Minnesota Twins: Top 5 Twins that aren’t in the Hall of Fame

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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Tony Oliva #6 of the Minnesota Twins and the American League AllStars bats against the National League All Stars during Major League Baseball AllStar game July 14, 1970 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The National League won the game 5-4. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Tony Oliva #6 of the Minnesota Twins and the American League AllStars bats against the National League All Stars during Major League Baseball AllStar game July 14, 1970 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The National League won the game 5-4. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Kent Hrbek of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Minnesota Twins’ Bob Allison

Years on Ballot: 1

Key Hall of Fame Numbers:

 JAWS: Right Field (66th):
    34.1 career WAR / 30.0 7yr-peak WAR / 32.0 JAWS
  Average HOF RF (out of 27):
    71.9 career WAR / 42.4 7yr-peak WAR / 57.2 JAWS

Another Twins player who got stiffed by the Hall of Fame voters, Bob Allison didn’t receive a single vote when he became Hall of Fame eligible in 1976. Despite being a three-time All-Star and hitting 256 homers, the 1959 Rookie of the Year only lasted just one year on the ballot.

Similar to Santana, we don’t think Allison was quite Hall of Fame-worthy. However, he was franchise icon, the No. 15 player in team history, and an excellent slugger. He deserved at least one vote. Unfortunately for him, he will not make the Hall of Fame.

Chance of Making the Hall of Fame: 0%

No. 3: Minnesota Twins’ Kent Hrbek

Years on Ballot: 1

Key Hall of Fame Numbers:

 JAWS First Base (53rd):
    38.6 career WAR / 27.5 7yr-peak WAR / 33.1 JAWS
  Average HOF 1B (out of 21):
    66.9 career WAR / 42.7 7yr-peak WAR / 54.8 JAWS

Similar to Allison and Santana, Kent Hrbek lasted just one year on the ballot and received 1% of the Hall of Fame vote. Hrbek only played in one All-Star game (East Coast bias), but his two World Series titles and 293 homers should have earned him more recognition.

If Hrbek had played just a few more years and crossed that 300 homer mark, I think he gets a few more votes and stays on the ballot a little longer. On the flip side, the Twins legend seems pretty content with drinking beer, attending Twins events, doing commercials, and being one of Minnesota’s all-time favorite professional athletes. I don’t think he minds being on the outside much:

Similar to Santana, Hrbek would need the Veterans committee to help him out if he were to make the Hall. It’s not likely.

Chance of Making the Hall of Fame: 2%

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