Wardrobe Malfunction: 3 Twins Legends Who Wore Uniforms that Looked Strange
Image courtesy of © David Berding-USA TODAY SportsThe Seattle Mariners had Griffey on the White Sox. The Reds had Pete Rose on the Expos. Here are the three Minnesota Twins legends who wore uniforms that just looked wrong…
1. Harmon Killebrew on the Kansas City Royals
After struggling through the 1974 season with a .222 batting average in 122 games in what turned out to be his final season with the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was given an option to stay on with the Twins as a coach, or be released and join on with another team. Killebrew opted for the latter and was signed by the Kansas City Royals on a one-year deal where he would finish out his career. In his single season with the Royals, Killebrew struggled through 106 games, posting a .199 batting average with just a .692 OPS as a 39-year old.
The fact that this season kept Killebrew from being a lifelong Twin, after playing the first 21 seasons of his career in the Minnesota Twins organization, is a bummer, and the image of him in a Royals uniform is something that will never look right.
2. Bert Blyleven on the Pittsburgh Pirates
Although Blyleven played for five different organizations in his 25-year Major League Baseball career, the images of Blyleven on the Pirates have always looked the strangest to me. I’m not sure the exact reason for this, maybe because of the distinct yellow pants, maybe because it was the only National League team he played for in his career, but it will forever look strange to me. Blyleven played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980 before threatening to retire if he was not traded. In his two seasons as a Pirate, Blyleven posted a 108 and a 97 ERA+.
3. Torii Hunter on the Detroit Tigers
It was definitely an adjustment to see Torii Hunter in red after signing with the Angels in 2007, but after playing in Anaheim for five seasons, the shock eventually wore off. What was the strangest sight, though, was when Hunter signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers in 2012. Suddenly the long-time Twins legend became a rival that the Twins faced upwards of 20 times per season. In 2013 as a Detroit Tiger, Hunter was an All-Star, posted a .800 OPS and helped lead the Tigers to the ALCS. Thankfully, Hunter ended up returning to the Twins and playing his last MLB season at Target Field, because the images of Hunter in a Tigers uniform were just too odd.
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