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1988 Minnesota Twins season

1988 Minnesota Twins
91-71, second in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Tom Kelly
Local television KMSP-TV
(Jim Kaat, Ted Robinson)
(Dick Bremer, Harmon Killebrew)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, John Gordon)
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The 1988 Minnesota Twins finished a 91-71, second in the AL West. 3,030,672 fans attended Twins games, at the time, establishing a new major league record. Pitcher Allan Anderson had his most successful season in 1988, winning the American League ERA title at 2.45 and compiling a record of 16-9 in 30 starts.


  • Offseason 1
  • Regular season 2
    • Offense 2.1
    • Pitching 2.2
    • Defense 2.3
    • Season standings 2.4
    • Record vs. opponents 2.5
    • Roster 2.6
    • Notable transactions 2.7
    • Notable games 2.8
  • Player stats 3
    • Batting 3.1
      • Starters by position 3.1.1
      • Other batters 3.1.2
    • Pitching 3.2
      • Starting pitchers 3.2.1
      • Other pitchers 3.2.2
      • Relief pitchers 3.2.3
  • Awards and honors 4
  • Farm system 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Regular season

Five Twins made the All-Star Game, third baseman Gary Gaetti, outfielder Kirby Puckett, catcher Tim Laudner, starting pitcher Frank Viola, and relief pitcher Jeff Reardon.

Frank Viola became the first Twins since Jim Perry in 1970 to with the AL Cy Young Award.


Kirby Puckett hit .356 with 24 HR drove in 121 runs and scored 109. Puckett led the AL with 234 hits, 163 singles, and 358 total bases. Puckett’s 234 hits were the most by a right-handed batter since Joe Medwick had 237 hits in 1937.

Kent Hrbek hit .312 with 25 HR and 76 RBI. Gary Gaetti hit .301 with 28 HR and 88 RBI.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Gary Gaetti 28
RBI Kirby Puckett 121
BA Kirby Puckett .356
Runs Kirby Puckett 109


The Twins had two solid starting pitchers: Frank Viola (24-7), and Allan Anderson (16-9). Frank Viola led the AL with 24 wins. Allan Anderson led the AL with a 2.45 ERA. Reliever Jeff Reardon had 42 saves. Bert Blyleven (10-17, 5.43 ERA) led the AL with 17 losses, 125 earned runs allowed, and 16 hit batsmen.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Allan Anderson 2.45*
Wins Frank Viola 24*
Saves Jeff Reardon 42
Strikeouts Frank Viola 193
*League leader


Third baseman Gary Gaetti and center fielder Kirby Puckett each won their third Gold Glove Award.

Season standings

Record vs. opponents


Notable transactions

  • April 5, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[9]
  • April 22, 1988: The Twins trade outfielder Tom Brunansky for Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr.<
  • May 28, 1988: John Christensen was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[10]
  • June 27, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[3]

Notable games

  • September 17: Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to record 40 saves in both leagues in a 3-1 win versus the White Sox.[11]

Player stats


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 Laudner, TimTim Laudner 117 375 94 .251 13 54
3B Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti 133 468 141 .301 28 88
CF Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett 158 657 234 .356 24 121

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Harper, BrianBrian Harper 60 166 49 .295 3 20
Christensen, JohnJohn Christensen 23 38 10 .263 0 5
Bullock, EricEric Bullock 16 17 5 .294 0 3


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Smith, RoyRoy Smith 9 37 3 0 2.68 17

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Schatzeder, DanDan Schatzeder 10 0 1 0 1.74 7

Awards and honors

  • Gary Gaetti, Third Baseman, Gold Glove Award
  • Kirby Puckett, Centerfield, Gold Glove Award
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader At-Bats (657)
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Hits (234)
  • Kirby Puckett – American League Leader Singles (163)
  • Kirby Puckett – Major League Baseball Leader Total Bases (358)

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Jim Mahoney and Jim Shellenback
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Duane Gustavson
A Visalia Oaks California League Scott Ullger
A Kenosha Twins Midwest League Ron Gardenhire
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith


  1. ^ Eric Bullock page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Don Baylor page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Dan Schatzeder page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike Smithson page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Vic Rodriguez page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Brian Harper page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Sal Butera page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Billy Beane page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ John Moses page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ John Christensen page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ "Reardon reaches major milestone." Gainesville Sun. 1988 Sept 18.
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

  • Player stats from
  • Team info from
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