I received a few questions about the Minnesota Twins through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
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Now that Eddie Guardado and Tom Mee have been inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame, who is next?
Tom Brunansky. He played seven seasons for the Twins from 1982-88. He hit 163 home runs, scored 450 runs and collected 469 RBIs while playing for the Twins.
How about Chuck Knoblauch? It was the best of breakups, but he was, arguably, the best leadoff hitter in Twins history. He had a .304 bating average with 713 runs scored, 210 doubles, 391 RBIs, 276 stolen bases, a Rookie of the Year Award, two Silver Slugger Awards, one Gold Glove Award and four All Star appearances in seven seasons with the Twins.
Already in the team’s hall are Harmon Killebrew (player), Rod Carew (player), Tony Oliva (player), Kent Hrbek (player), Kirby Puckett (player), Calvin Griffith (owner), Herb Carneal (media), Jim Kaat (player), Bert Blyleven (player), Tom Kelly (manager), Bob Allison (player), Bob Casey (media), Earl Battey (player), Frank Viola (player), Carl Pohlad (owner), Zoilo Versalles (player), Gary Gaetti (player), Jim Rantz (front office), Rick Aguilera (player), Brad Radke (player), George Brophy (front office), Jim Perry (player), Camilo Pascual (player), Eddie Guardado (player) and Tom Mee (front office).
Please add a comment if you feel someone else should be included in the Twins’ highest honor.
What will the Twins be looking for at the trade deadline?
Prospects. Any prospects.
Justin Morneau and Mike Pelfrey are two guys to watch as the trade deadline approaches.
They are free agents at the end of the season. Morneau is heating up, the home runs will come, and could be a big pick up for a team looking for a run producer. Pelfrey is starting to look more comfortable in his return from Tommy John Surgery. If he puts a string a quality starts together, a team looking to improve its starting rotation could look to acquire the big right-hander.
Is Joe Mauer going to be the Twins’ only All Star?
Yes. But, if there is a second Twins player, it would likely be Glen Perkins. He is 16 for 18 in save opportunities while posting a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 innings pitched.
Who has been the best surprise and the biggest disappointment this season?
The biggest surprise is probably Caleb Thielbar. He has allowed no runs, five hits and five walks while striking out 11 in 11.2 innings.
The biggest disappointment is Vance Worley. The offseason trade acquisition posted a 7.21 ERA in 48.2 innings in 10 starts. He was sent down to triple-A where he has a 3.98 ERA in 31.2 innings over five starts.