All-time Minnesota Twins

Apr 1, 2009

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5060247 Kirby Puckett Twins
Kirby Puckett
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I continue the All-time tour with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins.
 
Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Joe Mauer, for example, isn’t there yet for the Twins.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.
 
Manager: Tom Kelly

C – Earl Battey
1B – Kent Hrbek
2B – Rod Carew
3B – Gary Gaetti
SS – Cecil Travis
LF -  Sam Rice
RF – Tony Oliva
CF – Kirby Puckett
DH – Harmon Killebrew
Bench Players:  1B Joe Judge, 1B Mickey Vernon, 2B Buddy Myer, OF Goose Goslin
 
SP – Walter Johnson
SP – Jim Kaat
SP – Bert Blyleven
SP – Frank Viola
SP – Johan Santana
P – Camilo Pascual 
P – Brad Radke 
P – Jim Perry
P – Dutch Leonard
P – Firpo Marberry
RP – Rick Aguilera
RP – Joe Nathan

What do you think about the team? Did I leave someone off? Please leave your comments.

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18 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. LEV
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    nicely done… although no mauer or morneau on the squad?

  2. Frank
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I like seeing the recognition of the old guys … Big Train definitely one of the best ever. Hooray for Goose & Rice.

    Though you just can’t have everyone; Frank Howard, Zolio Versailes, Eddie Yost, Roy Sievers, & Rod Carew had darn-good careers.

    Well done .. thanks!

  3. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    Not yet LEV. Mauer is closer with the two batting titles.

    Carew made it Frank.

  4. Larry
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    Another team with amazing pitching, One can make a pretty good team with Twins Only
    Others that can be on a “Twins” only is Tori Hunter, Zoilo Versailles, Chuck Knoblauch and Bob Allison.

  5. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Agree Larry. I’d hand Johan the ball right after the Big Train.

  6. Frank
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Oops … sorry I missed Carew. (Slap!)

    Handing the ball to Santana after Big Train is fine, the question is how many games later! What did the guy throw: 3 shutouts in 4 days or some insanity like that!

  7. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    No biggie. I’d prob go Train, Johan, Train, Viola, Train

  8. Larry
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Katt was like having a 5th infielder playing.

  9. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    He won a Gold Glove or two.

  10. Larry
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    He won 16 total, and at one time won 12 straight, Only Brooks Robinson won as many.

  11. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    I know, I was playing.

  12. Frank
    April 1st, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Wow … A Train-every-other-day pitching rotation is an awesome idea … and reasonable!

  13. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    thanks

  14. David Funk
    April 1st, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    That is one great team. I agree that if given the opportunity, I would have Train going every other start. Imagine in a three-game series having to face him in two of the games? Hitters nightmare!

    Nice job again!

  15. LestersLegends
    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:03 am #

    Thanks. Yeah, the Big Train was no joke.

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