1994 Minnesota Twins season

1994 Minnesota Twins
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Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
General manager(s) Andy MacPhail
Manager(s) Tom Kelly
Local television WCCO-TV
Midwest Sports Channel
(Al Newman, Dick Bremer, Chad Hartman, Tommy John )
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Jim Powell)
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The 1994 Minnesota Twins played in an abbreviated, strike-shortened season. The strike overshadowed the season's accomplishments. These included Scott Erickson's no-hitter on April 27, Chuck Knoblauch's 85-game errorless streak and league-leading 45 doubles, Kirby Puckett's 2,000th hit, and Kent Hrbek's retirement. In 113 games, Manager Tom Kelly's team finished with a record of 53-60, for fourth place in the newly created American League Central Division.


Regular season

On April 27 at home, Scott Erickson no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers—the Metrodome's first no-hitter—for a 6-0 win. His is the third Twins' no-hitter, 27 years after Dean Chance no-hit the Cleveland Indians in 1967.[4]

On May 20, the team put up 22 hits against the Boston Red Sox—not a record. But two club records were set in the fifth inning, when eight consecutive players hit safely, and a total of ten hits were recorded in the half-inning. The Twins won, 21-2.[5]

The Twins' All-Star representatives were outfielder Kirby Puckett and second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.

By Friday, August 12, the Twins had compiled a 53-60 record through 113 games. They had scored 594 runs (5.26 per game) and allowed 688 runs (6.09 per game).[6]

Throughout the strike-shortened season, the Twins pitching staff struggled and finished with a 5.68 ERA: the highest in the Majors. In 1,005.0 innings pitched, they gave up 1,197 hits and 634 earned runs: the most among all 28 teams. They did, however, issue the fewest intentional walks in the Majors, with 20.[7]

Terry Ryan was named Twins General Manager, replacing Andy MacPhail, architect of the team's 1991 world champion team.

The highest paid Twin in 1994 was Puckett at $5,300,000, followed by Aguilera at $3,260,000.


Despite the short season, Kirby Puckett managed to belt 20 home runs and drive in 112 runs, winning his sixth Silver Slugger Award. Outfielder Shane Mack had a solid year in his last year with the Twins, batting .333. Knoblauch and outfielder Alex Cole lit up the base paths, stealing 35 and 29 bases, respectively. Designated hitter Dave Winfield had a mediocre year in his last season with his hometown team. (He would play in 46 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1995 before announcing his retirement.)

Team Leaders
HRKirby Puckett20
RBIKirby Puckett112
BAShane Mack.333
RunsChuck Knoblauch85


The starting rotation was not a strong one, although the starters at least started consistently every fifth day, unlike in subsequent years for the Twins. Jim Deshaies, Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, Pat Mahomes, and Carlos Pulido started all but six games for the team. Despite the no-hitter, Erickson's year was disappointing, as he posted a 5.44 ERA. Rick Aguilera continued to be a reliable closer while the only reliable arm out of the bullpen was Kevin Campbell with an ERA of 2.92.

Team Leaders
ERAKevin Tapani4.62
WinsKevin Tapani11
SavesRick Aguilera23
StrikeoutsScott Erickson104


Matt Walbeck and Derek Parks were a strong 1-2 punch at catcher, at least defensively. (Both had .993 fielding percentages.) Kent Hrbek ended his career with a solid one defensively with a .997 average. As mentioned, Knoblauch excelled defensively at this point in his career. Scott Leius and Pat Meares were defensively average on the left side of the infield. Puckett and Mack were strong in the outfield, while Alex Cole was average. Pedro Muñoz also saw substantial time in the outfield.

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 6746 0.593 34–19 33–27
Cleveland Indians 6647 0.584 1 35–16 31–31
Kansas City Royals 6451 0.557 4 35–24 29–27
Minnesota Twins 5360 0.469 14 32–27 21–33
Milwaukee Brewers 5362 0.461 15 24–32 29–30
Division leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 7043 0.619
Chicago White Sox 6746 0.593
Texas Rangers 5262 0.456
W L Pct.
Cleveland Indians 6647 0.584
Baltimore Orioles 6349 0.562
Kansas City Royals 6451 0.557
Toronto Blue Jays 5560 0.478
Boston Red Sox 5461 0.470
Minnesota Twins 5360 0.469
Detroit Tigers 5362 0.461
Milwaukee Brewers 5362 0.461
Oakland Athletics 5163 0.447
Seattle Mariners 4963 0.438
California Angels 4768 0.409

Record vs. opponents

1994 American League Records

Baltimore 4–28–42–44–63–44–17–34–54–67–54–63–37–2
Boston 2–47–52–43–74–24–25–51–83–79–36–61–57–3
California 4–85–75–50–53–46–43–33–34–83–62–76–43–4
Chicago 4–24–25–57–58–43–79–32–44–26–39–14–52–3
Cleveland 6–47–35–05–78–21–45–29–30–96–03–25–76–4
Detroit 4–32–44–34–82–84–86–43–33–35–46–35–75–4
Kansas City 1–42–44–67–34–18–45–76–44–27–36–44–36–6
Milwaukee 3–75–53–33–92–54–67–56–62–74–14–23–37–3
Minnesota 5–48–13–34–23–93–34–66–64–52–53–34–54–8
New York 6–47–38–42–49–03–32–47–25–47–58–43–23–4
Oakland 5–73–96–33–60–64–53–71–45–25–74–37–35–1
Seattle 4–66–67–21–92–33–64–62–43–34–83–49–11–5
Texas 3–35–14–65–47–57–53–43–35–42–33–71–94–8
Toronto 2–73–74–33–24–64–56–63–78–44–31–55–18–4

Notable transactions


1994 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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
CMatt Walbeck9733869.204535
1BKent Hrbek8127474.2701053
2BChuck Knoblauch109445139.312551
SSPat Meares8022961.266224
3BScott Leius9735086.2461449
LFShane Mack81303101.3331561
CFAlex Cole105345102.296423
RFKirby Puckett108439139.31720112
DHDave Winfield7729474.2521043

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
Derek Parks318917.19119


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Tapani241561174.6291
Scott Erickson231448115.44104
Jim Deshaies25130.16127.3978
Pat Mahomes21120954.7353
Carlos Pulido1984.1375.9832

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Aguilera4444.2143.6346

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Kevin Campbell141002.9215

Other post-season awards

Designated hitter Dave Winfield won the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. Rod Carew in 1977 is the only Twin to have won this award in the past. Kirby Puckett will win it in 1996.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake Buzz Pacific Coast League Scott Ullger
AA Nashville Xpress Southern League Phil Roof
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Steve Liddle
A Fort Wayne Wizards Midwest League Jim Dwyer
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Jose Marzan



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