The Franchise 1982 (Part 2)

Roster/Stats (Pitchers)
Bold = Player new to Minnesota in 1982

SP Bobby Castillo 13-11 3.66 ERA 116 ERA+ 1.28 WHIP 4.30 FIP 1.3 PW 14 WS 3.5 WARP3
Castillo came to the Twins in a January trade from the Dodgers. His time in Los Angeles was unremarkable except for the fact that the Dodgers sent him to teach Fernando Valenzuela how to throw a screwball. After Valenzuela tore up the league in 1981, Castillo joked that he won’t do that again without asking for more money. Castillo also felt that he was being buried by the Dodgers, so was happy to have a new start with the Twins. He made the most of it, and was easily his team’s best starting pitcher in 1982.

SP Brad Havens 10-14 4.31 ERA 99 ERA+ 1.35 WHIP 4.62 FIP -0.4 PW 9 WS 1.4 WARP3
Havens was originally drafted by the Angels in the 8th round of the 1977 draft. He came to Minnesota as part of the Rod Carew trade. He appeared in 14 games for the Twins in 1981, and pitched well enough to get a full-time gig in the majors for the 1982 season.

SP Albert Williams 9-7 4.22 ERA 101 ERA+ 1.44 WHIP 4.52 FIP 0.2 PW 8 WS 1.8 WARP3
Williams had settled in to being about a league average pitcher by 1982, and had some luck in the win-loss column that was a bit surprising considering that his offense averaged about a half-run less per game than the rest of the league.

SP Frank Viola 4-10 5.21 ERA 82 ERA+ 1.51 WHIP 4.56 FIP -1.2 PW 3 WS 0.0 WARP3
The Twins made Frank Viola their second round pick in the 1981 amateur draft. He had pitched for St. John’s University, and had a little buzz surrounding him thanks to a remarkable pitching performance against Ron Darling in the 1981 NCAA Tournament. Viola made his major league debut in 1982. He had some success, bit overall his season was up and down. This may have been typified by his late August. On the 24th, he pitched a shut out in Yankee Stadium, impressing Gardner so much that the manager held Viola back so he could get another start against the Yanks at the Metrodome six days later. The second time, the Yankees had the rookie’s number, and Viola allowed seven runs in just over three innings pitched.

SP Jack O’Connor 8-9 4.29 ERA 99 ERA+ 1.42 WHIP 4.57 FIP -0.1 PW 6 WS 1.3 WARP3
O’Connor was originally drafted by the Expos in 1976 but came to the Twins as a Rule V selection in 1980. 1982 was his best season in the major leagues.

CL Ron Davis 3-9 4.42 ERA 96 ERA+ 1.44 WHIP 1.36 FIP -0.1 PW 8 WS 1.4 WARP3
As a member of the New York Yankees, RD had pitched very well for three years. Despite his success, he was still stuck behind Goose Gossage, who was the Yankee bullpen ace. He figured that he would like to be traded to a team where he could be the number one guy out of the bullpen. When the Twins acquired him, Davis was confused. At the time, the Twins still had Doug Corbett closing games. Billy Gardner’s initial spin was positive, in that now the Twins had “two of the five best relief pitchers in the game.” That only lasted about a month. An extremely slow start for Corbett made it easy for the Twins to trade him to California. While the trade essentially meant that RD got what he wanted, he very publicly lashed out at Griffith, suggesting that the owner should be traded and that he belonged in an old-folks home. After losing his first game as bullpen ace, Davis’ negative attitude towards the team really began to show:

I throw the ball up there and if they don’t hit it, fine. If they hit it, I’m not going to worry about it. If Calvin doesn’t care about winning, why should I?

On the field Davis was a key to the team’s mid-season recovery. The feud with management provided a lot of fodder and trade speculation, but Griffith was clear that he would not be trading the “best” reliever in baseball. The heat between Davis and Griffith cooled down as Davis had more and more success, and the reliever ended up signing a long-term deal to play in Minnesota.

SP/RP Terry Felton 0-13 4.99 ERA 85 ERA+ 1.49 WHIP 5.19 FIP -1.1 PW 2 WS 0.0 WARP3
Felton will forever be linked with his career 0-16 record, the most losses without a win for any major league player in history. 13 of those losses came in the 1982 season. Felton had a bit of a sense of humor about the record. After all, how many 1-15 pitchers have appeared on Good Morning America? Interestingly, Felton was the career wins leader for the Toledo Mudhens until he record of 33 was broken in 2004.

SP/RP Pete Redfern 5-11 6.58 ERA 65 ERA+ 1.83 WHIP 5.73 FIP -3.3 PW 0 WS -1.9 WARP3
Redfern started the season as the team’s top starter but landed in Gardner’s doghouse thanks to some early poor performances. Redfern was released by the Twins in March of 1983, struggling at that time because of an elbow injury. That fall, Redfern injured his spinal column in a diving accident and was paralyzed, ending his major league career.

RP Paul Boris 1-2 3.99 ERA 107 ERA+ 1.31 WHIP 4.87 FIP 0.0 PW 3 WS 0.5 WARP3
RP Jeff Little
2-0 4.21 ERA 102 ERA+ 1.65 WHIP 5.66 FIP 0.0 PW 2 WS 0.2 WARP3
Boris and Little, a righty and a lefty respectively, both pitched their first and last seasons with the Minnesota Twins in 1982. Neither saw any major league action following the 1982 season.

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