1989 Minnesota Twins season
|1989 Minnesota Twins|
|80-82, fifth in the AL Western Division|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Andy MacPhail|
Midwest Sports Channel
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson, Dick Bremer)
|Local radio||830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- October 24, 1988: Eric Bullock, Tom Herr and Tom Nieto were traded by the Twins to the Philadelphia Phillies for Shane Rawley and cash.
- November 3, 1988: Bert Blyleven and Kevin Trudeau (minors) were traded by the Twins to the California Angels for Mike Cook, Paul Sorrento, and Rob Wassenaar (minors).
- December 12, 1988: Randy Bush was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- December 21, 1988: John Christensen was released by the Twins.
- February 13, 1989: Lee Tunnell was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- March 26, 1989: Keith Atherton was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians for Carmelo Castillo.
When Jeff Reardon got his 30th save on September 14, he became the first major leaguer to reach 30 saves in five seasons.
Puckett led the AL in batting with a .339 average and hits with 215. Kirby hit 9 HR, drove in 85 runs, scored 75, and was rewarded with a Silver Slugger Award. Kent Hrbek hit .272 with 25 HR and 84 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit 19 HR and 75 RBI. Al Newman led the team with 25 stolen bases.
- *League leader
|Kansas City Royals||92||70||0.568||7||55–26||37–44|
|Chicago White Sox||69||92||0.429||29½||35–45||34–47|
Record vs. opponents
1989 American League Records
- April 1, 1989: Randy St. Claire was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- June 5, 1989: 1989 Major League Baseball draft
- Chuck Knoblauch was drafted by the Twins in the 1st round (25th pick). Player signed June 9, 1989.
- Denny Neagle was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round. Player signed June 22, 1989.
- Dan Masteller was drafted by the Twins in the 11th round.
- Denny Hocking was drafted by the Twins in the 52nd round. Player signed May 15, 1990.
- June 29, 1989: Freddie Toliver was traded by the Twins to the San Diego Padres for Greg Booker.
|1989 Minnesota Twins|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Harper, BrianBrian Harper||126||385||125||.325||8||57|
|1B||Hrbek, KentKent Hrbek||109||375||102||.272||25||84|
|2B||Backman, WallyWally Backman||87||299||69||.231||1||26|
|3B||Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti||130||498||125||.251||19||75|
|SS||Gagne, GregGreg Gagne||149||460||125||.272||9||48|
|LF||Gladden, DanDan Gladden||120||461||136||.295||8||46|
|CF||Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett||159||635||215||.339||9||85|
|RF||Bush, RandyRandy Bush||141||391||103||.263||14||54|
|DH||Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer||88||225||71||.316||3||23|
|Jorgensen, TerryTerry Jorgensen||10||23||4||.174||0||2|
|Sorrento, PaulPaul Sorrento||14||21||5||.238||0||1|
|Rodriguez, VicVic Rodriguez||6||11||5||.455||0||0|
|Smith, RoyRoy Smith||32||172.1||10||6||3.92||92|
|Rawley, ShaneShane Rawley||27||145||5||12||5.21||68|
|Cook, MikeMike Cook||15||0||1||0||5.06||15|
|Tunnell, LeeLee Tunnell||10||1||0||0||6.00||7|
|Booker, GregGreg Booker||6||0||0||0||4.15||3|
Awards and honors
- Kirby Puckett – American League Batting Champion (.339)
- Gary Gaetti – Gold Glove Award winner, third base
- Kirby Puckett – Gold Glove Award winner, center field
- Kirby Puckett – Silver Slugger Award, outfield
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton
- Eric Bullock at Baseball Reference
- Bert Blyleven page on Baseball Reference
- Randy Bush at Baseball Reference
- John Christensen at Baseball Reference
- Lee Tunnell at Baseball Reference
- Randy St. Claire at Baseball Reference
- Chuck Knoblauch at Baseball Reference
- Denny Neagle at Baseball Reference
- Dan Masteller at Baseball Reference
- Dennis Hocking at Baseball Reference
- Greg Booker at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007