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1968 Minnesota Twins season

1968 Minnesota Twins
79–83, seventh in the American League
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Metropolitan Stadium (since 1961)
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Cal Ermer
    Local television WTCN-TV
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Merle Harmon)
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    The 1968 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 79–83, seventh in the American League.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Leadoff batter César Tovar sparked the offense, finishing second in the AL with 167 hits and third with 89 runs. Tony Oliva was third in the AL with a .289 batting average. Harmon Killebrew had 17 HR and 40 RBI at the All-Star break, but was injured in the game and missed the second half of the season.

    Four Twins won 10 or more games: Dean Chance (16–16), Jim Kaat (14–12) Jim Merritt (12–16), Dave Boswell (10–13). Pitcher Jim Kaat won his seventh Gold Glove.

    Three Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, second baseman Rod Carew, and outfielder Tony Oliva.

    1,143,257 fans attended Twins games, the fourth highest total in the American League.

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Detroit Tigers 103 59 .636
    Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 12
    Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 16½
    Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 17
    New York Yankees 83 79 .512 20
    Oakland Athletics 82 80 .506 21
    Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 24
    California Angels 67 95 .414 36
    Chicago White Sox 67 95 .414 36
    Washington Senators 65 96 .404 37½

    Roster

    1968 Minnesota Twins
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    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
    1B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 100 295 62 .210 17 40
    3B Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 157 613 167 .272 6 47
    LF Allison, BobBob Allison 145 469 116 .247 22 52
    RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 128 470 136 .289 18 68

    Other batters

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

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Chance, DeanDean Chance 43 292 16 16 2.53 234
    Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 34 190 10 13 3.32 143

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Perranoski, RonRon Perranoski 66 8 7 6 3.10 65
    Worthington, AlAl Worthington 54 4 5 18 2.71 57

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Orlando, St. Cloud

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