Posted at 6:02 PM on December 19, 2006
by David Zingler
He began his career with a perennial doormat and ended it with one of the American League's elite, all without changing uniforms. He stayed when most would have bolted and turned down more money from greener pastures to play his home games at the Metrodome. At times he would frustrate us with his lack of emotion; other times, he amazed us with his cool. That is how I will remember Brad Radke.
Radke is the only Twin to play with Kirby Puckett and Joe Mauer.
The 1995 Twins included future a HoFer in Puckett, two Rookies of the Year (Chuck Knoblauch, Marty Cordova) and a future inmate (Alex Cole) along with rookie Brad Radke.
Twins Record, Radke's first 6 seasons (1995-00): 404-548
Twins Record, Radke's last 6 seasons (2001-06): 540-431
Regular season ERA: 4.22
Post season ERA: 3.60
Radke's best season came in 1997 when he went 21-10 and finished third in the AL Cy Young balloting.
He is a .103 career hitter (3-29) with no extra base hits
Radke made his only All Star Game appearance in 1998.
His retirement leaves a hole in the Twins rotation that will likely be filled by a homegrown youngster with little-to-no experience.