Twins Opening Day center fielders since 1975:
Lyman Bostock, 1975-77: Budding star left for the Angels as a free agent in 1978. He was murdered on a road trip to Chicago that summer.
Dan Ford, 1978: Nicknamed "Disco" Dan; once jogged backward toward home plate, only to be passed by a baserunning teammate.
Willie Norwood, 1979: Penchant for having trouble following the flight of routine fly balls.
Rick Sofield, 1980: Greatest claim to fame as baseball player was that he turned down a football scholarship offer from Michigan.
Greg Johnston, 1981: Who? He lasted seven games in 1981, batting .125.
Jim Eisenreich, 1982-84: Suffered from a nervous disorder (later diagnosed as Tourette's syndrome), prompting manager Billy Gardner to quip, "He's doomed to become an All-Star."
Kirby Puckett, 1985-1990, 1992-93: Hall of Famer stopped the merry-go-round in center.
Shane Mack, 1991: One of Mack's 16 starts in center field that year. Puckett started 143.
Rich Becker, 1994, 1996-97: Pegged as a cornerstone of the Twins' 1990s rebuilding phase. Eight consecutive losing seasons says it all.
Alex Cole, 1995: Was batting .360 when he broke his right leg on May 30 attempting a diving catch. His downhill slide included 18 months in prison for drug conviction.
Otis Nixon, 1998: Twins' idea of a high-profile free-agent signee, the negatives being he was 39 and could barely throw the ball to second base.
Torii Hunter, 1999-2007: The two-time All-Star here made a team-record nine Opening Day starts in center before departing as a free agent.
Carlos Gomez, 2008-09: One of four players obtained from Mets for Johan Santana; now with the Brewers, he is still trying to find plate discipline.
Denard Span, 2010-12: Traded to the Nationals in the offseason, opening the door for a new Twins Opening Day center fielder in 2013.
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||4||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: J. Outman||6|
|LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||2|
|Atlanta - LP: G. Schlosser||3||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Valverde||4|
|Seattle - LP: T. Wilhelmsen||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: M. Dunn||3|
|St. Louis - LP: S. Maness||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Gomez||2|
|NY Yankees - WP: P. Claiborne||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: H. Bell||1|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura||3|
|Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: C. Villanueva||2|
|Chicago WSox - WP: E. Johnson||16||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: R. Ross Jr.||2|
|Houston - LP: B. Peacock||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Chavez||4|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. Diekman||10||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: M. Belisle||9|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||4||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: R. Erlin||3|
|Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter||1||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Wright||4|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||5||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: E. Mujica||6|