Minnesota Twins: Highlighting the All-Time Dream Team

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Apr 16, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's (7) bats wait in the dugout prior to the game between the Minnesota Wolves and the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's (7) bats wait in the dugout prior to the game between the Minnesota Wolves and the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 3, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins former first baseman Kent Hrbek greets fans before the gates open for the game with the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /

First Baseman: Kent (Herbie) Hrbek (1981 – 1994)

As a fan-favorite and all-time Twins’ great, Kent Hrbek still gets a lot of love from Minnesota Twins’ fans when he makes his usual appearance at home games. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Herbie was much more than an avid Twins’ fan, he was the face of the ball club.

Herbie is most well-known for his remarkable 1987 season. Though he only hit .208, he had a career best 34 home-runs and a pivotal grand slam in game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals to essentially seal the deal for the Minnesota Twins.

Kent Hrbek’s slash line for his career was .282/.367/.481 with 293 home-runs and 1,086 RBI’s.

Those statistics aside, Herbie’s case for being on the dream team starts and ends with his playoff performances. He helped the Twins to two World Series Championships in 1987 and 1991. Along with Kirby Puckett, Hrbek was one of 7 Twins to be on both World Series winning teams.

With such a long season, regular season performances are pivotal for MLB franchises. With that being said, each roster needs a player to lean on during the post-season. With his experience and track record, Kent Hrbek could be that man for the Minnesota Twins Dream Team.

Honorable Mention: Justin Morneau (2003-2012)

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