Monday, February 11, 2013

Cinderella Season

Just for fun I've put together some key stats from the 1987 World Series Champion Twins team.

85-77, 1st in West Division / 5th in AL

Getting TP'd!










Scored 786 runs, allowed 806 runs!

Batting:
Kirby
  • R - 786, 8th in AL
  • H - 1422, 13th in AL
  • HR - 196, 6th in AL
  • AVG - .261, 10th in AL




I wonder if he still has this shirt?

Pitching:
  • W-L % - .525, 5th in AL
  • CG - 16, Last in AL
  • SO - 990, 6th in AL
  • ERA - 4.63, 10th in AL




Hrbie!!
Individual Team Leaders

Batting:
  • AVG - Kirby Puckett - .332
  • HR - Kent Hrbek - 34
  • RBI - Gary Gaetti 109
  • SB - Dan Gladden - 25


 Most Valuable Player, Batter - Kirby Pucket (3.9 WAR)

Pitching:
  • W-L - Frank Viola - 17-10
  • SO - Frank Viola - 197
  • SV - Jeff Reardon - 31
  • ERA Starter - Frank Viola - 2.90
Most Valuable Player, Pitcher - Frank Viola (7.8 WAR)

Sweet Music


Overall, by looking at these stats, it's amazing that this team did win the World Series.  They were either average or below average in many categories.  Being in the AL West played a huge factor because if they were in the AL East, they would've been in 5th behind the Yankees.

However, new uniforms, a new Manager, the Metrodome and an unwillingness to quit when their backs were against the wall propelled them to World Series victory.  The 1987 Twins were the very definition of an "underdog" team because nobody gave them a chance.  However, I'm sure that if you were to talk to any of the former members of that team, they would tell you that they knew they had something very special that year -- a Cinderella season indeed!


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