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1977 Minnesota Twins
84-77, fourth in the AL Western Division
Major league affiliations
Location
1977 information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Gene Mauch
Local television WTCN
(Harmon Killebrew, Joe Boyle)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Frank Quilici)

The 1977 Minnesota Twins finished 84-77, fourth in the American League West. The Twins' ability to score runs was matched by their pitchers' ability to give up runs. Rod Carew flirted with becoming the first batter since Ted Williams in 1941 to hit .400, finishing at .388.

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Offseason

  • March 18, 1977: Geoff Zahn was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[1]

Regular season

1,162,727 fans attended Twins games, the fourth lowest total in the American League. It was the first time the Twins since 1970 the Twins attracted more than one million fans.

Three Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Rod Carew, outfielder Larry Hisle, and catcher Butch Wynegar. Rod Carew was named American League Most Valuable Player.

Rod Carew won his sixth AL batting title with a .388 average. Rod Carew had 239 hits, scored a league-leading 128 runs, hit 14 HR and collected 100 RBI. Larry Hisle hit 28 HR and drove in a league leading 119 runs. Lyman Bostock hit .338 with 104 runs, 14 HR and 90 RBI.

Reliever Tom Johnson replaced Bill Campbell, racking up 16 relief wins along with 20 saves. Dave Goltz became a 20-game winner for the first time.

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Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 102 60 -- .630
Texas Rangers 94 68 8 .580
Chicago White Sox 90 72 12 .556
Minnesota Twins 84 77 17.5 .522
California Angels 74 88 28 .457
Seattle Mariners 64 98 38 .395
Oakland Athletics 63 98 38.5 .391

Notable transactions

Roster

1977 Minnesota Twins roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Wynegar, ButchButch Wynegar 144 532 139 .261 10 79
1B Carew, RodRod Carew 155 616 239 .388 14 100
2B Randall, BobBob Randall 103 306 73 .239 0 22
SS Smalley, RoyRoy Smalley 150 584 135 .231 6 56
LF Hisle, LarryLarry Hisle 141 546 165 .302 28 119
CF Bostock, LymanLyman Bostock 153 593 199 .336 14 90
DH Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 115 268 68 .254 12 45

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Norwood, WillieWillie Norwood 39 83 19 .229 3 9
Gómez, LuisLuis Gómez 32 65 16 .246 0 11
Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann 17 43 11 .256 2 7
Bass, RandyRandy Bass 9 19 2 .105 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Goltz, DaveDave Goltz 39 303 20 11 3.36 186
Thormodsgard, PaulPaul Thormodsgard 37 218 11 15 4.62 94
Zahn, GeoffGeoff Zahn 34 198 12 14 4.68 88
Redfern, PetePete Redfern 30 137.1 6 9 5.18 73
Pazik, MikeMike Pazik 3 18 1 0 2.50 6

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Schueler, RonRon Schueler 52 134.2 8 7 4.41 77
Johnson, DaveDave Johnson 30 72.2 2 5 4.58 33
Holly, JeffJeff Holly 18 48.1 2 3 6.89 32
Butler, BillBill Butler 6 21 0 1 6.86 5

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Johnson, TomTom Johnson 71 16 7 15 3.13 87
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 61 6 4 7 5.09 35
Serum, GaryGary Serum 8 0 0 0 4.37 4
Carrithers, DonDon Carrithers 7 0 1 0 6.91 3
Hughes, JimJim Hughes 2 0 0 0 2.08 1

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League Del Wilber and Tom Kelly
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Johnny Goryl
A Visalia Oaks California League Roy McMillan
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Jim Rantz, Carlos Pascual and Spencer "Red" Robbins
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters

Notes

References


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