1994 Minnesota Twins season

1994 Minnesota Twins season

Template:MLB yearly infobox 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

Regular season

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]

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

Offense

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

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

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

Template:MLB standings Template:1994 AL Wild Card standings

Notable transactions

Roster

1994 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

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

Starting pitchers

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

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

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

Awards and honors

Farm system

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

External links

  • Player stats from www.baseball-reference.com
  • Team info from www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Twins history through the 1990s, from www.mlb.com
  • 1994 Standings