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.
|Baltimore - F. Garcia||12:07 PM|
|Toronto - R. Dickey|
|Cleveland - S. Kazmir||12:35 PM|
|Boston - J. Lester|
|LA Angels - B. Buckner||1:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Guthrie|
|Colorado - J. Nicasio||3:05 PM|
|San Francisco - B. Zito|
|Minnesota - P. Walters||3:08 PM|
|Detroit - D. Fister|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wood||3:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - H. Bailey|
|Pittsburgh - J. Locke||3:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - M. Fiers|
|NY Yankees - V. Nuno||3:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - M. Moore|
|Atlanta - M. Minor||6:15 PM|
|NY Mets - D. Gee|
|Philadelphia - J. Pettibone||6:15 PM|
|Washington - D. Haren|
|St. Louis - J. Gast||6:15 PM|
|Los Angeles - T. Lilly|
|Miami - R. Nolasco||6:15 PM|
|Chicago WSox - J. Peavy|
|Oakland - A. Griffin||6:15 PM|
|Houston - L. Harrell|
|San Diego - A. Cashner||9:10 PM|
|Arizona - W. Miley|
|Texas - D. Holland||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - F. Hernandez|
|San Antonio||8:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||4:30 PM|
|Toronto FC||6:30 PM|
|San Jose||7:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Chivas USA||8:00 PM|
|New York||6:00 PM|
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