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1972 Minnesota Twins season

1972 Minnesota Twins
77-77, third in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Bill Rigney and Frank Quilici
    Local television WTCN-TV
    (Halsey Hall, Frank Buetel, Lynn Faris)
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Christensen)
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    The 1972 Minnesota Twins finished 77-77, third in the American League West.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    After a slow start, manager Bill Rigney was replaced by Frank Quilici.

    797,901 fans attended Twins games, the seventh highest total in the American League. It was almost half the number of fans that had attended just a few seasons earlier.

    Only one Twins made the All-Star Game: second baseman Rod Carew. Carew won his second AL batting title with a .318 average. Bobby Darwin showed potential as a hitter with 22 HR and 80 RBI, but that did not make up for age and injuries taking their toll on other players. Harmon Killebrew hit 26 HR (4th in the league) but drove in only 75 runs. Tony Oliva's bad knees limited him to only 10 games. César Tovar led the team with 86 runs scored. Four pitchers had double digit wins: Bert Blyleven (17-17), Dick Woodson (14-14), Jim Perry (13-16), and Jim Kaat (10-2). Kaat also won his 11th Gold Glove Award.

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Oakland Athletics 93 62 -- .600
    Chicago White Sox 87 67 5.5 .565
    Minnesota Twins 77 77 15.5 .500
    Kansas City Royals 76 78 16.5 .494
    California Angels 75 80 18 .484
    Texas Rangers 54 100 38.5 .351

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1972 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
    C Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 56 175 41 .234 3 14
    1B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 139 433 100 .231 26 74
    2B Carew, RodRod Carew 142 535 170 .318 0 51
    SS Thompson, DannyDanny Thompson 144 573 158 .276 4 48
    CF Darwin, BobbyBobby Darwin 145 513 137 .267 22 80
    RF Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 141 548 145 .265 2 31

    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
    Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 10 28 9 .321 0 1
    Adams, MikeMike Adams 3 6 2 .333 0 0
    Guth, BuckyBucky Guth 3 3 0 .000 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
    Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 39 287.1 17 17 2.73 228
    Woodson, DickDick Woodson 36 251.2 14 14 2.72 150
    Perry, JimJim Perry 35 217.2 13 16 3.35 85
    Kaat, JimJim Kaat 15 113.1 10 2 2.06 64
    Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 15 91 3 3 2.67 38

    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
    Corbin, RayRay Corbin 31 161.2 8 9 2.62 83

    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
    Granger, WayneWayne Granger 63 4 6 19 3.01 45
    LaRoche, DaveDave LaRoche 62 5 7 10 2.83 79
    Gebhard, BobBob Gebhard 13 0 1 1 8.57 13
    Luebber, SteveSteve Luebber 2 0 0 0 0.00 1

    Farm system

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