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.
|Los Angeles - J. Beckett||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - V. Worley|
|San Francisco - Y. Petit||6:05 PM|
|Philadelphia - R. Hernandez|
|Texas - N. Martinez||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - C. Whitley|
|Boston - J. Peavy||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - J. Happ|
|Miami - J. Turner||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - M. Minor|
|San Diego - E. Stults||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks|
|Cincinnati - H. Bailey||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - J. Nelson|
|Cleveland - D. Salazar||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - Y. Pino|
|Kansas City - B. Chen||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - S. Carroll|
|Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright|
|Washington - J. Zimmermann||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - Y. Flande|
|Detroit - R. Porcello||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - C. Anderson|
|Houston - B. Oberholtzer||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Kazmir|
|Baltimore - M. Gonzalez||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - H. Santiago|
|NY Mets - J. deGrom||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - E. Ramirez|
|Calgary||7/24/14 8:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|