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1995 Minnesota Twins season

1995 Minnesota Twins
Kirby Puckett's final season
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Minneapolis (since 1982)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
    Manager(s) Tom Kelly
    Local television WCCO-TV
    Midwest Sports Channel
    (Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer, Gene Larkin, Chad Hartman, Tommy John, Kent Hrbek )
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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    Although the 1995 Minnesota Twins were separated from a world championship by only four years, it seemed like eons. Because of the 1994 Major League Baseball strike, the season got off to a late start. However, it did not end soon enough, as the team finished with a 56-88 record and in last place in its division. The team found it impossible to compete against the runaway Cleveland Indians who won 100 games despite the short season and finished 44 games ahead of the Twins. By July, the team was trading away its veterans in a fire sale. Manager Tom Kelly might have preferred that the strike had continued.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    • The lone representative of the Twins in the All-Star Game was outfielder Kirby Puckett.

    Offense

    Only three players had particularly solid years: second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and outfielders Kirby Puckett and Marty Cordova. Puckett did not know that this would be his last year, but it was a solid one. He would be the team's lone all-star representative. Cordova had a great year for a rookie, and won the Rookie of the Year award.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    HR Marty Cordova 24
    RBI Kirby Puckett 99
    BA Chuck Knoblauch .333
    Runs Chuck Knoblauch 107

    Pitching

    The starting rotation was uncertain. Surprisingly, the only certainty was that rookie Brad Radke would get the ball every fifth game. He made 28 starts, but the other pitchers were either injury-prone, inconsistent, or traded by the end of the year, with Kevin Tapani making 20 starts, Mike Trombley 18, Frank Rodriguez 16, Scott Erickson 15, and Jose Parra 12. Closer Rick Aguilera would also be traded midway through the season. He earned 12 saves while Dave Stevens earned 10. Aguilera, Rich Robertson, and Mark Guthrie were the only regular pitchers with ERAs under 5.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    ERA Kevin Tapani 4.92
    Wins Brad Radke 11
    Saves Rick Aguilera 12
    Strikeouts Kevin Tapani 88

    Defense

    Like most of Tom Kelly's teams, the defense was capable. Matt Walbeck was the starting catcher, backed up by Matt Merullo. Scott Stahoviak played in 69 games at first base. Although he was not a good hitter, he had a .998 fielding percentage that year. Knoblauch capably manned second base. Scott Leius played reasonably well at third in his last year with the Twins. Pat Meares continued his decent play at shortstop in his third year with the Twins. The regular outfielders were Puckett, Cordova, and Rich Becker.

    Notable Transactions

    Season standings

    Team W L Pct % GB
    Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 --
    Kansas City Royals 70 74 .486 30.0
    Chicago White Sox 68 76 .472 32.0
    Milwaukee Brewers 65 79 .451 35.0
    Minnesota Twins 56 88 .389 44.0


    Roster

    1995 Minnesota Twins
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: 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
    CF Kirby Puckett 137 538 169 .314 23 99

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Dan Masteller 71 198 47 .237 3 21

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Rich Robertson 25 51.2 2 0 3.83 38

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Scott Watkins 27 0 0 0 5.40 11
    Kevin Campbell 6 0 0 0 4.66 5

    Farm system

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