TOM BRUNANSKYGame 300 | September 21, 1982
Frank Viola, Tom Brunansky, Jim Lemon
There was enough interest in the young Twins team to merit a second meeting during the 1982 season. Brunansky, acquired from California in a May trade for Doug Corbett, hit .272 with 20 home runs and 46 RBIs. Viola won only four games in his rookie season, but would go on to become a member of the Twins Hall of Fame. Lemon, a slugging member of the Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins, was in his second stint as a batting coach.
Game 306 | June 13, 1983
One of the better young power hitting prospects in baseball, Brunansky made an immediate impression when he joined the Twins from the Angels. He hit 20 home runs in his first season with Minnesota (1982) and came back to hit 28 in 1983. He went on to star for the Twins' 1987 World Champions and left the team in a very unpopular 1988 trade with St. Louis for second baseman Tom Herr.
Game 701 | August 20, 2007
Tom Brunansky, Bert Blyleven
The Twins had a solid response to the weekend in which they recognized the 20th anniversary of the 1987 World Series Championship team. Right fielder Brunansky hit 32 home runs that year, and was one of three Twins (Kent Hrbek and Gary Gaetti) to hit more than 30. Blyleven's 15 victories that season were second best to Frank Viola, who had 17. Both players said the reunion wasn't the same without Kirby Puckett, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2006..
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