Minnesota Twins finished a 91-71, second in the AL West. 3,030,672 fans attended Twins games, at the time, establishing a new major league record. Pitcher Allan Anderson had his most successful season in 1988, winning the American League ERA title at 2.45 and compiling a record of 16-9 in 30 starts.
Offseason [ edit ]
Regular season [ edit ]
Five Twins made the
All-Star Game, third baseman Gary Gaetti, outfielder Kirby Puckett, catcher Tim Laudner, starting pitcher Frank Viola, and relief pitcher Jeff Reardon.
Frank Viola became the first Twins since Jim Perry in 1970 to with the AL Cy Young Award.
Offense [ edit ]
Kirby Puckett hit .356 with 24 HR drove in 121 runs and scored 109. Puckett led the AL with 234 hits, 163 singles, and 358 total bases. Puckett’s 234 hits were the most by a right-handed batter since Joe Medwick had 237 hits in 1937.
Kent Hrbek hit .312 with 25 HR and 76 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit .301 with 28 HR and 88 RBI.
Pitching [ edit ]
The Twins had three solid starting pitchers:
Frank Viola (24-7), Bert Blyleven (10-17), and Allan Anderson (16-9). Frank Viola led the AL with 24 wins. Allan Anderson led the AL with a 2.45 ERA. Reliever Jeff Reardon had 42 saves. Bert Blyleven (10-17, 5.43 ERA) led the AL with 17 losses, 125 earned runs allowed, and 16 hit batsmen.
Defense [ edit ]
Gary Gaetti and center fielder Kirby Puckett each won their third Gold Glove Award.
Season standings [ edit ]
Notable transactions [ edit ]
April 5, 1988:
John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Twins. [9 ] May 28, 1988:
John Christensen was signed as a free agent by the Twins. [10 ] June 27, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
Notable games [ edit ]
Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to record 40 saves in both leagues in a 3-1 win versus the White Sox. [11 ]
Player stats [ edit ]
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
Laudner, Tim Tim Laudner 117
Gaetti, Gary Gary Gaetti 133
Puckett, Kirby Kirby Puckett 158
Other batters [ edit ]
Pitching [ edit ]
Starting pitchers [ edit ]
Other pitchers [ edit ]
Smith, Roy Roy Smith 9
Relief pitchers [ edit ]
Awards and honors [ edit ]
Gary Gaetti, Third Baseman, Gold Glove Award
Kirby Puckett, Centerfield, Gold Glove Award Kirby Puckett – American League Leader At-Bats (657)
Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Hits (234)
Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Singles (163)
Kirby Puckett – Major League Baseball Leader Total Bases (358)
Gary Gaetti, Third Base, Reserve
Tim Laudner, Catcher, Reserve Kirby Puckett, Outfield, Reserve
Jeff Reardon, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
Frank Viola, Pitcher, Starter
Farm system [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Eric Bullock page at Baseball Reference
^ Don Baylor page at Baseball Reference
^ a b Dan Schatzeder page at Baseball Reference
^ Mike Smithson page at Baseball Reference
^ Vic Rodriguez page at Baseball Reference
^ Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
^ Sal Butera page at Baseball Reference
^ Billy Beane page at Baseball Reference
^ John Moses page at Baseball Reference
^ John Christensen page at Baseball Reference
^ "Reardon reaches major milestone." Gainesville Sun. 1988 Sept 18.
^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
External links [ edit ]