Minnesota Twins: The Top 5 Right Fielders in Franchise History
By Otto Johnson
No. 3: Minnesota Twins’ Bob Allison
Years with the Minnesota Twins: 1958-1970 (13 Seasons)
Key Stats with the Minnesota Twins: 1541 G, 1281 H, 811 R, 256 HR, 796 RBI, 84 SB, 795 BB, .255 BA, 34.1 WAR, -5.3 dWAR, 1959 Rookie of the Year, Three Top-25 MVP Finishes, Three Time All-Star, 1965 AL Pennant
Bob Allison could have made the left field list as well, but he played 103 more games in right, earning him a spot on this list. Allison really broke out as the 1959 Rookie of the Year with the Senators, and that set up a thirteen year career as a core player for the Senators/Twins.
Allison was best known for his power hitting, mashing 256 homers with the franchise, third in team history. He provided a lot of scoring as well, knocking in 796 RBI and 811 runs, ranking twelfth and sixteenth respectively in team history.
He also earned 84 steals and 1,281 hits, ranking in the top forty in both categories. His .255 batting average wasn’t fantastic, but it didn’t stop him from being named to three All-Star teams and finishing in the Top-25 of MVP voting three times.
He was a good defender, but having to keep playing the outfield in his mid-thirties forced him to finish with a dWAR of -5.3. That negative number didn’t stop him from finishing with a 34.1 career WAR, the fourteenth best number in team history.
Allison helped the franchise get into the World Series for the first time since 1933 and the first time in Minnesota, and he was one of the most prominent players on the roster during the early years showing his importance to the franchise. His stats and that value land him in this number three spot.