June 17, 2024

The best stat to determine a player’s worth is WAR–wins above replacement–an analytical metric that was not available until relatively recently.

The formula for WAR differs for position players and pitchers, and I’ll lay it out in layman’s terms.

WAR uses every aspect of the game– batting, baserunning, and fielding, factors in position and ballpark and determines how many wins better than a league average player an individual player might be.

Using WAR to help us rank them, let’s look at the top 24 players in the history of the Minnesota Twins franchise.

October 3, 2023 was a day to remember for Minnesota Twins fans. Royce Lewis came off the IL to belt two home runs and Pablo López limited the Toronto Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings as the home team won the first game of the AL Wild Card Series, 3-1.

It was the franchise’s first playoff victory since 2004. They would eliminate Toronto the following day and move on to the Division Series

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