Twins Second Basemen Through the Years…
Hi Twins fans.
I thought we would continue with the Twins Quiz concept and I was thinking about testing your knowledge on the Twins and secondbase. Let’s see how much you remember about past and present second-sackers.
We will post the answers later this week.
1. The Twins opened the season in early April in 1961 at Yankee Stadium. Who was the Twins starting secondbaseman in that game? Hint: He later was one of the Twins Managers.
2. Everyone pretty much knows that Hall of Famer Rodney Carew started more games at second base for the Twins. As a matter of fact he was the starter at second 9 different years. But do you know who was second in ranking for Opening Day starts at second?
3. Over the years the Twins have had just one secondbaseman picked as number one in the June Free Agent Draft. Name him? Hint: He was a star at LSU. *Note: When Chuck Knoblauch was drafted number one in 1989 he was drafted as a shortstop.
4. Let’s play Who Am I. A) I was once a quarterback at Purdue University. B) I started at secondbase for the Twins for four straight seasons. C) I was traded after the l966 season to the Washington Senators. Who am I?
5. This former Twins secondbaseman holds the record for the best fielding percentage in a season. This player made just three errors in 120 games, and handled 575 chances, ending up with a .995 fielding percentage. Who is this player?
6. In all the Twins, in their history, have turned a grand total of 11 triple plays and seven secondbaseman have been involved in 7 of the triple plays. See if you can name at least four of the “second-sackers?”
and 7. In 1988 the Twins made one of their most celebrated trades. They dealt a very popular player, Tom Brunansky, for a second baseman. This player turned out to be a complete “dud.” He lasted just one season with the Twins and then in 1989 he was traded away to the Philadelphia Phillies. In the one season with the Twins he played in just 86 games and hit.263. Who was this player?
Put your Twins thinking cap on fans, and see if you can come up with the correct answers. We will post the answers later on this week.