Wednesday, August 13, 2008

#609 Twins Leaders

Why this card is awesome: Because of that interesting building in the background. One of just a few examples in this set of a non-baseball building prominently featured on a card.

In case you don't know, that's Gary Gaetti and Kent Hrbek on the card, pretty much a Twins' fan dream for 1988, except for the omission of Kirby Puckett.

Cool stat: I don't know how to look this up, but I really wonder what the answer is. The 1987 Minnesota Twins were World Series champs despite having only two pitchers in the regular season get double-digit wins or pitch as many as 160 innings. I would be very surprised if there are any other examples of this. Of course, they won only 85 regular-season games, a paltry total for a championship team.


Jim said...

Oh that homefield advantage!

David said...

What building? That thing next to Hrbek's head? I think that's a giant ad at one end of the scoreboard.

Andy said...

oh yeah, could be

David said...

The 87 Twins were a quirky team. Consider the following:

1. They are the only WS Champs to have a pythagorean W-L under .500
2. They share, with the 06 Cards, the distinction of winning the World Series despite having only the 5th best record in their league (thanks divisional era!)
3. Haven't been able to confirm, but they probably sport the worst road record (29-52, .358) of any World Series Champion.