Kevin Tapani

Kevin Tapani won 75 games for the Twins between 1989 and 1995. He had double digit wins each of his five full seasons in Minnesota. Tapani had his best season as a Twin in 1991, going 16-9 with a 2.99 ERA.

Dana Kiecker

1979 Fairfax High School and 1983 St. Cloud State graduate Dana Kiecker pitched in 50 major league games for Boston between 1990 and ‘91, making 30 starts, compiling a 10-12 record with a 4.68 ERA.

Bob Hegman

1976 Sauk Rapids-Rice graduate, St. Cloud State all-time great, and current Twins scout Bob Hegman played half an inning in the field for the 1985 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

Tim Laudner

1976 Park Center graduate Tim Laudner led professional baseball with 44 home runs in 1981, including a Southern League record 42 at Double-A Orlando, and one in each of his first two career major league games.

The Twins Almanac for August

August 1, 1953Elliott Makes MLB Debut 1942 Watertown graduate and Golden Gophers all-time great Harry Elliott makes his major league debut with the Cardinals, pinch hitting against Dodgers lefty Preacher Roe, who was coming off four-straight All-Star seasons. (Elliott struck out, but connected for his first major league homer off Roe on September 1.)  Elliott …

Johan Santana

Johan Santana went 93-44 in eight seasons with the Twins, leading the league in strikeouts and WHIP each year from 2004 to 2006. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2004 and 2006, the latter unanimously.

Billy Martin

Fan-favorite Twins player, scout, coach, and manager Billy Martin was instrumental in the development of several young players, including César Tovar, and, to a lesser extent, Rod Carew

Hy Vandenberg

Minneapolis South graduate Hy Vandenberg appeared in 90 major league games, going 15-10 with five saves during seven seasons spread out over an 11-year period (1935–1945) with the Red Sox, Giants, and Cubs.

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