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Johan Santana Region: 2nd Round

#1. Twins Win 87 World Series (Def. Rincon's Triple Play 20-0)

#8.  AJ Goes Yard (Def. Crede Walk-Off Grand Slam 12-6)


#5. Santana Outduels Mussina in ALDS (Def. Jacque Jones Breaks Up No-Hitter 13-5)

#4. Span Triples Down the Line (Def. Carlos Silva 74 Pitch CG 13-6)


#6. Twins Clinch Division in '06 (Def. Liriano Outduels Clemens 15-3)

#3.  Liriano's No-Hitter (Def. Delmon Homers Off Rivera 17-2)


#10. Sano Homers Off Britton (Def. Hunter Homers In ALDS Game 2 10-8)

#2. Santana Strikes Out 17 (Def. Rosario Walk-Off Assist 17-2)

The Better Moment

  • Twins Win 87 World Series (100%, 13 Votes)
  • AJ Goes Yard (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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The Better Moment

  • Span Triples Down The Line (58%, 7 Votes)
  • Santana Outduels Mussina in ALDS (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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The Better Moment

  • Twins Clinch Division On Final Day (2006) (85%, 11 Votes)
  • Liriano's No-Hitter (15%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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The Better Moment

  • Santana Strikes Out 17 (92%, 11 Votes)
  • Sano Homers Off Britton (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Kent Hrbek Region: #6 vs. #3 , #10 vs. #2

#6. Don Baylor Ties Things Up in Game 6 (Def. 5-4-2 Double Play 13-3)

#3. Hrbek Turns 3-6-3 Double Play (Def. Winfield's 3000th hit 15-4)

#10. Radke Wins 20 (Def. Jack Morris Escapes 5th Inning Jam 14-5)

#2. Hrbek's Grand Slam (Def. Aaron Hicks' Cannon 16-2)

The Better Moment

  • Hrbek Turns 3-2-3 Double Play (79%, 11 Votes)
  • Baylor Ties It Up In Game 6 (21%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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The Better Moment

  • Hrbek Grand Slam (86%, 12 Votes)
  • Brad Radke Wins #20 (14%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Joe Mauer Region: #6 vs. #11

#6. Scott Baker's Near Perfecto

Baker was always one of my favorite pitchers.  Maybe it was that he looked terrified every time he was out on the mound.  Maybe it was because the Twins announcers (especially Bert) relentlessly criticized him for no reason.  But man I was pulling for him so hard every start and this was a dream come true.

He entered the 9th inning with his perfect game.  He didn't make it, but a 1-hit shutout is still nice.

#11. Twins Homer 11 Times on April 20th, 2019

Man, playing the Orioles was fun last year.

  1. 2nd inning Game 1: Eddie Rosario solo HR (415 feet)
  2. 2nd inning Game 1: Willians Astudillo solo HR (372 feet)
  3. 5th inning Game 1: Eddie Rosario solo HR (367 feet)
  4. 1st inning Game 2: Nelson Cruz 2-run HR (410 feet)
  5. 1st inning Game 2: C.J. Cron solo HR (381 feet)
  6. 3rd inning Game 2: Eddie Rosario 2-run HR (398 feet)
  7. 3rd inning Game 2: Mitch Garver 3-run HR (378 feet)
  8. 4th inning Game 2: Jonathan Schoop 3-run HR (389 feet)
  9. 8th inning Game 2: Mitch Garver solo HR (394 feet)
  10. 8th inning Game 2: Nelson Cruz solo HR (415 feet)
  11. 9th inning Game 2: Jonathan Schoop solo HR (435 feet)

The Better Moment

  • Scott Baker's Near Perfecto (61%, 11 Votes)
  • Twins Homer 11 Times in One Day (2019) (39%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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The Better Moment

  • Tim Laudner Picks Off Darrell Evans, ALCS Game 4 (50%, 9 Votes)
  • Willians Astudillo Chugs, Lets His Hair Fly (50%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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The Better Moment

  • Baylor Homers (81%, 13 Votes)
  • 5-4-2 Double Play (19%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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Kirby Puckett Division: #6 vs #11

#6.  Darrell Evans Picked Off Third by Tim Laudner

Up 2-1 in the series and up 4-2 in the 6th inning, the Tigers got to Viola. Dave Bergman had just singled in a run off Keith Atherton and the Tigers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Not sure why Evans was so far off third base, but Buck Ninety took advantage.

#11.  Willians Astudillo Scores From First

Oh, La Tortuga.  An inspiration to us all.

The Better Moment

  • Tim Laudner Picks Off Darrell Evans, ALCS Game 4 (50%, 9 Votes)
  • Willians Astudillo Chugs, Lets His Hair Fly (50%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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Kent Hrbek Region: #6 vs #11

#6.  Don Baylor's Two-Run Blast

Until I bought the 87 World Series DVDs and rewatched Game 6, I had completely forgotten about the gravity of Baylor's homer.  I had seen it in the boxscore, but I couldn't remember it (to be fair, I was seven years old).  But the Twins had been down 5-2 in the 5th inning in the deciding game.  Baylor had slugged only .306 since coming from Boston with zero homers.  He would only hit 7 more in his career after this.  But he tied the game to help set up Hrbek's heroics the next inning.

#11  Twins Turn 5-4-2 Double Play in Division Clinching Game

I never knew about this play until Algonad brought it up last week.  Ballsy move by Newman and I love Blyleven's acrobatics.

The Better Moment

  • Baylor Homers (81%, 13 Votes)
  • 5-4-2 Double Play (19%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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Johan Santana Region: Play-In

Okay, we still have one more tie to break.  This poll will expire at midnight.

#11  Carlos Silva Throws 11-Hit Shutout

Against the Angels, Silva allowed a baserunner in every inning, including 11 hits, 2 walks, and 1 error.  He induced four ground-ball double plays and two line out double plays.  When Silva's magic was working it was delightful.

#11  Francisco Liriano Outduels Roger Clemens

As has been discussed, this was one of the seasons where Clemens joined half-way through the season to much fanfare.  Liriano was good, not great.  And Clemens was also good (and he had a fantastic season just like F-Bomb), not great.  But this was about the narrative.

Liriano had a couple of 8-inning, 12-strikeout games in 2006 and some more dominating performances, but this game was probably the most memorable.

The Better Moment

  • Liriano Outduels Clemens (67%, 6 Votes)
  • Silva Tosses 11-Hit Shutout (33%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Top Moments: Play-Ins

Okay, time to vote on all the added moments you put forth.  You can vote for UP TO EIGHT.

I'll close this poll on Friday night I think.

Choose Up to EIGHT

  • Twins Clinch Division On Final Day (2006) (13%, 17 Votes)
  • 5-4-2 Double Play in Division Clinching Game (1987) (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Twins Homer 11 Times in One Day (2019) (10%, 13 Votes)
  • La Tortuga Scores From First on Double, With Flowing Hair (2018) (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Liriano Outduels Roger Clemens (2006) (9%, 12 Votes)
  • Jason Kubel Walk-Off Grand Slam Against Red Sox (2006) (8%, 11 Votes)
  • Carlos Silva 11-Hit Shutout (2004) (8%, 11 Votes)
  • Twins Homer In Each of First 7 Innings, Win 16-0 (2017) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Corey Koskie Breaks Chair, Hits Go-Ahead Homer in 10th Inning (2004) (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Twins Walk Off Game 161, First End of Unscheduled Double-Header (2004) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Liriano Outduels Felix On Day Target Field is Approved (2006) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Bobby Kielty Pinch-Hit Three-Run Homer Off Barry Zito in 8th (2003) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Carlos Gomez Reverse Cycle (2008) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Twins Allow 6 Solo Homers, Win 8-6 (1991) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Chad Allen Little League Homer (1999) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Gaetti Lounges, Then Homers (?Year) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Viola Catches Ball Bare-Handed Behind Back (1988) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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