1994 Minnesota Twins season
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The 1994 Minnesota Twins played in an abbreviated, strike-shortened season. The strike overshadowed the season’s accomplishments. These included Scott Erickson’s no-hitter on April 27, Chuck Knoblauch’s 85-game errorless streak and league-leading 45 doubles, Kirby Puckett’s 2,000th hit, and Kent Hrbek’s retirement. In 113 games, Manager Tom Kelly’s team finished with a record of 53-60, for fourth place in the newly created American League Central Division.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Season standings
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- November 24, 1993: Willie Banks was traded by the Twins to the Chicago Cubs for Dave Stevens and Matt Walbeck.
- February 16, 1994: Alex Cole was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- February 21, 1994: The Twins traded a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer Shawn Bryant. The Twins completed the deal by sending Enrique Wilson to the Indians on March 24.
By Friday, August 12, the Twins had compiled a 53-60 record through 113 games. They had scored 594 runs (5.26 per game) and allowed 688 runs (6.09 per game).
Throughout the strike-shortened season, the Twins pitching staff struggled and finished with a 5.68 ERA: the highest in the Majors. In 1,005.0 innings pitched, they gave up 1,197 hits and 634 earned runs: the most among all 28 teams. They did, however, issue the fewest intentional walks in the Majors, with 20.
- Terry Ryan was named Twins General Manager, replacing Andy MacPhail, architect of the team’s 1991 world champion team.
- The Twins’ all-star representatives were outfielder Kirby Puckett and second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.
- The highest paid Twin in 1994 was Puckett at $5,300,000, followed by Aguilera at $3,260,000.
Despite the short season, Kirby Puckett managed to belt 20 home runs and drive in 112 runs. Outfielder Shane Mack had a solid year in his last year with the Twins, batting .333. Knoblauch and outfielder Alex Cole lit up the base paths, stealing 35 and 29 bases, respectively. Designated hitter Dave Winfield had a mediocre year in his last season with his hometown team. (He would play in 46 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1995 before announcing his retirement.)
The starting rotation was not a strong one, although the starters at least started consistently every fifth day, unlike in subsequent years for the Twins. Jim Deshaies, Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, Pat Mahomes, and Carlos Pulido started all but six games for the team. Despite the no-hitter, Erickson's year was disappointing, as he posted a 5.44 ERA. Rick Aguilera continued to be a reliable closer while the only reliable arm out of the bullpen was Kevin Campbell with an ERA of 2.92.
Matt Walbeck and Derek Parks were a strong 1-2 punch at catcher, at least defensively. (Both had .993 fielding percentages.) Kent Hrbek ended his career with a solid one defensively with a .997 average. As mentioned, Knoblauch excelled defensively at this point in his career. Scott Leius and Pat Meares were defensively average on the left side of the infield. Puckett and Mack were strong in the outfield, while Alex Cole was average. Pedro Muñoz also saw substantial time in the outfield.
- March 14, 1994: Lenny Webster was traded by the Twins to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal.
- June 2, 1994: 1994 Major League Baseball Draft
- Todd Walker was drafted by the Twins in the 1st round (8th pick).
- Travis Miller was drafted by the Twins in the 1st round (34th pick).
- Cleatus Davidson was drafted by the Twins in the 2nd round.
- A. J. Pierzynski was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round.
- David Dellucci was drafted by the Twins in the 11th round, but did not sign.
- Corey Koskie was drafted by the Twins in the 26th round.
- July 14, 1994: Larry Casian was claimed off waivers from the Twins by the Cleveland Indians.
- August 31: Dave Winfield was sold by the Twins to the Cleveland Indians.
|1994 Minnesota Twins|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|2B||Knoblauch, ChuckChuck Knoblauch||109||445||139||.312||5||51|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Parks, DerekDerek Parks||31||89||17||.191||1||9|
|Erickson, ScottScott Erickson||23||144||8||11||5.44||104|
|Campbell, KevinKevin Campbell||14||1||0||0||2.92||15|
Awards and honors
- Willie Banks page at Baseball Reference
- Alex Cole page at Baseball Reference
- Enrique Wilson page at Baseball Reference
- Lenny Webster page at Baseball Reference
- Todd Walker page at Baseball Reference
- Travis Miller page at Baseball Reference
- Cleatus Davidson page at Baseball Reference
- A. J. Pierzynski page at Baseball Reference
- David Dellucci page at Baseball Reference
- Corey Koskie page at Baseball Reference
- Larry Casian page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
- Player stats from www.baseball-reference.com
- Team info from www.baseball-almanac.com
- Twins history through the 1990s, from www.mlb.com
- 1994 Standings