The Minnesota Twins have had a long history with numerous legendary and historically great players, but not all of those players were especially great when they played for the Twins. Some of them you've certainly forgotten about.
So let me remind you of them.
I tried to build this All-"Wait, they played for the Twins?" Team by finding players who had the most success not with the Twins and played the fewest games with Minnesota. I will admit, being born in the 90's severely limited my name recognition for seasons before I was born, but I did the best I could.
Catcher: Wilson Ramos
Ramos was signed by the Twins out of Venezuela in 2004. After five seasons of minor league ball, the catcher played all of seven games for the big-league club in 2010 before being traded away to the Washington Nationals along with Joe Testa for closer Matt Capps. Ramos finished fourth in voting for rookie of the year the next season because of course he did. Injuries marred his next few seasons, but in 2016 he really put things together and went to the All-Star game and won a Silver Slugger Award.
First Base: Kendrys Morales
Morales was already an established hitter before his brief stint with the Twins. He broke into the league in 2006 With the Angels and finished fifth in MVP voting in 2009. After spending the 2013 season with the Seattle Mariners, he rejected a qualifying offer and tested free agency. The test did not go well, as he went unsigned until July 24, 2014 when the Twins were like "Eh, why not?" Morales did not play well for the Twins in 39 games—he only one home run and had 18 RBI—but Minnesota still managed to trade him to the Mariners (of course) for a pitcher named Stephen Pryor. Morales went on to win a World Series ring with the Kansas City Royals in 2015.
Second Base: Bret Boone
Bret Boone was a three-time All-Star, won four Gold Gloves, and earned two Silver Sluggers in 14 major-league seasons. He even led the American League in RBI in 2001. He racked up 803 games played for five different teams and only 14 of those were with the Twins. On July 11, 2005, the Mariners traded Boone to the Twins for a player that was never named later as far as I can tell. On July 31, he was released. He hit .170 with three RBI in those handful of games.
Third Base: Tony Batista
Batista didn't have the most illustrious career. He only had a couple All-Star appearances and never won any awards in 11 seasons before his first and only season with the Twins, but he was a pretty good hitter at a position where teams like to play players who are pretty good hitters. The slugger averaged 29 home runs a season between the 2002 and 2004 seasons. In 2005, he went to Japan and mashed 27 more. So, when the Twins signed him in December 2005 you could kind of see where the logic was. Unfortunately, the power didn't translate as Batista hit only five home runs through 50 games and was released by the middle of June.
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy
Hardy was an established shortstop for the Brewers for five seasons before being traded to the Twins in 2009 fin return for Carlos Gomez. He had an All-Star appearance and a solid .262/.323/.428 slash line as a Brewer. As a Twin in 2001 he practically replicated it with a .268/.320/.394 line in 101 games. But it wasn't meant to be as he was traded along with Brendan Harris to the Baltimore Orioles for Jim Hoey and minor leaguer Brett Jacobson. He's spent the last seven seasons as an established shortstop for the Orioles and even got another All-Star appearance in 2013.
Left Field: Rondell White
Like Batista, Rondell White didn't win any awards in his career, but he was a dependable left fielder. He played 13 seasons before coming to the Twins in 2006. He was an All-Star in 2002 and 2003 and hit a Home Run for the Yankees in the 2001 ALDS. White played in 137 games for the Twins and hit an unflattering .229 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI. It was the lowest batting average of any of the seven teams he played for.
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Seeing as Gomez was part of the famed Johan Santana trade and was promised to be the center fielder of the future in 2008, I don't doubt that most fans remember Carlos Gomez. But that was almost a decade ago and I feel most fans of other teams would not remember Gomez' time with the Minnesota club. He hit .248 with 10 home runs and 87 RBI in 290 games for the Twins. He was then traded to the Brewers where he made a couple of All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove.
Right Field: None
I know this is hard to believe, but you've heard of every Twins right fielder. Here, let me list off every player who played the most games in right field in a season for the Twins going back to the 1982 season: Max Kepler, Torii Hunter, Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Parmalee, Ben Revere, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Denard Span, Jacque Jones, Dustan Mohr, Matt Lawton, Kirby Puckett, Pedro Munoz, Shane Mack, Randy Bush, Tom Brunansky. Most of those guys are Twins players in your mind through and through. Span and Revere have had longer careers with other teams, but they were each with the team for at least three seasons.
[Editor’s Note: Honorable mention to that one game Joe Mauer played in right field?]
Designated Hitter: Dave Winfield
I had no idea Dave Winfield played for the Twins. None. I don't know how. Winfield is a Hall of Famer for crying out loud who went to 12 All-Star games, won six silver sluggers, and won seven gold gloves in 19 incredible seasons. And then he played for the Twins. In 220 games between 1993 and 1994 Winfield hit .264 with 31 home runs and 119 RBI. He became the 19th player to reach 3,000 career hits with a single on September 16, 1993. How did I not know any of this?
Starting Pitcher: Steve Carlton
Carlton played his entire career before I was born, so I'm not totally sure how remembered he is by the Minnesota fanbase. But based on statistics, his career was much, much more noteworthy as a non-Twin. Carlton is also in the Hall of Fame. He won the Cy Young award a whopping four times, went to 10 All-Star games, won two World Series, and led the National League in pretty much every pitching statistic at one point or another. He closed out his career with Minnesota in 1987 and 1988. Statistically he was not good. He collected an 8.54 ERA in 13 games.
Relief Pitcher: R.A. Dickey
No one remembers R.A. Dickey's lone season as a Minnesota Twin and if someone says they do they're probably lying to you and you should stop talking to them. In 2009 Dickey threw for a 4.62 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 30 walks in 64.1 innings. Nothing remarkable. As such the Twins released him after the season was over. Anyone would have. No one could have predicted that Dickey would go on to win the Cy Young award as a starter for the Mets in 2012. The knuckleballer hasn't been able to replicate the success of that season since then, but the man's got a Cy Young award and you don't.
Who are your favorite forgotten Twins? Leave a comment and let's all reminisce together.