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Article: Where Are We Now? (152 Down, 10 To Go)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:50 PM
On Wednesday, the Twins lost in New York to the Yankees (Rinse. Repeat.) Fortunately, the Twins got help from the American League Central...
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One Game Wild Card

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:42 PM
Assuming the Angels keep being the Angels, and the Twins can pound on the hapless Tigers, or just back into the one game WC, if you have...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers, 9/21@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:50 PM
New York was absolutely no fun at all, but it’s ok… we got time to have some fun yet. We have a 4-game series in Detroit that begins toni...
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Not Too Soon - Twins Post-Season Rotation, Roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:42 PM
OK, they might blow it down the stretch and the odds are that they lose in Wild Card Game - But here goes:   I think the Twins go wi...
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2017 MLB Regular Season Thread

Other Baseball Today, 12:22 PM
Forgot to make one of these threads to keep track of other stuff around the league.
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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"]

Player
Yrs w/Twins
Games
H-AB
2B/3B/HR


Bob Allison
1961-1970
1236
999-3926
167/41/211


Rod Carew
1967-1978
1635
2085-6235
305/90/74


Michael Cuddyer
2001-2011
1139
1106-4072
239/35/141


Gary Gaetti
1981-1990
1361
1276-4989
252/25/201


Kent Hrbek
1981-1994
1747
1749-6192
312/18/293


Torii Hunter
1997-2007
1234
1218-4492
259/26/192


Harmon Killebrew
1961-1974
1939
1713-6593
232/21/475


Chuck Knoblauch
1991-1997
1013
1197-3939
210/51/43


Joe Mauer
2004-Curr
1065
1270-3933
247/20/94


Justin Morneau
2003-Curr
1151
1190-4254
257/16/204


Tony Oliva
1962-1976
1676
1917-6301
329/48/220


Kirby Puckett
1984-1995
1783
2304-7244
414/57/207

[/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"]

Player
WAR
BA/OBP/SLG
OPS (OPS+)


Bob Allison
28.4
.254/.361/.479
.840 (131)


Rod Carew
60.4
.334/.393/.448
.841 (137)


Michael Cuddyer
10.2
.272/.343/.451
.794 (111)


Gary Gaetti
24.8
.256/.307/.437
.749 (100)


Kent Hrbek
35.7
.282/.367/.481
.848 (128)


Torii Hunter
24.7
.271/.324/.469
.793 (104)


Harmon Killebrew
56.1
.260/.383/.518
.901 (148)


Chuck Knoblauch
36.3
.304/.391/.416
.807 (114)


Joe Mauer
37.0
.323/.405/.468
.873 (135)


Justin Morneau
19.2
.280/.351/.492
.842 (123)


Tony Oliva
39.7
.304/.353/.476
.830 (131)


Kirby Puckett
48.2
.318/.360/.477
.837 (124)

[/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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