1976 Minnesota Twins season

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1976 Minnesota Twins
85-77, third in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Gene Mauch
Local television WTCN
(Harmon Killebrew, Joe Boyle)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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The 1976 Minnesota Twins finished 85-77, third in the American League West. Only 715,394 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League. It was the third year in a row that the Twins attracted the fewest number of fans in the AL.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Two Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Rod Carew and catcher Butch Wynegar.

For the first time in four years, Carew did not win the AL batting title, finishing third with a .331 batting average. Carew did had 200 hits and 90 RBI. Larry Hisle hit 14 home runs and collected 96 RBI. Dan Ford added 20 HR and 86 RBI.

Reliever Bill Campbell led the Twins pitchers with 17 wins, all in relief. He also had 20 saves. Reliever Tom Burgmeier added 8 relief wins and a save. The Twins needed the relief help because the starting pitching was terrible, with only Dave Goltz (14-14) managing double digit wins.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 90 72 -- .556
Oakland Athletics 87 74 2.5 .540
Minnesota Twins 85 77 5 .525
Texas Rangers 76 86 14 .469
California Angels 76 86 14 .469
Chicago White Sox 64 97 25.5 .398

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1976 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
C Wynegar, ButchButch Wynegar 149 534 139 .260 10 69
1B Carew, RodRod Carew 156 605 200 .331 9 90
2B Randall, BobBob Randall 153 475 127 .267 1 34
3B Cubbage, MikeMike Cubbage 104 342 89 .260 3 49
SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 103 384 104 .271 2 36
LF Hisle, LarryLarry Hisle 155 581 158 .272 14 96
CF Bostock, LymanLyman Bostock 128 474 153 .323 4 60
RF Ford, DanDan Ford 145 514 137 .267 20 86
DH Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 109 266 69 .259 11 36

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
Braun, SteveSteve Braun 122 417 120 .288 3 61
Brye, SteveSteve Brye 87 258 68 .264 2 23
Terrell, JerryJerry Terrell 89 171 42 .246 0 8
McKay, DaveDave McKay 45 138 28 .203 0 8
Thompson, DannyDanny Thompson 34 124 29 .234 0 6
Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 67 123 26 .211 1 16
Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 24 65 16 .246 1 6
Gómez, LuisLuis Gómez 38 57 11 .193 0 3
Roof, PhilPhil Roof 18 46 10 .217 0 4

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
Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 36 249.1 14 14 3.36 133
Hughes, JimJim Hughes 37 177 9 14 4.98 87
Singer, BillBill Singer 26 172 9 9 3.77 63
Redfern, PetePete Redfern 23 118 8 8 3.51 74
Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven 12 95.1 4 5 3.12 75
Bane, EddieEddie Bane 17 79.1 4 7 5.11 24
Decker, JoeJoe Decker 13 58 2 7 5.28 35

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
Luebber, SteveSteve Luebber 38 119.1 4 5 4.00 45

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
Campbell, BillBill Campbell 78 17 5 20 3.01 115
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 57 8 1 1 2.50 45
Albury, VicVic Albury 23 3 1 0 3.58 23
Johnson, TomTom Johnson 18 3 1 0 2.61 37
Pazik, MikeMike Pazik 5 0 0 0 7.00 6

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Dick Phillips
A Reno Silver Sox California League Johnny Goryl
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Harry Warner
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Reno

Reno affiliation shared with San Diego Padres

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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