1971 Minnesota Twins season

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1971 Minnesota Twins
74-86, fifth in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television WTCN-TV
(Halsey Hall,Frank Buetel, Bob Allison)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Christensen)
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The 1971 Minnesota Twins finished 74-86, fifth in the American League West. 940,858 fans attended Twins games, the fifth highest total in the American League, the first time the Twins failed to attract over one million fans since moving to Minnesota.

Regular season[edit]

Five Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, second baseman Rod Carew, shortstop Leo Cárdenas, outfielder Tony Oliva, and pitcher Jim Perry.

Lead off batter César Tovar led the AL with 204 hits and was second with 94 runs. Tony Oliva won his third batting title with a .337 average and led the AL with a .546 slugging percentage. Harmon Killebrew hit 28 HR and 119 RBI. Rod Carew hit .307.

Jim Perry (17-17), Bert Blyleven (16-15), and Jim Kaat (13-14) were the Twins best pitchers. Kaat won his tenth Gold Glove Award.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 101 60 -- .627
Kansas City Royals 85 76 16 .528
Chicago White Sox 79 83 22.5 .488
California Angels 76 86 25.5 .469
Minnesota Twins 74 86 26.5 .463
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 32 .429

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
1B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 147 500 127 .254 28 119
SS Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 153 554 146 .264 18 75
LF Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 157 657 204 .311 1 45
RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 126 487 164 .337 22 81

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
Thompson, DannyDanny Thompson 48 57 15 .263 0 7
Ratliff, PaulPaul Ratliff 21 44 7 .159 2 6

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
Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 38 278.1 16 15 2.81 224
Perry, JimJim Perry 40 270 17 17 4.23 126
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 39 260.1 13 14 3.32 137

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
Corbin, RayRay Corbin 52 140.1 8 11 4.10 83
Hall, TomTom Hall 48 129.2 4 7 3.33 137
Luebber, SteveSteve Luebber 18 68 2 5 5.03 35
Barber, SteveSteve Barber 4 11.2 1 0 6.17 4

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
Gebhard, BobBob Gebhard 17 1 2 0 3.00 13
Campisi, SalSal Campisi 6 0 0 0 4.15 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Ralph Rowe
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Harry Warner
A Lynchburg Twins Carolina League Johnny Goryl
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Jackie Ferrell
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Weldon Bowlin
Short-Season A Auburn Twins New York-Penn League Boyd Coffie
Short-Season A St. Cloud Rox Northern League Ken Staples
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte, St. Cloud

Notes[edit]

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