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1994 Minnesota Twins season

1994 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Minneapolis (since 1982)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
    Manager(s) Tom Kelly
    Local television WCCO-TV
    Midwest Sports Channel
    (Al Newman, Dick Bremer, Chad Hartman, Tommy John )
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Jim Powell)
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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.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    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).[4]

    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.[5]

    • The highest paid Twin in 1994 was Puckett at $5,300,000, followed by Aguilera at $3,260,000.

    Offense

    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.)

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    HR Kirby Puckett 20
    RBI Kirby Puckett 112
    BA Shane Mack .333
    Runs Chuck Knoblauch 85

    Pitching

    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.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    ERA Kevin Tapani 4.62
    Wins Kevin Tapani 11
    Saves Rick Aguilera 23
    Strikeouts Scott Erickson 104

    Defense

    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.

    Season standings

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    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1994 Minnesota Twins
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    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    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
    2B Knoblauch, ChuckChuck Knoblauch 109 445 139 .312 5 51

    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
    Parks, DerekDerek Parks 31 89 17 .191 1 9

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Erickson, ScottScott Erickson 23 144 8 11 5.44 104

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Campbell, KevinKevin Campbell 14 1 0 0 2.92 15

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ Willie Banks page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Alex Cole page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Enrique Wilson page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/1994.shtml
    5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
    6. ^ Lenny Webster page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Todd Walker page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Travis Miller page at Baseball Reference
    9. ^ Cleatus Davidson page at Baseball Reference
    10. ^ A. J. Pierzynski page at Baseball Reference
    11. ^ David Dellucci page at Baseball Reference
    12. ^ Corey Koskie page at Baseball Reference
    13. ^ Larry Casian page at Baseball Reference
    14. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
    15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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