Posted at 9:24 AM on April 5, 2006
by Ben Tesch
From the Midday broadcast:
1B: Kent Hrbek
2B: Rod Carew
3B: Harmon Killebrew
SS: Zoilo Versalles
LF: Bob Allison
CF: Kirby Puckett
RF: Tony Oliva
C: Earl Battey
DH: Paul Molitor
SP: Johan Santana
SP: Frank Viola
SP: Bert Blyleven
SP: Jim Kaat
SP: Camilo Pascual
RP: Al Worthington
RP: Jeff Reardon
RP: Rick Aguilera
Camilo Pascual? On the all-time Twins team, according to Howard Sinker?
Pascual was 88-57 in 6 seasons with the Twins, in four of which he had an ERA below league average.
Jim Perry was 120-90 for the Twins, had better seasons in his two 20-win seasons than Pascual did in his, and had an ERA lower than league average in 8 of his 10 seasons with the Twins.
It's not even close. That's a swing and a miss on the old Sinker.
All-Time teams are so overdone, how about an All-Time worst team. It could include the likes of Brett Merriman, Scott Klingenbeck, Bret Boone, Butch Huskey and, of course, Corky Miller, etc.................
Perry or Pascual? A good debate and not as one-sided as Bob's quite reasonable argument. In Pascual's best 6 years, including 2 with the pre-Twins Senators, he went 100-66; In Perry's best 7 years, he went 100-62. Career ERA are comparable. Perry was a 3-time All Star; Pascual was a 5-time All-Star. Perry won a Cy Young in '70; Pascual pitched when there was only one Cy given out instead of 1 for each league. I'll stand by Camilo's curveball in a decision that was close.
Frankly, I'm surprised (and glad) that no one spoke up for Jack Morris. I figured that his one season with the Twins (1991) was offset by all the times he killed 'em with the Tigers.
An all-time worst team. Lemme ponder that, but there's gotta be room at shortstop for Lenny Faedo.
I don't want to get too technical, but shouldn't Walter Johnson be in the pitcher conversation? I heard he has a few wins.