The 1988 Minnesota Twins finished at 91-71, second in the AL West. 3,030,672 fans attended Twins games, at the time, establishing a new major league record. Pitcher Allan Anderson had his most successful season in 1988, winning the American League ERA title at 2.45 and compiling a record of 16-9 in 30 starts.
|1988 Minnesota Twins|
|91-71, second in the AL Western Division|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Andy MacPhail|
|Local television||KMSP-TV |
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson)
(Dick Bremer, Harmon Killebrew)
|Local radio||830 WCCO AM |
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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On September 16, Puckett got his 1000th hit, becoming just the fifth major leaguer to achieve that total before completing his fifth year.
On September 17, reliever Reardon collected his 40th save of the season. With 41 saves as a 1985 Montreal Expo, he became the only major league player to reach 40 saves in each league.
Kirby Puckett hit .356 with 24 HR, drove in 121 runs and scored 109. Puckett led the AL with 234 hits, 163 singles, and 358 total bases. Puckett's 234 hits were the most by a right-handed batter since Joe Medwick had 237 hits in 1937.
The Twins had two solid starting pitchers: Frank Viola (24-7), and Allan Anderson (16-9). Frank Viola led the AL with 24 wins. Allan Anderson led the AL with a 2.45 ERA. Reliever Jeff Reardon had 42 saves. Bert Blyleven (10-17, 5.43 ERA) led the AL with 17 losses, 125 earned runs allowed, and 16 hit batsmen.
|Kansas City Royals||84||77||0.522||19½||44–36||40–41|
|Chicago White Sox||71||90||0.441||32½||40–41||31–49|
1988 American League Records
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|1988 Minnesota Twins|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|AAA||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||Jim Mahoney and Jim Shellenback|
|AA||Orlando Twins||Southern League||Duane Gustavson|
|A||Visalia Oaks||California League||Scott Ullger|
|A||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||Ron Gardenhire|
|Rookie||Elizabethton Twins||Appalachian League||Ray Smith|
Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 – March 6, 2006) was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins (1984–95). Puckett is the Twins' all-time leader in career hits, runs, and total bases. At the time of his retirement, his .318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter since Joe DiMaggio.
Puckett was the fourth baseball player during the 20th century to record 1,000 hits in his first five full calendar years in Major League Baseball, and was the second to record 2,000 hits during his first ten full calendar years. After being forced to retire in 1996 at age 36 due to loss of vision in one eye from a central retinal vein occlusion, Puckett was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his first year of eligibility.
1988 MLB season by team
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