Jul 25, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Former Minnesota Twins outfielderTorii Hunter
(48) celebrates his 3 run home run against the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Torii Hunter along with Jones turned the Twins franchise around in the 2000s. The cumulative stats during his 12 years with the Twins rank him fourth on the list.
- Third in Runs Scored (739)
- Third in Hits (1343)
- Second in Home Runs (214)
- Third in Runs Batted In (792)
- Third in Stolen Bases (128)
- Eighth in Batting Average (.268)
- Last in On Base Percentage (.321)
- Fifth in Slugging Percentage (.462)
After Hunter’s 2015 season, which was one of his worst statistically, his rank here is fairly easy. There is no doubt that he was a better player than Span, Mack, Brunansky, Tovar, Jones and Cuddyer. But an argument could be made that Hunter should be third or even second on this list.
Based on his rankings, six of them in the top five, he is limited because of his low batting average and OBP ranking. His strikeout rate was higher than 17 percent and his walk rate was lower than 6 1/2 percent.
Rankings aside, Hunter was an all-star in 2002 and 2007. He won seven of his nine Gold Glove Awards with the Twins. In 2002, he finished sixth in MVP voting for his 20/20 season. However, his best season came in 2006 when he belted 31 home runs. Overall, he was a consistent performer and consistently in the lineup.
Hunter gave the Twins everything he had. The excitement he showed after a great catch, or the smile he had after Twins wins will always be remembered by fans. His effort on the field and his quotable moments made him a life long favorite for many. Hunter’s retirement prompted this list and here he sits a no. 4.
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