Minnesota Twins: The 40 Best Players In Team History (No. 6-10)
No. 9: Chuck Knoblauch (37.9 WAR)
Chuck Knoblauch was a speedster with a knack for hitting and a good glove while with the Twins. During his tenure in Minnesota, which lasted from 1991 to 1997, Knoblauch was a star who used his speed to his advantage.
Knoblauch helped the Twins win the 1991 World Series during a year in which he won the American League Rookie of the Year. His best years, however, were still to come. Knoblauch would end up with two different seasons of double digit home runs for the Twins and he would bat over .300 three times.
Along with his batting average, Knoblauch was a base thief. He stole 25 or more bases every year with the Twins, including 62 in 1997. His 276 stolen bases is first in Twins franchise history. With his speed, he was able to score often. He scored 100 runs in a season four separate times. With all of his tools, Knoblauch was able to rack up wins above replacement.
He ranked in the top ten in WAR in all three seasons from 1995 to 1997, including a mark of 8.6 in 1996. That mark was good for third in the American League. He would rack up 3.5 or more WAR during every season in Minnesota except his rookie year.
Knoblauch was valuable to the Twins, as shown by his WAR totals. He was also able to take home one Gold Glove Award, a Silver Slugger and four All-Star berths. He is one of the most decorated Twins in history, which earned him induction into the Minnesota Twin Hall of Fame.