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12/24/11

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone in the Twins Territory a very Merry Christmas. And Santa will have that 2012 World Series trophy wrapped under the tree

12/22/11

Seven Little known facts (and a couple of videos) about Twins pitcher Jason Marquis

The Minnesota Twins have announced that they came to terms with RHP Jason Marquis in a one year, $3 million contract (this is $300K more than what the Rockies signed Kevin Slowey this off-season to avoid arbitration.) I listed some of his numbers when I looked at the remaining SP free agents. He was on the bottom of the list. Nevertheless, I am not very enthusiastic about this signing. I think the upside of Marquis next season is being another Carl Pavano and his downside is to be another Livan Hernandez or Ramon Ortiz. I wish that he exceeds these expectations and wins 20 games for the Twins next season. I am sure that you will read a lot of scouting and pitching reports and analysis out there shortly (so I will not add another one, other that saying that my nickname for Jason for 2012 will be Marquis de Junque - yes he is a junkball pitcher with a mediocre fastball that induces a lot of ground balls, and this might be in play with the Twins' infield defense. Lots like Blackburn but with a 3 mph slower FB.)

Here are seven facts about Jason Marquis and a couple of videos:


  • On his 13th birthday he pitched a no-hitter to get his little league team the 3rd place in the Little League World Series.


  • He won a Silver Slugger Award in 2005 and his career batting average (.197) and OPS (.499) are higher than those of Drew Butera (.178 and .481 respectively)


  • Marquis grew up Conservative Jewish and his grandparents are Holocaust survivors


  • He reached the post-season in all nine of his major league seasons through 2008.


  • Jason wore uniform number 21 for the last few seasons, a number vacated for the Twins by the Delmon Young trade to the Tigers last season.


  • Marquis has never faced the Minnesota Twins.


  • Last season he was suspended along with his current teammate with the Twins, Esmerling Vásquez, after both drilled opposing hitters after warnings were issued in a Nationals-Diamondbacks game. He was with the Nats and Vásquez with the Diamondbacks.



Here is a video where Marquis is interviewed after his 100th MLB win



And here is what happened to Marquis last season on August 14th (he has healed from the broken femur) :

12/20/11

How do I feel about the Cuddyer, Kubel and Nathan signings?

this video pretty much tells it all:

Looking at the remaining MLB free agent starting pitchers

About a month ago, I offered the contrarian opinion that the Twins' starting rotation can be an asset for 2012 without the addition of any external pitchers, if the Twins decided to start their best pitchers, place Blackburn in the pen and give Swarzak and Hendricks an opportunity to claim the last rotation spot. In the same post, I showed that 5 Twins' starters were either much above (Slowey, Baker) or above (Hendricks, Swarzak, Duensing) than league average last season, while Pavano and Liriano were below and Blackburn was much below average. I argued that with Liriano's health improving, a top trio of Slowey, Baker, Liriano, with Pavano at the fourth spot and Swarzak or Hendricks at the fifth, has the makings of a solid rotation.

It is not so any more, because of the ill-advised trade of Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for Daniel Turpen who projects to be a reliever in Rochester for 2012. What are the Twins' options to fill the rotation in 2012? There are indications that Terry Ryan wants to bring in at least one "experienced" starter. Let's look at the free agents who are still available. Here is a list, indicating a few of their performance metrics in 2011: the ground ball to fly ball ratio (GB/FB), their average fastball mph, the total innings pitched, the percent of their pitches that were swings and misses (%SwStr), their expected pitching efficiency (xPE) and their expected fielding-independent pitching (xFIP). I sorted the list with decreasing xPE, and also indicated the AL average xPE for starters.

Kevin Millwood 1.20 GB/FB, 89.2 mph FB, 54.1 IP, 6.8% SwStr%, 22.17 xPE, 3.55 xFIP (NL)
Rich Harden 0.68 GB/FB, 91.7 mph FB, 82.2 IP, 12.0% SwStr, 22.13 xPE, 3.68 xFIP (AL)
Bartolo Colon 1.22 GB/FB, 91.7 mph FB, 164.1 IP, 5.3 SwStr%, 20.43xPE, 3.57xFIP (AL)
Javier Vazquez 0.74 GB/FB, 90.4 mph FB, 192.2 IP, 8.9% SwStr%, 20.00 xPE, 3.87 xFIP (NL, might retire)
Hiroki Kuroda 1.24 GB/FB, 92 mph FB, 202 IP, 10.3% SwStr%, 19.30 xPE, 3.56 xFIP (NL)
Roy Oswalt 1.27 GB/FB, 91.4 mph FB, 8.0% SwStr%, 13.81 xPE, 131 IP, 3.95 xFIP (NL)
Edwin Jackson 1.40 GB/FB, 94.5 mph FB, 199.2 IP, 9.2% SwStr, 12.60 xPE, 3.73xFIP (AL/NL)

------------MLB AVERAGE xPE (around 11 for starters)--------------

Aaron Cook 2.36 GB/FB, 88.2 mph FB, 97 IP, 5.6% SwStr%, 10.74 xPE, 4.37xFIP (NL)
Chris Young 0.28 GB/FB, 84.7 mph FB, 24 IP, 8.1% SwStr%, 9.19 xPE 4.73 xFIP (NL, injured most of the season)
Micah Owings 0.84 GB/FB, 87.1 mph FB, 63 IP, 8.55xPE, 4.51 xFIP (NL, spent time in the minors)
Livan Hernandez 1.18 GB/FB, 83.9 mph FB, 175.1 IP, 6.4% SwStr%, 8.42 xPR, 4.28 xFIP (NL)
Jeff Francis 1.36 GB/FB, 84.7 mph FB, 183 IP, 7.0% SwStr%, 7.9 xPE, 4.29 xFIP (AL)
Jo-Jo Reyes 1.09 GB/FB, 89.9 mph FB, 140 IP, 6.6% SwStr%, 7.08 xPE, 4.58 xFIP (AL)
Tim Wakefield 0.84 FB/GB, 72.9 mph FB (65.8 mph KB), 8.9% SwStr%, 7.45 xPE, 154.2 IP, 4.81 xFIP (AL)
Rodrigo Lopez 1.11 GB/FB, 88 mph FB, 97.2 IP, 6.2% SwStr, 7.25 xPE, 4.48 xFIP (NL, spent half season in minors)
Joe Saunders 1.29 GB/FB, 89.6 mph FB, 212 IP, 6.2% SwStr%, 5.26 xPE, 4.38 xFIP (NL)
Jon Garland 0.96 GB/FB, 88.3 mph FB, 54 IP, 5.6% SwStr%, 4.57 xPE, 4.86 xFIP (NL) (injured and had shoulder surgery)
Paul Maholm 1.77 GB/FB, 87.4 mph FB, 162.1 IP, 5.7% SwStr%, 4.12 xPE, 4.03 xFIP (NL)
Joel Pineiro 1.58 GB/FB, 87.1 mph FB, 145.2 IP, 5.2% SwStr%, 3.96 xPE, 4.38 xFIP (AL)
Jason Marquis 2.23 GB/FB, 89.3 mph FB, 132 IP, 6.5% SwStr%, 3.43 xPE, 4.02 xFIP (NL)

Others:

Hisashi Iwakuma (Japanese Free Agent) 90-92 peak 94mph FB, 119 IP, 30.70 PE (In Japan, was injured part of the season)
Brandon Webb (Did not play in 2011)



I think that the Twins should not look at anyone under the line (unfortunately, they are reports that they are looking at Francis, Pineiro, Garland and Saunders, all of whom will be lesser than in-house options.) At this point, Swarzak and Hedricks were above the line last season and they can complement Baker, Liriano and Pavano. Doyle, who was picked up in the Rule 5 draft, and Cole DeVries will give them 4 arms to compete for 2 spots in the rotation. I would add Blackburn to the competition mix, because of his contract mainly. However, he does not belong in a major league rotation and hopefully he can resurrect his career in the pen, like Glen Perkins.

From the free agents above the line, Milwood, Colon and Vazquez are close to retirement. Oswalt and Jackson are too expensive for their production and Kuroda likely is priced above what the Twins can afford. Signing Rich Harden to an incentive-laden contract, might make a lot of sense for the Twins. It could be a low (monetary) risk/high reward proposition. Another possibility would be signing Hisashi Iwakuma who is a Japanese free agent represented by the same agency as Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham. Iwakuma's risk is higher and the investment whould be higher than Harden.

What do you think?

12/19/11

Not a Garden Variety Top 10 List - Part 3: Twins Franchise Slugging Percentage Leaders

This is the third installment of the franchise top ten lists, which started with the Batting Average List and the OBP list last 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 the other lists, 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.


Here is the Slugging Percentage List and you will see many more Twins than Senators. This reflects the differences in ball play during the times:

Franchise single season:

Franchise 1 WAS 1 Goslin, G WAS .614
Franchise 2 MIN 1 Killebrew, H .606
Franchise 3 MIN 2 Mauer, J .587
Franchise 4 MIN 3 Killebrew, H .584
Franchise 5 WAS 2 Sievers, R .579
Franchise 6 MIN 4 Carew, R .570
Franchise 7 MIN 5 Morneau, J .559
Franchise 8 MIN 6 Killebrew, H .558 .
Franchise 9 MIN 7 Oliva, T .557
Franchise 10 MIN 8 Killebrew, H .555
Franchise 11 MIN 9 Allison, B .553
Franchise 12 MIN 10 Gaetti, G .551
Franchise 13 MIN 11 Killebrew, H .548
Franchise 14 WAS 3 Goslin, G .547
Franchise 15 MIN 12 Killebrew, H .546
Franchise 15 MIN 12 Oliva, T .546
Franchise 17 MIN 14 Killebrew, H .545
Franchise 17 MIN 14 Hrbek, K 9 .545
Franchise 17 MIN 14 Puckett, K .545
Franchise 17 WAS 4 Stone, J .545
Franchise 21 WAS 5 Sievers, R .544
Franchise 22 WAS 6 Goslin, G .542
Franchise 23 MIN 15 Puckett, K .540
Franchise 24 MIN 16 Kubel, J .539
Franchise 25 MIN 17 Killebrew, H .538
Franchise 26 MIN 18 Puckett, K .537
Franchise 27 WAS 7 Killebrew, H .534
Franchise 27 MIN 19 Puckett, K .534
Franchise 29 MIN 20 Allison, B .533
Franchise 29 MIN 20 Hisle, L .533
Franchise 31 MIN 22 Hunter, T .524
Franchise 32 WAS 8 Manush, H .523
Franchise 33 MIN 23 Hrbek, K .522
Franchise 34 MIN 24 Hall, J .521
Franchise 35 MIN 25 Cuddyer, M .520
Franchise 35 WAS 9 Manush, H .520
Franchise 35 WAS 10 Travis, C .520
Franchise 35 MIN 25 Hrbek, K .520


Career:

Franchise 1 MIN 1 Killebrew, H .514 .
Franchise 2 WAS 1 Goslin, G .502
Franchise 3 WAS 2 Sievers, R .500
Franchise 4 MIN 2 Morneau, J .499
Franchise 5 MIN 3 Hrbek, K .481
Franchise 6 MIN 4 Mack, S .479
Franchise 7 WAS 3 Manush, H .478
Franchise 8 MIN 5 Puckett, K .477
Franchise 9 MIN 6 Oliva, T .476
Franchise 9 WAS 4 Stone, J .476
Franchise 11 MIN 7 Allison, B .471
Franchise 11 MIN 7 Mauer, J .471
Franchise 13 WAS 5 Lemon, J .470
Franchise 14 MIN 9 Hunter, T .469
Franchise 15 MIN 10 Koskie, C .463
Franchise 16 MIN 11 Kubel, J .459
Franchise 17 MIN 12 Hisle, L .457
Franchise 18 MIN 13 Jones, J .455
Franchise 18 WAS 6 Cronin, J .455
Franchise 20 WAS 7 Spence, S .453 .
Franchise 21 MIN 14 Brunansky, T .452
Franchise 22 MIN 15 Cuddyer, M .451
Franchise 22 MIN 15 Cordova, M .451
Franchise 24 MIN 17 Carew, R .448
Franchise 25 MIN 18 Gaetti, G .437
Franchise 26 MIN 19 Harper, B .431
Franchise 26 MIN 19 Coomer, R .431
Franchise 28 WAS 8 Rice, S .429
Franchise 29 MIN 20 Lawton, M .428
Franchise 29 WAS 9 Vernon, M .428
Franchise 31 WAS 10 Judge, J .423

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



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)


Lemon, J
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James (Jim) Robert Lemon
Born: March 23, 1928 in Covington, VA
Died: May 14, 2006 in Brandon, MS

1950, 1955 Cleveland, 1954-1960 Senators, 1961-1962 Twins, 1963 Philadelphia, 1963 White Sox
Career: .262/.332/.460, 164 HR, 529 RBI, 446 R, 901 H, 13 SB

All Star: 1959, 1960 (Senators)



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)


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)

Sievers, R
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Roy "Squirrel" Edward Sievers
Born: November 18, 1926 in St.Louis, MO

1949-1953 St Louis Browns (later became Baltimore Orioles), 1954-1959 Senators, 1960-1961 (White Sox) 1962-1964 Phillies, 1964-1965 (expansion Senators - later became Texas Rangers)
Career: .267/.354/.475 318 HR, 1147 RBI, 945 R, 1703 H, 14 SB

Led the AL in HRs in 1957 and in RBI in 1957
All Star: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 (Senators) 1961 (White Sox)
Rookie of the Year: 1959 (Browns)

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



Vernon, M
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James Barton (Mickey) Vernon
Born: April 22, 1918 in Marcus Hook, PA
Died: September 24, 2008 in Media, PA
1B

1939-1943, 1946-1947, 1950-1955 Senators, 1949-1950, 1958 Cleveland, 1956-1957 Boston, 1959 Milwaukee, 1960 Pittsburgh; US Army 1944-1945
Career: .286/.359/.428 172 HR, 1311 RBI, 1196 R, 2495 H, 137 SB

Led the AL in Batting Average in 1946 and 1953
All Star: 1946, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1955 (Senators) 1956 (Boston) 1958 (Cleveland)
World Series Champion 1960


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

Allison, B
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William Robert (Bob) Allison
Born: July 11, 1934 in Raytown, MO
Died: April 9, 1995 in Rio Verde, AZ

1958-1960 Senators, 1961-1970 Twins
Career: .255/.358/.471 256 HR, 796 RBI, 811 R, 1281 H, 84 SB

Led the AL in OPS in 1963 and in Runs in 1963
All Star: 1959 (Senators) 1963, 1964 (Twins)
Rookie of the Year (1959, Senators)



Brunansky, T
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Thomas (Tom) "Bruno" Andrew Brunansky
Born: August 20, 1960 in Covina, CA

1981 Angels, 1982-1988 Twins, 1988-1990 St Louis, 1990-1992, 1994 Red Sox, 1993-1994 Milwaukee
Career: .245/.327/.434 271 HR, 919 RBI, 804 R, 1543 H, 69 SB

All Star: 1985 (Twins)
World Series Champion: 1987 (Twins)


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)


Coomer R
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Ronald (Ron) Bryan Coomer
Born: November 18, 1966 in Chicago, IL

1995-2000 Twins, 2001 Cubs, 2002 Yankees, 2003 Dodgers
Career: .274/.313/.421 92 HR, 449 RBI, 333 R, 827 H, 13 SB

All Star: 1999 (Twins)



Cordova M
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Martin (Marty) Keevin Cordova
Born: July 10, 1969 in Las Vegas, NV

1995-1999 Twins, 2000 Toronto, 2001 Cleveland, 2002-2003 Baltimore
Career: .274/.344/.448 122 HR, 540 RBI, 480 R, 938 H, 57 SB

Rookie of the Year: 1995 (Twins)


Cuddyer M
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Michael Brent Cuddyer
Born: March 27, 1979 in Norfolk, VA

2001-2011 Twins
Career: .272/.343/.451 141 HR, 580 RBI, 606 R, 1106 H, 52 SB

All Star: 2011 (Twins)

Gaetti G
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Gary Joseph Gaetti
Born: August 19, 1958 in Centralia, IL

1981-1990 Twins, 1991-1993 Angels, 1993-1995 Kansas City, 1996-1998 St Louis, 1998-1999 Cubs, 2000 Red Sox
Career: .255/.308/.434 360 HR, 1341 RBI, 1130 R, 2280 H, 96 SB

All Star: 1988, 1989 (Twins)
Silver Slugger: 1995 (Kansas City)
Gold Glove: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 (Twins)
ALCS MVP: 1987 (Twins)
World Series Champion: 1987 (Twins)


Hall J
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Jimmie Randolph Hall
Born: March 17, 1938 in Mt.Holly, NC

1963-1966 Twins, 1967-1968 Angels, 1968-1969 Cleveland, 1969 Yankees, 1969-1970 Cubs, 1970 Atlanta.
Career: .254/.321/.434 121 HR, 391 RBI, 387 R, 724 H, 38 SB

All Star: 1964, 1965 (Twins)

Harper, B
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Brian David Harper
Born: October 16, 1959 in Los Angeles, CA
C

1979, 1981 Angels, 1982-1984 Pittsburgh, 1985 St Louis, 1986 Detroit, 1987, 1985 Oakland, 1998-1993 Twins, 1994 Milwaukee
Career: .295/.329/.419 63 HR, 428 RBI, 339 R, 931 H, 8 SB

World Series Champion 1991, Twins


Hisle, L
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Larry Eugene Hisle
Born: May 5, 1947 in Portsmouth, OH
OF

1968-1971 Philadelphia, 1973-1977 Twins, 1978-1982 Milwaukee
Career: .273/.347./.452 166 HR, 674 RBI, 652 R, 1146 H, 128 SB

Led the AL in RBI in 1977
All Star 1977 (Twins), 1978 (Milwaukee)



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)

Hunter T
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Torii Kedar Hunter
Born: 7/18/1975 in Pine Bluff, AR

1997-2007 Twins, 2008-2011 Angels
Career: .274/.332/.467 281 HR, 1051 RBI, 987 R, 1819 H, 177 SB

All Star: 2002, 2007 (Twins), 2009, 2010 (Angels)
Silver Slugger: 2009 (Angels)
Gold Glove: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Twins), 2008, 2009 (Angels)


Jones, J
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Jacque Dewayne Jones
Born: April 25, 1975 in San Diego, CA

1999-2005 Twins, 2006-2007 Cubs, 2008 Detroit, 2009 Florida
Career: .277/.326/.448



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)



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


Kubel, J
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Jason James Kubel
Born: 5/25/1982 in Belle Fourche, SD

2004, 2006-2011 (Twins)
Career: .271/.335/.459 104 HR, 429 RBI, 334 R, 694 H, 10 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

Morneau, J
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Justin Ernest George Morneau
Born: 5/15/1981 in New Westminster, BC Canada

2003-2011 (Twins)
Career: .281/.353/.499 185 HR, 709 RBI, 550 R, 1055 H, 4 SB.

All Star: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Twins)
Silver Slugger: 2006, 2008 (Twins)
MVP: 2006 (Twins)


Oliva, T
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Pedro (Tony) Oliva
Born: July 20, 1940 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
OF

1962-1976 Twins
Career: .304/.353/.476 220 HR, 947 RBI, 870 R, 1917 H, 86 SB


All Star: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 (Twins)
Gold Glove: 1966
Rookie of the year 1964
Uniform number 6 retired (Twins, 1991)


Puckett, K
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Kirby Puckett
Born: March 14, 1961 in Chicago, IL
Died: March 6, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ
OF

1984-1995 Twins
Career: .318/.360/.477 207 HR, 1085 RBI, 1071 R, 2304 H, 134 SB

Led the AL in Batting Average 1989, in RBI 1994 and in Hits in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992
All Star: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
All Star MVP: 1993
Silver Slugger 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994
World Series Champion: 1987, 1991
ALCS MVP: 1991
Roberto Clemente Award: 1996
Hall of Fame (Elected 2001; Minnesota Twins)




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