Minnesota Twins: The Top 5 Shortstops in Franchise History

ojohnson
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 26: Greg Gagne of the Minnesota Twins turns a double play during World Series game six between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins on October 26, 1991 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 26: Greg Gagne of the Minnesota Twins turns a double play during World Series game six between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins on October 26, 1991 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 6
Next
Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins’ Roy Smalley (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Roy Smalley

Years: 1977-1982, 1985-1987 (10 Seasons)

Key Stats: 1148 G, 1046 H, 110 HR, 485 RBI, 549 BB, .262 BA, 20.8 WAR, 4.0 dWAR, 1 Top-25 MVP Finishes, One Time All-Star

Roy Smalley was an ever reliable player for the Twins through a period where the team didn’t have a lot of success. During Smalley’s first run with the team, the Twins never finished closer than five games out of first place despite having some very talented players.

Smalley, however, had a lot of success. Over his Twins career, Smalley tallied 1,046 hits, 485 RBI and managed to hit 110 home runs, nineteenth most in team history. He was a well-rounded player who played second base, third, base, but spent the most innings at shortstop.

Smalley performed solidly on defense as well, building up a 4.0 dWAR to go with his 20.8 WAR. He was an extremely smart player and helped the Twins win the 1987 Championship as the first backup at each infield spot and the preferred fielder to come off the bench.

Though he only had one great season with the Twins, Roy Smalley played a big role for the franchise. He has continued to work with the franchise in a broadcasting role and means a lot to the team. He brings up good memories for Twins fans and has earned the fourth spot on this list.

facebooktwitterreddit