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1978 Minnesota Twins season

1978 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 1978 Minnesota Twins finished 73-89, fourth in the American League West.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    787,878 fans attended Twins games, the second lowest total in the American League. Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game: first baseman Rod Carew.

    Carew won his seventh AL batting title[7] with a .333 average, leading the team in hits and runs scored. Shortstop Roy Smalley hit 19 HR and collected 77 RBI. Dan Ford hit 11 HR and collected 82 RBI.

    Reliever Mike Marshall was signed in May and replaced Tom Johnson and Bill Campbell as manager Gene Mauch's all-purpose reliever. Marshall went on to rack up 10 relief wins along with 21 saves. Three starters had double digit wins: Dave Goltz (15-10), Roger Erickson (14-13), Geoff Zahn (14-14).

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Kansas City Royals 92 70 -- .568
    Texas Rangers 87 75 5 .537
    California Angels 87 75 5 .537
    Minnesota Twins 73 89 19 .451
    Chicago White Sox 71 90 20.5 .441
    Oakland Athletics 69 93 23 .426
    Seattle Mariners 56 104 35 .350

    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1978 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 Carew, RodRod Carew 152 564 188 .333 5 70
    2B Randall, BobBob Randall 119 330 89 .270 0 21
    SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 158 586 160 .273 19 77
    LF Norwood, WillieWillie Norwood 125 428 109 .255 8 46
    CF Ford, DanDan Ford 151 592 162 .274 11 82
    DH Adams, GlennGlenn Adams 116 310 80 .258 7 35

    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
    Rivera, BomboBombo Rivera 101 251 68 .271 3 23
    Morales, JoséJosé Morales 101 242 76 .314 2 38
    Wolfe, LarryLarry Wolfe 88 235 55 .234 3 25
    Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 77 191 33 .173 4 20
    Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 49 123 26 .211 3 15
    Edwards, DaveDave Edwards 15 44 11 .250 1 3

    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
    Erickson, RogerRoger Erickson 37 265.2 14 13 3.96 121
    Zahn, GeoffGeoff Zahn 35 252.1 14 14 3.03 106
    Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 29 220.1 15 10 2.49 116
    Jackson, DarrellDarrell Jackson 19 92.1 4 6 4.48 54

    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
    Perzanowski, StanStan Perzanowski 13 56.2 2 7 5.24 31
    Johnson, DaveDave Johnson 6 12 0 2 7.50 7
    Redfern, PetePete Redfern 3 9.2 0 2 6.52 4

    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
    Marshall, MikeMike Marshall 54 10 12 21 2.45 56
    Johnson, TomTom Johnson 18 1 4 3 5.51 21
    Scarce, MacMac Scarce 17 1 1 0 3.94 17
    Holly, JeffJeff Holly 15 1 1 0 3.57 12
    Harrison, RoricRoric Harrison 9 0 1 0 7.50 7

    Farm system

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