1973: Eddie Bane’s Debut

July 5, 2010

Ed- Here’s an old favorite for a holiday Monday.

Wednesday July 4, 1973

On June 27, the Twins faced the Texas Rangers in a near-meaningless game between a team struggling to stay above .500 and a team that was on its way to losing 105 games in a season. Still, 35,698 turned out to see the game in Texas (where crowds below 5,000 were common) thanks to the debut of the Rangers’ top draft choice; pitcher David Clyde. The Twins lost that game 4-3, but Twins’ management, including Calvin Griffith, noticed the crowd. The announcement was made that Eddie Bane would make his debut for the Twins on July 4 at Met Stadium.

From an earlier post on Bane:

Bane finished his college career with a 41-4 record and a then NCAA record 505 strikeouts. On June 7, 1973, the Minnesota Twins made Eddie Bane their number 11 pick in the amateur draft. Three days later Bane would shut out the Dave Winfield and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a College World Series game.

Due in part to fledgling attendance, Twins’ owner Calvin Griffith put Bane on the fast track to the big club, skipping the minor leagues all together and taking the same direct route to the majors as three other players in the draft: #1 overall pick David Clyde of Texas, Dave Winfield with San Diego, and Robin Yount with Milwaukee. In total, 18 players have made the jump directly from the draft to the majors.

To sweeten the deal for Minnesota fans who hadn’t been turning out over the past few years, the team threw in an Eddie Bane autographed picture giveaway and promised fireworks after the game. The promotion worked as a then-Met Stadium record crowd of 45,890 turned out for the game against the Royals. The game was delayed 15 minutes to allow the crowd, many of whom had waited in lines to get into the parking lot and to get tickets, time to settle in.

   Kansas City Royals            Minnesota Twins                      
1. F Patek              SS    1. R Carew              2B
2. C Rojas              2B    2. J Terrell            SS
3. A Otis               CF    3. T Oliva              DH
4. L Piniella           LF    4. B Darwin             RF
5. K Bevacqua           1B    5. S Braun              3B
6. P Schaal             3B    6. L Hisle              CF
7. H McRae              RF    7. J Lis                1B
8. J Wohlford           DH    8. G Mitterwald         C
9. F Healy              C     9. J Holt               LF 

   D Drago              P        E Bane               P

Bane looked good early, and did not allow a hit until the third inning. Hal McRae singled to start the third, and eventually scored when Fran Healy doubled off of Bane to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Bane settled down again, however, and allowed just one more Kansas City hit over the next four innings.

Dick Drago, the Royals’ starter somewhat lost in the Bane hype, looked like he was struggling most of the game, but somehow held the Twins scoreless. After seven innings, Drago had allowed eight Twins hits, but had yet to allow a run.

Bane left the game after he pitched his half of the seventh to a standing ovation and made his first, and perhaps last, major league curtain call (a move the Sporting News pointed to as demonstrating “class you don’t see from most 22-year-olds”). The rookie phenom was out of the game, and the Twins were trailing 1-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Twins used four consecutive hits to score three runs and take the rookie off the hook. The big blow was a Larry Hisle two-run home run off of Drago. The lead was short lived, however, and the Royals took it back in the top of the ninth off of Ray Corbin. Corbin, who was having a good year, walked four Royals and allowed four runs in the inning.

The Twins tried to mount a comeback, and got two hits off of Drago to start the ninth. By the time Drago left the game, he had allowed 14 Twins hits and was charged with four runs. Gene Garber came on to finish the game, however, and the Royals managed to win in front of the huge crowd, 5-4, despite 15 Twins hits (11 LOB).

As it turned out, Bane’s first start may have been his best. He didn’t win a game in 1973, finishing 0-5 for the season. Bane was sent the minors for the bulk of the next two seasons, and started in just 168 innings in the majors. After a rough spring in 1977 he was optioned to Tacoma and never saw the majors again.


1976: The Bert Blyleven Trade

June 2, 2010

I quoted from Larry Batson’s Strib article dated June 2, 1976 in The Franchise 1976:

Our drama began as an old-fashioned salary hassle, depressingly familiar to followers of the Twins. But, hoo boy, did it escalate.

Blyleven, a pitcher of solid performance and enourmous potential, came to regard his employer as niggardly, to say the least. And that was the very least that Blyleven, an outspoken person, said about Griffith.

Three seasons ago, as Griffith tells it, Blyleven made a specific salary demand. Griffith immediately agreed. “I think that stuck in Bert’s craw,” Griffith said recently. “I believe he thought he could have got more money if he’d asked for it – and maybe he would have.”

The next year Blyleven took his case to arbitration and lost. He fumed.

This year Blyleven refused to sign, Griffith fumed.

Griffith is a merchant. He sells baseball and, quite often, baseball players. By playing a season without a contract, Blyleven could become a free agent. He could then sell himself.

Griffith had a potential competitor on his own payroll. Every fourth day, Blyleven would take the mound for the Twins and throw beanballs at Griffith’s corporate assets. It was galling – and Calvin had to pay Bert meal money on road trips to boot.

As Blyleven put it yesterday, he was merely setting up a little ma and pa store, taking a chance on the free-enterprise system of which he has heard so much from baseball owners.

“I had to think of my future, my career expectancy, and of security for my family,” he said. “Mr. Griffith should be able to understand that. He has a huge family.”

Observers will long debate and probably never agree on the motivation for Griffith’s next move. He told Blyleven that he could negotiate with any club interested in signing him. Was this frustration or genius? Was Griffith surrendering or baiting a trap?

If it was bait, Texas seized it. The Rangers talked to Blyleven in terms he could appreciate. He likes numbers with lots of zeroes, and who doesn’t? By Monday morning, Blyleven had decided that he was going to Texas.

As a parting gesture, Bert hoped to win his 100th game for the Twins that evening. He lost it, but improvised another gesture for jeering spectators which will probably be remembered longer.

“Fans pay good money and they’re entitle to boo,” Blyleven said yesterday. “But when they go too far, I think a player has the right to respond in kind.”

The trade the two teams worked out was this:

Twins get: P Bill Singer, SS Roy Smalley, 3B Mike Cubbage, and $250,000.

Rangers get: P Bert Blyleven and SS Danny Thompson

Overall, the Twins missed out on 31.4 WAR without Blyleven from 1976-1985. Danny Thompson, of course, tragically died in December of 1976.

Smalley had some great years for the Twins, and for a brief time was the best shortstop in the American League. Overall he was worth 15.7 WAR in his first stint with the Twins. In 1982, the Twins traded Smalley for Ron Davis, Greg Gagne, and Paul Boris – a total of 15.5 WAR over the next decade (0.4 from Davis, 15.1 from Gagne). Mike Cubbage was worth 6.1 WAR to the Twins between 1976 and 1980.

All in all, the Twins lost 31.4 WAR, but gained 37.3 WAR. Taken in a vacuum, this was a good trade for the Twins at the time. They had to give up Jay Bell to get Blyleven back, in a trade that didn’t come out well in terms of WAR, but did aid in bringing the Twins a World Series Championship in 1987.

1972: Extra Innings

May 12, 2010

Friday May 12, 1972

Over a two-day span in 1972 the Twins and Brewers used 37 innings to complete two games.

On Friday the teams opened up a three game series at Metropolitan Stadium. The 14-4 Twins sent Dick Woodson to the mound to face Bill Parsons and the 5-12 Milwaukee Brewers. The game began innocently enough with the home team holding a 3-1 lead. Two Rod Carew hits and a walk with the bases loaded accounted for the Twins’ runs. A Tommie Reynolds single in the top of the seventh inning tied the game, however, and the two teams entered stalemate mode.

The first serious scoring threat came in the bottom of the 14th. With one out Cesar Tovar singled, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. After a Danny Thompson groundout to the pitcher, the Brewers intentionally walked both Carew and Killebrew to load the bases with two out. Frank Linzy then struck Bobby Darwin out to end the inning and extend the game.

The Brewers started the top of the 18th with a couple of consecutive singles, but those players were stranded by a couple of infield pop outs and a ground ball. The Twins’ Bob Gebhard also pitched around a lead of triple in the 19th inning.

When Bobby Darwin grounded into a double play in the bottom of the 21st, the game was called due to the 1:00 AM curfew. The teams would complete it the next day when the Brewers scored immediately off of Bert Blyleven in the top of the 22nd when Mike Ferraro singled to score the runner from second base. The Twins managed a threat in the bottom of the inning when the first two batters reached, but Jim Lonborg secured the win with a groudout off the bat of Danny Thompson.

The same two teams followed the 22-inning game with a 15-inning affair, this time won by the Twins 5-4 on an Eric Soderholm home run.

1975: Baseball’s 1,000,000th Run

May 7, 2010

May 4, 1975

In the second inning of the Twins game against the Kansas City Royals, Rod Carew stood on third base with a very good chance to make history.

Major League Baseball had been hyping its one millionth run scored for quite some time. The first run had been scored on April 22, 1876 by Wes Fisler of the Philadelphia Nationals. Some 99 years, 12 days later, Claudell Washington scored run number 999,999 and every game in progress was interrupted with the announcement that the next run would be the millionth. Fans and players alike eagerly anticipated the moment, and just minutes after the announcement Rod Carew had the first good chance to score the anticipated run.

With nobody out Carew doubled scoring Dan Ford from first base (presumably run number 999,998). Sergio Ferrer singled, sending Carew to third base, just 90 feet from home with nobody out.

The next batter, Steve Brye, hit a fly ball to right field. Carew tagged up, and attempted to score. Right fielder Al Cowens had other ideas, and gunned Carew out at home on a 9-2 scoring play. It was reported that not only was Carew thrown out, but he hurt his leg in the process. The injury was not serious, however, and Carew stayed in the game.

The staff at a computer center in Manhattan looked on as the events of the next few minutes unfolded. At approximately 3:32 EDT, Cincinnati short stop Dave Concepcion hit a home run, and began sprinting around the bases to try and score the historic run. At about the same time in San Francisco, Milt May of the Houston Astros hit a three-run homer, the lead run represented by Bob Watson who was on second base.

It was determined by the computer center that Watson touched home at 3:32 and 30 seconds, just as Concepcion was racing around third base. In honor of the occasion, Watson was presented with a watch.

1980: Marshmallow Wars

April 26, 2010

April 25, 1980

Billy Martin had a long history in Minnesota, but by 1980 he was a decade removed from official ties with the organization. Martin had a lot of success since as a manager, but the same controversy that forced him out of Minnesota after the 1969 season continued to follow him. In the fall of 1979, Martin got into a much publicized fight with a marshmallow salesman at a Minneapolis hotel bar, apparently simply as a matter of a wager over who could beat whom up.

Though Martin reportedly won the fight, he lost his job with the Yankees. Martin was relocated to Oakland as manager of the A’s, a team that came in to Met Stadium in late April of 1980.

As part of the homecoming celebration, some Twins’ fans threw marshmallows in Martin’s direction. Martin, apparently not seeing the humor in the situation, went (according to Patrick Reusse) “bonkers” and threatened to charge into the stands.

Later in the season, the Seattle Mariners requested permission from major league baseball to drop a giant marshmallow from the Kingdome ceiling in order to “honor” Martin. The request was denied, presumably because the league felt that Martin would lose in a fight with the Kingdome.

1976: Disco Dan Hits the First Home Run in Remodeled Yankee Stadium

April 14, 2010

April 15, 1976

“Yankee Stadium, a $100 million home, opened for the second time on April 15 and 52,613 rushed through its doors.” -Phil Pepe, TSN 5/1/76

Yankee legends Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra were among those in attendance for the reopening of Yankee Stadium. After a “tasteful” ceremony, the Yankees christened the new digs with a bludgeoning of the Twins.  The game was actually close until Billy Martin’s Yankees put six runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning. The final score was 11-4.

Interestingly, however, the “Bronx Bombers” won the first game in the remodeled stadium without the use of the long ball. The only home run of the game came in the first  inning when, with a man on and no outs, Dan Ford hit a shot that put the Twins ahead 2-0.

The first home run by the Yankees did not come until the first inning of game two at the Stadium, two days later, when Thurman Munson hit a first inning solo-shot off of Jim Hughes.

All-Franchise Team: 1971-1980

March 5, 2010

C Butch Wynegar (1976-1980)
While Wynegar never improved on his hitting after his rookie season, he was a steady performer behind the plate for the Twins.

1B Craig Kusick (1973-1979)
The reality is that Rod Carew could probably hold both the first base and second base slot for the 1970’s Twins – I put him at sec0nd base because he played there more. Behind Carew, the field wasn’t very deep. Kusick had the best numbers as a hitter of the rest, but he compiled most of them as a DH. Still, I think he edges out Ron Jackson for this spot.

2B Rod Carew (1971-1978)
Easy choice – one of the best Twins ever.

SS Roy Smalley (1976-1980)
People my age, whose memories of Smalley are from his second stint with the Twins, are often surprised to discover just how good he was in the 1970’s.

3B Steve Braun (1971-1976)
Braun played just about every position for the Twins but finds a home on this team at third base, where he saw most of his action with the Twins.

LF Larry Hisle (1973-1977)
Hisle was good for his entire Twins career, but his final season as a Twin really stands out.

CF Lyman Bostock (1975-1977)
Had he not been killed at the age of 27 in 1978, Bostock might be a household name.

RF Dan Ford (1975-1978)
Disco Dan was a fan favorite at the Met, and a solid player.

DH Tony Oliva (1971-1976)
The tail end of Oliva’s career came in the 1970’s, but Twins fans were fortunate that the designated hitter rule extended his career by a couple of seasons.

SP Bert Blyleven (1971-1976)
Should be in the Hall of Fame already, probably will be next year.

SP Dave Goltz (1972-1979)
The Pelican Rapids, MN native became the first native Minnesotan originally signed by the Twins to make it the major league roster. He won 96 games with the Twins, all in the 1970’s, and is 17th on the franchise all-time ERA+ list with 112.

SP Jim Kaat (1971-1973)
Kaat finished his Twins career with a few up and down seasons, but was still one of the top performers on the team.

CL Mike Marshall (1978-1980)
Marshall’s ’78 and ’79 seasons were among the best seasons for a closer in Twins history. In 1980 he gave way to Doug Corbett, who also had a great seasons closing for the Twins.

The Franchise 1980 (Part 2)

March 2, 2010

Roster/Stats (Pitchers)
Bold = Player new to Minnesota in 1980

SP Jerry Koosman 16-13 4.03 ERA 108 ERA+ 1.32 WHIP 3.72 FIP 1.2 PW 16 WS 3.5 WARP3
Koosman was not able to match the success of his first season with the Twins, but he was still a solid starter for the team in 1980, leading the Twins in innings pitched with 243.1. The highlight of his season might have been a 10-inning complete game victory over the Yankees on July 30.

SP Geoff Zahn 14-18 4.41 ERA 99 ERA+ 1.46 WHIP 3.75 FIP -0.5 PW 11 WS 1.0 WARP3
After two very good seasons, Zahn had his worst season since 1977. There were still some bright spots for Zahn, including a near miss in an effort to no-hit the Blue Jays. He still managed to get some interest on the free agent market after the season, and signed with the California Angels, where he would finish his career as a member of a winning team, including an appearance in the 1982 ALCS against the Milwaukee Brewers.

SP Roger Erickson 7-13 3.25 ERA 135 ERA+ 1.33 WHIP 3.56 FIP 2.0 PW 14 WS 3.6 WARP3
1980 is often characterized as another losing season for Erickson. His record didn’t look great, but the rest of his numbers made 1980 the best season of his career, including his 14-13 rookie campaign. Erickson’s hard luck in 1980 was evidenced by the fact that the Twins’ offense scored two or fewer runs in 12 of his 13 losses.

SP Darrell Jackson 9-9 3.87 ERA 113 ERA+ 1.34 WHIP 4.08 FIP 1.0 PW 12 WS 2.6 WARP3
Jackson’s busiest season in baseball was followed by two that were cut short by injuries and chemical dependency problems. He was out of baseball by the age of 27.

SP Pete Redfern 7-7 4.56 ERA 93 ERA+ 1.40 WHIP 3.67 FIP -0.2 PW 6 WS 0.7 WARP3
After a fairly successful season coming out of the bullpen, the Twins moved Redfern back to the starting rotation in 1980. Two years after injury ate up most of his season, Redfern got off to a great start, going 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in five starts during the month of April, but wore down as the season progressed.

CL Doug Corbett 8-6 1.98 ERA 220 ERA+ 1.06 WHIP 3.06 FIP 4.8 PW 24 WS 6.9 WARP3
Corbett was initially signed by the Kansas City Royals, released, then signed by Cincinnati. The Twins grabbed him as a Rule V pick in 1979. It turned out to be a very good acquisition for the Twins. Corbett quickly replaced Mike Marshall as the go-to reliever in the bullpen, and set AL rookie marks for appearances (73) and saves (23). Corbett’s 1980 season stands as one best in franchise history.

RP John Verhoeven 3-4 3.97 ERA 110 ERA+ 1.39 WHIP 4.18 FIP 0.2 PW 5 WS 0.9 WARP3
Verhoeven had played a handful of games for the Angels in 1976 and 1977, but saw the most action of his career in middle relief for the Twins in 1980. Verhoeven perhaps provided more relief for Corbett than he did for the Twins’ starters. After Corbett’s 136.1 innings pitched out of the pen, Verhoeven was next with 99.2. The number drops significantly after the top two, who really were the Twins bullpen in 1980.

RP Albert Williams 6-2 3.51 ERA 125 ERA+ 1.35 WHIP 4.53 FIP 0.7 PW 7 WS 1.4 WARP3
The rookie was called on to start a few games as well.

1973: Hisle Makes History

March 1, 2010

March 6, 1973

“It felt kind of weird sitting in the dugout while my teammates were on defense. I killed a lot of time by drinking a lot of water at the cooler and studying the Pittsburgh pitchers. I don’t think I’d like the job fulltime since I enjoy defense almost as much as hitting.”

-Larry Hisle

There had been some experiments with a hitter only position in baseball in 1969. Called DPH (designated pinch hitter) at the time, the experiment was dropped after a few weeks of trials in exhibition games. Four years later, however, the experiment returned, this time with the understanding that the designated hitter would be used in regular season American League games.

The exhibition opener between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins was billed as the first game to use the new rule. Unfortunately, somehow the Pirates didn’t get the memo. When Pittsburgh manager Bill Virdon got wind of the plan to debut the DH in a game involving a National League team, he filed a protest, though quickly dropped it because the DH had been advertised for the game.

Initially the new rule seemed like a good one for the Twins, who got a pair of home runs and seven runs batted in out of Hisle. Since, however, the Twins have not had much notable production from the designated hitter position, as evidenced by the fact that the voting for the DH position on the All-Metrodome team came down to a guy who joined the team for three years at the tail end of his career and another guy who played just one season.

Despite his success in this pseudo-historic game, Hisle did not play designated hitter in a major league game until July 18, 1975. He did become a regular DH at the tail end of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Franchise 1980 (Part 1)

November 2, 2009

1980 Minnesota Twins

Managers: Gene Mauch 21st Season (5th with Minnesota 378-394)
Johnny Goryl 1st Season (1st with Minnesota 23-13)
77 W 84 L 670 RS 724 RA 3rd AL West 19.5 GB (Kansas City 97-65)
4.16 RPG (AL = 4.50) 3.93 ERA (AL = 4.04)
.692 DER (14th AL)

All Stars (1) Ken Landreaux

Franchise (1901-1980) 5892-6408-110; 11-21 Post Season; 11-15 WS
Washington (1901-1960) 4214-4864-104; 8-11 WS
Minnesota (1961-1980) 1678-1544-6; 3-10 Post Season; 3-4 WS

1980 could best be described as a debacle for the Twins. While just about every player improved from 1978 to 1979, the opposite occurred from 1979 to 1980. The team went from an above average offense to well below average with essentially the same lineup.

Gene Mauch, who was known for his love of managing, had just about enough. In a late June game, after leaving a struggling Pete Redfern in a game longer than most observers thought was appropriate, Mauch explained to SI that if he had brought Redfern into the dugout he probably would have strangled him. It got so bad that Mauch resigned as manager when the Twins were 54-71.

Here is what I wrote about his replacement at TwinsCards:

When Gene Mauch resigned in the middle of the 1980 season, the Twins named Johnny Goryl as his successor. Goryl was a utility player for the Cubs from 1957-1959, and for the Twins from 1962-1964. His best season as a player came in 1963 when, in 64 games, he batted .287/.353/.540 with nine home runs. Despite those numbers he only appeared in 58 games in 1964, his final major league season. Goryl stuck around the organization as a minor league player and eventually a minor league manager until he was named interim manager of the Twins. When he took over, the team was in sixth place. A 23-13 finish under Goryl vaulted the Twins to a third place finish…

The finish, of course, ended up being a mirage and it was clear that the Twins were in for a long term rebuilding effort.

Roster/Stats (Hitters)
Bold = Player new to Minnesota in 1980

C Butch Wynegar .255/.339/.335 5 HR 81 OPS+ 0.9 BFW 13 WS 41 FRAR 2.6 WARP3
By age 24 Wynegar had settled in to a role for the Twins, that being a below-average hitting but very good defensive catcher.

1B Ron Jackson .265/.316/.391 5 HR 87 OPS+ -1.2 BFW 7 WS 10 FRAR -0.5 WARP3
After a very good showing at the plate in 1979, Jackson had his worst full season as a major leaguer. After 54 games as the Twins’ starting first baseman in 1981, he was traded to Detroit.

2B Rob Wilfong .248/.308/.368 8 HR 79 OPS+ -0.2 BFW 11 WS 11 FRAR -0.6 WARP3
Wilfong set an AL record for fielding percentage as a second baseman in 1980 with a .995 average over the course of the season.

SS Roy Smalley .278/.359/.405 12 HR 103 OPS+ 4.2 BFW 19 WS 32 FRAR 3.5 WARP3
Smalley continued to be one of the best fielding shortstops in the league. Like the rest of his team, however, his production at the plate tailed off from his 1979 numbers.

3B John Castino .302/.336/.430 13 HR 102 OPS+ 2.0 BFW 18 WS 23 FRAR 2.0 WARP3
Castino was the rare player in the 1980 Twins lineup that improved upon his performance in 1979.

LF Rick Sofield .247/.287/.374 9 HR 74 OPS+ -2.1 BFW 8 WS 13 FRAR -0.8 WARP3
Sofield was the 13th overall pick by the Twins in the 1975 amateur draft. He had been offered a scholarship to play quarterback at the University of Michigan, but turned it down to join the Twins’ system. The Wyoming native hit .301/.381/.355 in 35 games in 1979, which was enough to earn him the starting left field role for the Twins in 1980. After a .176/.234/.196 start in 1981, Rick attempted to get back into college football at the University of South Carolina, but was ruled ineligible. Instead, he became an assistant baseball coach for the Gamecocks.

CF Ken Landreaux .334/.417/.751 7 HR 99 OPS+ -1.9 BFW 13 WS 0 FRAR -0.5 WARP3
On April 23, 1980, Ken Landreaux broke up a no-hitter by hitting a double off of Bruce Kison with one out in the ninth inning of a 17-0 loss. The hit turned out to be even more important in that it started the longest hitting streak in the American League since 1949. From April 23 to May 31, Ken Landreaux hit in 31 consecutive games. He batted .380/.433/.481 over that span. Unfortunately, Landreaux’s individual success over that hitting streak did not translate to team success. The Twins won just 12 of the games. Landreaux’s streak earned him the spot as the lone Twins representative in the All Star Game despite mediocre numbers the rest of the season.

RF Hosken Powell .262/.312/.355 6 HR 77 OPS+ -1.8 BFW 9 WS 27 FRAR 0.9 WARP3
Powell had 14 of the Twins 62 stolen bases. He was caught just three times making him one of the few legitimate threats on a team that was dead last in the AL in stolen bases.

DH Jose Morales .303/.361/.490 8 HR 124 OPS+ 0.5 BFW 7 WS 0 FRAR 1.2 WARP3
DH Glenn Adams .286/.320/.412 6 HR 94 OPS+ -0.8 BFW 4 WS -1 FRAR -0.2 WARP3
The 35-year-old Morales might have been the best bat on the team in 1980. He became a free agent after the season and signed with Baltimore. He retired after the 1984 season. In three seasons as a platoon DH for the Twins, Morales batted .297/.350/.414 with a 106 OPS+.

IF Pete Mackanin .266/.296/.361 4 HR 74 OPS+ 0.0 BFW 7 WS 11 FRAR -0.5 WARP3
IF Mike Cubbage .246/.301/.361 8 HR 76 OPS+ -0.6 BFW 6 WS 7 FRAR -0.8 WARP3
OF Dave Edwards .250/.294/.335 2 HR 67 OPS+ -1.1 BFW 3 WS 5 FRAR -0.8 WARP3
With the way the Twins hit in 1980, if any of their bench players had proved any capability of hitting major league pitching they would have gotten a shot at starting. As it stood, the starters had every chance to right the ship.