Top 10 Outfielders in Minnesota Twins History

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Minnesota Twins centerfielder

Kirby Puckett

will forever be a legend. His heroics in 1991 and joy in life make him a favorite among fans. Credit-Rick Stewart

player. 2. 12 Seasons (1984-1995) – WAR 50.9. CF. MN. Kirby Puckett. 1

Widely regarded as the best position player the team has ever had, it should be no surprise that Kirby Puckett is the best outfielder in Minnesota Twins history. His statistical rankings are impressive.

  • First in Runs Scored (1071)
  • First in Hits (2304)
  • Fourth in Home Runs (207)
  • First in Runs Batted In (1085)
  • Second in Stolen Bases (134)
  • First in Batting Average (.318)
  • Third in On Base Percentage (.360)
  • Third in Slugging Percentage (.477)

Puckett, like Oliva and technically Allison, played his whole career with the Twins. From the time he was drafted, to the time he made his major league debut, to the time he was forced to retire, he was with the Twins every step of his baseball journey.

As far as the statistical rankings go, he does not rank lower than fourth. He has the highest average ranking. He made the all-star team from 1986 to 1995. He won six Gold Glove awards, six Sliver Slugger awards and was in the top ten for AL MVP seven times. His career stats were good enough for election into the Hall of Fame.

He was apart of the 1987 and 1991 championship teams. Puckett batted .309 in 24 postseason games. His legend status in Minnesota grew after game 6 of the 1991 World Series. Telling the team to jump on his back, Puckett delivered a walk-off home run in the 11 inning.

Puckett’s greatness in the field and in the batter’s box or kindness towards the fans and fellow players makes him one-of-a-kind. His retirement, and eventually his death, brought tears to the faces of many Twins fans. There isn’t many other players who would get an outpouring of emotion from fans quite like Puckett.

Puckett is the clear-cut no. 1.

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