2002: Torii Hunter
After Gaetti’s donut, it would be a long time before a Twins player would enter the Home Run Derby. As the team bottomed out through the 1990s, there just weren’t many players that were worthy of stepping into the field. As the Twins were reborn during the early 2000s, one of the most popular players on the team was Torii Hunter. In 2002, he would be asked to take part in the derby at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Hunter would hit 20 home runs in the first half of the 2002 season and join an impressive field that included Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Paul Konerko and Sammy Sosa. Hunter hit three home runs and missed the cut for the second round along with Rodriguez, Bonds and Lance Berkman.