Five Notable Ex-Twins on to Bigger and Better Careers
Many players have come and gone through the years for the Minnesota Twins. That is the nature of the game. Not every player will stay for their entire career. Some need to move on to bigger and better things.
Here some ex-Twins of note who have gone on to make a name for themselves after leaving Twins Territory.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and BaseballMusings.com
When R.A. Dickey joined the Twins in 2009, the knuckleballer was relatively unknown in Twins Territory. After pitching in just 35 games for the Twins, Dickey gave up 8 home runs in 64 1/3 IP with an ERA of 4.32. I know I wasn't thrilled when he took the mound.
Dickey departed for New York and joined the Mets in 2010. Since leaving the Twins, R.A. Dickey has complied a record of 37-27 in 90 games with an ERA of 2.94. This year Dickey has a record of 18-5 and has thrown two 1-hit games with strikeout totals of 12 and 13 in those games. Dickey is also a candidate for the NL Cy Young award for the 2012 season.
Accolades Since Leaving Twins: 2012 All-Star, 2012 Cy Young candidate.
For Dickey's full stat chart, click here.
Whether it just wasn't a good atmosphere with Ortiz or if it was the coaching style here at the time (which is what I think), Ortiz batted .266 in 455 games with Minnesota while hitting 58 home runs in 1,477 at bats--an average of 25.47 AB per home run. Ortiz never batted in more than 75 RBI in a season while with the Twins.
When Big Papi arrived in Boston in 2003, he had a break out year with 31 home runs, 101 RBI and a .288 batting average. New coach, new batter. Since going to the Red Sox, he averages 108 RBI per season along with 34 home runs a year.
In 1377 games with Boston, Ortiz has an average of .290, 1088 RBI and 343 home runs in 5,062 AB--an average of 14.76 AB per home run.
Accolades since leaving Twins: 2004-2007, 2011 Silver Slugger award winner, All-Star 2004-2008, 2010-2012, finished 2nd in MVP voting in 2005. World Series Champion 2004, 2007.
See Ortiz's full stats here.
As Kirby Puckett before him, Torii Hunter was the centerpiece of the Twins' outfield (and clubhouse) for many years. After winning multiple Gold Gloves and representing the Twins as an All-Star in 2002 and 2007, Hunter left for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
In his 11 years with the Twins, Hunter batted .271, hit 192 home runs and drove in 711 RBI. Solid numbers. Hunter averaged 64 RBI per season, 17 HR per season, 110 hits per year.
After joining the Angels in 2008, Hunter has hit for an average of .284 with 103 HR, 414 RBI. Hunter averages 148 hits, 20 HR, and 82 RBI per season with the Angels
Accolades since leaving Twins: Gold Glove winner 2008, 2009. All-Star 2009, 2010. Silver Slugger award in 2009. AL West division champions 2008, 2009.
See Hunter's full stat chart here.
For Twins fans who were watching when Minnesota came back to prominence in the early 2000's, Kyle Lohse may be a polarizing figure. After a couple of solid seasons in 2002 and 2003, something seemed to go "bust" with Lohse both on the mound and in the clubhouse.
Known for his bad attitude and a well-documented incident involving a baseball bat and manager Ron Gardenhire's office door, the Twins dismissed the starter after he complied a 51-57 record with a 4.88 ERA in 6 seasons with Minnesota. Lohse allowed and average of 21 HR per season and 1.27 HR per 9 IP.
After departing Twins Territory, Lohse went to Cincinnati, Philadelphia and ultimately found a place in St. Louis. Since leaving the Twins, Lohse has posted a 64-50 record with a 4.14 ERA, an average of 13 HR/162g allowed and .9 HR per 9 IP.
Currently in 2012, Kyle Lohse has a record of 14-2 with an ERA of 2.81. His winning percentage of .875 is tops in the MLB.
Accolades since leaving Twins: 2011 World Series champion.
For Lohse's complete stat chart, click here.
Honorable Mention: Johan Santana
One of the most electrifying pitchers in recent Twins history, Johan Santana was a star before he left Minnesota. After winning two Cy Young Awards with the Twins and a Gold Glove, he departed for the NY Mets where he continued to enjoy success in most areas of his pitching.
Santana receives an honorable mention as his pitching shows no marked increase in success nor has his team had much success since his arrival. Santana also missed the entire 2011 season with Tommy John surgery. However, he has continued to be one of the more watched pitchers in the NL East.
While his W/L numbers have evened out (some due in part to the quality of Mets teams in recent years), Santana has continued to show his ability to strikeout batters and eat up innings.
Accolades since leaving Twins: 2008 New York Mets Top Player, 2008 3rd in CYA voting, 2009 All-Star.
For Santana's full stat chart, click here.