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1999 Minnesota Twins season

1999 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Minneapolis (since 1982)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
    Manager(s) Tom Kelly
    Local television KMSP-TV
    Midwest Sports Channel
    (Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer, Paul Molitor)
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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    The 1999 Minnesota Twins began their season on a positive note, with Brad Radke getting the win in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately for the Twins, the team finished the season in last place.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Seventeen rookies saw playing time for manager Tom Kelly in the 1999 season. Some of these rookies, such as Corey Koskie, Torii Hunter, and Joe Mays, would go on to future success. The season was not without its bright spots, including Doug Mientkiewicz's .997 fielding percentage and Koskie's team-leading .310 batting average. Another bright spot occurred on September 11, when pitcher Eric Milton threw the only no-hitter of his career against an Anaheim Angels team that consisted mainly of September call-ups. However, the euphemism "rebuilding year" must be applied to the Twins’ 1999 campaign.

    It was only May 21 when the team's brain trust realized that this would not be a world champion team. On that day, the Twins traded Rick Aguilera, then their highest paid player, to the Chicago Cubs. The team also traded Scott Downs and received Jason Ryan and future starter Kyle Lohse in return. The team finished the season with a 63-97 record, ranked fifth in the American League Central Division. The team's lone all-star representative was Ron Coomer.

    • The lone representative of the Twins in the All-Star Game was second baseman Ron Coomer.

    Offense

    The offense was not impressive. Minnesota was last in the league in slugging and had only one more walk than the league-worst White Sox. The team leaders were: Coomer with 16 home runs; Cordova with 70 RBI; Koskie with a .310 average; Walker with 148 hits and 37 doubles; and Lawton with 26 stolen bases.

    Several players failed to meet expectations offensively. In June, Lawton was hit in the face by a pitch. He missed a month and had trouble finding his swing after returning. Mientkiewicz had a great season batting-wise at the double-A level in 1998, but was not able to follow it up the following year at the major league level.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    HR Ron Coomer 16
    RBI Marty Cordova 70
    BA Todd Walker .279
    Runs Chad Allen 69

    Pitching

    Radke, Milton, and LaTroy Hawkins filled the first three spots in the starting rotation throughout the season. The fourth and fifth spots were less predictable. Mays did emerge as a capable starter midway through the season, making 20 starts. Also making an appreciable number of starts in 1999 were Mike Lincoln (15), Dan Perkins (12), and Jason Ryan (8).

    Aguilera started the season as the Twins’ closer and recorded eight saves, but Mike Trombley took over the closer duties in May and finished the season with 24 saves. Trombley, Bob Wells, Travis Miller, Eddie Guardado, and Héctor Carrasco had respectable seasons out of the bullpen.

    Overall, the pitching staff allowed the second fewest walks in the American League and had an average ERA.

    Team Leaders
    Statistic Player Quantity
    ERA Brad Radke 3.75
    Wins Brad Radke 12
    Saves Mike Trombley 24
    Strikeouts Eric Milton 163

    Defense

    Like most of manager Tom Kelly's teams, this one was fundamentally sound. For example, the team committed the third fewest errors in the major leagues in spite of its inexperience.

    Chad Allen, Hunter, and Matt Lawton saw consistent playing time in the outfield. However, Jacque Jones saw enough at bats to supplant Allen the following season, leading to the "Soul Patrol" of Jones, Hunter, and Lawton. Terry Steinbach was the starting catcher, with Javier Valentín as his backup. Three of the infield positions were fairly stable, with Mientkiewicz getting the bulk of the time at first base, Todd Walker at second, and Cristian Guzmán at short. Although Coomer was the opening day third baseman, Koskie ended up playing the most games at that position. (Coomer saw time at first when it became apparent that Mientkiewicz was not yet ready to face major-league pitchers.) Brent Gates also saw substantial playing time at third, as well as second. Marty Cordova played in 88 games as the designated hitter.

    Season standings

    AL Central W L Pct. GB
    Cleveland Indians   97   65 .599    --
    Chicago White Sox   75   86 .466 21.5
    Detroit Tigers   69   92 .429 27.5
    Kansas City Royals   64   97 .398 32.5
    Minnesota Twins   63   97 .394 33.0

    Roster

    1999 Minnesota Twins
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Notable transactions

    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

    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
    Davidson, CleatusCleatus Davidson 12 22 3 .136 0 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

    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

    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

    Farm system

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    References

    1. Todd Ritchie page at Baseball Reference
    2. Alex Ochoa page at Baseball Reference
    3. 3.0 3.1 Melvin Nieves page at Baseball Reference
    4. 4.0 4.1 George Williams page at Baseball Reference
    5. Bob Wells page at Baseball Reference
    6. Bobby Kielty page at Baseball Reference
    7. Dan Serafini page at Baseball Reference
    8. Jack Cressend page at Baseball Reference
    9. Midre Cummings page at Baseball Reference
    10. Rick Aguilera page at Baseball Reference
    11. Frank Rodriguez page at Baseball Reference
    12. Rob Bowen page at Baseball Reference
    13. Justin Morneau page at Baseball Reference
    14. Terry Tiffee page at Baseball Reference
    15. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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