KENT HRBEKGame 296 |April 28, 1982 | Dave Engle, Gary Gaetti, Kent Hrbek, Ron Washington
It was clear by the early 1980s that the Twins were stuck in a deep rut. The team made the decision to "go young" and brought many of its top prospects rapidly to the major league team. The 1982 team lost a club-record 102 games (winning only 60), but the stage was set for future success. Hrbek, in his first full season, hit. 301 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs. Gaetti had 25 homers and 84 RBIs.
Game 335 | May 9, 1986 | Frank Viola, Kent Hrbek
After showing improvement in 1985, the 1986 Twins took a major step backward, finishing with a record of 71-91. Ray Miller was fired with 23 games to play. Hrbek continued to show great power with 29 home runs and 91 RBIs. Viola, in his first major league season, won 16 games and struck out 191 batters.
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