• VOTE: Best Twins offensive performance ever

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    On Monday night, Ryan Braun put together an amazing offensive performance by hitting three home runs and adding a triple in another one of his at-bats. It was a historical night at the plate but there have been some even more historical nights in the long history of baseball. ESPN's SweetSpot Blog put up a vote of some of the greatest offensive nights in history. The leader in the clubhouse as of last night was Shawn Green and his 6-for-6 night with four home runs, a double, six runs, and seven RBI. It still stands as the MLB record for most total bases in one contest.

    This got me thinking about some of the best offensive performances in the history of the Minnesota Twins. Much like the SweetSpot post, these will only be regular season performances because the postseason is an entirely different story.

    Here are some of the top performances from regular season history for the Twins in order of when they occurred for the team. There are a ton of great games in franchise history so narrowing down the list is a tough challenge. At the end of the post, you will have the opportunity to pick what you think is the best performance in franchise history. It should be a fun exercise so I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Bob Allison, 1963 Twins: 3-for-5, 3 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI (box score)

    The first three home run game in franchise history with one of the highest RBI totals for a single game for the Twins. Players like Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Justin Morneau would hit three home runs in one contest but he will always be the first. In the early seasons of the Twins, it was a record setting game for a team trying to make their mark in Minnesota.

    2. Glen Adams, 1977 Twins: 4-for-5, HR, 2B, R, 8 RBI (box score)

    Only two Twins have tallied eight RBI in a game and Glen Adams was the first member of the Twins to accomplish this feat. There was a lot of offense in this game as the Twins and White Sox combined for 31 runs. It could be argued that Rod Carew had a better game on this day with a 4-for-5 night with a home run, a double, five runs, and six RBI. The eight RBI are still hard to ignore and Adams game ranks as one of the best in team history.

    3. Kirby Puckett, 1987 Twins: 6-for-6, 2 HR, 2 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI (box score)

    The greatest Twins player in history is the only player in the history of the franchise to compile six hits in a game. He has done it twice but one time it occurred in an extra-inning contest so we will pick the game that was decided in regulation play. There were multiple records set by Puckett in this game against the Brewers. Besides the team record for hits, he also managed the most total bases in franchise history with 14. His four RBI were also the difference in the score as the Twins won by a score of 10 to 4. It will be tough for another performance to top one of Puckett's best offensive performances.

    4. Randy Bush, 1989 Twins: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 8 RBI (box score)

    As mentioned earlier, Glen Adams was one of two players to have eight RBI in a game and the player to tie his team record for RBI was Randy Bush. Just like in the game from Adams, the Twins scored 19 runs as part of this eight RBI performance. He would only get 54 RBI for the year so having eight in one game is quite the accomplishment. For a light hitting outfielder with not a lot of power, this was quite the game.

    5. Michael Cuddyer, 2005 Twins: 4-for-4, HR, 3 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI (box score)

    The team record for extra-base hits in a game is four and there have been multiple players to do this in a game and this includes multiple players on this list. Cuddyer was the last member of the Twins to be able get four extra-base hits and he did it in a 4-for-4 game in which he was intentional walked during the game. Mr. Cuddyer has also hit for the cycle in a contest for the Twins but this was also one of his best games during his time with the Twins.

    6. Justin Morneau, 2007 Twins: 3-for-5, 3 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI (box score)

    Justin Morneau has run into some tough luck in the injury department in recent years but he is still one of the best power hitters in the history of the Twins. He is most current Twins player to hit three home runs in a contest and he did it in a blow out win against the White Sox. Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, and Bob Allison are the only player to have more 2-homer games than Morneau. His 12 total bases in the game are also close to the most ever in franchise history.

    7. Jason Kubel, 2009 Twins: 4-for-5, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI (box score)

    This might have been one of the most exciting offensive performance in recent memory for the Twins. The team found themselves in a hole in the late innings of the game but one player was in the middle of a special performance. With the Twins down nine to four in the bottom of the eighth, the team started to mount their come-back. The exclamation point on the comeback would be off of the bat Jason Kubel. He already had a triple, double, and a single to his name and this meant that he just needed the home run to complete the cyle. A grand slam to give his team the lead in the late innings was a special moment in the final year of the Metrodome.

    Now is your chance to vote on the games listed above but it doesn't stop there because there have been other great games in Twins history as well. If you think there is a better performance, leave a comment below and start the conversation.

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    This article was originally published in blog: VOTE: Best Twins offensive performance ever started by Cody Christie
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Teflon's Avatar
      Teflon -
      I remember the Glen Adams performance in '77 taking a back seat to Carew, even though Glen set the Twins RBI record. Rod had generated a huge amount of media interest with his pursuit of .400 and this game was the pinnacle of all the attention as his 4 for 5 day put him up to .403. Also, the Twins were very much in the pennant race in the AL West at that point and ended up taking the lead over the White Sox with this victory. It was just a gorgeous warm late June Sunday afternoon for baseball, too, leading to a rare sellout crowd that day at the old Met. (And lots of beer sales.)

      I would circle this game as one of the ten most memorable regular season games in the Twins chronicle as it was a confluence of great individual performances that were meaningful in the bigger team picture as well. As far as the individual performance by Adams, I think Kirby's incredible '87 weekend in Milwaukee was more impressive but this game was much more memorable.
    1. James Richter's Avatar
      James Richter -
      I gotta go with Puckett in Milwaukee. He "only" had 4 RBI, but that's pretty impressive considering he came to the plate just once with RISP. This was Puck at his Puckiest, swinging at everything, bashing the ball all over the field. How's this for memorable: he got his final AB by virtue of a 3rd strike passed ball that should have ended the top of the 9th. Given the opportunity to swing one more time, he hit a homer.

      Extra credit: It came in the final weeks of a pennant race the Twins won by just 2 games; it came on the road, where the team struggled mightily; on defense, he reached over the wall to steal a grand slam from future Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount that would have put the Brewers ahead by 2 in the bottom of the 6th.
    1. Curt's Avatar
      Curt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teflon View Post
      I remember the Glen Adams performance in '77 taking a back seat to Carew, even though Glen set the Twins RBI record. Rod had generated a huge amount of media interest with his pursuit of .400 and this game was the pinnacle of all the attention as his 4 for 5 day put him up to .403. Also, the Twins were very much in the pennant race in the AL West at that point and ended up taking the lead over the White Sox with this victory. It was just a gorgeous warm late June Sunday afternoon for baseball, too, leading to a rare sellout crowd that day at the old Met. (And lots of beer sales.)

      I would circle this game as one of the ten most memorable regular season games in the Twins chronicle as it was a confluence of great individual performances that were meaningful in the bigger team picture as well. As far as the individual performance by Adams, I think Kirby's incredible '87 weekend in Milwaukee was more impressive but this game was much more memorable.
      I was in the left field bleachers that day. It was completely exhilarating. Teflon, you are right: it was, rightfully, all about Carew that day. Adams was a footnote. That said, I vote for Kirby's game.
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      I would vote for Kirby's game in Milwaukee as well. I was 7 years old at the time and just beginning to fall in love with the Twins. Puckett's performance that weekend will always be etched into my memory. It was simply phenomenal.

      I would like to add another game to this list. In 2010 at Kansas City, Joe Mauer went 5 for 5 with a HR and 7 RBI. I would say a 5-hit game combined with that many RBI would be pretty rare.
    1. mnfireman's Avatar
      mnfireman -
      1991 World Series Game 7 bottom of 10...... nuff said!
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinsGuy55422 View Post
      I would like to add another game to this list. In 2010 at Kansas City, Joe Mauer went 5 for 5 with a HR and 7 RBI. I would say a 5-hit game combined with that many RBI would be pretty rare.
      That one definitely deserves recognition. I think Kubel's cycle should be higher up the list. He single handedly won that game and the grand slam is a HUGE exclamation point.
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      I believe in 2006 against the Dodgers at home Mauer a 4 for 5 game followed by a 5 for 5 game. That was when he was flirting with .400 around the all-star break. I don't remember if he hit any homeruns or how many RBI he had, but it was definitely and awesome performance.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      I wish I had a more creative answer, but it would have to be Puck's 6 for 6 game. I had the opportunity to watch that game on TV as a 12 year old and it sticks with me strongly to this very day. I recall a fan catching his 2nd HR to RF barehanded. Puckett may be looked at as a sabremetric weak link to the Hall of Fame.... I pitty those fools. He was a big game hunter and we would be lacking 2 World Championships without him. The Twins have had some good clubs since his retirement and unfortunate passing, if he was on the 2006 team, he might have been the difference maker. We have had some good teams in the post-Puckett era... they lacked the passion and the clutch mentality it takes to win those pressure packed playoff games. I just may have seen the last Twins World Championship in my lifetime as a 16 year old.
    1. twinzgrl's Avatar
      twinzgrl -
      I vote for Puckett. I loved watching him play baseball.
    1. tharasix's Avatar
      tharasix -
      I was at the Dome for the Kubel cycle. The hilarious part of that grand slam was the fact that with first base open, the Angels intentionally walked Morneau to load the bases for Kubel. I was sitting in the stands in shock. Was Scioscia watching the same game I was? As soon as that ball left Kubel's bat, you knew it was gone. I've never screamed so hard in my life at a baseball game than when Kubel hit that homer.
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