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Did You Know…

The 1987 Minnesota Twins are the only World Series champions to be outscored in the regular season.  Despite scoring only 786 runs while allowing 806, the Twins finished the 1987 regular season with a record of 85-77, two games ahead of Kansas City in the AL West and then shocked the favored Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and beat St. Louis in seven games for the title.  Their .525 winning percentage is the lowest ever for a World Series champion.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take 0 I remeber that team very well.  And they were a ton of fun to watch!!!

9 More TTM Requests In The Mail…

I’m gearing up for Spring Training.  You know, just working out all the TTM kinks since I took it easy during the offseason…

I put 9 letters in the mail on the way to work this morning.  And I am very serious about adding some bulk and quality to my autograph collection this year.  I have some lofty goals, but I feel that if I put in the effort I will be rewarded.

For this round, I sent to retired players.  A few All-stars, some World Series champions, and all players I enjoyed watching during their careers!!

The guys:  Tom Brunansky, Mike Mussina, John Tudor, Lonnie Smith, Steve Sax, Darren Daulton, Dan Plesac, Gary Gaetti, and member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class, Mr. Whitey Herzog.

Wish me luck.  I am hoping for some quick returns so I can get a head of steam behind me as we head into Spring Training!!!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #1

I bring you the first of six packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Todd Hundley, Mark Lemke, Todd Benzinger, Gary Gaetti – Twins Checklist, Dennis Martinez.

Pick Of The Pack – This was a toss-up between Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn.  The vote has to go to Gwynn for his HOF resume, but ‘Big Daddy’ was awesome in the early 90’s!!

 

What Ever Happened To Gary Gaetti???

Gary Gaetti was a huge part of the Minnesota Twins’ success during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s.  Although he played for 6 teams during his 19-year career, it was in Minnesota where he earned his reputation as a solid major league player.

Gaetti’s debut led off with a smash – literally.  In his first at bat in the big leagues, Gaetti homered.  And in the 10 seasons that followed, all with the Twins, Gaetti smacked 16 or more home runs during 8 of those seasons.  A lifetime .255 hitter, Gaetti made a career for himself as a power hitter that was able to drive in tons of runs.  With 360 career home runs and 1,341 RBI to his credit it’s easy to see why ‘The Rat’ was the anchor for many of the offensive lineups he was a part of.

Gaetti was also a stellar defensive player.  A 4-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base, Gaetti’s desire to stop everything hit in his direction made him a fan favorite.  Always willing to put his body on the line to stop a ball from getting by him was an attribute that Gaetti used as one of the Twins’ leaders.

During the 1987 playoffs against the Tigers, Gaetti won the ALDS MVP award as he homered in his first 2 at-bats.  At the time, he was the only player to do this in the history of the game until matched by Evan Longoria in 2008.  Gaetti’s lone World Series appearance came in that same 1987 season when the Twins won the championship in 7 games.  In that series Gaetti hit .259 while collecting 7 hits, including 1 home run, and 4 RBI.

After retiring for the game, Gaetti put his offensive tools to work and became a hitting instructor.  Today he serves as the hitting coach for the Durham Bulls, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

I wonder why they call Gaetti ‘The Rat’…

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