Age: 32 (born July 18, 1975 in
Pine Bluff, Ark.)
Acquired: first round (20th overall) in June 1993 draft
Seasons with Twins: 11 (major league debut: Aug. 22, 1997)
Gold Gloves: seven (2001-07)
All-Star appearances: two (2002, 2007)
Career: 1,234 games, .271 average, 192 homers, 711 RBI, 126 stolen bases
Ranks on Twins' all-time lists: Games: 8th; runs: 7th; hits: 7th; doubles: 5th; home runs: 7th; RBI: 7th; strikeouts: 4th; stolen bases: 5th.
Highlights: Drove in seven runs May 13 vs. Detroit. ... Nine career grand
slams. ... 23-game hitting streak in 2007. ... Robbed Barry Bonds of a home run in the 2002 All-Star Game. ... Career .300 hitter in 21 postseason games.
Lowlights: Twice had line drives skip by him against Oakland in the
postseason for inside-the-park home runs, the first one by Ray Durham in 2002 and then by Mark Kotsay in 2006 ... took a swing at Justin Morneau after a September 2005 game.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III