1992 Minnesota Twins season

1992 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, Tom Mee)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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Coming off a World Series victory, the 1992 Minnesota Twins continued the team's winning spree. The team finished in second place to Oakland Athletics and did not make it to the postseason. This would be the team's last winning season until 2001.


Regular season


Outfielder Kirby Puckett got 200 hits for the fifth time in his career, as well as 100 runs and 100 RBI. He also hit over .300 for the seventh time in nine seasons. Finally, he hit the first three grand slams of his career. He was twice named American League Player of the Month. Puckett would go on to win his fifth Silver Slugger Award.

Chuck Knoblauch and Shane Mack also notched 100 runs, making Puckett, Knoblauch, and Mack the first trio of Twins in team history to score 100 times in a season.

First baseman Kent Hrbek began his fight against the injury bug, getting only 394 at-bats, a number that would decline over the next two years. Catcher Brian Harper had the second of three seasons batting over .300. Scott Leius saw a majority of the time at third base, but hit only .249 with 2 home runs. In his last year with the Twins, shortstop Greg Gagne hit .246 — right around his career average. Pedro Muñoz saw a majority of the time in right field, while Chili Davis served as the designated hitter in his second and last year with the Twins.

Team Leaders
HRKirby Puckett19
RBIKirby Puckett110
BAKirby Puckett.329
RunsKirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch104


The first four pitchers in the starting rotation had winning records and solid ERAs, including John Smiley (16-9, 3.21), Kevin Tapani (16-11, 3.97), Scott Erickson (13-12, 3.40), and Bill Krueger (10-6, 4.30). The fifth spot in the rotation was a question mark, with Pat Mahomes making 13 mediocre starts, Willie Banks 12 poor starts, and Mike Trombley 7 reasonably capable ones.

The bullpen was outstanding, anchored by closer Rick Aguilera. Aguilera earned 41 saves, and became the Twins' all-time leader in saves on September 1 when he earned his 109th with the team. The four regular arms in the bullpen all had ERAs under three: Carl Willis, Mark Guthrie, Tom Edens, and Gary Wayne.

Team Leaders
ERAJohn Smiley3.21
WinsJohn Smiley and Kevin Tapani16
SavesRick Aguilera41
StrikeoutsJohn Smiley163


As expected for a Tom Kelly team, the defense was strong. Puckett would win the last of his six Gold Glove Awards. Hrbek was always strong at first base (although Don Mattingly prevented him from winning a Gold Glove), as was Knoblauch at second (at least at this point in his career). Gagne was a capable shortstop, but Leius was a question mark at third with a .955 fielding percentage. Mack and Muñoz had good years defensively alongside Puckett.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 9666 0.593 51–30 45–36
Minnesota Twins 9072 0.556 6 48–33 42–39
Chicago White Sox 8676 0.531 10 50–32 36–44
Texas Rangers 7785 0.475 19 36–45 41–40
California Angels 7290 0.444 24 41–40 31–50
Kansas City Royals 7290 0.444 24 44–37 28–53
Seattle Mariners 6498 0.395 32 38–43 26–55

Record vs. opponents

1992 American League Records

Baltimore 8–58–46–67–610–38–46–76–65–86–67–57–55–8
Boston 5–88–46–66–74–97–55–83–97–65–76–64–87–6
California 4–84–83–106–67–58–55–72–117–55–87–69–45–7
Chicago 6–66–610–37–510–27–65–78–58–45–84–95–85–7
Cleveland 6–77–66–65–75–85–75–86–67–66–67–55–76–7
Detroit 3–109–45–72–108–57–55–83–95–86–69–38–45–8
Kansas City 4–85–75–86–77–55–77–56–75–74–97–66–75–7
Milwaukee 7–68–57–57–58–58–55–76–66–77–58–47–58–5
Minnesota 6–69–311–25–86–69–37–66–67–55–88–56–75–7
New York 8–56–75–74–86–78–57–57–65–76–66–66–62–11
Oakland 6–67–58–58–56–66–69–45–78–56–612–19–46–6
Seattle 5–76–66–79–45–73–96–74–85–86–61–124–94–8
Texas 5–78–44–98–57–54–87–65–77–66–64–99–43–9
Toronto 8–56–77–57–57–68–57–55–87–511–26–68–49–3

Notable transactions


1992 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
CBrian Harper140502154.307973
1BKent Hrbek11239496.2441558
2BChuck Knoblauch155600178.297256
3BScott Leius129409102.249235
SSGreg Gagne146439108.246739
LFShane Mack156600189.3151675
CFKirby Puckett160639210.32919110
RFPedro Muñoz127418113.2701271
DHChili Davis138444128.2881266

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Terry Jorgensen225818.31005
Derek Parks762.33300


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Smiley342411693.21163
Bill Krueger27161.11064.3086

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rick Aguilera6426412.8452

Other post-season awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Scott Ullger
AA Orlando Sun Rays Southern League Phil Roof
A Visalia Oaks California League Steve Liddle
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Dan Rohn
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Jim Dwyer
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Jim Lemon



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