1969 Minnesota Twins season

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1969 Minnesota Twins
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Billy Martin
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Merle Harmon)
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Led by new manager Billy Martin, the 1969 Minnesota Twins won the newly formed American League West with a 97-65 record, nine games over the second-place Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the first American League Championship Series.

Regular season[edit]

In the first year of divisional play, the Twins won the American League West, led by Rod Carew (.332, his first batting title), Tony Oliva (.309, 24 HR, 101 RBI) and league MVP Harmon Killebrew (49 HR, 140 RBI - both league-leading totals). Carew stole home 7 times. Leadoff batter César Tovar was third in the AL with 45 stolen bases. Jim Perry and Dave Boswell won 20 games. Reliever Ron Perranoski became the first Twin to lead the AL in saves with 31. Pitcher Jim Kaat won his 8th Gold Glove Award.

Four Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Killebrew, second baseman Carew, outfielder Oliva, and catcher Johnny Roseboro. Harmon Killebrew became the second Twin to be named American League Most Valuable Player.

1,349,328 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Minnesota Twins 97 65 -- .599
Oakland Athletics 88 74 9.0 .543
California Angels 71 91 26.0 .438
Kansas City Royals 69 93 28.0 .426
Chicago White Sox 68 94 29.0 .420
Seattle Pilots 64 98 33.0 .395

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1969 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Roseboro, JohnnyJohnny Roseboro 115 361 95 .263 3 32
2B Carew, RodRod Carew 123 458 152 .332 8 56
3B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 162 555 153 .276 49 140
SS Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 160 578 162 .280 10 70
RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 153 637 197 .309 24 101

Other batters[edit]

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
Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 158 535 154 .288 11 52
Holt, JimJim Holt 12 14 5 .357 1 2
Clark, RonRon Clark 5 8 1 .125 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Perry, JimJim Perry 46 261.2 20 6 2.82 153
Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 39 256.1 20 12 3.23 190
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 40 242.1 14 13 3.49 139
Chance, DeanDean Chance 20 88.1 5 4 2.95 50

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Miller, BobBob Miller 48 119.1 5 5 3.02 57

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Perranoski, RonRon Perranoski 75 9 10 31 2.11 62
Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 3 0 0 0 2.70 1

Postseason[edit]

The Twins were swept 3-0 by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 American League Championship Series.

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears American Association Don Heffner
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Ralph Rowe
A Red Springs Twins Carolina League Tom Umphlett
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Tom Videtich
Short-Season A Auburn Twins New York-Penn League Steve Thornton
Short-Season A St. Cloud Rox Northern League Jim Merrick
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
First Season
AL West Championship Season
1969
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
1970