1994 Minnesota Twins season

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1994 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Tom Kelly
Local television WCCO-TV
Midwest Sports Channel
(Al Newman, Dick Bremer, Chad Hartman, Tommy John )
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Jim Powell)
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The 1994 Minnesota Twins played in an abbreviated, strike-shortened season. The strike overshadowed the season’s accomplishments. These included Scott Erickson’s no-hitter on April 27, Chuck Knoblauch’s 85-game errorless streak and league-leading 45 doubles, Kirby Puckett’s 2,000th hit, and Kent Hrbek’s retirement. In 113 games, Manager Tom Kelly’s team finished with a record of 53-60, for fourth place in the newly created American League Central Division.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

By Friday, August 12, the Twins had compiled a 53-60 record through 113 games. They had scored 594 runs (5.26 per game) and allowed 688 runs (6.09 per game).[4]

Throughout the strike-shortened season, the Twins pitching staff struggled and finished with a 5.68 ERA: the highest in the Majors. In 1,005.0 innings pitched, they gave up 1,197 hits and 634 earned runs: the most among all 28 teams. They did, however, issue the fewest intentional walks in the Majors, with 20.[5]

  • The highest paid Twin in 1994 was Puckett at $5,300,000, followed by Aguilera at $3,260,000.

Offense[edit]

Despite the short season, Kirby Puckett managed to belt 20 home runs and drive in 112 runs. Outfielder Shane Mack had a solid year in his last year with the Twins, batting .333. Knoblauch and outfielder Alex Cole lit up the base paths, stealing 35 and 29 bases, respectively. Designated hitter Dave Winfield had a mediocre year in his last season with his hometown team. (He would play in 46 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1995 before announcing his retirement.)

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Kirby Puckett 20
RBI Kirby Puckett 112
BA Shane Mack .333
Runs Chuck Knoblauch 85

Pitching[edit]

The starting rotation was not a strong one, although the starters at least started consistently every fifth day, unlike in subsequent years for the Twins. Jim Deshaies, Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, Pat Mahomes, and Carlos Pulido started all but six games for the team. Despite the no-hitter, Erickson's year was disappointing, as he posted a 5.44 ERA. Rick Aguilera continued to be a reliable closer while the only reliable arm out of the bullpen was Kevin Campbell with an ERA of 2.92.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Kevin Tapani 4.62
Wins Kevin Tapani 11
Saves Rick Aguilera 23
Strikeouts Scott Erickson 104

Defense[edit]

Matt Walbeck and Derek Parks were a strong 1-2 punch at catcher, at least defensively. (Both had .993 fielding percentages.) Kent Hrbek ended his career with a solid one defensively with a .997 average. As mentioned, Knoblauch excelled defensively at this point in his career. Scott Leius and Pat Meares were defensively average on the left side of the infield. Puckett and Mack were strong in the outfield, while Alex Cole was average. Pedro Muñoz also saw substantial time in the outfield.

Season standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 67 46 0.593 34–19 33–27
Cleveland Indians 66 47 0.584 1 35–16 31–31
Kansas City Royals 64 51 0.557 4 35–24 29–27
Minnesota Twins 53 60 0.469 14 32–27 21–33
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 0.461 15 24–32 29–30


Division leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 70 43 0.619
Chicago White Sox 67 46 0.593
Texas Rangers 52 62 0.456


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 66 47 0.584 +2½
Baltimore Orioles 63 49 0.562
Kansas City Royals 64 51 0.557 ½
Toronto Blue Jays 55 60 0.478
Boston Red Sox 54 61 0.470 10½
Minnesota Twins 53 60 0.469 10½
Detroit Tigers 53 62 0.461 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 0.461 11½
Oakland Athletics 51 63 0.447 13
Seattle Mariners 49 63 0.438 14
California Angels 47 68 0.409 17½


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1994 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Knoblauch, ChuckChuck Knoblauch 109 445 139 .312 5 51

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
Parks, DerekDerek Parks 31 89 17 .191 1 9

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Erickson, ScottScott Erickson 23 144 8 11 5.44 104

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Campbell, KevinKevin Campbell 14 1 0 0 2.92 15

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake Buzz Pacific Coast League Scott Ullger
AA Nashville Xpress Southern League Phil Roof
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Steve Liddle
A Fort Wayne Wizards Midwest League Jim Dwyer
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Jose Marzan

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Willie Banks page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Alex Cole page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Enrique Wilson page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/1994.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  6. ^ Lenny Webster page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Todd Walker page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Travis Miller page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Cleatus Davidson page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ A. J. Pierzynski page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ David Dellucci page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Corey Koskie page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Larry Casian page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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