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1977 Minnesota Twins season

1977 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Gene Mauch
    Local television WTCN
    (Harmon Killebrew, Joe Boyle)
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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    The 1977 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 84-77, fourth in the American League West.

    Offseason

    • March 18, 1977: Geoff Zahn was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[1]

    Regular season

    First baseman Rod Carew was named American League Most Valuable Player. In winning his sixth AL batting title, Carew flirted with becoming the first batter since Ted Williams in 1941 to hit .400, finishing at .388. He also had 239 hits, scored a league-leading 128 runs, hit 14 home runs and collected 100 RBI.

    Other offensive stars were outfielder Larry Hisle, who hit 28 HR and drove in a league-leading 119 runs, and Lyman Bostock, who hit .338 with 104 runs, 14 HR and 90 RBI. Carew and Hisle were selected to the All-Star Game along with catcher Butch Wynegar

    The Twins' ability to score runs was matched by their pitchers' ability to give up runs. Reliever Tom Johnson replaced Bill Campbell, racking up 16 relief wins along with 20 saves. Dave Goltz became a 20-game winner for the first time.

    1,162,727 fans attended Twins games, the fourth lowest total in the American League. It was the first time the Twins since 1970 the Twins attracted more than one million fans.

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Kansas City Royals 102 60 -- .630
    Texas Rangers 94 68 8 .580
    Chicago White Sox 90 72 12 .556
    Minnesota Twins 84 77 17.5 .522
    California Angels 74 88 28 .457
    Seattle Mariners 64 98 38 .395
    Oakland Athletics 63 98 38.5 .391


    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1977 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 Wynegar, ButchButch Wynegar 144 532 139 .261 10 79
    1B Carew, RodRod Carew 155 616 239 .388 14 100
    2B Randall, BobBob Randall 103 306 73 .239 0 22
    3B Cubbage, MikeMike Cubbage 129 417 110 .264 9 55
    SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 150 584 135 .231 6 56
    LF Hisle, LarryLarry Hisle 141 546 165 .302 28 119
    CF Bostock, LymanLyman Bostock 153 593 199 .336 14 90
    RF Ford, DanDan Ford 144 453 121 .267 11 60
    DH Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 115 268 68 .254 12 45

    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
    Norwood, WillieWillie Norwood 39 83 19 .229 3 9
    Gómez, LuisLuis Gómez 32 65 16 .246 0 11
    Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 17 43 11 .256 2 7
    Bulling, BudBud Bulling 15 32 5 .156 0 5
    Bass, RandyRandy Bass 9 19 2 .105 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
    Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 39 303 20 11 3.36 186
    Thormodsgard, PaulPaul Thormodsgard 37 218 11 15 4.62 94
    Zahn, GeoffGeoff Zahn 34 198 12 14 4.68 88
    Redfern, PetePete Redfern 30 137.1 6 9 5.18 73
    Pazik, MikeMike Pazik 3 18 1 0 2.50 6

    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
    Schueler, RonRon Schueler 52 134.2 8 7 4.41 77
    Johnson, DaveDave Johnson 30 72.2 2 5 4.58 33
    Holly, JeffJeff Holly 18 48.1 2 3 6.89 32
    Butler, BillBill Butler 6 21 0 1 6.86 5

    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
    Johnson, TomTom Johnson 71 16 7 15 3.13 87
    Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 61 6 4 7 5.09 35
    Serum, GaryGary Serum 8 0 0 0 4.37 4
    Carrithers, DonDon Carrithers 7 0 1 0 6.91 3
    Shellenback, JimJim Shellenback 5 0 0 0 7.94 3
    Hughes, JimJim Hughes 2 0 0 0 2.08 1

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    Notes

    References