1988 Minnesota Twins season
|1988 Minnesota Twins|
|91-71, second in the AL Western Division|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Andy MacPhail|
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson)
(Dick Bremer, Harmon Killebrew)
830 WCCO AM |
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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The 1988 Minnesota Twins finished a 91-71, second in the AL West. 3,030,672 fans attended Twins games, at the time, establishing a new major league record. Pitcher Allan Anderson had his most successful season in 1988, winning the American League ERA title at 2.45 and compiling a record of 16-9 in 30 starts.
- November 7, 1987: Eric Bullock was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- December 21, 1987: Don Baylor was released by the Twins.
- December 21, 1987: Dan Schatzeder was released by the Twins.
- December 21, 1987: Mike Smithson was released by the Twins.
- January 1988: Vic Rodriguez was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- January 4, 1988: Brian Harper was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- March 18, 1988: Sal Butera was released by the Twins.
- March 24, 1988: Billy Beane was traded by the Twins to the Detroit Tigers for Balvino Gálvez.
On September 16, Puckett got his 1000th hit, becoming just the fifth major leaguer to achieve that total before completing his fifth year.
On September 17, reliever Reardon collected his 40th save of the season. With 41 saves as a 1985 Montreal Expo, he became the only major league player to reach 40 saves in each league.
Kirby Puckett hit .356 with 24 HR, drove in 121 runs and scored 109. Puckett led the AL with 234 hits, 163 singles, and 358 total bases. Puckett's 234 hits were the most by a right-handed batter since Joe Medwick had 237 hits in 1937.
The Twins had two solid starting pitchers: Frank Viola (24-7), and Allan Anderson (16-9). Frank Viola led the AL with 24 wins. Allan Anderson led the AL with a 2.45 ERA. Reliever Jeff Reardon had 42 saves. Bert Blyleven (10-17, 5.43 ERA) led the AL with 17 losses, 125 earned runs allowed, and 16 hit batsmen.
- *League leader
|Kansas City Royals||84||77||0.522||19½||44–36||40–41|
|Chicago White Sox||71||90||0.441||32½||40–41||31–49|
Record vs. opponents
1988 American League Records
|1988 Minnesota Twins|
- April 5, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- April 22, 1988: The Twins trade outfielder Tom Brunansky for Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr.
- May 28, 1988: John Christensen was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- June 27, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
- September 17: Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to record 40 saves in both leagues in a 3-1 win versus the White Sox.
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||Laudner, TimTim Laudner||117||375||94||.251||13||54|
|3B||Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti||133||468||141||.301||28||88|
|CF||Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett||158||657||234||.356||24||121|
|Harper, BrianBrian Harper||60||166||49||.295||3||20|
|Christensen, JohnJohn Christensen||23||38||10||.263||0||5|
|Bullock, EricEric Bullock||16||17||5||.294||0||3|
|Smith, RoyRoy Smith||9||37||3||0||2.68||17|
|Schatzeder, DanDan Schatzeder||10||0||1||0||1.74||7|
Awards and honors
- Gary Gaetti, Third Baseman, Gold Glove Award
- Kirby Puckett, Centerfield, Gold Glove Award
- Kirby Puckett – American League Leader At-Bats (657)
- Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Hits (234)
- Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Singles (163)
- Kirby Puckett – Major League Baseball Leader Total Bases (358)
- Gary Gaetti, Third Base, Reserve
- Tim Laudner, Catcher, Reserve
- Kirby Puckett, Outfield, Reserve
- Jeff Reardon, Relief Pitcher, Reserve
- Frank Viola, Pitcher, Starter
|AAA||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||Jim Mahoney and Jim Shellenback|
|AA||Orlando Twins||Southern League||Duane Gustavson|
|A||Visalia Oaks||California League||Scott Ullger|
|A||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||Ron Gardenhire|
|Rookie||Elizabethton Twins||Appalachian League||Ray Smith|
- Eric Bullock at Baseball Reference
- Don Baylor at Baseball Reference
- Dan Schatzeder at Baseball Reference
- Mike Smithson at Baseball Reference
- Vic Rodriguez at Baseball Reference
- Brian Harper at Baseball Reference
- Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
- Billy Beane at Baseball Reference
- John Moses at Baseball Reference
- John Christensen at Baseball Reference
- "Reardon reaches major milestone." Gainesville Sun. 1988 Sept 18.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007