1987 Minnesota Twins season
|1987 Minnesota Twins|
World Series Champions
American League Champions
AL West Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Andy MacPhail|
(John Rooney, Harmon Killebrew)
(Dick Bremer, Frank Quilici)
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(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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The 1987 Minnesota Twins won the World Series for the first time since moving from Washington in 1961, marking the second time that the franchise had won the World Series. (The Washington Senators had won it in 1924.) Manager Tom Kelly managed the rare feat of winning the World Series in his first full season as manager.
- Offseason 1
Regular season 2
- Offense 2.1
- Pitching 2.2
- Defense 2.3
- Season standings 2.4
- Record vs. opponents 2.5
- Notable transactions 2.6
- Roster 2.7
Player stats 3
- Starters by position 3.1.1
- Other batters 3.1.2
- Starting pitchers 3.2.1
- Other pitchers 3.2.2
- Relief pitchers 3.2.3
- Batting 3.1
- Postseason 4
- Farm system 5
- References 6
- External links 7
- November 12, 1986: The Twins traded a player to be named later to the New York Mets for Ron Gardenhire. The Twins completed the trade by sending Dominic Iasparro (minors) to the Mets on April 4, 1987.
- January 9, 1987: Juan Berenguer was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- February 3, 1987: Neal Heaton, Yorkis Perez, Jeff Reed and minor leaguer Al Cardwood were traded by the Twins to the Montreal Expos for Jeff Reardon and Tom Nieto.
- February 20, 1987: Minor leaguer Mike Shade was traded by the Twins to the Montreal Expos for Al Newman.
- February 24, 1987: Billy Sample was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins were 85-77, first in the American League West. The team had one of the lowest winning percentages ever for a World Series champion, at .525. They also had the remarkably bad road record of 29-52 (.358 percentage) but made up for it winning 56 home games (best in MLB). Fortunately for the Twins, they played in a very weak division; only two teams finished above .500 and only 10 games separated the Twins from the last-place California Angels and Texas Rangers.
2,081,976 fans attended Twins games, the sixth highest total in the American League.
1987 was the first year the Twins started using their modernized logos and uniforms, which are still in use today.
Joe Niekro, a pitcher for the Twins, was suspended for 10 games when umpire Tim Tschida discovered an emery board in his pocket. Tschida suspected Niekro was scuffing the ball, and saw the emery board fly out of Niekro's pocket. Niekro said he was filing his nails in the dugout, but American League president Dr. Bobby Brown didn't believe him, and ordered the suspension.
The Homer Hanky was introduced in 1987.
This was the last year for a long time that the Twins were stocked with power hitters. In particular, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, and Tom Brunansky combined to hit 125 home runs. (The team as a whole hit 196.) Hrbek, Gaetti, and Brunansky each surpassed 30 home runs, a number that no Twin would reach until Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter in 2006.
Despite the power in their lineup, the Twins were outscored 806-786, one of the largest such differentials for a World Series champion.
The top three starting pitchers, Frank Viola, Bert Blyleven, and Les Straker provided stability throughout the year. Mike Smithson, Joe Niekro, and Jeff Bittiger were less reliable. Newly acquired closer Jeff Reardon was a reliable option at the end of games. Juan Berenguer was the most reliable set-up man, posting a 3.94 ERA.
The defense was not as strong as would be typical for Twins teams under manager Tom Kelly. Hrbek was the most reliable fielder at first base, and the outfield of Dan Gladden, Puckett, and Brunansky was reliable. Third baseman Gary Gaetti and center fielder Kirby Puckett each won their second Gold Glove Award.
Record vs. opponents
- March 31, 1987: Minor leaguers Jose Dominguez and Ray Velázquez and a player to be named later were traded by the Twins to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Dan Gladden and minor leaguer David Blakely. The Twins completed the deal by sending Bryan Hickerson to the Giants on June 15.
- May 10, 1987: Bill Latham was traded by the Twins to the New York Mets for Jayson Felice (minors).
- May 22, 1987: Sal Butera was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
June 2, 1987: 1987 Major League Baseball Draft
- Willie Banks was drafted by the Twins in the 1st round (3rd pick overall).
- Larry Casian was drafted by the Twins in the 6th round.
- Mark Guthrie was drafted by the Twins in the 7th round.
- Chip Hale was drafted by the Twins in the 17th round
- Bret Boone was drafted by the Twins in the 28th round, but did not sign.
- Craig Paquette was drafted by the Twins in the 36th round), but did not sign.
- June 2, 1987: Eric Bullock was traded by the Houston Astros to the Minnesota Twins for Clay Christiansen.
- June 7, 1987: Mark Salas was traded by the Twins to the New York Yankees for pitcher Joe Niekro.
- June 24, 1987: Danny Clay and Tom Schwarz (minors) were traded by the Twins to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dan Schatzeder and cash.
- July 31: The Twins traded a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for Steve Carlton. The Twins completed the trade by sending minor leaguer Jeff Perry to the Indians on August 18.
- September 1: The Twins traded a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox for designated hitter Don Baylor. The Twins completed the deal by sending minor leaguer Enrique Rios to the Red Sox on December 18.
Starters by positionNote: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Laudner, TimTim Laudner||113||288||55||.191||16||43|
|1B||Hrbek, KentKent Hrbek||143||477||136||.285||34||90|
|2B||Lombardozzi, SteveSteve Lombardozzi||136||432||103||.238||8||38|
|3B||Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti||154||584||150||.257||31||109|
|SS||Gagne, GregGreg Gagne||137||437||116||.265||10||40|
|LF||Gladden, DanDan Gladden||121||438||109||.249||8||38|
|CF||Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett||157||624||207||.332||28||99|
|RF||Brunansky, TomTom Brunansky||155||532||138||.259||32||85|
|DH||Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley||110||309||85||.275||8||34|
Other battersNote: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Newman, AlAl Newman||110||307||68||.221||0||29|
Starting pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Other pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Relief pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|AAA||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||Charlie Manuel|
|AA||Orlando Twins||Southern League||George Mitterwald|
|A||Visalia Oaks||California League||Danny Schmitz|
|A||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||Don Leppert|
|Rookie||Elizabethton Twins||Appalachian League||Ray Smith|
- Ron Gardenhire page on Baseball Reference
- Juan Berenguer page on Baseball Reference
- Jeff Reardon page at Baseball Reference
- Al Newman page at Baseball Reference
- Billy Sample page on Baseball Reference
- Dan Gladden page on Baseball Reference
- Bill Latham page at Baseball Reference
- Sal Butera page at Baseball Reference
- Willie Banks page at Baseball Reference
- Terry Jorgensen page at Baseball Reference
- Larry Casian page at Baseball Reference
- Mark Guthrie page at Baseball Reference
- Chip Hale page at Baseball Reference
- Bret Boone page at Baseball Reference
- Craig Paquette page at Baseball Reference
- Mark Salas page at Baseball Reference
- Dan Schatzeder page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
- Player stats from www.baseball-reference.com
- Team info from www.baseball-almanac.com
- The 1987 Twins, from www.mlb.com.
- 1987 Standings
- A set of 10 audio clips of plays from the World Series with the Cardinals