Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Twins MVP Legacy


Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, November 16th, 2017

Welcome to the November 16th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

Minnesota Twins Scores, News and Notes

Arizona Fall League Update

Surprise struck first and took a 2-1 lead into the 6th inning, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, and Mesa won the game 5-2 on Wednesday. Sean Miller got the start at second base, going 0-3 with a strikeout. While the Twins bullpen arms weren’t the ones that blew the game, Andrew Vasquez was brought out to throw the final inning, allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 1.

Surprise will play against Mesa on Thursday at 1:30PM Central.

Twins players totals in the AFL:
Chris Paul, 17 games, 67 AB, .284/.324/.448, 13 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3/18 BB/K
Sean Miller, 14 games, 51 AB, .255/.296/.275, 7 R, 2B, 7 RBI, 2/1 SB, 3/10 BB/K
LaMonte Wade, 19 games, 63 AB, .238/.351/.413, 8 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1/2 SB, 9/10 BB/K
Andrew Vasquez, 11 games, 0-0, 12 2/3 IP, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 5/14 BB/K
Thomas Hackimer, 9 games, 0-1, 10 2/3 IP, 2.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 7/10 BB/K
Tyler Jay, 9 games, 0-0, 8 2/3 IP, 5.19 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 5/10 BB/K
Ryan Eades, 10 games, 1 GS, 2-0, 13 2/3 IP, 0.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3/13 BB/K

More from Puckett's Pond

Big Erv comes in 7th in CY voting

Ervin Santana finished 7th in the Cy Young award voting, announced on Wednesday. That ties Phil Hughes in 2014 for the best result for the Twins since Johan Santana won the award in 2006.

Twins void contract of Marte

Due to vision issues not disclosed before signing, top international signee Jelfry Marte. This adds $3 million into the Minnesota Twins international signing pool, putting them at $3.2 million going into the offseason, putting them into the market for Shohei Ohtani. Marte becomes a free agent and could re-sign with the Twins.

Notes from around baseball

Next: Twins Early Offseason Moves

One Last Thing

The Twins have no finalists for the MVP award that will be announced tonight, but a few players did decorate the leaderboard. Joe Mauer finished in the top 10 in batting average and on base. Brian Dozier finished in the top 10 in runs scored, total bases, home runs. Byron Buxton finished top 10 in triples, as did Eduardo Escobar. Buxton also finished in the top 10 in stolen bases and led the league in defensive runs saved, which could play into the vote.

If one of them works their way into the top 10, they’d join into a fairly lengthy legacy with the team. Some quick facts about the Twins’ history with the American League MVP award:

  • In 56 years of the organization being in Minnesota, a Twin has received an MVP vote in 44 of those seasons
  • 5 Twins have won the MVP
  • 6 Twins finished 2nd in MVP voting
  • The most players receiving votes in one year was 1969, when 8 Twins received MVP votes
  • 57 different players have received MVP votes over the history of the Minnesota Twins
  • Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett appeared on the most ballots with the Twins at 9, Tony Oliva appeared on 8, Rod Carew appeared on 7, and Joe Mauer and Cesar Tovar each have appeared on 5