2014 Minnesota Twins season

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2014 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 70–92 (.432)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Jim Pohlad
General manager(s) Terry Ryan
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television Fox Sports North
(Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Roy Smalley)
Local radio KTWN-FM
(Cory Provus, Dan Gladden, Kris Atteberry)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2014 Minnesota Twins season was the 54th season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 114th overall in the American League. They were the host team for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. They finished last in the AL Central with a 70-92 record.

Regular Season[edit]

On July 15, the 85th edition of the Mid-Summer Classic returned to the Twin Cities. Previous All-Star games were held at Metropolitan Stadium (1965) and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1984). Twins Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki—in his first All-Star appearance—represented the hometown team. The battery-mates were called into action for the ninth, and closed down the National League All-Stars on nine pitches for a 5-3 AL win. Perkins, a two-time All-Star, earned the save.[1]

On August 20, second baseman Brian Dozier joined the Twins '20/20' club, adding his name to the four others that have connected for twenty homers in the same season they've stolen twenty bases.[2] The small club includes Larry Hisle (1977), Kirby Puckett (1986), Marty Cordova (1995), Corey Koskie (2001) and Torii Hunter (twice, 2002 and 2004).

The August 24 game against Detroit was the longest Minnesota 9-inning game in history, in terms of time. The Sunday afternoon game at Target Field ran 4 hours and 10 minutes, and resulted in a 13-4 win for the Tigers.[3]

In the first game of the September 13 doubleheader, starter Phil Hughes set a personal best in striking out eleven Chicago batters before being replaced in the eighth inning. (It had been 379 games since a Twin had posted double-digit strikeouts.) Michael Tonkin struck out another in the eighth. The three White Sox pitchers struck out 17 Twins, and the combined total of 29 strikeouts set a Minnesota record for a nine-inning game involving the Twins.[4]

Phil Hughes' contract called for a $500,000 bonus if he reached 210 innings pitched. On September 24, he pitched 8 innings before an hour-long rain delay. Ron Gardenhire replaced him with a fresh pitcher when play resumed—and Hughes' inning tally halted at 209⅔. He declined to be inserted in a later game to achieve one more out.[5]

At season's end, Phil Hughes' strikeout-to-walk ratio (186:16) measured at 11.63 to 1. That number is the best-ever in the major leagues, topping the previous best of 143:13 set by Bret Saberhagen in 1984.

On September 29, Ron Gardenhire was fired. In his 13-year tenure as Twins manager he went 1068–1039, for a .507 winning percentage. The legacy he leaves includes the many memories of him being ejected from a game, enough times to rank in Major League's top ten (but far behind Bobby Cox's recorded 132 times).

Native son Paul Molitor was hired on November 3 to replace Gardenhire, becoming the Twins' thirteenth skipper. Molitor was born and raised in Saint Paul, attended the University of Minnesota and spent most of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished his playing career with three seasons in the 1990s as a Minnesota Twin, and coached and consulted in the organization since retiring. In 2004 he was voted into the Hall of Fame, so with his hiring he joins the only two other men who've been hired as first-time managers after being inducted in the Hall as players -- Ted Williams and Ryne Sandburg.

Season standings[edit]

2014 Minnesota Twins All-Star Game Logo

American League Central[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 45–36 45–36
Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 5 48–33 37–44
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 17 40–41 33–48
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 20 35–46 35–46


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605
(2) Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593
(3) Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 +1
(5) Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 1
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 4
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 5
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 11
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 15
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 17
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 18
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 18
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 21


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2014 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 5–1 3–4 1–5 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–2 12–7 6–1 11–8 12–8
Boston 8–11 4–3 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 2–5 4–2 7–12 3–4 1–5 9–10 4–2 7–12 9–11
Chicago 1–5 3–4 9–10 9–10 3–3 6–13 1–5 9–10 2–5 4–3 3–4 5–2 2–4 5–2 11–9
Cleveland 4–3 5–2 10–9 8–11 5–2 10–9 2–5 11–8 4–3 2–4 2–4 4–2 6–1 2–4 10–10
Detroit 5–1 5–1 10–9 11–8 4–3 13–6 3–4 9–10 3–4 5–2 2–4 3–4 4–3 1–5 12–8
Houston 3–4 3–4 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 8–11 9–10 2–5 11–8 4–3 5–15
Kansas City 4–3 1–6 13–6 9–10 6–13 3–3 3–3 11–8 4–3 5–2 2–5 4–2 5–1 4–3 15–5
Los Angeles 2–4 5–2 5–1 5–2 4–3 12–7 3–3 7–0 2–4 10–9 7–12 5–2 14–5 5–2 12–8
Minnesota 3–4 2–4 10–9 8–11 10–9 3–3 8–11 0–7 3–4 1–6 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 9–11
New York 6–13 12–7 5–2 3–4 4–3 2–4 3–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–11 4–3 11–8 13–7
Oakland 4–2 4–3 3–4 4–2 2–5 11–8 2–5 9–10 6–1 4–2 9–10 4–2 9–10 4–3 13–7
Seattle 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–2 4–2 10–9 5–2 12–7 2–5 3–3 10–9 4–3 9–10 4–3 9–11
Tampa Bay 7–12 10–9 2–5 2–4 4–3 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 11–8 2–4 3–4 5–2 8–11 10–10
Texas 1–6 2–4 4–2 1–6 3–4 8–11 1–5 5–14 5–2 3–4 10–9 10–9 2–5 2–4 10–10
Toronto 8–11 12–7 2–5 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–4 2–5 2–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–2 13–7


Game log[edit]

Legend
Twins Win Twins Loss Game Postponed
2014 Game Log

Roster[edit]

2014 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Arcia, OswaldoOswaldo Arcia 19 58 6 16 0 0 2 8 .276 0
Colabello, ChrisChris Colabello 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .500 0
Dozier, BrianBrian Dozier 157 628 101 148 39 4 28 77 .236 12
Escobar, EduardoEduardo Escobar 127 409 48 107 31 4 12 58 .262 2
Florimón, PedroPedro Florimón 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Hicks, AaronAaron Hicks 97 352 48 90 11 3 11 33 .256 13
Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer 158 592 69 157 34 2 10 66 .265 2
Plouffe, TrevorTrevor Plouffe 152 573 74 140 35 4 22 86 .244 2
Suzuki, KurtKurt Suzuki 131 433 36 104 17 0 5 50 .240 0
Willingham, JoshJosh Willingham 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Totals 1 32 3 7 3 0 0 3 .219 0

Pitching[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Fien, CaseyCasey Fien 5 6 3.98 73 0 1 63.1 29 28 10 51
Nolasco, RickyRicky Nolasco 6 12 5.38 27 27 0 159.0 96 95 38 115
Swarzak, AnthonyAnthony Swarzak 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 2
Thielbar, CalebCaleb Thielbar 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0
Gibson, KyleKyle Gibson 9 8 3.94 20 20 0 114.1 51 50 32 61
Hughes, PhilPhil Hughes 10 8 4.12 22 22 0 137.2 64 63 13 118
Totals 70 92 4.57 162 162 38 1435.0 777 728 408 1031

Other post-season awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Gene Glynn
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Jeff Smith
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Doug Mientkiewicz
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Jake Mauer
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Ramon Borrego

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Fort Myers[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 All-Star Game box score". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Seeing 20/20: Dozier reaches milestone Twins". FOXSports.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Detroit 13, Minnesota 4". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota Twins 1". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Storms Cost Hughes Bonus". SB-Nation.com. 
  6. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2013). Baseball America 2014 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-48-0. 

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