In the latest chapter of our franchise leaders series, we look at the best Twins of all time. WAR, also known as wins above replacement, suggests such is the case.
The Twins are the same organization that the Washington Nationals were when they were founded as a charter member of the American League in 1901.
After serving as the league’s doormat for several seasons, the Senators moved to Minnesota in the west in 1960. Since they have been known as the Twins (after Twin Cities), specifically in St. Paul. Since moving to the Midwest, they have experienced more success, taking home three pennants and two World Series championships.
Here’s a complete list of the Top 10 All-Time Home Run Leaders for the Minnesota Twins below:
César Tovar (1965—1972)
Tovar was renowned for his versatility; in at least 200 games, he played five different positions and once covered all nine defensive positions. He hardly ever held a regular job. He appeared in 70 games at hot corner, 64 games in center field, and 36 at second base in 1967.
He also made ten starts for the Twins in left field. He participated in every game that season, scoring 32 doubles, 19 stolen bases, and 98 runs. Despite not having a fixed position, he came in sixth in the MVP voting. He experienced several of those years.
Torii Hunter (1997—2007. 2015)
Either Kirby or Torii Hunter may be the most well-liked Twin in history. In addition to being a superb player and teammate, he also had a brilliant smile. He quickly became a fan favorite later on during his brief spells with Detroit and the Angels and established himself as a clubhouse leader. That was just who he was.
Jim Perry (1963—1972)
In 10 years, the tall righthander from North Carolina won 128 games for Minnesota, including 56 in the three seasons in which the team won the championship. He was the first Twin to receive the Cy Young Award, and, like his younger sibling, he was a spitfire pitcher.
Bob Allison (1958—1970)
He was powerful and quick, a brave runner, and a power hitter—a player in the mold of Kirk Gibson. At the University of Kansas, Allison was a football and baseball star who could have played in the NFL.
Allison made a great backhanded hold of a low sinking line drive in left field during Game 2 of the 1965 World Series. Fans of the Twins refer to it as “The Catch.”
Johan Santana (2000—2007)
Sandy Koufax light. Santana played at least 25 games in seven seasons, five of which saw him in the top five of the Cy Young vote (winning twice)—three titles in the categories of strikeouts, ERA, and no-hitter. Koufax performed many of the same things Santana did, although not nearly to the same extent.
Koufax was superior during his prime, but Santana isn’t far behind in his finest seven seasons, and he outpaces Sandy regarding career WAR. Santana may make a strong case for the Hall of Fame, but ultimately he lacks the non-statistical accomplishments or story. His chances of winning would have improved if the Twins had won more World Series.
Camilo Pascual (1954—1966)
According to Ted Williams, Pascual possessed the “most feared curve ball in the American League for 18 years.” An actual overhand pitch, Pascual’s curve dropped from “noon to six” as if off a table.
The right-handed pitcher from Cuba, called “Little Potato,” pitched for Washington for seven years before joining the Minnesota franchise for another six years. Like Santana, he earned three straight titles for most consecutive strikeouts with that annoying hook.
Chuck Knoblauch (1991—1997)
Although undersized and never truly at ease on the field, Knoblauch was successful. He was a run waiting to happen and a team-first player who started on four pennant-winning Yankees teams in addition to helping the Twins win the World Series in his first season.
In 1996, Knoblauch set a team record with 140 runs scored, 197 hits, a.341 average, and 45 base steals, yet he came in 16th in the MVP voting. Later, eight of the fifteen players in front of him were found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Brad Radke (1995—2006)
You probably didn’t anticipate Radke to be the second-ranked pitcher. Radke, who resembled Jack Morris in several ways, was reliable, effective, and long-lasting but rarely stood out. He completed the task and continued to play for his squad. In his 12-year career, he reached 200 innings nine times before retiring due to a ruptured labrum.
Joe Mauer (2004—2018)
The fourth native of Minneapolis or St. Paul to play for the Minnesota Twins and be inducted into the Hall of Fame appears to be a lock. He would then be in a group alongside Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, and Paul Molitor.
Harmon Killebrew (1954—1974)
Once, Killebrew’s mother reprimanded her husband for allowing his children to play on their freshly mowed lawn. Mr. Killebrew responded, “We’re not raising grass; we’re raising boys.”
Killebrew had a unique way of hitting home runs; his balls flew high and deep and seemed to hover in the air for an eternity. His record for the longest home run hit in five different American League ballparks simultaneously stood.
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