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Chart: Five best shortstops in Twins history

  • March 5, 2012 - 12:09 AM

A look back at the five best shortstops in Twins history:

ZOILO VERSALLES 1961-67

• An incredible talent who overcame previous inconsistency to win AL MVP Award in 1965, leading league in doubles (45), triples (12) and runs scored (126).

LEO CARDENAS 1969-71

• Solid defensively while averaging 13 homers and 70 RBI in three seasons with Twins, including division champions in 1969 and 1970.

ROY SMALLEY 1976-82, 85-87

• Known more for his offense, he was an All-Star in 1979 with 24 homers and 95 RBI. Returned to Twins to be part of 1987 World Series champions.

GREG GAGNE 1983-92

• Tremendous range, solid defensively with some pop in his bat. He was the starting shortstop for the Twins' two World Series championship teams.

CRISTIAN GUZMAN 1999-2004

• Was a major part of Twins' turnaroaund of the early 2000s. Had tremendous speed, evidenced by three seasons of at least 14 triples.

 

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