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2002 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
2002 information
Owner(s) Carl Pohlad
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television KSTC-TV
Fox Sports Minnesota
(Bert Blyleven, Dick Bremer)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal,John Gordon, Dan Gladden)

After facing contraction talks at the previous winter meeting, and coming out of a second place finish in the AL Central with a pitching staff with only 2 players with an ERA under four, the 2002 Minnesota Twins won the division and made it to the ALCS with the youngest team in the league, and with a brand new manager, Ron Gardenhire. The Twins had a solid first half of the season (45-36), but had a better second half, (49-32). That lead them to being the division champions.

Contents

Offseason

  • November 7: David Lamb was signed by the Twins as a free agent.[1]
  • January 23, 2002: Mike Jackson was signed by the Twins as a free agent.[2]

Regular season

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Offense

No player hit 30 home runs or drove in 100 RBIs, but many players enjoyed solid seasons. Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones hit 29 and 27 home runs, respectively, while designated hitter David Ortiz battled injuries and hit 20. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a good year for a catcher, hitting .300. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz saw his average drop significantly from the prior year, from .306 to .261. Third baseman Corey Koskie had a subpar year offensively, shortstop Cristian Guzman was average, and second baseman Luis Rivas was not strong. The Twins enjoyed solid production out of the right field spot, whether the position was manned by opening day starter Brian Buchanan, Dustan Mohr, Bobby Kielty, or Michael Cuddyer.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
HR Torii Hunter 29
RBI Torii Hunter 94
BA Jacque Jones .300
Runs Jacque Jones 96

Pitching

The starting rotation resembled a tubercular ward. Brad Radke, Eric Milton, and Joe Mays suffered serious injuries, requiring Rick Reed to carry the starting rotation. He was able to fulfill this role, going 9-2 in the second half. For inexplicable reasons, manager Ron Gardenhire resisted putting Johan Santana into the starter role until he was forced to by injuries. Santana started only 14 games, but quickly established himself as a dominant starting pitcher, posting an 8-6 record, 2.99 ERA, and a team-leading 137 strikeouts. Kyle Lohse enjoyed his only solid year as a starter, going 13-8 with a 4.23 ERA. Matt Kinney also made 12 starts. Eddie Guardado excelled in his first full year as the team's closer, earning 45 saves, while J.C. Romero, LaTroy Hawkins, and Mike Jackson had strong years as set-up men. Tony Fiore had a bafflingly strong year out of the bullpen, going 10-3 with an ERA of 3.16.

Team Leaders
Statistic Player Quantity
ERA Rick Reed 3.78
Wins Rick Reed 15
Saves Eddie Guardado 45
Strikeouts Johan Santana 137

Defense

A.J. Pierzynski was the team's all-star starting catcher, backed up by Tom Prince. Doug Mientkiewicz followed up his Gold Glove year with another superb year defensively. Unfortunately, his relatively weak hitting in 2002 may have prevented him from winning a second consecutive Gold Glove award, as it went to John Olerud. The rest of the infield was defensively solid, with Luis Rivas at second, Cristian Guzman at short, and Corey Koskie at third. In the outfield, two-thirds of the "Soul Patrol" remained, with Jacque Jones in left and Torii Hunter in center. (This would be Hunter's second consecutive Gold Glove year.) Right field was a question mark, with Brian Buchanan not lasting long after being the opening day right fielder. The void was filled for most of the season by the platoon of Dustan Mohr and Bobby Kielty, known collectively by fans as "Dusty Kielmohr". However, Dusty Kielmohr gave way to Michael Cuddyer for the post-season run.

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins 94   67 .584    --
Chicago White Sox 81   81 .500 13.5
Cleveland Indians 74   88 .457 20.5
Kansas City Royals 62 100 .383 32.5
Detroit Tigers 55 106 .342 39.0

Notable transactions

Roster

2002 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

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
CF Torii Hunter 148 561 162 .289 29 94

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Brian Buchanan 44 135 34 .252 5 15
Michael Cuddyer 41 112 29 .259 4 13
David Lamb 7 10 1 .100 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Reed 33 188 15 7 3.78 121

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Juan Rincón 10 28.2 0 2 6.28 21

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Eddie Guardado 68 1 3 45 2.93 70
Mike Jackson 58 2 3 0 3.27 29
Jack Cressend 23 0 1 0 5.91 22
Kevin Frederick 8 0 0 0 10.03 5
Mike Trombley 5 0 1 0 15.75 3
José Rodríguez 4 0 1 0 14.73 1

Post Season

The Twins made it to the ALCS, beating the Oakland Athletics in the Divisional series. They then lost to the eventual World Series Champions, the Anaheim Angels.

Divisional Series

The Twins won game one at Oakland before losing two straight including one at home. The Twins rebounded, and won the final two games to win the series and move on to face Anaheim in the ALCS.

Game One

October 1, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 7 13 3
Oakland 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 12 0
W: Brad Radke (1-0)  L: Ted Lilly (0-1)  SV: Eddie Guardado (1)  
HRs: MINCorey Koskie (1), Doug Mientkiewicz (1)

Game Two

October 2, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
Oakland 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 9 14 0
W: Mark Mulder (1-0)  L: Joe Mays (0-1)  
HRs: OAKEric Chavez (1),MINCristian Guzman (1)

Game Three

October 4, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 6 9 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
W: Barry Zito (1-0)  L: Rick Reed (0-1)  
HRs: OAKRay Durham (1),Scott Hatteberg (1),Terrence Long (1),Jermaine Dye, (1)

Game Four

October 5, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
Minnesota 0 0 2 7 0 0 2 0 X 11 12 0
W: Eric Milton (1-0)  L: Tim Hudson (0-1)  
HRs: OAKMiguel Tejada (1),MINDoug Mientkiewicz (2)

Game Five

October 6, at Oakland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 12 0
Oakland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 11 0
W: Brad Radke (2-0)  L: Mark Mulder (1-1)  
HRs: OAKRay Durham (2), Mark Ellis (1) MINAJ Pierzynski (1)

ALCS

The Twins won the first game at home vs. the Angels, before losing the next four in a row, allowing the Angels to move on to the World Series, winning the series in seven games against the San Francisco Giants.

Game One

October 8, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2 5 1
W: Joe Mays (1-0)  L: Kevin Appier (0-1)  SV: Eddie Guardado (1)
HRs: None

Game Two

October 9, at Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 10 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 11 1
W: Ramon Ortiz (1-0)  L: Rick Reed (0-1)  SV: Troy Percival (1)
HRs: ANADarin Erstad (1), Brad Fullmer (1)

Game Three

October 11, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
Anaheim 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 7 2
W: Francisco Rodriguez (1-0)  L: J.C. Romero (0-1)  SV: Troy Percival (2)
HRs: ANAGarret Anderson (1), Troy Glaus (1)

Game Four

October 12, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2
Anaheim 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 X 7 10 0
W: John Lackey (1-0)  L: Brad Radke (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game Five

October 13, at Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 9 0
Anaheim 0 0 1 0 2 0 10 0 X 13 18 0
W: Francisco Rodriguez (2-0)  L: Johan Santana (0-1)  
HRs: ANAAdam Kennedy (3), Scott Spiezio (1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League John Russell
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Stan Cliburn
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jose Marzan
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Jeff Carter
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Rudy Hernández

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Edmonton[8][9]

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References

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Preceded by
Cleveland Indians
2001
AL Central Championship Season
2002
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
2003

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