1978 Minnesota Twins season

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1978 Minnesota Twins
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 1978 Minnesota Twins finished 73-89, fourth in the American League West.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

787,878 fans attended Twins games, the second lowest total in the American League. Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game: first baseman Rod Carew.

Carew won his seventh AL batting title[7] with a .333 average, leading the team in hits and runs scored. Shortstop Roy Smalley hit 19 HR and collected 77 RBI. Dan Ford hit 11 HR and collected 82 RBI.

Reliever Mike Marshall was signed in May and replaced Tom Johnson and Bill Campbell as manager Gene Mauch's all-purpose reliever. Marshall went on to rack up 10 relief wins along with 21 saves. Three starters had double digit wins: Dave Goltz (15-10), Roger Erickson (14-13), Geoff Zahn (14-14).

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 92 70 -- .568
Texas Rangers 87 75 5 .537
California Angels 87 75 5 .537
Minnesota Twins 73 89 19 .451
Chicago White Sox 71 90 20.5 .441
Oakland Athletics 69 93 23 .426
Seattle Mariners 56 104 35 .350

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 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 Carew, RodRod Carew 152 564 188 .333 5 70
2B Randall, BobBob Randall 119 330 89 .270 0 21
SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 158 586 160 .273 19 77
LF Norwood, WillieWillie Norwood 125 428 109 .255 8 46
CF Ford, DanDan Ford 151 592 162 .274 11 82
DH Adams, GlennGlenn Adams 116 310 80 .258 7 35

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
Rivera, BomboBombo Rivera 101 251 68 .271 3 23
Morales, JoséJosé Morales 101 242 76 .314 2 38
Wolfe, LarryLarry Wolfe 88 235 55 .234 3 25
Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 77 191 33 .173 4 20
Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 49 123 26 .211 3 15
Edwards, DaveDave Edwards 15 44 11 .250 1 3

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
Erickson, RogerRoger Erickson 37 265.2 14 13 3.96 121
Zahn, GeoffGeoff Zahn 35 252.1 14 14 3.03 106
Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 29 220.1 15 10 2.49 116
Jackson, DarrellDarrell Jackson 19 92.1 4 6 4.48 54

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
Perzanowski, StanStan Perzanowski 13 56.2 2 7 5.24 31
Johnson, DaveDave Johnson 6 12 0 2 7.50 7
Redfern, PetePete Redfern 3 9.2 0 2 6.52 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
Marshall, MikeMike Marshall 54 10 12 21 2.45 56
Johnson, TomTom Johnson 18 1 4 3 5.51 21
Scarce, MacMac Scarce 17 1 1 0 3.94 17
Holly, JeffJeff Holly 15 1 1 0 3.57 12
Harrison, RoricRoric Harrison 9 0 1 0 7.50 7

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Johnny Goryl
A Visalia Oaks California League Roy McMillan
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Rick Stelmaszek
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Visalia, Elizabethton

Notes[edit]

References[edit]