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    Happy Election Day 2012! It may be happy for you for many reasons. Maybe your candidate will win. Or, maybe you are just happy that you don’t have to see any more political advertisements on TV for a couple of years. In any case, be sure to take time today to make your voice heard on a ballot.

    Here are Twins Daily, you haven’t read any articles on the politicians, and you won’t. However, on this election day, I did think it would be fun to take another look at some of the greatest Minnesota Twins players over their 52 seasons in Minnesota. Below, I will list 12 candidates.
    Of course, there are a handful at the top of everyone’s list, but I encourage you to ‘vote’ in the Comments below. Rank them 1-10, and at the end of the day, we can take a look at see who Twins Daily ranks as the Top 10 Twins hitters of all time. Of course, on your voting ballot today, you can feel free to write-in me (or anyone else). Likewise, if I missed a candidate you would consider, feel free to write him in.

    With that, here are a couple of charts looking at the top Twins players statistically. These lists are alphabetical so as not to provide any bias.

    Player Yrs w/Twins Games H-AB 2B/3B/HR
    Bob Allison 1961-1970 1236 999-3926 167/41/211
    Rod Carew 1967-1978 1635 2085-6235 305/90/74
    Michael Cuddyer 2001-2011 1139 1106-4072 239/35/141
    Gary Gaetti 1981-1990 1361 1276-4989 252/25/201
    Kent Hrbek 1981-1994 1747 1749-6192 312/18/293
    Torii Hunter 1997-2007 1234 1218-4492 259/26/192
    Harmon Killebrew 1961-1974 1939 1713-6593 232/21/475
    Chuck Knoblauch 1991-1997 1013 1197-3939 210/51/43
    Joe Mauer 2004-Curr 1065 1270-3933 247/20/94
    Justin Morneau 2003-Curr 1151 1190-4254 257/16/204
    Tony Oliva 1962-1976 1676 1917-6301 329/48/220
    Kirby Puckett 1984-1995 1783 2304-7244 414/57/207

    I notice that each Twins decade is represented by at least one or two players. In other words, even through some of the bad times, the Twins have always had a hitter or two in their lineup that put up numbers. Here are some more numbers:

    Player WAR BA/OBP/SLG OPS (OPS+)
    Bob Allison 28.4 .254/.361/.479 .840 (131)
    Rod Carew 60.4 .334/.393/.448 .841 (137)
    Michael Cuddyer 10.2 .272/.343/.451 .794 (111)
    Gary Gaetti 24.8 .256/.307/.437 .749 (100)
    Kent Hrbek 35.7 .282/.367/.481 .848 (128)
    Torii Hunter 24.7 .271/.324/.469 .793 (104)
    Harmon Killebrew 56.1 .260/.383/.518 .901 (148)
    Chuck Knoblauch 36.3 .304/.391/.416 .807 (114)
    Joe Mauer 37.0 .323/.405/.468 .873 (135)
    Justin Morneau 19.2 .280/.351/.492 .842 (123)
    Tony Oliva 39.7 .304/.353/.476 .830 (131)
    Kirby Puckett 48.2 .318/.360/.477 .837 (124)

    What role does defense play in your vote? The Twins player with the best defensive WAR in their years is Greg Gagne, and he isn’t on this list at all. However, this overall WAR number does include defense which clearly has helped a couple of players and hurt others. I also find it interesting comparing the OPS+ numbers from era to era.

    So, what is your Top 10? How does your ballot look? I’ll post mine in the Comments section, but be sure to have your voice heard today!
    This article was originally published in blog: Rock the Vote: Twins Top Hitters of All-Time started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Rick Niedermann's Avatar
      Rick Niedermann -
      1. Rod Carew 6. Justin Morneau
      2. Tony Oliva 7. Kent Hrbek
      3. Harmon Killebrew 8. Larry Hisle
      4. Kirby Puckett 9. Chuck Knoblauch
      5. Joe Mauer 10. Gary Gaetti
      I factored in "clutch". Who came through when you needed a hit. No one better then Rod Carew. Being old enough to see everyone on the list play, Rodney was greatest clutch hitter I have ever seen.
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      1. Rod Carew
      2. Harmon Killebrew
      3. Joe Mauer
      4. Tony Oliva
      5. Kirby Puckett
      6. Bob Allison
      7. Kent Hrbek
      8. Chuck Knoblauch
      9. Justin Morneau
      10. Paul Molitor
    1. Curt's Avatar
      Curt -
      1. Rod Carew
      2. Harmon Killebrew
      3. Tony Oliva
      4. Kirby Puckett
      5. Joe Mauer
      6. Kent Hrbek
      7. Lyman Bostock
      8. Chuck Knoblauch
      9. Justin Morneau
      10. Bob Allison

      Added Lyman Bostock. His time was short but he was gooooooood.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      1.) Rod Carew, 2.) Harmon Killebrew, 3.) Kirby Puckett, 4.) Joe Mauer, 5.) Tony Oliva, 6.) Chuck Knoblauch, 7.) Kent Hrbek, 8.) Justin Morneau, 9.) Bob Allison, 10.) Torii Hunter.
    1. ping3woodguy's Avatar
      ping3woodguy -
      1.) Kirby Puckett, 2.) Harmon Killebrew, 3.) Tony Oliva, 4.) Rod Carew, 5.) Joe Mauer, 6.) Kent Hrbek, 7.) Chuck Knoblauch, 8.) Justin Morneau, 9.) Bob Allison, 10.) Gary Gaetti.
    1. ping3woodguy's Avatar
      ping3woodguy -
      Had to add the G-man at the end. Without his glove, bat and heart we would not have won in 1987.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      1. Rod Carew
      2. Harmon Killebrew
      3. Tony Oliva
      4. Kirby Puckett
      5. Chuck Knoblauch
      6. Joe Mauer
      7. Justin Morneau
      8. Shane Mack
      9. Torii Hunter
      10. Bob Allison
    1. Sssuperdave's Avatar
      Sssuperdave -
      1. Harmon Killebrew
      2. Rod Carew
      3. Kirby Puckett
      4. Tony Oliva
      5. Joe Mauer
      6. Kent Hrbek
      7. Bob Allison
      8. Justin Morneau
      9. Chuck Knoblauch
      10. Gary Gaetti
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      1. Rod Carew
      2. Harmon Killebrew
      3. Kirby Puckett
      4. Tony Oliva
      5. Joe Mauer
      6. Kent Hrbek
      7. Chuck Knoblauch
      8. Justin Morneau
      9. Bob Allison
      10. David Ortiz

      the top three are really interchangeable to me. all the best for different reasons. the bottom 4 i almost didn't even make, as the top six are a couple grades above them. but for the game here, i make them. i doubt wartman will get on any list. and he shouldn't. if he is one of the twins' 10 best hitters of all time... then they where much worse than i remember. joe......... could be be best, but does OBP make one a better hitter? isn't it really about the hit, and not the eye? joe needs home runs to rule the roost, and is trapped in the throws of the "twins way". ortiz is the honorary pick, as he should have always been on the twins. the pick here is a testament to the great career that ryan and gardenhire sent packing for their misguided "twins way", and to any that did not fit in but should have with larger minded and more insightful management.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      I too am old enough to have seen all of these players...I voted for players who spent substantial time with Twins not who blossomed elsewhere...no Molitar or Big Papi...

      1. Carew (best hitter anywhere over last 50 years)
      2. Oliva
      3. Killebrew
      5. Mauer

      There is a gap
      6. Hrbek
      7. Allison
      8. Morneau
      9. Torii
      10. Cuddyer

      Lymon Bostock belongs in this list too--but too short a time for him...
    1. Sssuperdave's Avatar
      Sssuperdave -
      I had also noted the gap between the top 5 and bottom 5. It's evident in the voting as every single voter except 1 has Carew, Oliva, Killebrew, Puckett, and Mauer as the top 5 in some order.
    1. kasotamatt's Avatar
      kasotamatt -
      1. Killebrew
      2. Carew
      3. Puckett
      4. Oliva
      5. Mauer
      6. Knoblauch
      7. Mourneau
      8. Hrbek
      9. Smalley
      10. Allison

      Others: Hisle, Bostock, Mack, Hunter, Gaetti, Bruno, Harper, Versalles
    1. Darin Bratsch's Avatar
      Darin Bratsch -
      1. Carew
      2. Killebrew
      3. Puckett
      4. Mauer
      5. Oliva
      6. Morneau
      7. Knoblauch
      8. Molitor
      9. Bostock
      10. Hrbek
    1. Pancho's Avatar
      Pancho -
      1.) Tony Oliva, 2.) Kirby Puckett, 3.) Harmon Killebrew, 4.) Rod Carew, 5.) Kent Hrbek, 6.) Joe Mauer , 7.) Justin Morneau, 8.) Chuck Knoblauch , 9.) Torii Hunter, 10.) Bob Allison.
      Honorary Mention: Lyman Bostock
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