1990 Minnesota Twins season

1990 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
General manager(s) Andy MacPhail
Manager(s) Tom Kelly
Local television WCCO-TV
Midwest Sports Channel
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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The 1990 Minnesota Twins, three years after their World Series title in 1987, fell to the bottom of the AL West once again. However, the season was not completely bad, as there were some bright spots that included pitchers Rick Aguilera and Scott Erickson. Aguilera converted from starter to closer and recorded 32 saves, while Erickson was promoted to the Twins in June from AA and went 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA.


Regular season

  • The lone representative of the Twins in the All-Star Game was center fielder Kirby Puckett.
  • The highest paid Twin in 1990 was Puckett at $2,816,667; followed by Kent Hrbek at $2,100,000.


Team Leaders
HRKent Hrbek22
RBIGary Gaetti85
BAKirby Puckett.298
RunsKirby Puckett82


Team Leaders
ERAAllan Anderson4.53
WinsKevin Tapani12
SavesRick Aguilera32
StrikeoutsMark Guthrie, Kevin Tapani101


The highlight of the season came on July 17, in Boston, when the Twins turned 2 triple plays. In the 4th inning, with the bases loaded and Scott Erickson pitching, former Twin Tom Brunansky hit a sharp grounder to Gary Gaetti at third base, who stepped on the bag for the force out, fired to Al Newman at second, whose relay to Kent Hrbek was in time to get Brunansky at first. In the 8th inning, with John Candelaria pitching and runners on first and second, Jody Reed hit a one-hopper at Gaetti who again started a 5-4-3 triple play. This was the first time in MLB history that two triple plays were recorded in a game, a feat that has not been duplicated since.[3]

The following night, still in Boston, both teams combined for an MLB-record-tying ten double plays. Boston tied an American League record by grounding into six DPs in the game, only escaping the twin killings in the sixth and seventh innings.

Both games were won by Boston.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 10359 0.636 51–30 52–29
Chicago White Sox 9468 0.580 9 49–31 45–37
Texas Rangers 8379 0.512 20 47–35 36–44
California Angels 8082 0.494 23 42–39 38–43
Seattle Mariners 7785 0.475 26 38–43 39–42
Kansas City Royals 7586 0.466 27½ 45–36 30–50
Minnesota Twins 7488 0.457 29 41–40 33–48

Record vs. opponents

1990 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–56–66–76–78–37–66–66–74–83–98–45–8
Boston 9–47–56–69–48–54–85–84–89–44–88–45–710–3
California 5–75–75–87–55–77–67–59–46–64–95–88–57–5
Chicago 6–66–68–55–75–79–410–27–610–28–58–57–65–7
Cleveland 7–64–95–77–55–86–69–47–55–84–87–57–54–9
Detroit 7–65–87–57–58–55–73–106–67–66–67–56–65–8
Kansas City 3–88–46–74–96–67–54–88–58–44–97–65–85–7
Milwaukee 6–78–55–72–104–910–38–44–86–75–74–85–77–6
Minnesota 6–68–44–96–75–76–65–88–46–66–76–75–83–9
New York 7–64–96–62–108–56–74–87–66–60–129–33–95–8
Oakland 8–48–49–45–88–46–69–47–57–612–09–48–57–5
Seattle 9–34–88–55–85–75–76–78–47–63–94–97–66–6
Texas 4–87–55–86–75–76–68–57–58–59–35–86–77–5
Toronto 8–53–105–77–59–48–57–56–79–38–55–76–65–7


1990 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Notable Transactions

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: 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
CBrian Harper134479141.294654
1BKent Hrbek143492141.2872279
2BAl Newman14438894.242030
3BGary Gaetti154577132.2291685
SSGreg Gagne13838891.235738
LFDan Gladden136534147.275540
CFKirby Puckett146551164.2981280
RFShane Mack125313102.326844
DHGene Larkin119401108.269542

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Roy Smith32153.15104.81
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Phil Roof
AA Orlando Sun Rays Southern League Ron Gardenhire
A Visalia Oaks California League Scott Ullger
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Steve Liddle
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Joel Lepel

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton[7]

Notes and explanations

  1. "Kent Hrbek Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. "Carmelo Castillo Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. Inc., Baseball Almanac,. "Box Score of Game played on Tuesday, July 17, 1990 at Fenway Park". baseball-almanac.com.
  4. "Midre Cummings Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  5. "Jayhawk Owens Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. "Randy Bush Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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