Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano and late addition Brandon Kintzler will be in Miami as All-Stars, marking the 30th time the Twins have had multiple players on the American League roster. That leaves 27 seasons in which the Twins had the minimum of one All-Star.
These were not All-Stars merely by necessity in many cases. Hall of Famers Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew made solo All-Star trips four times; Joe Mauer had three of those and Chuck Knoblauch a pair. Roy Smalley was voted in as the starting shortstop in 1979.
Also, Joe Nathan and Eddie Guardado went as singles but also in other years. Michael Cuddyer was a single for the Twins in 2011 but was an NL All-Star with Colorado in 2013.
These were the one-and-done All-Star roster additions for the Twins: 1980 — Ken Landreaux; 1981 — Doug Corbett; 1982 — Kent Hrbek (rookie); 1983 — Gary Ward; 1984 — Dave Engle; 1985 — Tom Brunansky; 1998 — Brad Radke; 1999 — Ron Coomer; 2000 — Matt Lawton; 2016 — Eduardo Nunez.
The Twins had 10 straight Midsummer Classics with a solo player from 1978 to 1987. And that snub in the championship season of '87 led to the most interesting All-Star case in team history.
The Twins were tied for first July 9 when All-Star reserves were announced. Puckett would be the lone Twin for a second year in a row. Hrbek was overlooked in '86; now, he was producing big for a contender and again left off.
Don Mattingly was the starter at first base, and rookie Mark McGwire and Pat Tabler (as Cleveland's lone representative) were chosen as the backups.
The Twins were in Baltimore when the AL roster was revealed. A few of us were standing by the visitors dugout, waiting for Hrbek. I can still see him walking in from behind second base. There was steam rising from Herbie's neck, and it wasn't from the Baltimore heat.
"I'm peeved, not just for myself, but because it shows nothing for the whole team,'' he said. "If those guys ask me to go again, they can …"
Yeah, and he meant it.
Herbie stuck to his All-Star boycott even when Tom Kelly was managing in 1988 and five other Twins went with the manager to Cincinnati.
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