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Rock the Vote: Twins Top Pitchers of All-Time

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On Tuesday, many of us voted. Maybe your candidate won. Maybe not. But here at Twins Daily, we also voted for the Top 10 Twins Hitters of All-Time. Generally speaking, the top three players were the same on most ballots. It was also interesting to see how people chose to vote 6-10.

Today, I will present a group of twelve of the best pitchers in the Twins 52 year history. You can see how long each spent with heir Twins, how many innings they pitched and how well they performed. Each is pretty good, but the choice is yours.

Put your ballot in the comments section, ranking them 1-10. In a couple of days, we’ll be sure to tally the votes and see how these pitchers rank.

With that, here are a couple of charts looking at the top Twins pitchers statistically. These lists are alphabetical so as not to provide any bias.
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[TABLE="width: 432"]

Player
Yrs w/Twins
W-L (S)
ERA
ERA+
WHIP


Rick Aguilera
1989-1999
40-47 (254)
3.50
130
1.18


Bert Blyleven
1970-76, 1985-88
149-138
3.28
119
1.19


Dave Goltz
1972-1979
96-79
3.48
112
1.31


Mudcat Grant
1964-1967
50-35
3.35
107
1.21


Jim Kaat
1961-1973
190-159
3.34
110
1.23


Joe Nathan
2004-2011
24-13 (260)
2.16
204
0.96


Camilo Pascual
1961-1966
88-57
3.31
113
1.22


Jim Perry
1963-1973
128-90
3.15
113
1.20


Brad Radke
1995-2006
148-139
4.22
113
1.26


Johan Santana
2000-2007
93-44
3.22
141
1.09


Kevin Tapani
1989-1995
75-63
4.06
108
1.27


Frank Viola
1982-1989
112-93
3.86
111
1.30

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As you can see, I did include two closers in the analysis. They certainly stand out compared to other relievers. So, how will you vote for them relative to the starters. It’s also fun to see the Adjusted ERA (ERA+) from the various eras. Johan Santana’s 3.22 ERA during the first eight seasons of this millennium shows an ERA+ of 141 while Jim Perry’s 3.15 ERA through the ‘60s and early ‘70s is ‘just’ a 113 ERA+.


[TABLE="width: 376"]

Player
WAR
Innings
Walks:Strikeouts
K/9


Rick Aguilera
14.6
694
179:586
7.6


Bert Blyleven
46.3
2,566
674:2,035
7.1


Dave Goltz
22.5
1,638
493:887
4.9


Mudcat Grant
5.0
780
163:377
4.3


Jim Kaat
27.2
3,014
729:1,851
5.5


Joe Nathan
17.8
463
134:561
10.9


Camilo Pascual
16.9
1,284
431:994
7.0


Jim Perry
24.2
1,883
541:1,025
4.9


Brad Radke
42.6
2,451
445:1,467
5.4


Johan Santana
34.0
1,308
364:1,381
9.5


Kevin Tapani
17.8
1,171
255:724
5.6


Frank Viola
25.0
1,772
521:1,214
6.2

[/TABLE]


So how important are the number of innings pitched to you in your rankings? In other words, how does Santana’s or Nathan’s dominance over less innings compare to the longevity of pitchers like Kaat and Blyleven? How important is the strikeout statistic to you? In other words, Santana and Nathan are clearly the most dominant pitchers on this list, but the numbers that guys like Perry and Goltz put up while barely striking out a batter every other inning are also incredible. It also speaks to the era they pitched in, when hitters took pride in not striking out.

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


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