1982 Minnesota Twins
combined 60-102, seventh 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)Billy Gardner
Local televisionKMSP-TV
(Bob Kurtz, Larry Osterman)
Local radio830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)
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The 1982 season was the first year that the Minnesota Twins played at the Metrodome, which they would continue to play in until 2009. The team finished 60–102, seventh in the AL West. It was the first time the Twins lost more than 100 games since moving to Minnesota.

Despite the Twins' new stadium, only 921,186 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome debuted with an April 3 exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia's Pete Rose had the first unofficial Metrodome hit, and Minnesota's Kent Hrbek homered twice.

In the regular-season home opener, outfielder Dave Engle had the Twins' first hit and home run in the Metrodome. Third baseman Gary Gaetti homered twice and was thrown out at home trying to stretch a triple for an inside-the-park home run. The Seattle Mariners beat the Twins 11-7.[3]

On May 29, for the only time in Twins history, a catcher nabbed four base stealers in a single game: Sal Butera threw out Ken Griffey, Graig Nettles, Bobby Murcer and Willie Randolph of the New York Yankees.[4] Otherwise, May was not a good month as the Twins went 3-26, the worst major league month in baseball since the Philadelphia Athletics posted a 2–28 record in June of 1916. The Twins-record slide of fourteen consecutive losses ended with a June 4 shutout win over Baltimore.

Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game in Montreal, first baseman Kent Hrbek.

On July 19, outfielder Tom Brunansky hit what will be the Twins only inside-the-park grand slam home run, ever. Jerry Augustine of the Milwaukee Brewers threw the pitch.

Pitcher Terry Felton – who'd gone 0-3 in 1980 – finished this season 0-13, and would not pitch in the majors again. His 0-16 career record is a major league record for futility.

Offense

Kent Hrbek hit .301 with 23 HR and 92 RBI. Gary Ward hit .289 with 28 HR and 91 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit 25 HR and 84 RBI. Tom Brunansky hit 20 HR and 42 RBI.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Gary Ward 28
RBI Kent Hrbek 92
BA Kent Hrbek .301
Runs Gary Ward 85

Pitching

Reliever Ron Davis had 22 saves.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Bobby Castillo 3.66
Wins Bobby Castillo 13
Saves Ron Davis 22
Strikeouts Brad Havens 129

Defense

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
California Angels 93 69 0.574 52–29 41–40
Kansas City Royals 90 72 0.556 3 56–25 34–47
Chicago White Sox 87 75 0.537 6 49–31 38–44
Seattle Mariners 76 86 0.469 17 42–39 34–47
Oakland Athletics 68 94 0.420 25 36–45 32–49
Texas Rangers 64 98 0.395 29 38–43 26–55
Minnesota Twins 60 102 0.370 33 37–44 23–58

Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

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Player stats

Batting

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
C Tim Laudner 93 306 78 .255 7 33
1B Kent Hrbek 140 532 160 .301 23 92
2B John Castino 117 410 99 .241 6 37
3B Gary Gaetti 145 508 117 .230 25 84
SS Lenny Faedo 90 255 62 .243 3 22
LF Gary Ward 152 570 165 .289 28 91
CF Bobby Mitchell 124 454 113 .249 2 28
RF Tom Brunansky 127 463 126 .272 20 46
DH Randy Johnson 89 234 58 .248 10 33

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ron Washington 119 451 122 .271 5 39
Mickey Hatcher 84 277 69 .249 3 26
Jesús Vega 71 199 53 .266 5 29
Dave Engle 58 186 42 .226 4 16
Sal Butera 54 126 32 .254 0 8
Randy Bush 55 119 29 .244 4 13
Jim Eisenreich 34 99 30 .303 2 9
Larry Milbourne 29 98 23 .235 0 1
Butch Wynegar 24 86 18 .209 1 8
Rob Wilfong 25 81 13 .160 0 5
Greg Wells 15 54 11 .204 0 3
Ray Smith 9 23 5 .217 0 1
Roy Smalley 4 13 2 .154 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brad Havens 33 208.2 10 14 4.31 129
Albert Williams 26 153.2 9 7 4.22 61
Frank Viola 22 126.0 4 10 5.21 84
Jack O'Connor 23 126.0 8 9 4.29 56
Roger Erickson 7 40.2 4 3 4.87 12

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bobby Castillo 40 218.2 13 11 3.66 125
Terry Felton 48 117.1 0 13 4.99 92
Pete Redfern 27 94.1 5 11 6.58 40
Darrell Jackson 13 44.2 0 5 6.25 16
Pete Filson 5 12.1 0 2 8.76 10
Don Cooper 6 11.1 0 1 9.53 5

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ron Davis 63 3 9 22 4.42 89
Jeff Little 33 2 0 0 4.21 26
Paul Boris 23 1 2 0 3.99 30
John Pacella 21 1 2 2 7.32 20
Doug Corbett 10 0 2 3 5.32 15
Fernando Arroyo 6 0 1 0 5.27 4

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Tom Kelly
A Visalia Oaks California League Phil Roof
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Ken Staples
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters

Notes

  1. ^ "Mike Kinnunen Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kirby Puckett Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Seattle Mariners 11, Minnesota Twins 7". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Butera Nabs Four". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tim Corcoran Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Doug Corbett Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Houston Jimenez Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

References