Do you remember us going over the Twins’ home run leaders for a single season? If so, you’ll recall us spending a ton of time just talking about Harmon Killebrew. Unsurprisingly, the legendary slugger is at the top of the Twins all time home run leaders list.
The distance between him and the rest of the pack is just astounding. Other leaderboards will have huge gaps between number one and the rest, but it can still make someone’s jaw drop at the mere sight of this domination. Let’s first talk about the top five sluggers in Twins history before listing out the remainder of the top 27.
Twins All Time Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Harmon Killebrew: 559 Home Runs
We’ve spent plenty of time discussing how dominant Killebrew was for the Twins, both over his career and in a single season. What else is there to say, exactly? It doesn’t feel like much, but we’ll give it a try anyway.
Killebrew’s first five seasons in the big leagues from 1954-58 totaled just 113 games and 11 homers. Then, of course, he stormed onto the scene in 1959 with a league-leading 42 home runs. Over the 11 seasons that followed, the slugger posted an OPS over .900 on nine different occasions. The first five instances came consecutively from 1960-64.
During that time, Killebrew’s OPS settled in at a cool .933 while averaging 44 homers, 107 RBI, and 89 runs scored in a typical year. As I said, the dude was just on another level. That’s bound to happen when you slug at least 40 homers four times in a five-year span.
Kent Hrbek: 293 Home Runs
Although Kent Hrbek is a distant second on Minnesota’s all-time home run list, the career Twin used consistency to get where he currently is. Across 14 years in the big leagues, Hrbek hit double-digit homers 13 times and got above 20 on 10 occasions. Eight of those efforts came in consecutive seasons from 1984-91.
Hrbek’s two most powerful seasons in the majors came in consecutive campaigns. He hit 29 homers in 1986 and followed that up with a career-high 34 in 1987. His RBI numbers were nearly identical (91 vs. 90), while he scored 85 runs in each season.
The first baseman was an important contributor to the Twins’ two World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. However, the production he provided in the regular season mostly disappeared in October. Across 103 postseason plate appearances, Hrbek slashed .154/.252/.264 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Bob Allison: 256 Home Runs
As long as Bob Allison suited up for a full season with the Twins, that man got his homers. He slugged 20-plus dingers (including two with 30-plus) in each of his first five seasons. That streak was stopped in 1966 when he hit just eight in 70 games played. Then, the streak re-started for two more years with 24 in 1967 and 22 in 1968. But over Allison’s final two years in the bigs, he combined to hit nine homers in just 128 games played.
Although he had higher home run (35) and RBI (91) totals and finished 15th in MVP voting in 1964, the following season was Allison’s best. That is if we use OPS as the offensive barometer.
His .957 OPS and 163 OPS+ were both easily career-high marks. It was powered by a .287/.404/.553 line to go along with 32 home runs and 86 RBI. He did the majority of his work in the first half, through. Prior to the All-Star break, he had 21 homers and 55 RBI with 1.096 OPS. Those numbers dropped to 11, 31, and .774, respectively, following the midsummer classic.
Justin Morneau: 221 Home Runs
Justin Morneau is one of those classic “What could’ve been?” situations based on his early-career production and injury history. He did plenty during his younger years, and it’s worth shedding some light on.
His breakout was in 2006 when he took home AL MVP honors. That was the start of four straight years with at least 20 homers and 100 RBI. He hit more than 30 homers three times during this stretch and drove in more than 110 runs three times, too.
Let’s talk about that ’06 campaign a little more. Morneau set career-high marks in homers (34) and RBI (134) that he’d never surpass. He accompanied those numbers with a .321/.375/.559 triple slash. This man was consistent in a couple of respects. His first-half OPS of .939 was nearly identical to the .930 mark he posted in the second half.
But it gets better! Morneau put together a .945 OPS with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 48 runs at home. On the road, he posted a .924 OPS with 17 homers, 63 RBI, and 49 runs scored. Baseball, man.
Tony Oliva: 220 Home Runs
Tony Oliva spent all 15 of his big-league seasons with the Twins, and goodness, this man could hit. He had a career slash line of .304/.353/.476, and between 1964 and 1970, he led the league in hits five times. He also finished within the top-10 of AL MVP voting for eight straight years from 1964-71.
That 1964 season? That was Oliva’s official rookie campaign after appearing in just 16 games the two years prior. He finished fourth in MVP voting and took home Rookie of the Year honors. Oliva led the league in runs (109), hits (217), doubles (43), total bases (374), and batting average (.323), as well. The outfielder did all this while slugging 34 homers and driving in 94 runs.
After playing in just 13 games in April, the month of May put Olivia on this award-winning track. In 29 games played (130 plate appearances), he slashed .402/.423/.713 with nine homers, seven doubles, 23 RBI, and 26 runs scored. This was just one of two times he hit seven or more homers in a month that year (he hit seven in August).
Twins All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of the Twins’ top-27 career home run leaders looks like:
- Torii Hunter: 214 home runs
- Kirby Puckett: 207
- Gary Gaetti: 201
- Roy Sievers: 180
- Brian Dozier: 167
- Tom Brunansky: 163
- Miguel Sano: 162 (…and counting)
- Jim Lemon: 159
- Joe Mauer: 143
- Michael Cuddyer: 141
- Jacque Jones: 132
- Max Kepler: 129
- Goose Goslin: 127
- Mickey Vernon: 121
- Eddie Rosario: 119
- Roy Smalley: 110
- Jason Kubel: 105
- Eddie Yost: 101
- Corey Koskie: 101
- Byron Buxton: 98 (…and counting)
- Jimmie Hall: 98
- Jorge Polanco: 98 (…and counting)
If you’re looking for information on the sluggers beyond this list, check it out in full on FanGraphs.