1982 Minnesota Twins season

1982 Minnesota Twins
combined 60-102, seventh in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Billy Gardner
Local television KMSP-TV
(Bob Kurtz, Larry Osterman)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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The 1982 Minnesota Twins finished 60-102, seventh in the AL West. It was the first time the Twins lost more than 100 games since moving to Minnesota.

The Twins moved into the Metrodome but only 921,186 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League.


Regular season

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome debuted with an April 3 exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia's Pete Rose had the first unofficial Metrodome hit, and Minnesota's Kent Hrbek homered twice.

In the regular-season home opener, outfielder Dave Engle had the Twins' first hit and home run in the Metrodome. Third baseman Gary Gaetti homered twice and was thrown out at home trying to stretch a triple for an inside-the-park home run. The Seattle Mariners beat the Twins 11-7.[3]

On May 29, for the only time in Twins history, a catcher nabbed four base stealers in a single game: Sal Butera threw out Ken Griffey, Graig Nettles, Bobby Murcer and Willie Randolph of the New York Yankees.[4] Otherwise, May was not a good month as the Twins went 3-26, the worst major league month in baseball since the Philadelphia Athletics posted a 2–28 June of 1916. The Twins-record slide of fourteen consecutive losses ended with a June 4 shutout win over Baltimore.

Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game in Montreal, first baseman Kent Hrbek.

On July 19, outfielder Tom Brunansky hit what will be the Twins only inside-the-park grand slam home run, ever. Jerry Augustine of the Milwaukee Brewers threw the pitch.

Pitcher Terry Felton – who'd gone 0-3 in 1980 – finished this season 0-13, and would not pitch in the majors again. His 0-16 career record is a major league record for futility.


Kent Hrbek hit .301 with 23 HR and 92 RBI. Gary Ward hit .289 with 28 HR and 91 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit 25 HR and 84 RBI. Tom Brunansky hit 20 HR and 42 RBI.

Team Leaders
HRGary Ward28
RBIKent Hrbek92
BAKent Hrbek.301
RunsGary Ward85


Reliever Ron Davis had 22 saves.

Team Leaders
ERABobby Castillo3.66
WinsBobby Castillo13
SavesRon Davis22
StrikeoutsBrad Havens129

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
California Angels 9369 0.574 52–29 41–40
Kansas City Royals 9072 0.556 3 56–25 34–47
Chicago White Sox 8775 0.537 6 49–31 38–44
Seattle Mariners 7686 0.469 17 42–39 34–47
Oakland Athletics 6894 0.420 25 36–45 32–49
Texas Rangers 6498 0.395 29 38–43 26–55
Minnesota Twins 60102 0.370 33 37–44 23–58

Record vs. opponents

1982 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–55–76–77–64–89–4–18–411–27–57–59–310–3
Boston 9–47–54–86–78–56–64–96–67–68–47–510–27–6
California 5–75–78–58–45–77–66–67–67–59–410–38–58–4
Chicago 7–58–45–86–69–33–103–97–68–49–46–78–58–4
Cleveland 7–67–64–86–66–72–107–68–44–94–89–37–57–6
Detroit 6–75–87–53–97–66–63–109–38–59–36–68–46–7
Kansas City 8–46–66–710–310–26–67–57–65–77–67–67–64–8
Milwaukee 4–9–19–46–69–36–710–35–77–58–57–58–47–59–4
Minnesota 4–86–66–76–74–83–96–75–72–103–105–85–85–7
New York 2–116–75–74–89–45–87–55–810–27–56–67–56–7
Oakland 5–74–84–94–98–43–96–75–710–35–76–75–83–9
Seattle 5–75–73–107–63–96–66–74–88–56–67–69–47–5
Texas 3–92–105–85–85–74–86–75–78–55–78–54–94–8
Toronto 3–106–74–84–86–77–68–44–97–57–69–35–78–4

Notable transactions


1982 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
1BKent Hrbek140532160.3012392
3BGary Gaetti145508117.2302584
SSLenny Faedo9025562.243322
LFGary Ward152570165.2892891
RFTom Brunansky127463126.2722046

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jesús Vega7119953.266529


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Albert Williams26153.2974.2261
Jack O'Connor23126894.2956

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bobby Castillo40218.213113.66125
Pete Redfern2794.15116.5840
Darrell Jackson1344.2056.2516

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ron Davis6339224.4289
Jeff Little332004.2126

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Tom Kelly
A Visalia Oaks California League Phil Roof
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Ken Staples
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters


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