1988 Minnesota Twins season

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
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Owner(s)Carl Pohlad
General manager(s)Andy MacPhail
Manager(s)Tom Kelly
Local televisionKMSP-TV
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson)
Twinsvision
(Dick Bremer, Harmon Killebrew)
Local radio830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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Offseason

Regular season

Five Twins made the All-Star Game, third baseman Gary Gaetti, outfielder Kirby Puckett, catcher Tim Laudner, starting pitcher Frank Viola, and relief pitcher Jeff Reardon.

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.

Frank Viola became the first Twins player since Jim Perry in 1970 to win the AL Cy Young Award.

Offense

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.

Kent Hrbek hit .312 with 25 HR and 76 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit .301 with 28 HR and 88 RBI.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Gary Gaetti 28
RBI Kirby Puckett 121
BA Kirby Puckett .356
Runs Kirby Puckett 109

Pitching

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.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Allan Anderson 2.45*
Wins Frank Viola 24*
Saves Jeff Reardon 42
Strikeouts Frank Viola 193
*League leader

Defense

Third baseman Gary Gaetti and center fielder Kirby Puckett each won their third Gold Glove Award.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 104 58 0.642 54–27 50–31
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 13 47–34 44–37
Kansas City Royals 84 77 0.522 19½ 44–36 40–41
California Angels 75 87 0.463 29 35–46 40–41
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 32½ 40–41 31–49
Texas Rangers 70 91 0.435 33½ 38–43 32–48
Seattle Mariners 68 93 0.422 35½ 37–44 31–49

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 5–7 4–7 4–9 5–8 0–12 4–9 3–9 3–10 4–8 7–5 6–6 5–8
Boston 9–4 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–7 6–6 10–3 7–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 8–4 2–11
California 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4 5–7 5–8 3–9 4–9 6–6 4–9 6–7 8–5 6–6
Chicago 7–4 5–7 4–9 3–9 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–9 3–9 5–8 9–4 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 9–4 5–8 4–8 9–3 4–9 6–6 9–4 5–7 6–7 4–8 5–7 6–6 6–7
Detroit 8–5 7–6 7–5 9–3 9–4 8–4 5–8 1–11 8–5 4–8 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 12–0 6–6 8–5 6–7 6–6 4–8 3–9 7–6 6–6 8–5 7–5 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 9–4 3–10 9–3 6–6 4–9 8–5 9–3 7–5 6–7 3–9 8–4 8–4 7–6
Minnesota 9–3 5–7 9–4 9–4 7–5 11–1 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–8 8–5 7–6 7–5
New York 10–3 4–9 6–6 9–3 7–6 5–8 6–6 7–6 9–3 6–6 5–7 5–6 6–7
Oakland 8–4 9–3 9–4 8–5 8–4 8–4 5–8 9–3 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 9–3
Seattle 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–9 7–5 3–9 5–7 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 6–7 4–8 6–7 6–5 5–8 7–6 6–6
Toronto 8–5 11–2 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–5 8–4 6–7 5–7 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–6

Roster

1988 Minnesota Twins
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Notable transactions

  • April 5, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[9]
  • April 22, 1988: The Twins trade outfielder Tom Brunansky for Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr.
  • May 28, 1988: John Christensen was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[10]
  • June 27, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[3]

Notable games

  • September 17: Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to record 40 saves in both leagues in a 3-1 win versus the White Sox.[11]

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tim Laudner 117 375 94 .251 13 54
3B Gary Gaetti 133 468 141 .301 28 88
CF Kirby Puckett 158 657 234 .356 24 121

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Brian Harper 60 166 49 .295 3 20
John Christensen 23 38 10 .263 0 5
Eric Bullock 16 17 5 .294 0 3

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roy Smith 9 37 3 0 2.68 17

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dan Schatzeder 10 0 1 0 1.74 7

Awards and honors

  • Gary Gaetti, Third Baseman, Gold Glove Award
  • Kirby Puckett, Centerfield, Gold Glove Award
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader At-Bats (657)
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Hits (234)
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Singles (163)
  • Kirby Puckett – Major League Baseball Leader Total Bases (358)

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
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

[12]

References

  1. ^ Eric Bullock at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Don Baylor at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Dan Schatzeder at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike Smithson at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Vic Rodriguez at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Brian Harper at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Billy Beane at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ John Moses at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ John Christensen at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ "Reardon reaches major milestone." Gainesville Sun. 1988 Sept 18.
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

Kirby Puckett

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.

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