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.
We faced off Rich Reese vs Ron Jackson, Doug Mientkiewicz vs Don Mincher, Kent Hrbek vs Morneau and Harmon Killebrew vs Craig Kusick in round one. Reese, Mientkiewicz, Hrbek and Killebrew emerged victorious and moved on to the next round. The second round matched Killebrew vs Hrbek and Mientkiewicz vs Reese. Killer defeated Hrbek and Mientkiewicz best Reese.
Killebrew received 82% of the vote against Hrbek. Mientkiewicz garned 69% against Reese. This sets up a final round of Mientkiewicz vs Killebrew.
Final Round: Mientkiewicz vs Killebrew
Killebrew’s breezed his way into the final round. It’s understandable as he’s a Hall of Famer and a Twins legend. Mientkiewicz’ competition was more equally matched. Brush up with our rundown of Killer here and Mientkiewicz here. Doug was a better defender at first than Harmon but in almost every other respect Harmon looms extremely large. Both players helped the Twins teams of their respective eras reach the playoffs on a few occasions, but neither saw a World Series come to the Twin Cities.
Who was the greatest Twins first baseman ever? Have your say:
Feel free to leave your reasoning in the comments. Check back here for the results and the beginning of the greatest Twins’ second baseman poll.