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MLB Top 5: Minnesota Twins Corner Infielders and DHs

This is the second article in a series that looks at the five best players at each position for the Minnesota Twins. In this installment are first and third basemen and designated hitters.

While the third base and designated hitter positions for the Twins franchise have their share of talented players, first base is arguably the most difficult to rank of any team to this point. The group of “cornermen” includes some of the most productive and longest-tenured in team history, and the position boasts such a level of depth that players who would rank high on other teams’ lists are honorable mentions.

The Best First and Third Basemen and Designated Hitters in Minnesota Twins History

First Basemen

Honorable MentionsRich Reese took a while to get into the Twins’ lineup, but he became a productive player once he did. He spent a total of 10 seasons in Minnesota (1964-72 and ’73), with limited playing time his first three and his final one (a return to the team after being released by the Tigers). Reese’s best year was 1969, when he set career highs with a .322 average, 16 home runs and 69 RBIs. In five career playoff games, he had three hits and drove in two runs.

Rod Carew was a hitting machine at second base during his first nine years with the Twins before moving one position to his left for the final three of his Minnesota tenure (1976-78) to cut down on the wear and tear on his body. He batted over .330 in each of those seasons and had at least 200 hits twice. Carew had a career year in 1977, winning the MVP Award after leading the league with a .388 average (the highest in the majors since Ted Williams in 1950), 128 runs, 239 hits, 16 triples and a .449 on-base percentage to go with 38 doubles, 14 home runs, 100 RBIs, 23 stolen bases and 351 total bases. The average and hit marks are both franchise records, while the runs rank second in team history and total bases sit in fourth.

Carew won his second straight batting title with a .333 mark the following year. He earned All-Star selections in each of his 12 seasons with the Twins, then was traded to the Angels before the 1979 season and stretched his run to 18 years. The 1977 Roberto Clemente Award winner also showed he did not miss a step in the field after his change in position. He led all American League first basemen twice in double plays and once in assists. Carew’s career ended after the 1985 season, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

5B. Joe Kuhel – He was a talented hitter and fielder who gets overshadowed by some of the other names on this list. Kuhel had quite the shoes to fill, taking over the position for the player who holds the top spot on this list. While he never made an All-Star team, he was a solid run producer during his 11 seasons with Washington (1930-37 and 44-46).

Kuhel earned consideration for the MVP award five times during his career, three coming as a member of the Nationals. His best season was 1936, when he finished sixth in the voting after batting .321 with 107 runs, 189 hits, 16 home runs and career highs with 42 doubles and 118 runs batted in.

The talented first baseman finished his Washington career with a .288 average, 713 runs, 1,338 hits, 250 doubles, 77 triples, 56 home runs, 667 RBIs and 1,910 total bases in 1,205 games. Kuhel added three hits, one run and one RBI in five games during the 1933 World Series. After his playing career ended with the White Sox in 1947, the 1933 fielding champion became a minor-league manager and had a two-year stint as manager of the Nationals in which he had a 106-201 record. Kuhel later worked as a sales company manager and was a member of the American Society of Amateur Magicians.

5A. Kent Hrbek – He was a local product who went on to become one of the greatest players in franchise history. After a brief callup in 1981, Hrbek spent a total of 14 seasons in Minnesota (1981-94), hitting at least 20 home runs 10 times and driving in 80 or more runs nine times. He was an All-Star and finished second (behind future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.) in the Rookie of the Year voting after batting .301 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs in 1982.

Two years later, “Herbie” put up his best season, earning MVP runner-up status after posting a .311-27-107 stat line, with the RBIs and his 174 hits being career highs. He was one of the most consistent performers in baseball, but his frustration in not being picked to the All-Star Game despite a career-high 34 home runs in 1987 caused him to refuse to attend the contest if he was ever picked again (his selection as a rookie was the only one in his career).

Hrbek retired after the 1994 season with a .282 average, 903 runs and 1,749 hits. He ranks second in franchise history in home runs (293) and RBIs (1,086), tied for sixth in slugging percentage (.481), seventh in doubles (312) and total bases (2,976) and ninth in games (1,747). Although Hrbek was the 1990 fielding champion and won the Lou Gehrig Award the following year, his one flaw was postseason production. He was a part of two championship teams, but hit just .154 with 19 runs, 14 hits, three homers and 12 RBIs in 24 games.

After his retirement, Hrbek entertained the idea for being lieutenant governor of Minnesota under former wrestler Jesse Ventura, but he instead focused on being an outdoorsman, which earned him his own television show.

4. Justin Morneau – The Twins went through some lean years at the position after Hrbek retired until Morneau began his career nearly a decade later. The Canadian product played in two MLB Futures Games and earned four All-Star selections in 11 seasons (2003-13).

However, Morneau’s best year did not include an All-Star Game appearance. The 2006 season was the first of four in a row in which he posted at least 20 home runs and 100 runs batted in. Morneau batted .321 and set career bests with 97 runs, 190 hits, 34 homers, 130 RBIs (the second-highest single season total in team history) and 331 total bases to edge out Derek Jeter and win the MVP Award. Two years later, he was the runner-up for the award after posting a .300-23-129 stat line, with his RBI total, as well as his 47 doubles, ranking third in team history.

Morneau ranks fourth in franchise history with 221 home runs and a .485 slugging percentage, tenth with 860 RBIs and tied for tenth with 289 doubles. He also batted .278 with 669 runs, 1,318 hits and 2,302 total bases in 1,278 games. The two-time silver slugger appeared in the playoffs twice for the Twins, totaling four runs, nine hits, three doubles, two homers and four RBIs in seven games.

The fan favorite was also adept in the field, leading all American League first basement in putouts twice and assists and double plays once each. He also won a fielding title in 2013 despite being sent to the Pirates at that year’s trade deadline. Morneau also spent time with the Rockies and White Sox and retired following the 2016 season. He was elected to the Twins Hall of Fame in 2020.

3. Harmon Killebrew – He was sought after by both the Senators and Red Sox but signed with Washington after Boston failed to match his offer (three years at $6,000 each, plus a $4,000 signing bonus). Killebrew went on to play 21 seasons with the franchise and become one of the most prolific sluggers in baseball history. During his eight seasons as the team’s primary first baseman (1960-61, ’65, 67-68 and 71-73), he totaled 544 runs, 882 hits, 127 doubles, 222 home runs, 655 RBIs and 1,707 total bases in 1,005 games.

Killebrew was the runner-up for the MVP Award in 1967 when he led the league with 44 homers and 131 walks to go with 105 runs scored and 113 runs batted in. During the 1965 World Series, he batted .286 (6-for-22) with two runs, one home run and two RBIs in the loss to the Dodgers.

Nicknamed “Killer” for his power and long-ball prowess, the term was the opposite of his personality off the field. In a story of Ruthian proportions, Killebrew visited an 8-year-old fan in a New York hospital on May 20, 1964, after the youth suffered burns over 50 percent of his body. Not only did the slugger give him an autographed ball, photo and glove, he promised to hit two home runs against the Yankees and did just that in an 8-4 Twins victory.

2. James “Mickey” Vernon – He was a highly productive but at times inconsistent hitter during his 14 seasons in Washington, which was interrupted by a two-year stint in the Navy during World War II, as well as 1½ seasons with Cleveland (1939-43, 46-48 and 50-55). During the war, he met a young player and sailor named Larry Doby, who became a friend as well as the first black player in American League history when he took the field for the Indians in 1947.

Vernon was a five-time All-Star with the Nationals and drove in at least 80 runs nine times during his tenure. He won a batting title in 1946 and again in ’53, while also earning All-Star selections, top 5 MVP finishes and leading the league in doubles. He posted career-best marks with a .353 average, 207 hits and 51 doubles (a team record) in 1946 while also driving in 85 runs.

Although Vernon finished third in the MVP race, led the A. L. with 43 doubles, had 205 hits and amassed career highs with 101 runs scored and 115 runs batted in, his batting title was the subject of controversy. Indians All-Star third baseman Al Rosen went 3-for-5 on the final day of the regular season to raise his average to .336 while Vernon went 2-for-4 to go to .337. When Washington teammates learned that their first baseman could be in line for another at-bat, they acted to protect the batting title. One got picked off second base and another got thrown out trying to stretch a single to a double. The final two batters made quick outs with the batting champ in the on-deck circle. (Rosen won the MVP Award, though.)

Vernon batted .288 with 121 home runs and 125 stolen bases with Washington. He ranks fifth in franchise history in doubles (391), triples (108) and RBIs (1,026), seventh in games (1,805), eighth in hits (1,993) and total bases (2,963) and ninth in runs (956). Vernon was also adept at his position, winning four fielding titles in five years and leading all American League first basemen in double plays three times and putouts twice. His 2.237 games at that spot rank fourth in baseball history and second among players who spent their entire careers in the 20th century. He is also the all-time leader with 2,044 double plays at the position, and he is near the top in putouts (seventh with 19,808) and assists (11th with 1,448).

Following his long career with the Nationals, Vernon was sent to the Red Sox and spent time with the Braves and Pirates and had a second stint with the Indians before retiring in 1960. He was the first base coach in the postseason when Pittsburgh toppled the heavily favored Yankees in the World Series and was the first player to congratulate Bill Mazeroski after his series-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7.

The Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins, but Vernon went back to the Nation’s Capital to manage the “new” Senators in their first three seasons, going 135-227 before he was fired. He spent nearly three more decades as a coach and minor league hitting instructor with several before retiring for good in 1988. Vernon spent 15 years on the Hall of Fame ballot, with his 25 percent vote total in 1980 being the highest he received. He passed away following a stroke in 2008 at age 90.

1. Joe Judge – He excelled both at the plate and in the field during his 20-year career, with 18 of those seasons spent with the Nationals (1915-32). Primarily a contact hitter, Judge posted an average of .300 or better nine times with Washington, including 1920, when he set career highs with a .333 mark as well as 103 runs.

Known for his defense, Judge won five fielding titles and led the league in double plays twice. Following his retirement, he was the all-time American League leader in games played, putouts and double plays by a first baseman for a decade after his career ended, and he topped all A. L. cornermen in assists for more than two decades. Judge also stopped Harry Hooper‘s smash down the first base line with two outs in the ninth inning and flipped to Walter Johnson to preserve the pitcher’s no-hitter against the Red Sox in 1920.

At the plate, Judge smacked 150 or more hits in a season eight times and posted a double-digit triple total in nine seasons. He had his best campaign in 1928, when he batted .306 with 166 hits and 93 RBIs to finish third in the MVP voting.

Judge ended his time with the Senators with a .298 average and 71 home runs. He ranks second in franchise history in triples (157), third in games (2,084), runs (1,254), hits (2,291) and doubles (421), fourth in total bases (3,239), sixth in steals (210) and seventh in RBIs (1,001). Vernon was instrumental in Washington’s 1924 World Series, batting .385 (10-for-26) with four runs in the seven-game win over the Giants.

The first baseman left the Nationals in 1933, spending time with the Dodgers and Red Sox before retiring in 1934. He was the head coach of the baseball team at Georgetown University for two decades and was a coach on the Senators squad under former teammate Ossie Bluege for two years. Judge passed away after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow in 1963 at age 68.

Third Basemen

Honorable MentionsEddie Foster played with the Highlanders in 1910 and played the following year in the minor leagues before joining Washington. He spent the better part of a decade with the Nationals, smacking 150 or more hits four times in eight years (1912-19). Foster set career highs with a .285 average, 98 runs, 176 hits, 34 doubles and 70 RBIs as a rookie and garnered some MVP consideration in 1914. He led the position in assists and double plays once each and is tied for tenth in franchise history with 166 stolen bases. “Kid” also totaled 579 runs, 1,177 hits and 355 RBIs in 1,121 games.

John “Buddy” Lewis was a two-time All-Star who could have had many more accolades had he not missed three years due to World War II. Lewis spent the first five years of his 11-year career (1935-39) at the “hot corner,” smacking 210 hits in 1937 and leading the league with 16 triples two years later. However, his best season was in 1938, when he earned his only All-Star selection at the position after batting .296 and setting career highs with 122 runs scored, 35 doubles, 12 home runs, 91 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases. Lewis led the league in assistant and double plays by a third baseman in 1938 but moved to right field in 1940.

Lewis played three seasons in the outfield after coming back from combat, where he flew dangerous missions as a part of the Army’s Air Transport Command. He retired in 1948 to take over a floundering car dealership but returned to play 95 games the following year. Lewis left the field for good after that and ran several businesses as well as becoming commissioner for the local American Legion baseball league in North Carolina. He died of cancer in 2011 at age 94.

John Castino was another baseball story of “what could have been.” The third-round pick won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1979 and posted even better numbers the following year, setting career highs with 165 hits, 13 home runs, 64 RBIs and a .302 average. Castino led the league with nine triples in 1981, and he also led the A. L. in fielding percentage, putouts and assists. He had two more solid years before back injuries took their toll with two spinal fusion surgeries during his playing career and eight procedures in all causing him to retire after playing just six seasons (1979-84). Castino earned an MBA and worked in financial planning for more than 20 years.

5. Corey Koskie – He spent seven of his nine major league seasons with Minnesota (1998-2004), batting .300 or better twice. Although he never earned an All-Star selection, he put together a stellar season in 2001, batting .276 and setting career highs with 100 runs, 155 hits, 26 home runs, 103 RBIs and 274 total bases. Koskie also worked to improve his fielding during his time with the Twins and finished second in the American League in assists by a third baseman in 2001. He appeared in 18 postseason games, including five in the 2002 ALCS loss to the Angels, totaling eight runs, 15 hits, four doubles, one home run and nine RBIs, including five in a win over the Athletics in that year’s Division Series.

4. Ossie Bluege – He was an accountant before his playing career and kept his offseason job throughout his 18-year career, spent entirely with Washington (1922-39). Bluege spent most of his time at third base, but he also made starts at the other infield positions. Although he was an All-Star in 1935, hie best season was four years prior, when he batted .272 and set career highs with 82 runs, 155 hits, eight home runs and 98 runs batted in.

Bluege ranks fifth in franchise history with 1,867 games, and he also has a .272 average, 883 runs, 1,751 hits, 276 doubles, 67 triples, 43 homers, 848 RBIs and 2,290 total bases. He also appeared in three World Series with the Nationals, batting just .200 with five runs, 12 hits, two doubles and five RBIs in 17 games. Bluege was solid at the “hot corner,” winning the 1931 fielding title and leading the league in assists four times and double plays twice.

Bluege was a coach on Bucky Harris‘ staff after his playing career ended, and he managed the club for five years, amassing a 375-394 record and a pair of second place finishes. Bluege became the team’s farm director in 1947 and was the scout who signed the team’s greatest hitter (who also tops this list). He held other positions in the franchise’s front office until he retired in 1971 after 50 years with the organization. Bluege passed away due to a stroke in 1985, ten days before his 85th birthday.

3. Eddie Yost – He had his first few seasons interrupted by military service, but he honed his baseball skills at the Naval Training Station at Seneca Lake in upstate New York. Yost was a slick fielder who had a knack for getting on base. He led the league in walks four times in 14 years with Washington (1944 and 46-58), and he got on base at a 40 percent or better clip six times. Yost led the league with 36 doubles in 1951 and earned his only All-Star selection the following year after hitting 12 home runs, driving in 49 runs and leading the league with 129 walks.

Yost totaled 1,521 hits, 292 doubles, 53 triples, 101 home runs, 550 RBIs and 2,212 total bases during his Nationals/Senators career. Known as the “Walking Man,” he ranks second in franchise history in walks (1,274, including a club-record 151 in 1956), eighth in runs (971) and tenth in games (1,690). Yost was the 1958 fielding champion, and he also led the league in putouts seven times and assists and double plays twice each. He was also a durable player, appearing in 838 straight games from 1949-55, a mark that is the ninth-longest in major league history.

After his playing career ended in 1962, Yost spent more than two decades as a coach with the Angels, “new” Senators (including a one-game stint as manager in 1963), Mets and Red Sox. He was one of the New York coaches who played golf with longtime friend and manager Gil Hodges when he suffered a heart attack and passed away on Easter Sunday 1972. Yost retired in 1984 and worked on restoring antique clocks and carousel horses until passing away at age 86 in 2012.

2. Gary Gaetti – He spent a decade with Minnesota (1981-90), winning four straight gold gloves and earning two All-Star selections. Gaetti hit 20 or more home runs six times with the Twins and drove in at least 80 runs five times. In 1986-87, he had back-to-back 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons but did not get named to the All-Star team in either season.

“The Rat” showed what he could do on the national stage during the 1987 ALCS, hitting two home runs in Game 1 and making several clutch plays throughout the rest of the series to take home the MVP award. In the World Series, he had seven hits and four RBIs to help the Twins beat the Cardinals to win their first championship since moving from Washington to Minnesota. He totaled nine runs, 13 hits, three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in 12 playoff games with the Twins.

Gaetti ranks eighth in franchise history with 201 home runs, and he had 646 runs, 1,276 hits, 252 doubles, 758 RBIs and 2,181 total bases in 1,361 games. The hard-nosed “G-Man” led American League third basemen in putouts four times and assists and double plays three times each.

Gaetti struggled with knee issues later in his Twins career. He spent time with five other teams, hitting a career-high 35 homers with the Royals in 1995 before going to his favorite team as a child, the Cardinals, for two-plus years. Gaetti ended his playing career with the Red Sox in 2000, then coached in the majors with the Astros, as well as in college and the minor leagues. He guided the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League from 2012-17.

1. Harmon Killebrew – Although he played nearly 200 more games on the other side of the infield, he had his best season at the “hot corner.” Killebrew built his strength lifting milk buckets on his family farm then was a “bonus baby,” signing with Washington for $6,000 per year thanks to the scouting of Ossie Bluege (and a tip from Herman Welker, a U. S. Senator from Idaho). He joined the Senators as an 18-year-old in 1954 and played sparingly at first, appearing in just 113 over his first five season before becoming a starter in 1959.

Killebrew made the most of his opportunity, leading the league with 42 home runs, driving in 105 runs and earning selections to both of baseball’s All-Star Games that season. He would have fit in well in today’s game, posting eight seasons with 40 or more home runs (leading the league six times) and nine with at least 100 runs batted in. The 13-time All-Star also led the league in walks four times, RBIs three times and strikeouts and on-base percentage once each.

“Killer” finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting seven times, winning the award as a third baseman in 1969 after leading the league and setting team records with 49 homers and 140 RBIs. Along with his time at first base and his nine seasons at third (1954-59, ’66 and 69-70), he also started for three seasons in left field (1962-64) and appeared occasionally at second base at the start of his career and at designated hitter at the end.

Killebrew is the all-time franchise leader in games (2,329), home runs (559), RBIs (1,548, total bases (4,026), slugging percentage (.514), walks (1,505) and strikeouts (1,629). He also batted .258 with 277 doubles and ranks second in runs (1,258) and seventh in hits (2,024). Killebrew appeared in 13 postseason games, amassing six runs, ten hits, three homers and six RBIs. He had six hits including a home run during the loss to the Dodgers in the 1965 World Series.

After 21 seasons, the Twins released Killebrew after the 1974 season and he spent his final year as designated hitter for the Royals. He hit 14 home runs to raise his career total to 573, which ranks 12th on the all-time list. Following his playing career, Killebrew was a broadcaster for the Twins, Athletics and Angels and ran two failed businesses, a car dealership and a leasing company, which forced him to file for bankruptcy. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and passed away due to esophageal cancer in 2011.

Designated Hitters

Honorable MentionsGene Larkin also spent time at first base and right field, but he started his first two seasons as a full-time designated hitter. He batted .266 with 618 hits in 758 games over seven seasons with Minnesota (1987-93), but his greatest moment came during the 1991 World Series. Larkin’s one-out single in the bottom of the tenth inning drove in the winning run in a 1-0 Twins victory over the Braves, giving them their second title in five years.

Like Larkin, Jason Kubel played more games at other positions (left and right field) but also spent a good amount of time as a DH. Kubel’s best season was 2009, when he set career highs with a .300 average, 154 hits, 35 doubles and 103 runs batted in to go with 28 home runs. Over his eight seasons with the Twins (2004, 06-11 and ’14), he batted .269 with 349 runs, 729 hits, 105 homers, 442 RBIs and 1,220 total bases in 798 games. Kubel’s downfall was the playoffs. He went just 2-for-29 (.069) with a double and 13 strikeouts in eight games.

5. David Ortiz – Originally traded to the Twins by the Mariners in 1996, his release and subsequent signing by the Red Sox before the 2003 season may bring up painful memories for fans. Ortiz showed flashes of power throughout his six-year run in Minnesota (1997-2002), including his final season, in which he posted a .272-20-75 stat line.

However, Ortiz flourished once he went to Boston, blasting 30 or more home runs and driving in at least 100 runs 10 times each in 14 seasons. He also finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting seven times, including his first five years with the Red Sox, earned 10 All-Star selections and seven silver sluggers, won three championships, and was named MVP of the 2004 ALCS comeback victory over the Yankees and the 2013 World Series win over the Cardinals. “Big Papi” was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2022.

4. Charles “Chili” Davis – After spending most of his first decade in the outfield with the Giants and Angels, he signed with the Twins and became a designated hatter almost exclusively. The one thing Davis got in Minnesota that was largely missing from his first two stops was playoff experience. He posted a .277-29-93 stat line in 1991, then hit two home runs against the Braves in the World Series. Davis totaled seven hits, nine runs, two doubles, two homers and four RBIs in 11 playoff games that year.

Following his second season in Minnesota (1991-92), the Jamaican-born Davis returned to California and played one season with Kansas City. He ended his career with two seasons as a Yankee, winning two titles as a reserve. Since his playing career ended in 1999, Davis has been a hitting coach for the Dodgers, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs and Mets.

3. Tony Oliva – Opponents of the designated hitter argue that the position extends the careers of aging players who should consider retirement. In this case, the advent of the position by the American League in 1973 extended the career of the talented outfielder. Oliva dealt with knee issues later in his career, but he was limited following a diving catch during a game in 1971. He missed all but 10 games the next year after having surgery to remove torn knee cartilage.

Oliva was exclusively a DH in his final four seasons (1973-76), hitting the first home run by a player at the position in an April 7 game. He batted .277 with 446 hits, 43 home runs and 223 RBIs over 471 games as a DH. Oliva spent the next 15 years as a coach and instructor in the Twins’ organization, helping to develop future star outfielder Kirby Puckett. The club he spent his entire 15-year career with retired his number and gave him a statue outside Target Field. However, Oliva’s greatest baseball achievement was being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Golden Days Era Committee in 2022, joining fellow Minnesota star, pitcher Jim Kaat in being inducted.

2. Nelson Cruz – In terms of raw power, few players in today’s game had as much as Cruz. He joined the Twins as a 38-year-old in 2019 and proceeded to post phenomenal numbers. “Boomstick” batted .311 with 41 home runs (the fourth time in his career he hit at least 40), 108 runs batted in (driving in 100 or more for the fourth time) and a franchise-record .639 slugging percentage. He followed that with a .303 average, 16 home runs and his second straight silver slugger in the COVD-shortened 2020 season.

Cruz earned his only All-Star selection with the Twins in 2021, hitting 19 home runs in 85 games before he was traded to the Rays in late July. Overall, he batted .304 with Minnesota with 284 hits, 76 homers and 191 RBIs in 258 games. Cruz totaled four runs, seven hits, two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs in nine playoff games with the Twins. The seven-time All-Star and 2011 ALCS MVP (with the Rangers) spent time with Tampa Bay and Washington before playing in San Diego in 2023.

1. Paul Molitor – Following a storied 15-year run with the Brewers and a three-year stint with the Blue Jays that included a World Series MVP Award, Molitor signed with the Twins in 1996 at age 39 and ended his career in his hometown of St. Paul (1996-98). All he did in his first year was bat .341, lead the league with 225 hits (fourth in team history) and drive in 113 runs to earn a silver slugger.

“The Ignitor” saw his totals drop in his final two seasons, but sill hit .305 with 89 RBIs in 1997 and finished tied for tenth in franchise history with a .312 average overall. He also managed the team from 2015-18, posting a 305-343 record with three second place finishes and one playoff appearance and a Manager of the Year Award in 2017 after leading the Twins to a 26-game improvement. Molitor was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2004.

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