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1969 Minnesota Twins season

1969 Minnesota Twins
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Billy Martin
    Local television WTCN-TV
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Merle Harmon)
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    Led by new manager Billy Martin, the 1969 Minnesota Twins won the newly formed American League West with a 97–65 record, nine games over the second-place Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the first American League Championship Series.

    Regular season

    In the first year of divisional play, the Twins won the American League West, led by Rod Carew (.332, his first batting title), Tony Oliva (.309, 24 HR, 101 RBI) and league MVP Harmon Killebrew (49 HR, 140 RBI – both league-leading totals). Carew stole home 7 times. Leadoff batter César Tovar was third in the AL with 45 stolen bases. Jim Perry and Dave Boswell won 20 games. Reliever Ron Perranoski became the first Twin to lead the AL in saves with 31. Pitcher Jim Kaat won his 8th Gold Glove Award.

    Four Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Killebrew, second baseman Carew, outfielder Oliva, and catcher Johnny Roseboro. Harmon Killebrew became the second Twin to be named American League Most Valuable Player.

    1,349,328 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League.

    Season standings

    Template:1969 AL West standings

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1969 Minnesota Twins
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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
    C Roseboro, JohnnyJohnny Roseboro 115 361 95 .263 3 32
    2B Carew, RodRod Carew 123 458 152 .332 8 56
    3B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 162 555 153 .276 49 140
    SS Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 160 578 162 .280 10 70
    RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 153 637 197 .309 24 101

    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
    Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 158 535 154 .288 11 52
    Holt, JimJim Holt 12 14 5 .357 1 2
    Clark, RonRon Clark 5 8 1 .125 0 0

    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
    Perry, JimJim Perry 46 261.2 20 6 2.82 153
    Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 39 256.1 20 12 3.23 190
    Kaat, JimJim Kaat 40 242.1 14 13 3.49 139
    Chance, DeanDean Chance 20 88.1 5 4 2.95 50

    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
    Miller, BobBob Miller 48 119.1 5 5 3.02 57

    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 75 9 10 31 2.11 62
    Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 3 0 0 0 2.70 1

    Postseason

    The Twins were swept 3–0 by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 American League Championship Series.

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte

    Notes

    References

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