Stolen Bases in 1928
Two times All Star: 1935, 1937



Rice, S
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Edgar Charles (Sam) Rice
Born: February 20, 1890 in Morocco, IN
Died: October 13, 1974 in Rossmoor, MD
OF

1915-1933 Senators, 1934 Cleveland
Career: .322/.374/.427, 34 HR, 1078 RBI, 1513 R, 2987 H, 351 SB

Led the AL in Hits 1924, 1926 and Stolen Bases in 1920
World Series Champion 1924 (Senators)
Hall of Fame (elected 1963, Minnesota Twins)



Ruel, M
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Herold Dominic (Muddy) Ruel
Born: February 20, 1896 in St. Louis, MO
Died: November 13, 1963 in Palo Alto, California
C

1915, 1933 St Louis, 1917-1920 Yankees, 1921-1922 Red Sox, 1923-1931 Senators, 1931-1932 Detroit, 1934 White Sox
Career: .275/.365/.332 4 HR, 534 RBI, 493 R, 1242 H, 61 SB

World Series Champion 1924 (Senators)

Schaefer, G
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Herman A. (Germany) Schaefer
Born: February 4, 1877 in Chicago, IL
Died: May 16, 1919 in Saranac Lake, NY
IF


1901-1902 Chicago, 1905-1909 Detroit, 1909-1914 Senators, 1916 Yankees, 1917 Cleveland
Career: .257/.319/.320 9 HR, 308 RBI, 497 R, 972 H, 201 SB.


Spence, S
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Stanley (Stan) Orville Spence
Born: March 20, 1915 in S.Portsmouth, KY
Died: January 9, 1983 in Kinston, NC
OF

1940-1941, 1948-1949, Red Sox, 1942-1947 Senators, 1949 St Louis
Career: .282/.369/.437 95 HR, 575 RBI, 541 R, 1090 H, 21 SB

All Star: 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947 (all with Senators)


Stone, J
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John "Rocky" Thomas Stone
Born: October 10, 1905 in Mulberry, TN
Died: November 30, 1955 in Shelbyville, TN
OF

1928-1933 Detroit, 1934-1938 Senators
Career: .310/.376/.467 77 HR, 707 RBI, 739 R, 1391 H, 45 SB



Travis, C
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Cecil Howell Travis
Born: August 8, 1913 in Riverdale, GA
Died: December 16, 2006 in Riverdale, GA
SS

1933-1941, 1945-1947 Senators; 1941-1944 US Army, received Bronze Star for injuries
Career: .314/.370/.416 27 HR, 657 RBI, 665 R, 1544 H, 23 SB

Led the AL in Hits, 1941
All Star: 1938, 1940, 1941


Yost, E
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Edward "The Walking Man" (Eddie) Frederick Joseph Yost
Born: October 13, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY


1944-1958 Senators, 1959-1960 Detroit, 1961-1962 LA Dodgers (spent part of the 1945 Season in the US Navy)
Career: .254/.394/.371, 193 HR, 683 RBI, 1215 R, 1863 H, 72 SB


Let the AL in OBP 1959, 1960 in Runs 1959
All Star 1952 (Senators)







Who is who of the Twins listed, with a bit of biographic information and a picture (alphabetically):

Braun, S
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Stephen (Steve) Russell Braun
Born: May 8, 1948 in Trenton, NJ
OF

1971-1976 Twins, 1977-1978 Seattle, 1978-1980 Kansas City, 1980 Toronto, 1981-1985 St Louis
Career: .271/.371/.367 52 HR, 388 RBI, 466 R, 969 H, 45 SB

World Series Champion 1982 (St Louis)

Carew, R
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Rodney (Rod) Cline Carew
Born: October 1, 1945 in Gatun, Canal Zone
IF

1967-1978 Twins, 1979-1985 Angels
Career: .328/.393/.429 82 HR, 1015 RBI, 1424 R, 3053 H, 353 SB

Led AL in Batting Average: 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978; in OBP 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978 in OPS 1977 in Runs 1977, Hits 1973, 1974, 1977
All Star: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 (Twins), 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 (Angels)
MVP 1977
Rookie of the year 1967
Roberto Clemente Award 1977
Uniform number 29 Retired by the Twins (1987) and Angels (1991)
Hall of Fame (elected 1991, Minnesota Twins)


Hrbek, K
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Kent Alan Hrbek
Born: May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, MN
1B

1961-1994 Twins
Career: .283/.367/.481 293 HR, 1086 RBi, 903 R, 37 SB


All Star 1982
World Series Champion 1987, 1991, Twins
Uniform number 14 was retired by the Twins (1995)


Killebrew, H
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Harmon "Killer" Clayton Killebrew
Born: June 29, 1936 in Payette, ID
1B

1954-1960 Senators, 1961-1974 Twins, 1975 Royals
Career: .256/.376/.509 573 HR, 1584 RBI, 1283 R, 2086 H, 19 SB

Led AL in Home Runs 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1969, in RBI in 1962, 1969 and 1971, in OBP in 1969 and in SLG% in 1963
All Star: 1959, 1960 (Senators) 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 (Twins)
MVP 1969
Uniform number 3 Retired by the Twins (1975)
Hall of Fame (elected 1984, Minnesota Twins)


Knoblauch, C
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Edward Charles (Chuck) Knoblauch
Born: July 7, 1968 in Houston, TX
2B


1991-1997 Twins, 1998-2001 Yankees, 2002 Kansas City
Career: .289/.378/.406 98 HR, 615 RBI, 1132 R, 1839 H, 407 SB

All Star 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (all with Twins)
Gold Glove 1997
Silver Slugger 1995, 1997
World Series Champion: 1991 (Twins), 1994, 1996, 1997 (Yankees)
Rookie of the Year 1991 (Twins)

Koskie, C
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Cordel (Cory) Leonard Koskie
Born: June 28, 1973 in Anola, MB, Canada
3B

1998-2004 Twins, 2005 Blue Jays, 2006 Brewers
Career: .275/.367/.458 124 HR, 506 RBI, 516 R, 71 SB

Lawton, M
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Matthew (Matt) Lawton
Born: November 30, 1971 in Gulfport, MS
OF

1995-2001 Twins, 2001 Mets, 2002-2004 Indians, 2005 Cubs, 2005 Yankees, 2006 Mariners
Career: .259/.368/.417 138 HR, 631 RBI, 756 R, 165 SB

All Star: 2000 (Twins), 2004 (Indians)


Mack, S
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Shane Lee Mack
Born: December 7, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA
OF

1987-1988 San Diego, 1990-1994 Twins, 1997 Boston, 1998 Kansas City, 1998 Oakland
Career: .299/.364/.456 80 HR, 398 RBI, 436 R, 853 H, 90 SB

World Series Champion 1991 (Twins)


Mauer, J .
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Joseph (Joe) Patrick Mauer
Born: April 19, 1983 in St. Paul, MN
C

2004- Twins
Career: .323/.403/.471 84 HR, 502 RBI, 545 R, 1096 H, 35 SB

Led the AL in Batting Average 2006, 2008, 2009, in OBP in 2009, in Slugging percentage in 2009 and in OPS in 2009
All Star: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Silver Slugger: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010,
Gold Glove: 2008, 2009, 2010
AL MVP 2009

Mientkiewicz, D
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Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz
Born: June 19, 1974 in Toledo, OH
1B

1998-2004 Twins, 2004 Red Sox, 2005 Mets, 2006 Royals, 2007 Yankees, 2008 Pirates, 2009 Dodgers
Career: .271/.360/.405 66 HR, 405 RBI, 422 R, 899 H, 14 SB

Gold Glove: 2001 (Twins)
World Series Champion (2004 Red Sox)





Next: Slugging Percentage.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

You're right, I am impressed with Mauer's career obp in relation to everyone else who ever has worn a Senators/Twins uniform. He's going to have to have some more good years, though, if he wants to stay ahead of Carew, since Carew hit his decline wearing another uniform and Mauer in all likelihood will not.

thrylos98 said...

Indeed. The other name that really pops out here in my opinion is Knoblauch, who actually is not held to a high esteem (because of the trade request) by the fans, but his OBP number is Carew-like. If Gagne is in the Twins' HOF, he should also be

Andrew said...

I've really done a 180 on Knoblauch. I was a kid when he came up, and was disappointed when he left. But how much can you really blame him for wanting to get off a sinking (sunk?) ship? It happens all the time now in baseball. He absolutely deserves to be in the Twins Hall of Fame. Sure, he has had some noteworthy personal problems, and of course the steroids thing, but those don't affect his great years as a Twin. I also recall that he hit a ton of doubles one year.