1990 Minnesota Twins season

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1990 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Tom Kelly
Local television WCCO-TV
Midwest Sports Channel
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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The 1990 Minnesota Twins, three years after their World Series title in 1987, fell to the bottom of the AL West once again. However, the season was not completely bad, as there were some bright spots: Pitchers Rick Aguilera and Scott Erickson. Aguilera converted from starter to closer and recorded 32 saves, while Erickson was promoted to the Twins in June from AA and went 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA.


Regular season[edit]

  • The lone representative of the Twins in the All-Star Game was center fielder Kirby Puckett.
  • The highest paid Twin in 1993 was Puckett at $2,816,667; followed by Kent Hrbek at $2,100,000.


Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Kent Hrbek 22
RBI Gary Gaetti 85
BA Kirby Puckett .298
Runs Kirby Puckett 82


Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Allan Anderson 4.53
Wins Kevin Tapani 12
Saves Rick Aguilera 32
Strikeouts Mark Guthrie, Kevin Tapani 101


The highlight of the season came on July 17, in Boston, when the Twins turned 2 triple plays. In the 4th inning, with the bases loaded and Scott Erickson pitching, former Twin Tom Brunansky hit a sharp grounder to Gary Gaetti at third base, who stepped on the bag for the force out, fired to Al Newman at second, whose relay to Kent Hrbek was in time to get Brunansky at first. In the 8th inning, with John Candelaria pitching and runners on first and second, Jody Reed hit a one-hopper at Gaetti who again started a 5-4-3 triple play. This was the first time in MLB history that two triple plays were recorded in a game, a feat that has not been duplicated since.[3]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 9
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 20
California Angels 80 82 .494 23
Seattle Mariners 77 85 .475 26
Kansas City Royals 75 86 .466 27½
Minnesota Twins 74 88 .457 29


1990 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Notable Transactions[edit]

Player stats[edit]


Starters by position[edit]

Note: 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 Brian Harper 134 479 141 .294 6 54
1B Kent Hrbek 143 492 141 .287 22 79
2B Al Newman 144 388 94 .242 0 30
3B Gary Gaetti 154 577 132 .229 16 85
SS Greg Gagne 138 388 91 .235 7 38
LF Dan Gladden 136 534 147 .275 5 40
CF Kirby Puckett 146 551 164 .298 12 80
RF Shane Mack 125 313 102 .326 8 44
DH Gene Larkin 119 401 108 .269 5 42

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Roy Smith 32 153.1 5 10 4.81
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Phil Roof
AA Orlando Sun Rays Southern League Ron Gardenhire
A Visalia Oaks California League Scott Ullger
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Steve Liddle
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Joel Lepel

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton[7]

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