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Rock the Vote: Twins Top Hitters of All-Time

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Happy Election Day 2012! It may be happy for you for many reasons. Maybe your candidate will win. Or, maybe you are just happy that you don’t have to see any more political advertisements on TV for a couple of years. In any case, be sure to take time today to make your voice heard on a ballot.

Here are Twins Daily, you haven’t read any articles on the politicians, and you won’t. However, on this election day, I did think it would be fun to take another look at some of the greatest Minnesota Twins players over their 52 seasons in Minnesota. Below, I will list 12 candidates. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Of course, there are a handful at the top of everyone’s list, but I encourage you to ‘vote’ in the Comments below. Rank them 1-10, and at the end of the day, we can take a look at see who Twins Daily ranks as the Top 10 Twins hitters of all time. Of course, on your voting ballot today, you can feel free to write-in me (or anyone else). Likewise, if I missed a candidate you would consider, feel free to write him in.

With that, here are a couple of charts looking at the top Twins players statistically. These lists are alphabetical so as not to provide any bias.


[TABLE="width: 441"]
[TR]
[TD]Player[/TD]
[TD]Yrs w/Twins[/TD]
[TD]Games[/TD]
[TD]H-AB[/TD]
[TD]2B/3B/HR[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bob Allison[/TD]
[TD]1961-1970[/TD]
[TD]1236[/TD]
[TD]999-3926[/TD]
[TD]167/41/211[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Rod Carew[/TD]
[TD]1967-1978[/TD]
[TD]1635[/TD]
[TD]2085-6235[/TD]
[TD]305/90/74[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Michael Cuddyer[/TD]
[TD]2001-2011[/TD]
[TD]1139[/TD]
[TD]1106-4072[/TD]
[TD]239/35/141[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Gary Gaetti[/TD]
[TD]1981-1990[/TD]
[TD]1361[/TD]
[TD]1276-4989[/TD]
[TD]252/25/201[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kent Hrbek[/TD]
[TD]1981-1994[/TD]
[TD]1747[/TD]
[TD]1749-6192[/TD]
[TD]312/18/293[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Torii Hunter[/TD]
[TD]1997-2007[/TD]
[TD]1234[/TD]
[TD]1218-4492[/TD]
[TD]259/26/192[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Harmon Killebrew[/TD]
[TD]1961-1974[/TD]
[TD]1939[/TD]
[TD]1713-6593[/TD]
[TD]232/21/475[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Chuck Knoblauch[/TD]
[TD]1991-1997[/TD]
[TD]1013[/TD]
[TD]1197-3939[/TD]
[TD]210/51/43[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Joe Mauer[/TD]
[TD]2004-Curr[/TD]
[TD]1065[/TD]
[TD]1270-3933[/TD]
[TD]247/20/94[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Justin Morneau[/TD]
[TD]2003-Curr[/TD]
[TD]1151[/TD]
[TD]1190-4254[/TD]
[TD]257/16/204[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tony Oliva[/TD]
[TD]1962-1976[/TD]
[TD]1676[/TD]
[TD]1917-6301[/TD]
[TD]329/48/220[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kirby Puckett[/TD]
[TD]1984-1995[/TD]
[TD]1783[/TD]
[TD]2304-7244[/TD]
[TD]414/57/207[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]


I notice that each Twins decade is represented by at least one or two players. In other words, even through some of the bad times, the Twins have always had a hitter or two in their lineup that put up numbers. Here are some more numbers:


[TABLE="width: 379"]
[TR]
[TD]Player[/TD]
[TD]WAR[/TD]
[TD]BA/OBP/SLG[/TD]
[TD]OPS (OPS+)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bob Allison[/TD]
[TD]28.4[/TD]
[TD].254/.361/.479[/TD]
[TD].840 (131)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Rod Carew[/TD]
[TD]60.4[/TD]
[TD].334/.393/.448[/TD]
[TD].841 (137)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Michael Cuddyer[/TD]
[TD]10.2[/TD]
[TD].272/.343/.451[/TD]
[TD].794 (111)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Gary Gaetti[/TD]
[TD]24.8[/TD]
[TD].256/.307/.437[/TD]
[TD].749 (100)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kent Hrbek[/TD]
[TD]35.7[/TD]
[TD].282/.367/.481[/TD]
[TD].848 (128)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Torii Hunter[/TD]
[TD]24.7[/TD]
[TD].271/.324/.469[/TD]
[TD].793 (104)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Harmon Killebrew[/TD]
[TD]56.1[/TD]
[TD].260/.383/.518[/TD]
[TD].901 (148)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Chuck Knoblauch[/TD]
[TD]36.3[/TD]
[TD].304/.391/.416[/TD]
[TD].807 (114)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Joe Mauer[/TD]
[TD]37.0[/TD]
[TD].323/.405/.468[/TD]
[TD].873 (135)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Justin Morneau[/TD]
[TD]19.2[/TD]
[TD].280/.351/.492[/TD]
[TD].842 (123)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tony Oliva[/TD]
[TD]39.7[/TD]
[TD].304/.353/.476[/TD]
[TD].830 (131)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kirby Puckett[/TD]
[TD]48.2[/TD]
[TD].318/.360/.477[/TD]
[TD].837 (124)[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]


What role does defense play in your vote? The Twins player with the best defensive WAR in their years is Greg Gagne, and he isn’t on this list at all. However, this overall WAR number does include defense which clearly has helped a couple of players and hurt others. I also find it interesting comparing the OPS+ numbers from era to era.

So, what is your Top 10? How does your ballot look? I’ll post mine in the Comments section, but be sure to have your voice heard today!


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