Minnesota Twins: The 40 Best Players In Team History (No. 31-35)
No. 35: Eric Milton (14.8 WAR)
Eric Milton was a solid number two starter behind Brad Radke for a few years in the early part of last decade. Milton, who would pitch for the Twins from 1998 to 2003, was an All-Star for Minnesota in 2001.
He posted double digit wins in three straight seasons from 2000 to 2002. During that span, he had a 41-26 record and pitched over 200 innings twice. He also pitched over 200 innings in 1999. Milton was a workhorse, starting 29 or more games in five of his six seasons in Minnesota.
His WAR total in Minnesota was good over those seasons, including three seasons where he had a mark of 3.5 or better. His mark of 4.2 was his career-high, which was in the 1999 season. He was a part of the 2002 and 2003 Twins teams that won the American League Central Division, although he would only make three starts in 2003.
His biggest moment in a Twins uniform came on September 11th, 1999. That day, he pitched a no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels in a 7-0 Twins win. In that performance, he whiffed 13 Angels batters.
Milton pitched during one of the hardest eras in baseball history, which may be a contributing factor in his ERA being above four during his time with the Twins. He did leave his mark in the Twins history books, as he is tenth in club history with 165 games started. While Milton didn’t blow anyone away with crazy stats, he did leave an All-Star impression in Minnesota.