1984 Minnesota Twins season

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1984 Minnesota Twins
81-81, second in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Billy Gardner
Local television KMSP-TV
(Bob Kurtz, Ted Robinson)
Spectrum
(Harmon Killebrew, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Joe Angel)
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The 1984 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished with a record of 81-81, second in the American League West.

1,598,692 fans attended Twins games, a Twins attendance record, but still the fifth lowest total in the American League. Towards the end of the season, Calvin Griffith sold the club to local investor Carl Pohlad.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • May 4 - Oakland's Dave Kingman popped up in the fourth inning. The ball found a drainage hole in the Metrodome's roof and never returned to the playing surface. Kingman was awarded a ground-rule double. In the ninth, he hit another ball out -- but this one was just into the seats.
  • May 8 – Kirby Puckett got four hits in his major league debut, at Anaheim Stadium.
  • June 29 – Andre David made his major league debut and started in right field for the Twins. In his first at bat in the second inning, he homered off Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris to become the fourth Twin to homer in his first-ever at bat. David joined Rick Renick (1968), Dave McKay (1975) and Gary Gaetti (1981); three of the four were against Detroit pitching. In 2015, Eddie Rosario joins the list when he homers on the very first pitch he sees in the majors.
  • Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game, catcher Dave Engle.
  • September 28 – The Twins suffered their biggest blown lead for a loss in team history. Leading Cleveland 10-0 in the third inning, and 10-2 in the sixth, they lost the 9-inning game 11-10. In the ninth, relievers Ron Davis and Ed Hodge loaded the bases. Hodge allowed a walk-off single.

Offense[edit]

Kent Hrbek hit .311 with 27 HR and 107 RBI. Tom Brunansky hit 32 HR and 85 RBI. Leadoff batter Kirby Puckett hit .296 and scored 63 runs. Gary Gaetti hit 5 HR and 65 RBI.

Pitching[edit]

Starter Frank Viola was 18-12. Reliever Ron Davis had 29 saves. He also blew 14 saves, to tie a major league record set in 1976 and tied two other times. Mike Smithson allowed 35 homers, the most in the majors.

Defense[edit]

Gary Gaetti led the major league playing in 162 games. His 334 assists led all of baseball this season. Outfield teammates Kirby Puckett (center) and Tom Brunansky (right) also led the major leagues in assists.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 44–37 40–41
California Angels 81 81 0.500 3 37–44 44–37
Minnesota Twins 81 81 0.500 3 47–34 34–47
Oakland Athletics 77 85 0.475 7 44–37 33–48
Chicago White Sox 74 88 0.457 10 43–38 31–50
Seattle Mariners 74 88 0.457 10 42–39 32–49
Texas Rangers 69 92 0.429 14½ 34–46 35–46


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1984 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 6–7 8–4 7–5 7–6 7–6 5–7 7–6 5–7 5–8 6–6 9–3 9–3 4–9
Boston 7–6 9–3 7–5 10–3 7–6 3–9 9–4 6–6 7–6 7–5 4–8 5–7 5–8
California 4–8 3–9 8–5 8–4 4–8 6–7 8–4 4–9 8–4 7–6 9–4 5–8 7–5
Chicago 5–7 5–7 5–8 8–4 4–8 5–8 7–5 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 5–8 4–8
Cleveland 6–7 3–10 4–8 4–8 4–9 6–6 9–4 7–5 2–11 7–5 8–4 9–3 6–7–1
Detroit 6–7 6–7 8–4 8–4 9–4 7–5 11–2 9–3 7–6 9–3 6–6 10–2 8–5
Kansas City 7–5 9–3 7–6 8–5 6–6 5–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 5–8 9–4 6–7 5–7
Milwaukee 6–7 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 2–11 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 6–6 5–6 10–3
Minnesota 7–5 6–6 9–4 5–8 5–7 3–9 7–6 7–5 8–4 8–5 7–6 8–5 1–11
New York 8–5 6–7 4–8 5–7 11–2 6–7 7–5 7–6 4–8 8–4 7–5 6–6 8–5
Oakland 6–6 5–7 6–7 7–6 5–7 3–9 8–5 8–4 5–8 4–8 8–5 8–5 4–8
Seattle 3–9 8–4 4–9 8–5 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–6 6–7 5–7 5–8 10–3 5–7
Texas 3–9 7–5 8–5 8–5 3–9 2–10 7–6 6–5 5–8 6–6 5–8 3–10 6–6
Toronto 9–4 8–5 5–7 8–4 7–6–1 5–8 7–5 3–10 11–1 5–8 8–4 7–5 6–6


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1984 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Engle, DaveDave Engle 109 391 104 .266 4 38
1B Hrbek, KentKent Hrbek 149 559 174 .311 27 107
3B Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti 162 588 154 .262 5 65
SS Jiménez, HoustonHouston Jiménez 108 298 60 .201 0 19
CF Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett 128 557 165 .296 0 31
RF Brunansky, TomTom Brunansky 155 567 144 .254 32 85

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
Faedo, LennyLenny Faedo 16 52 13 .250 1 6
Hart, MikeMike Hart 13 29 5 .172 0 5

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
Viola, FrankFrank Viola 35 257.2 18 12 3.21 149
Smithson, MikeMike Smithson 36 252 15 13 3.68 144
Butcher, JohnJohn Butcher 34 225 13 11 3.44 83

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
Williams, AlbertAlbert Williams 17 68.2 3 5 5.77 22

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
Davis, RonRon Davis 64 7 11 29 4.55 74
Lysander, RickRick Lysander 36 4 3 5 3.49 22
O'Connor, JackJack O'Connor 2 0 0 0 1.93 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Charlie Manuel
A Visalia Oaks California League Dave Hilton
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Duffy Dyer
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Little at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ John Butcher at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mark Grace at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jay Bell at Baseball Reference

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]