4. 2002 Minnesota Twins (94 – 67)
The 2002 Minnesota Twins were a relatively young team to find the great success that they did. None of their starters were over the age of 30. They were led by some familiar names, though: Torii Hunter, Jacque Jones and David Ortiz.
They finished atop the American League Central with a .584 winning percentage. While they definitely had a solid offense, their defense was what made this team so special. From solid pitching by Johan Santana to Gold Glove catches by Torii Hunter, this was a very fun team to watch.
Torii Hunter had a slash line of .289/.334/.524 with 29 home-runs and 94 RBI’s to go along with a Gold Glove in center field.
Jacque Jones had a slash line of .300/.341/.511 with 27 home-runs and 85 RBI’s, leading the team with the best batting average.
David Ortiz has a slash line of .272/.339/.500 with 20 home-runs and 75 RBI’s as the designated hitter.
Unfortunately, the Twins came up short in the playoffs once again. They lost a 7-game series to the Anaheim Angels, 4-1, to end their year prematurely.