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Torii Hunter Retires: HOFer?

Another major figure in Major League Baseball has announced that he will be calling it a career, as Minnesota Twins’ Outfielder, Torii Hunter is retiring after 19 seasons.

From Hunter’s Instagram account:

“My family and I feel as though the time has come to close the door on this chapter in my life. I've been married to the game for many years and now it is time to start a new chapter. I have learned a lot during this journey, and I appreciate the opportunity that God has given me to play this great game. Some will say that I am retiring from baseball; but I will say that I am transitioning, because BASEBALL will be a part of my life forever.”

Hunter would also tell a local newspaper that he did not want to be a distraction and go on a farewell tour. 

He retires in Minnesota, with the club where it all began.  He would make his MLB debut in 1997 (though only in one game) and would work his way to the regular lineup as the Twins’ starting Center Fielder in 1999.  Each year would seemingly see an increase in production both with his bat and his glove.

In 2001, Hunter would win his first of his nine Gold Gloves and would have three top five finishes in Defensive bWAR.  Hunter would show some pop with his bat, blasting 353 Home Runs in his career and having two seasons where he had over 100 RBIs. 

Hunter would go to five All Star Games, two as a Twin, two as an Angel and one as a Detroit Tiger.  The outfielder, who finished his career with 2,452 Hits and a career bWAR of 50.0 returned to Minnesota last season where he successfully bookends his career in the Twin Cities.

You know what we do here next right?  We ask if he is a Hall of Famer of course!

While Hunter has a decent bWAR, his JAWS line of 40.6 falls well below the 57.2 that the average Centerfielders in the Hall of Fame have, though it should be noted he is higher than five of them, though sabremetrics such as this are being taken more and more into account.   Hunter never won a World Series, only finished in the top ten in MVP voting once and is not in the top seventy-five all time in any offensive category.

We suspect that he will struggle to get past the first ballot for Cooperstown, but he should be a lock for the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in the future.

We here at would like to wish Torii Hunter the best in his post playing career.

Torii Hunter to the Minnesota Twins HOF

Last fall, the Minnesota Twins announced that the two year waiting period following retirement to be eligible had been lifted.  This paces way for today’s announcement that Torii Hunter will be entering the organization’s Hall of Fame following his retirement last year.

Torii Hunter sent twelve of his nineteen seasons with Minnesota; his first eleven and the final one of his career.  As a Twin, he was an All Star twice and a Gold Glove winner seven times.  His overall numbers in Minnesota saw him accumulate 1,323 Hits, 214 Home Runs, a .268/.321/.462 Slash Line and a bWAR of 26.2. 

Hunter will not be entering alone as he will be joined by John Gordon, who broadcasted Minnesota games from 1987 to 2011.

To enter the Twins Hall of Fame, a player needs to receive 60 percent of the 66 member committee, which consists of media members, former players and Twins officials.  Hunter received all 66 votes.  Gordon’s path to election came through the 23 member Veteran’s Committee.

Torri Hunter becomes the 19th player to be inducted, and the selection of Hunter and Gordon marks the first inductees since 2013.  Former Second Baseman, Chuck Knoblauch was scheduled to be inducted in 2014, but the Twins revoked that upon being charged with assaulting his ex-wife.

We here at would like to congratulate the latest class of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

Our Top 50 All-Time Minnesota Twins are now up

Again, did we ever say this would be fast?

We here at have completed our next all-time top 50, this time that of the Minnesota Twins.

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following:

  1. Sabremetric tallies while with that team, mostly WAR.
  1. Traditional metrics and how they finished in their respective league overall.
  1. Playoff accomplishment.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

Here is something else worth noting: While the Minnesota Twins really don’t acknowledge much of their Washington Senators past, this is part of it according to the official history of the organization according to Major League Baseball. The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame may not have any Senators in it, but this list does…until MLB tells us not to recognize this as franchise history.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in our news. They are:

  1. Walter Johnson
  1. Rod Carew
  1. Harmon Killebrew
  1. Kirby Puckett
  1. Joe Mauer
So which team is up next?

The New York Yankees, the most successful team in North American team sports. Look for that in a week.

As always, we here at thank you for your support.

The Minnesota Twins to induct Johan Santana to their Hall of Fame.

Shortly the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announcing who will be inducted into Cooperstown and former Pitcher Johan Santana is on the ballot. While it is uncertain as to whether Santana will receive the necessary votes to make the Hall (or even the 5% to make the next ballot due to the plethora of names who are eligible to vote for) he will be enshrined for sure into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

The Venezuelan arrived to Minnesota via trade from the Florida Marlins on a 1999 Rule 5 draft swap for Jared Camp. It is easy to see who won this deal isn’t it?   Santana made the Twins roster in 2000 and he bounced back and forth between long relief and spot starting but in 2003 he began to put it altogether and won a permanent spot in the rotation becoming one of the better hurlers in the last half of the season and he helped the team make the playoffs that year.

Johan Santana had arrived and in 2004 and he would begin a four year run as the most dominating pitcher in the American League. The flamethrower would go 20-6 while leading the AL in ERA, Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB and would win the CY Young Award. 2005 would not be a Cy Young winning one, but he was 3rd in voting and finished first in Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB. He would again reclaim the Cy Young in 2006 while again taking the ERA, Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB Title. This would also see Santana finish first in Wins for the first and only time in his career. 2007 was a “down” year where he only finished 5th in Cy Young voting.

Santana was traded to the New York Mets in the off-season.

Johan Santana’s overall numbers with Minnesota are 93 Wins against 44 Losses with 1,381 Strikeouts with a 3.22 Earned Run Average.

We here at would like to congratulate Johan Santana on earning this prestigious honor.

The Minnesota Twins to retire Joe Mauer's #7

As most of the regular visitors to are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports.  After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives.  

As such, it is important to note that the Minnesota Twins have announced that they will retire the number 7 of Joe Mauer, who retired at the end of the 2018 season after playing all 15 of his seasons with the team.

Joe Mauer first suited up for the Twins in 2004 and in 2006 he would breakthrough with a Batting Title (.347) won his first Silver Slugger and went to his first All Star Game.  Already establishing himself as the best hitting Catcher in the American League, Mauer went on a three year tear (2008-10) where each year he was an All Star, a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glove winner and won two Batting Titles and was named the American League MVP in 2009 and in the other two years he was a top ten finisher in the MVP race.  Mauer would switch to First Base and would go on to two more All Star Games at that position (2012 & 2013).

He retires with 2,123 Hits, a Slash Line of .306/.388/.439 and a bWAR of 55.2.

Mauer joins Harmon Killebrew #3, Tony Oliva #6, Tom Kelly #10, Kent Hrbek #14, Bert Blyleven #28, Rod Carew #29, Kirby Puckett #34 and the league retired #42 of Jackie Robinson.

We here at would like to congratulate Joe Mauer Middleton for earning this very prestigious honor.

Joe Mauer's #7 Retired by the Twins

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that yesterday the Minnesota Twins retired the number 7 of Joe Mauer.

Mauer was the number one pick in 2001 and he would make the Twins roster in 2004 where he would play until his retirement in 2018.

Spending the first half of his career as a Catcher and the second half as a First Baseman, Mauer was one of the best hitters for a time winning the American League Batting Title (2006, 2008 & 2009) had seven .300 seasons and a career Batting Average of .306.  Mauer would win the 2009 MVP with AL leading sweep of the Slash Line (.365/.444/.587).  He retired with 2,123 Hits and a bWAR of 55.0.  His JAWS of 47.0 puts him above the average HOF Catcher (44.7) and he is a strong Hall of Fame contender.  He is eligible in 2024.

Mauer’s #7 joins Harmon Killebrew (#3), Tony Oliva (#6), Tom Kelly (#10), Kent Hrbek (#14), Bert Blyleven (#24), Rod Carew (#39) and Kirby Puckett (#34). 

We here at would like to congratulate Joe Mauer and the late Steve McNair for earning this very prestigious honor.

Justin Morneau named to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Minnesota Twins will be inducting Justin Morneau in their franchise Hall of Fame.

Playing 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins (2003-13), the Canadian born First Baseman would go to four consecutive All-Star Games (2007-10) and would win the American League MVP in 2006 when he had 34 Home Runs, 130 RBIs with a .321 Batting Average.  Morneau would win two Silver Sluggers for the team, and overall as a Twin, he smacked 221 Home Runs, 860 Runs Batted In with a Slash Line of .278/.347/.485.

The ceremony will take place on May 23 against the Chicago White Sox. He becomes the 34thmember of the Twins Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to congratulate Justin Morneau for earning this honor.

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20. Jim Kaat

If durability was the main criteria to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame then Jim Kaat should have been in years ago.  Pitching in an astonishing twenty five Major League Seasons, Kaat was not just on the mound; he was a major contributor to every team he played for.

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24. Tony Oliva

If Tony Oliva did not suffer from bad knees would he have been inducted already?  Many people think so, as his first eight seasons showed off one of the game’s great contact hitters who won the batting title three times.  After 1971 however the bad knees of Tony Oliva created a ballplayer that was just a fraction of what he once was.

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