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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.
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).
- The highest paid Twin in 1994 was Puckett at $5,300,000, followed by Aguilera at $3,260,000.
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.)
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.
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.
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|| Knoblauch, ChuckChuck Knoblauch
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
| Parks, DerekDerek Parks
| Erickson, ScottScott Erickson
Awards and honors
- 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