Posted at 12:13 PM on November 22, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Here are some interesting factoids for you about an unknown baseball team:
Yesterday someone asked me if any team had ever won the MVP, Cy Young, and batting title with three different players, so I decided to look it up. Not only have there been only 6 other teams who have done it, only one other team has done it with three different players: the '62 Dodgers.
|2006||MIN||Morneau||Santana||Mauer||Lost ALDS vs. Athletics|
|1991||ATL||Pendleton||Glavine||Pendleton||Lost WS vs. Twins|
|1986||BOS||Clemens||Clemens||Boggs||Lost WS vs. Mets|
|1967||BOS||Yastrzemski||Lonborg||Yastrzemski||Lost WS vs. Cardinals|
|1963||LAD||Koufax||Koufax||Davis||Won WS vs. Yankees|
|1962||LAD||Wills||Drysdale||Davis||Finished 2nd in NL behind Giants|
|1960||PIT||Groat||Law||Groat||Won WS vs. Yankees|
This list is some pretty good company to be in, and I think you will find that the 2006 Twins team has a lot in common with these teams. The bad thing is that we didn't win, but neither did many teams listed. The good thing is that some of these teams could be considered some of the better teams in baseball history, and kept themselves in contention often over the years, (where even the word "dynasty" is sometimes thrown around.) It makes you wonder if people will be looking back in 30 or 40 years at the 2006 Twins and thinking about how great they really were.