Minnesota Twins: The Top 8 Greatest Left-Handed Hitters in Twins History

Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins down and ready to make a play. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Roy Smalley of the Minnesota Twins looks to throw to first base. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Greatest Left-Hander No. 8: Roy Smalley (1976-1982, 1985-1987)

We’re actually going to start this list off with a switch-hitter. Roy Smalley played for the Minnesota Twins for ten of his thirteen big league seasons, working through two different stints with the Twins. His high point came in 1987, when in his final year as a player, he was part of the World Series-winning Twins team.

He was a one-time All-Star, and he hit 110 home runs and drove in 485 RBI with the Twins. He also was named AL Player of the Week twice. Considered an average fielder at shortstop, he actually led the league in assists and led all shortstops in putouts in 1979.

You can still hear Roy on Fox Sports North as an analyst on Minnesota Twins games, and he continues to work with the organization he spent most of his playing career with. Smalley was a great place to start this list at.

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Third baseman Corey Koskie of the Minnesota Twins slides during game three. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Greatest Left-Hander No. 7: Corey Koskie (1998-2004)

Corey Koskie was a solid two-way third baseman for the Twins for 7 seasons. He ended his Twins career with 101 home runs and 437 runs batted in and he was also considered one of the best fielding third baseman in baseball.

In his first two full major league seasons with the Twins, he hit .300, but he had his best year in 2001. Koskie turned the power on, hitting 26 home runs coupled with 103 RBI and 100 runs scored, a season that landed him 25th in MVP voting.

Corey ended up signing a 3-year, $17 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005, making his Twins career one of the shortest ones on this list. Unfortunately, Koskie suffered from numerous injuries in the latter part of his career, including post-concussion syndrome, and he ended up retiring in March of 2009. None of that takes away from his incredible talent.