1970 Minnesota Twins season

1970 Minnesota Twins
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Al Shaver, Ray Christensen, Frank Buetel)
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Led by new manager Bill Rigney, the 1970 Minnesota Twins won the American League West with a 98–64 record, nine games ahead of the Oakland Athletics. The Twins were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. After the ALCS, Metropolitan Stadium would never see another post-season game, and the Twins would not return to the postseason stage until 1987 when they won the World Series.


Regular season

On April 7, newly acquired Twin Brant Alyea homered twice in going 4 for 4 and driving in 7 RBI. The RBI total set a record for major league baseball's Opening Day.

On May 20, in a 10–5 win over the Kansas City Royals, Rod Carew became the very first Twin to hit for the cycle—going single, homer, double, triple. Over time, his feat will be matched by nine other Twins (César Tovar, 1972; Larry Hisle, 1976; Lyman Bostock, 1976; Mike Cubbage, 1978; Gary Ward, 1980; Kirby Puckett, 1986; Carlos Gómez, 2008; Jason Kubel, 2009; and Michael Cuddyer, 2009).

On June 5, pitcher Bert Blyleven debuted, allowing a home run off the very first batter he faced.

Four Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, second baseman Rod Carew, outfielder Tony Oliva, and pitcher Jim Perry.

On September 16, Blyleven struck out the first six batters he faced to tie a major league record. However, the Twins lost the game to the California Angels, 5–1.[6]

The Twins are no-hit for the second time in their history, losing 6–0 to Oakland's Vida Blue.[7]

The Twins won the American League West, led by leadoff batter César Tovar (120 runs), Oliva (.325, 23 HR, 107 RBI) and Killebrew (41 HR, 113 RBI). Carew was batting .366 (after 51 games) when his knee was injured turning a double play. Perry won 24 games and became the first Twins pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award. Jim Kaat added 14 wins and rookie Bert Blyleven won 10. Kaat also won his 9th Gold Glove Award. Reliever Ron Perranoski led the AL with 34 saves.

1,261,887 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 9864 0.605 51–30 47–34
Oakland Athletics 8973 0.549 9 49–32 40–41
California Angels 8676 0.531 12 43–38 43–38
Kansas City Royals 6597 0.401 33 35–44 30–53
Milwaukee Brewers 6597 0.401 33 38–42 27–55
Chicago White Sox 56106 0.346 42 31–53 25–53

Record vs. opponents

1970 American League Records

Baltimore 13–57–59–314–411–712–07–55–711–77–512–6
Boston 5–135–78–412–69–97–55–77–510–87–512–6
California 5–77–512–66–66–610–812–68–105–78–107–5
Chicago 3–94–86–126–66–67–117–116–125–72–164–8
Cleveland 4–146–126–66–67–118–47–56–68–107–511–7
Detroit 7–119–96–66–611–76–68–44–87–116–69–9
Kansas City 0–125–78–1011–74–86–612–65–131–117–116–6
Milwaukee 5–77–56–1211–75–74–86–125–133–9–18–105–7
Minnesota 7–55–710–812–66–68–413–513–55–713–56–6
New York 7–118–107–57–510–811–711–19–3–17–56–610–8
Oakland 5–75–710–816–25–76–611–710–85–136–610–2
Washington 6–126–125–78–47–119–96–67–56–68–102–10

Notable transactions

  • June 27, 1970: Craig Kusick was signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins.[8]


1970 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CGeorge Mitterwald11736982.2221546
1BRich Reese153501131.2611056
2BDanny Thompson9630266.219022
3BHarmon Killebrew157527143.27141113
SSLeo Cárdenas160588145.2471165
LFBrant Alyea9425875.2911661
CFCésar Tovar161650195.3001054
RFTony Oliva157628204.32523107

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jim Holt14231985.266340
Rod Carew5119170.366428
Rick Renick8117941.229725
Paul Ratliff6914940.268522
Frank Quilici11114132.227212
Bob Allison477215.20817


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Perry40278.224123.04168
Jim Kaat4523014103.56120
Bert Blyleven271641093.18135
Luis Tiant1892.2733.4050
Dave Boswell1868.2376.4245

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Hall52155.11162.55184
Bill Zepp43151943.2264

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ron Perranoski6778342.4355
Stan Williams68101151.9976
Steve Barber180024.6114
Pete Hamm100205.513
Hal Haydel42003.004



Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Ralph Rowe
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Harry Warner and Pete Appleton
A Lynchburg Twins Carolina League Tom Umphlett and Spencer "Red" Robbins
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Jackie Ferrell
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Johnny Goryl
A-Short Season Auburn Twins New York–Penn League Boyd Coffie
A-Short Season St. Cloud Rox Northern League Jim Merrick
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Fred Waters



  1. Johnny Roseboro at Baseball Reference
  2. Mike Sadek at Baseball Reference
  3. Hal Haydel at Baseball-Reference
  4. Graig Nettles at Baseball Reference
  5. Brant Alyea at Baseball Reference
  6. "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  7. "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  8. Craig Kusick at Baseball Reference


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