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    Joe Mauer is the Twins lone All Star representative tonight in Kansas City. In over 52 seasons in Minnesota, the Twins have had many All Stars, obviously at least one each year. There are the greats of the game, like Killebrew, Carew and Puckett who went to many All Star games. And there are the Coomer's and Engel's. Below, I'll post all of the Twins All Star representative by years, with some notes to follow. Feel free to discuss the best and the worst, and any other notes you find interesting:

    1961 - Harmon Killebrew, Camilo Pascual
    1962 - Earl Battey, Jim Kaat, Camilo Pascual, Rich Rollins
    1963 - Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Harmon Killebrew, Zoilo Versailles
    1964 - Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Camilo Pascual
    1965 - Earl Battey, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versailles
    1966 - Earl Battey, Jim Kaat, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva
    1967 - Rod Carew, Dean Chance, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva
    1968 - Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva
    1969 - Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, John Roseboro
    1970 - Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Jim Perry
    1971 - Leo Cardenas, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Jim Perry
    1972 - Rod Carew
    1973 - Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew
    1974 - Rod Carew
    1975 - Rod Carew
    1976 - Rod Carew, Butch Wynegar
    1977 - Rod Carew, Larry Hisle, Butch Wynegar
    1978 - Rod Carew
    1979 - Roy Smalley
    1980 - Ken Landreaux
    1981 - Doug Corbett
    1982 - Kent Hrbek
    1983 - Gary Ward
    1984 - Dave Engle
    1985 - Tom Brunansky
    1986 - Kirby Puckett
    1987 - Kirby Puckett
    1988 - Gary Gaetti, Tim Laudner, Kirby Puckett, Jeff Reardon, Frank Viola
    1989 - Gary Gaetti, Kirby Puckett
    1990 - Kirby Puckett
    1991 - Rick Aguilera, Jack Morris, Kirby Puckett
    1992 - Rick Aguilera, Chuck Knoblauch, Kirby Puckett
    1993 - Rick Aguilera, Kirby Puckett
    1994 - Chuck Knoblauch, Kirby Puckett
    1995 - Kirby Puckett
    1996 - Chuck Knoblauch
    1997 - Chuck Knoblauch
    1998 - Brad Radke
    1999 - Ron Coomer
    2000 - Matt Lawton
    2001 - Cristian Guzman, Joe Mays, Eric Milton
    2002 - Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter, AJ Pierzynski
    2003 - Eddie Guardado
    2004 - Joe Nathan
    2005 - Joe Nathan, Johan Santana
    2006 - Francisco Liriano, Joe Mauer, Johan Santana
    2007 - Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana
    2008 - Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan
    2009 - Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan
    2010 - Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau
    2011 - Michael Cuddyer
    2012 - Joe Mauer

    It is a lot of fun for me to look back at the Twins All-Star history. Here are some more notes:

    • Kirby Puckett was the All Star game MVP in 1993.
    • In 1961 and 1962, there were two All Star games. In 1961, Harmon Killebrew was selected to play in both. In 1962, Earl Battey, Camilo Pascual and Rich Rollins played in both.
    • Joe Mauer is representing the Twins for the 5th year in the All-Star game. That puts him in 5th place on the Twins list, moving ahead of Earl Battey, Joe Nathan and Chuck Knoblauch who each represented the Twins four times.
    • Rod Carew is tops on that list with 12 consecutive All Star appearances with the Twins from 1967-1978. Harmon Killebrew represented the Twins ten years between 1961 and 1971 (only missing 1962). Kirby Puckett went to ten consecutive All Star games from 1986-1995 (and probably would have gone a few more times). Tony Oliva went to eight straight from 1964-1971.
    • The 1987 World Series champion Twins only had one representative at the All Star game that season. The following year (when they actually had a better regular season record), they had five representatives.
    • From 1967-1971, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva went to all five All Star games.
    • Oliva and Killebrew teamed at the All Star game each season from 1964-1971. Following that duo on the list are Rick Aguilera and Kirby Puckett who were All Stars together from 1991 through 1993, and Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau who both went in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
    • The Twins hosted the All Star game in 1965 and 1985.


    What else do you enjoy about the All Star game? For me, it's about the player introductions and then to see how well the Twins players do in their opportunities. It should not be a game to determine Home Field Advantage in the World Series. It is an exhibition of MLBs players and teams and I wish that's what it was about.

    Fill free to share you All Star game memories or favorite moments below.

    This article was originally published in blog: Minnesota Twins at the All Star Game started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. jjswol's Avatar
      jjswol -
      Your last bullet point is a typo, the Twins did not host the AS game in 1984, it was 1985.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Kent Hrbek has as many All-Star First Basemen appearances as Ron Coomer.

      Ouch.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jjswol View Post
      Your last bullet point is a typo, the Twins did not host the AS game in 1984, it was 1985.
      You are correct! Thank you!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Kent Hrbek has as many All-Star First Basemen appearances as Ron Coomer.

      Ouch.
      That was, at least in part, his own fault. After getting snubbed one year, he said he would never play in an All Star game again... He didn't.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      That was, at least in part, his own fault. After getting snubbed one year, he said he would never play in an All Star game again... He didn't.

      I forgot about that. He was raking in 87 or 88 when he wasn't chosen and got mad about it.
    1. bteichr's Avatar
      bteichr -
      Your point about not using the AS game to determine home field advantage in the World Series is spot on. The team with the best record should get the home field advantage.
    1. rinkratfrits's Avatar
      rinkratfrits -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I forgot about that. He was raking in 87 or 88 when he wasn't chosen and got mad about it.

      There was also the Don Mattingly thing. Mattingly took too many AS games from other players because he got votes playing in NY.
    1. rinkratfrits's Avatar
      rinkratfrits -
      Not to say that Mattingly wasn't a good player, he just got voted in more often than he should have because of playing in NY.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by rinkratfrits View Post
      There was also the Don Mattingly thing. Mattingly took too many AS games from other players because he got votes playing in NY.
      He was also one of only a few decent Yankees during those years so his votes were compounded.
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Anybody putting stock into being a starter on the All-Star team should be ashamed of themselves. This is a fan love fest, and the more populous cities tend to have more of their people starting.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by bteichr View Post
      Your point about not using the AS game to determine home field advantage in the World Series is spot on. The team with the best record should get the home field advantage.
      That, or the league with the best record in interleague play. At least those would be real games determining it.

      Anybody putting stock into being a starter on the All-Star team should be ashamed of themselves. This is a fan love fest, and the more populous cities tend to have more of their people starting.
      COmpletely agree... as others have said, it is and should be an infomercial for MLB and its teams and its players. It is OK to say it is an exhibition!
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      One thing I'd like to see is every 3rd or 4th year you do a US vs the World sort of all star game. You can still get one player from each team on a roster I imagine, no?

      Also, I'd LOVE to see a rookies vs rookies game (AL vs NL) game each year. (you could be liberal with the "rookies tag" i.e. anyone with less than 400 total ML PA by the all star game or 150 IP)
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      That, or the league with the best record in interleague play. At least those would be real games determining it.
      I used to think this was the best way but I've changed my mind. Imagine a scenario next year (with interleague games every day) that has the overall interleague record within a game going into the last weekend and the interleague series is something like Seattle and the Cubs. Would having the winner of that series determine home field be any less of a farce than having the winner of the all star game determine it?

      Probably best just to go to best overall record or alternate each year.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      This was a very depressing game for me. I hate it when the NL wins.

      But it was OK compared with the most depressing All Star game of all time, in 1968, when that butthead Jim Fregosi made a crappy throw to Harmon Killebrew, who was playing first base. Killebrew stretched like a trooper and made the play, BUT totally blew out his hamstring. Killebrew was out for the year.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      Would having the winner of that series determine home field be any less of a farce than having the winner of the all star game determine it?
      no, it wouldn't since each team would actually be trying to win the games.
    1. ThejacKmp's Avatar
      ThejacKmp -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      I used to think this was the best way but I've changed my mind. Imagine a scenario next year (with interleague games every day) that has the overall interleague record within a game going into the last weekend and the interleague series is something like Seattle and the Cubs. Would having the winner of that series determine home field be any less of a farce than having the winner of the all star game determine it?

      But that's the thing, it wouldn't be that game deciding it. What decided it was the hundreds of games played earlier. Just because it's the last game doesn't mean that that game decides it. No team could complain - if they had won that game back in April, this situation would not have arisen.

      And wouldn't it be great to have that game matter? To have fans of playoff teams cheering for Starlin Castro or Feliz Hernandez in a meaningful game late in the season? Watching the Orioles last year was great because they got to experience a playoff atmosphere game. We should encourage that.
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