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1970 Minnesota Twins season

1970 Minnesota Twins
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Bill Rigney
    Local television WTCN-TV
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Al Shaver, Ray Christensen, Frank Buetel)
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    Led by new manager Bill Rigney, the 1970 Minnesota Twins won the American League West with a 98-64 record, nine games ahead of the Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. After the ALCS, Metropolitan Stadium would never see another post-season game, and the Twins would not return to the postseason stage until 1987 when they won the World Series.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    1,261,887 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League.

    Four Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, second baseman Rod Carew, outfielder Tony Oliva, and pitcher Jim Perry. Perry also became the first Twins pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award.

    The Twins won the American League West, led by leadoff batter César Tovar (120 runs), Oliva (.325, 23 HR, 107 RBI) and Killebrew (41 HR, 113 RBI). Carew was batting .366 (after 51 games) when his knee was injured turning a double play. Perry won 24 games and the Cy Young Award. Jim Kaat added 14 wins and rookie Bert Blyleven won 10. Kaat also won his 9th Gold Glove Award.

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Minnesota Twins 98 64 0 .605
    Oakland Athletics 89 73 9.0 .549
    California Angels 86 76 12.0 .531
    Kansas City Royals 65 97 33.0 .401
    Milwaukee Brewers 65 97 33.0 .401
    Chicago White Sox 56 106 42.0 .346

    Notable transactions

    • June 27, 1970: Craig Kusick was signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins.[6]

    Roster

    1970 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
    3B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 157 527 143 .271 41 113
    SS Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 160 588 145 .247 11 65
    LF Alyea, BrantBrant Alyea 94 258 75 .291 16 61
    CF Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 161 650 195 .300 10 54
    RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 157 628 204 .325 23 107

    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
    Holt, JimJim Holt 142 319 85 .266 3 40

    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 40 278.2 24 12 3.04 168
    Kaat, JimJim Kaat 45 230 14 10 3.56 120
    Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 27 164 10 9 3.18 135
    Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant 18 92.2 7 3 3.40 50
    Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 18 68.2 3 7 6.42 45

    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
    Hall, TomTom Hall 52 155.1 11 6 2.55 184

    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 67 7 8 34 2.43 55
    Williams, StanStan Williams 68 10 1 15 1.99 76
    Barber, SteveSteve Barber 18 0 0 2 4.61 14
    Hamm, PetePete Hamm 10 0 2 0 5.51 3
    Haydel, HalHal Haydel 4 2 0 0 3.00 4

    Postseason

    ALCS

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Auburn

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