No. 8: Kent Hrbek (38.4 WAR)
While he may not be a Baseball Hall of Famer, Kent Hrbek is a legend in Twins Territory. He is, to this day, a Twins fan favorite and justifiably so. He was a member of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series championship teams, was an All-Star and brought lots of pop to the lineup.
Hrbek’s whole career was spent in a Twins uniform and spanned from 1981 to 1994. He went to one All-Star Game and finished second in the 1984 American League MVP race. He hit 20 or more home runs in ten seasons, including 34 in 1987. Hrbek’s bat was incredibly valuable to the Twins during their winning seasons.
He consistently picked up around three wins above replacement year in and year out, including 5.5 in 1984. He had two other seasons of 4.4 and 4.0, respectively. While Herbie struggled in playoff situations, he still was able to produce in the regular season and get the team in those situations through his value while in the lineup.
Hrbek is a Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer, and rightfully so. He is second in club history in home runs, runs batted in and walks. He is fifth in hits, fourth in runs and third in games played. Hrbek’s name is all over the Twins’ major categorical lists and that has helped him stay in the hearts and minds of Twins fans.
Hrbek was a key part in two of the greatest seasons in Twins history. His bat was one of the best in franchise history and he is remembered by everyone who loves Twins baseball. His value is also shown in his WAR statistics.