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284. Gary Gaetti
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 19, 1958 in Centralia, IL USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 20, 1981
  • Final Game: April 12, 2000
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • ALCS MVP - 1987
  • Gold Glove - 1987
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • Silver Slugger - 1995
  • MVP - 1986
  • MVP - 1987
  • MVP - 1988
  • MVP - 1995
  • Rookie of the Year - 1982
 
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A 20-year veteran of Major League Baseball, the first half of Gary Gaetti's career was with the Minnesota Twins, where he was part of the team that won the 1987 World Series.

Playing at Third Base, Gaetti brought power and defensive skill to Minnesota for years.  Gaetti became a starter in 1982, and in 1986, he had the first of two straight 30 HR/100 RBI seasons.  In addition to his '87 World Series win, Gaetti was an All-Star in 1988, and 1989 with a Gold Glove secured in four consecutive years (1986-89).

The second half of Gaetti’s career was not as consistent, not defined by one team.  Gaetti had stops in California, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago (NL), and Boston, and while he was not as productive, he was still an excellent defensive player and capable of going deep in every game.

Gaetti retired in 2000 and would have 360 Home Runs, 1,341 RBIs, and 2,280 Hits.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Centralia, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Position: First Base, Third Base
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (Minnesota Twins, 1987)
    All-Star (2) (1988 & 1989)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) (1995)
    Gold Glove (4) (AL) (1986, 1987, 1988 & 1989)
    ALCS MVP (1) (1987)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (AL) (1982)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1) (1998)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1987, 10th) & (AL: 1995, 10th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Position Players)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Offensive bWAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Championship Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    22.   Sacrifice Flies: 104
    93.   Runs Batted In: 1,341

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2006: 0.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Minnesota Twin

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