1974 Minnesota Twins season

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1974 Minnesota Twins
82–80, third in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s)Calvin Griffith
Manager(s)Frank Quilici
Local televisionWCCO-TV
(Larry Calton, Ralph Fritz)
Local radio830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Larry Calton)
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The 1974 Minnesota Twins finished 82–80, third in the American League West.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game, second baseman Rod Carew. Carew won his fourth AL batting title with a .364 average, and set a Minnesota record with 180 singles. Outfielder Bobby Darwin hit 25 HR and drove in 95 runs. Three pitchers had double digit wins: Bert Blyleven (17–17), Joe Decker (16–14), and Dave Goltz (10–10). Bill Campbell showed potential as a reliever, registering 19 saves and 8 relief wins.

Only 662,401 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League. It was half the number of fans that attended in the 1960s.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Texas Rangers 84 76 0.525 5 42–38 42–38
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 8 48–33 34–47
Chicago White Sox 80 80 0.500 9 46–34 34–46
Kansas City Royals 77 85 0.475 13 40–41 37–44
California Angels 68 94 0.420 22 36–45 32–49

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1974 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore 10–8 7–5 5–7 12–6 14–4 8–4 8–10 6–6 11–7 6–6 4–8
Boston 8–10 4–8 8–4 9–9 11–7 4–8 10–8 6–6 11–7 8–4 5–7
California 5–7 8–4 10–8–1 3–9 5–7 8–10 3–9 8–10 3–9 6–12 9–9
Chicago 7–5 4–8 8–10–1 8–4 7–5 11–7 8–4 7–11–1 4–8 7–11 9–7–1
Cleveland 6–12 9–9 9–3 4–8 9–9 8–4 10–8 6–6 7–11 5–7 4–8
Detroit 4–14 7–11 7–5 5–7 9–9 7–5 9–9 3–9 11–7 5–7 5–7
Kansas City 4–8 8–4 10–8 7–11 4–8 5–7 11–1 8–10 4–8 8–10 8–10
Milwaukee 10–8 8–10 9–3 4–8 8–10 9–9 1–11 6–6 9–9 5–7 7–5
Minnesota 6–6 6–6 10–8 11–7–1 6–6 9–3 10–8 6–6 4–8 5–13 9–9
New York 7–11 7–11 9–3 8–4 11–7 7–11 8–4 9–9 8–4 7–5 8–4
Oakland 6–6 4–8 12–6 11–7 7–5 7–5 10–8 7–5 13–5 5–7 8–10
Texas 8–4 7–5 9–9 7–9–1 8–4 7–5 10–8 5–7 9–9 4–8 10–8


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1974 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Glenn Borgmann 128 345 87 .252 3 45
1B Craig Kusick 76 201 48 .239 8 26
2B Rod Carew 153 599 218 .364 3 55
SS Danny Thompson 97 264 66 .250 4 25
LF Steve Braun 129 453 127 .280 8 40
RF Bobby Darwin 152 575 152 .264 25 94
DH Tony Oliva 127 459 131 .285 13 57

Other batters[edit]

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
Harmon Killebrew 122 333 74 .222 13 54
Jim Holt 79 197 50 .254 0 16
Luis Gómez 82 168 35 .208 0 3
Phil Roof 44 97 19 .196 2 13
Randy Hundley 32 88 17 .193 0 3
Pat Bourque 23 64 14 .219 1 8
Sergio Ferrer 24 57 16 .281 0 0
Joe Lis 24 41 8 .195 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bert Blyleven 37 281 17 17 2.66 249
Joe Decker 37 248.2 16 14 3.29 158
Dave Goltz 28 174.1 10 10 3.25 89
Dick Woodson 5 27 1 1 4.33 12
Jim Hughes 2 10.1 0 2 5.23 8

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vic Albury 32 164 8 9 4.12 85
Bill Hands 35 115.1 4 5 4.45 74
Ray Corbin 29 112.1 7 6 5.29 50
Bill Butler 26 98.2 4 6 4.10 79

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bill Campbell 63 8 7 19 2.62 89
Tom Burgmeier 50 5 3 4 4.52 34
Tom Johnson 4 2 0 1 0.00 4
Danny Fife 4 0 0 0 17.36 3

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Dick Phillips
A Lynchburg Twins Carolina League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Johnny Goryl
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Bob Butler

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Keough at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Sergio Ferrer at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ "Famous Firsts in the Expansion Era of Major league Baseball". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  4. ^ "First baseball arbitration". www.brainyhistory.com. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Mike Pazik at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joe Lis at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Butch Wynegar at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Pat Bourque at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml

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