Greatest Minnesota Twins First Baseman Round Two: Hrbek vs Killebrew
Puckett’s Pond faces off two notable Minnesota Twins players and you decide which one was greater
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Puckett’s Pond is enlisting your help in deciding who the greatest Minnesota Twins in history are at each position. Eventually we’ll square off each position against the others and wind up with the greatest Minnesota Twin, as selected by you. The first position we’ll be selecting is catcher. We’ll only be counting literal Minnesota Twins and not the pre-1961 Washington franchises. Players also will need 700 PAs as a Twin to qualify. We ask you to consider the player based solely on his time as a Twin and at the position specified.
Four first round match-ups in our search for the greatest Twins first baseman according to you are in the books. Second round match ups are now set.
The winners of our first and second match ups in round one were faced off against each other yesterday: Rich Reese and Doug Mientkiewicz. You can still vote in that poll. Mientkiewicz is currently in the lead.
The winner of our third match up of round one was Kent Hrbek. Hrbek faced Justin Morneau and took a 55% share of the vote. The poll went back and forth for a few days before Hrbek pulled away. This was the closest poll in this series so far.
Hrbek will now face the winner of the fourth first round match up. Unfortunately for Hrbek, it’s the Killer. Harmon Killebrew crushed Craig Kusick with 99% of the vote. Kusick received one vote. This was the most lopsided poll we’ve done yet and with good reason.
Second Round, Match-up 2:
We gave brief rundowns of Hrbek and Killebrew’s careers in round one. See Kent‘s or Harmon‘s if you need to job your memory. These are two of the most beloved Twins players of all-time. Killebrew has the advantage of being a Hall of Famer and Hrbek has the advantage of being a home town hero and winning two World Series with the Twins. This should be fun…
Who was the greater Twins first baseman? Have your say:
Feel free to leave your reasoning in the comments. Check back here for the rest of the match ups and to see who moves on.