Greatest Minnesota Twins Sluggers of All-Time
Before the Twins landed in Minnesota, they were in Washington and known as the Senators. The following is a list of the Top 10 all-time home run leaders in Twins/Senators' history in homers hit for the franchise:
Harmon Killebrew (559)-Harmon Killebrew is the leading Twins slugger of all-time by a mile, having hit 559 of his 573 career homers with the team in both Washington and Minnesota from 1954 to 1974. In 1969, Killebrew had a career year even by his standards, batting .276 with 49 homers and 140 runs batted in, earning him the AL MVP Award. Killebrew also hit more than 40 homers eight times in his career, a remarkable feat when you consider the era in which he played. And his 573 home runs also ranks Killebrew ninth in baseball history.
Kent Hrbek (293)-First baseman/designated hitter Kent Hrbek was a member of the great Twins teams that won it all in both 1987 and 1991. Hrbeck was a very consistent power hitter and played his entire career with the Twins, from 1981 to 1994, belting 293 long balls. He hit a career best 34 homers in 1987, but his best overall season was 1984, when Hrbeck hit .311 with 27 homers and 107 RBI.
Bob Allison (256)-Outfielder Bob Allison began his career with the Senators in 1958 and moved with the franchise to Minnesota in 1961, and played there until retiring in 1970. Allison ranks third all-time in franchise history with 256 homers and his best power season was 1963 when he hit .271 with 35 home runs and 91 RBI.
Tony Oliva (220)-Tony Oliva played in the same lineup with Harmon Killebrew for many years, making them an awesome power threat. Oliva played his entire career for the Twins, from 1962 to 1976, and ranks fourth all-time in franchise history with 220 homers. He hit 32 homers as a rookie in 1964, helping Oliva win the AL Rookie of the Year Award, but his best season overall was 1970, when he batted .325 with 23 home runs and 107 RBI.
Kirby Puckett (207)-Outfielder Kirby Puckett played his entire career with the Twins (1984-1995) and was also part of those great teams in 1987 and 1991 that won championships. Puckett hit 207 career homers and was a lifetime .318 hitter. His best season was 1988, when he batted .356 with 24 homers and 121 runs batted in. Sadly, Puckett passed away from a stroke in 2006 at the age of 45.
Gary Gaetti (201)-Third baseman Gary Gaetti was also a member of the two Twins' championship squads in the late 80's and early ‘90's, having played for them from 1981 to 1990 before moving on to be a journeyman player. Gaetti has 201 home runs lifetime with the Twins, and his best season with the team was 1986, when he batted .287 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI.
Torii Hunter (192)-Outfielder Torii Hunter was a steady player for the Twins from 1997 to 2007 and then signed as a free agent with the Angels in 2008. Hunter ranks seventh all-time in franchise history with 192 homers, and while he hit a career high 31 homers in 2006, Hunter's best overall season was 2007, when he hit .287 with 28 homers and career best 107 RBI.
Roy Sievers (180)-Roy Sievers played for the Senators from 1954 to 1959 and again in 1964 and 1965 when the Senators were affiliated with a different franchise. In his years with this particular Senators' team, Sievers belted 180 homers over those six seasons. His best year with the team was 1957, when he batted .301 with career highs in home runs (42) and RBI (114).
Tom Brunansky (163)-Outfielder/DH Tom Brunansky was part of the 1987 Twins championship team, and ranks ninth all-time for the franchise with 163 home runs. Brunansky had his best season with Minnesota in 1987 when he batted .259 with 32 homers and 85 runs batted in.
Jim Lemon (159)-Outfielder Jim Lemon played for the Senators from 1954 to 1960 and moved over to Minnesota with them before signing with the Phillies in 1963. In his time with this franchise, Lemon hit 159 homers, and his best season with the team was 1960, when he batted .269 with 38 homers and 100 RBI.