4. Kirby Puckett
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 14, 1960 in Chicago, IL USA
  • Weight: 178 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 08, 1984
  • Final Game: September 28, 1995
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Silver Slugger - 1986
  • TSN All-Star - 1986
  • Gold Glove - 1987
  • Silver Slugger - 1987
  • TSN All-Star - 1987
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • Silver Slugger - 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • Silver Slugger - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • ALCS MVP - 1991
  • Gold Glove - 1991
  • Gold Glove - 1992
  • Silver Slugger - 1992
  • TSN All-Star - 1992
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1993
  • Branch Rickey Award - 1993
  • Silver Slugger - 1994
  • TSN All-Star - 1994
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 1996
  • MVP - 1985
  • MVP - 1986
  • MVP - 1987
  • MVP - 1988
  • MVP - 1989
  • MVP - 1991
  • MVP - 1992
  • MVP - 1994
  • MVP - 1995
  • Rookie of the Year - 1984
 
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Kirby Puckett was easily the most popular Minnesota Twin of his era.  He was also the best player they had during that same time frame.

Puckett played twelve seasons in MLB, all of which were with the Twins.  Shortly after his debut, he achieved baseball stardom by becoming the leader of his team and was unquestionably the star behind two World Series Championships in 1987 and 1991. 

An extremely productive hitter, Puckett would lead the American League in Hits four times, win a Batting Title once, and had nine seasons where he batted over .300.  His overall Slash Line was an exceptional .318/.360/.477 with 207 Home Runs. 

Issues with eyesight forced an early retirement but Puckett would still enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his first year of eligibility.  Without question, Kirby Puckett was the best player of this era of the Minnesota Twins franchise.

The Twins would retire his number 29 in 1997, and three years later was inducted to the first Twins Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall in the Amateur Draft 1/12/82.
  • Departed: Retired 7/12/96.
  • Games Played: 1783
  • Notable Statistics: 1,071 Runs Scored
    2,304 Hits
    414 Doubles
    57 Triples
    207 Home Runs
    1,085 RBI
    134 Stolen Bases
    .318/.360/.477 Slash Line
    51.1 bWAR

    24 Playoff Games
    16 Runs Scored
    30 Hits
    3 Doubles
    2 Triples
    5 Home Runs
    16 RBI
    3 Stolen Bases
    .309/.361/.536 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1987 & 1991)
    ALCS MVP (1991)
    All-Star (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995)
    Silver Slugger (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 & 1994)
    Gold Glove (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 & 1992)
    Branch Rickey Award (1993)
    Roberto Clemente Award (1996)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1992)
    Highest Batting Average (1989)
    Most At Bats (1985 & 1986)
    Most Hits (1987, 1988, 1989 & 1992)
    Most Total Bases (1988 & 1992)
    Most Runs Batted In (1994)
    Most Singles (1988)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1984)
    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1985, 1988 & 1989)
    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (1984, 1985 & 1989)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Centerfielder (1984, 1985, 1988 & 1991)
    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1994 & 1995)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Centerfielder (1984)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (1984 & 1989)
    Most Total Zone Runs by an Outfielder (1984)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by an Outfielder (1984 & 1989)
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