Minnesota Twins All Time Starting Lineup

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The Minnesota Twins can trace their roots back to 1901 as the Washington Senators. Over the years they have been known as the Washington Senators (1901-1960) and as they are known today the Minnesota Twins (1961-Present). The organization has made 14 playoff appearances, won 6 pennants, and 3 world championships. They have retired 7 numbers. Harmon Killebrew (3), Tony Oliva (6), Tom Kelly (10), Kent Hrbek (14), Bert Blyleven (28), Rod Carew (29), and Kirby Puckett (34).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer, 2009

Key Stats: 7.8 WAR, .365 (1st AL)/.444 (1st AL)/.587 (1st AL), 94 R, 191 H, 30 2B, 1 3B, 28 HR, 96 RBI, 76 BB, 1.031 OPS (1st AL), 307 TB, 14 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, AL MVP

 

First Base

Rod Carew, 1977

Key Stats: 9.7 WAR (1st AL), .388 (1st AL)/.449 (1st AL)/.570, 128 R (1st AL), 239 H (1st AL), 38 2B, 16 3B (1st AL), 14 HR, 100 RBI, 23 SB, 69 BB, 1.019 OPS (1st AL), 351 TB, 15 IBB (1st AL)

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Second Base

Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch, 1996

Key Stats: 8.6 WAR, .341/.448/.517, 140 R, 197 H, 35 2B, 14 3B (1st AL), 13 HR, 72 RBI, 45 SB, 98 BB, .965 OPS, 19 HBP, 1.5 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star

 

Third Base

Harmon Killebrew, 1969

Key Stats: 6.2 WAR, .276/.427 (1st AL)/.584, 106 R, 153 H, 20 2B, 2 3B, 49 HR (1st AL), 140 RBI (1st AL), 145 BB (1st AL), 1.011 OPS, 324 TB, 20 IBB (1st AL)

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Shortstop

Zoilo Versalles, 1965

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR (1st AL), .273/.319/.462, 126 R (1st AL), 182 H, 45 2B (1st AL), 12 3B (1st AL), 19 HR, 77 RBI, 27 SB, .781 OPS, 308 TB (1st AL), 3.0 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, AL MVP

 

Left Field

Goslin Goose

Goose Goslin, 1925

Key Stats: 6.5 WAR, .334/.394/.547, 116 R, 201 H, 34 2B, 20 3B (1st AL), 18 HR, 113 RBI, 27 SB, 53 BB, .941 OPS, 329 TB, 10 SH

 

Center Field

Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett, 1988

Key Stats: 7.7 WAR, .356/.375/.545, 109 R, 234 H (1st AL), 42 2B, 5 3B, 24 HR, 121 RBI, .920 OPS, 358 TB (1st AL)

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 3rd in MVP

 

Right Field

Tony Oliva, 1964

Key Stats: 6.8 WAR, .323 (1st AL)/.359/.557, 109 R (1st AL), 217 H (1st AL), 43 2B (1st AL), 9 3B, 32 HR, 94 RBI, 12 SB, .916 OPS, 374 TB (1st AL)

Awards: AL All-Star, AL Rookie of the Year, 4th in MVP

 

Designated Hitter

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin, 1930

Key Stats: 8.4 WAR, .346/.422/.513, 127 R, 203 H, 41 2B, 9 3B, 13 HR, 126 RBI, 17 SB, 72 BB, .934 OPS, 301 TB, 22 SH

 

Starting Pitcher

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, 1913

Key Stats: 14.6 WAR (1st AL), 36 Wins (1st AL), 1.14 ERA (1st AL), 1.90 FIP (1st AL), 29 CG (1st AL), 11 SHO (1st AL), 346 IP (1st AL), 243 K (1st AL), 0.780 WHIP (1st AL), 6.0 H/9 (1st AL), 1.0 BB/9 (1st AL), 6.3 K/9 (1st AL), 6.39 K/BB (1st AL)

Awards: AL MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Johan Santana

Johan Santana, 2004

Key Stats: 8.6 WAR (1st AL), 20 Wins, 2.61 ERA (1st AL), 2.92 FIP (1st AL), 1 CG, 1 SHO, 228 IP, 265 K (1st AL), 0.921 WHIP (1st AL), 6.2 H/9 (1st AL), 10.5 K/9 (1st AL), 4.91 K/BB, .192 BAA

Awards: AL CY Young, 6th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Camilo Pascual, 1959

Key Stats: 7.8 WAR (1st AL), 17 Wins, 2.64 ERA, 2.44 FIP (1st AL), 17 CG (1st AL), 6 SHO (1st AL), 238 2/3 IP, 185 K, 1.135 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 7.0 K/9, .226

Awards: AL All-Star

 

Starting Pitcher

Bert Blyleven, 1973

Key Stats: 9.9 WAR (1st AL), 20 Wins, 2.52 ERA, 2.32 FIP (1st AL), 25 CG, 9 SHO (1st AL), 325 IP, 258 K, 1.117 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, 3.85 K/BB (1st AL), .242 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 7th in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Frank Viola, 1988

Key Stats: 7.7 WAR, 24 Wins (1st AL), 2.64 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 7 CG, 2 SHO, 255 1/3 IP, 193 K, 1.136 WHIP, 0.7 HR/9, 6.8 K/9, .245 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, AL CY Young

 

Closer

Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan, 2006

Key Stats: 3.3 WAR, 36 SV, 1.58 ERA, 1.68 FIP, 64 G, 68 1/3 IP, 95 K, 0.790 WHIP, 5.0 H/9, 12.5 K/9, 5.94 K/BB, .158 BAA

Awards: 5th in CY Young

 

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