Originally written on The Rhino and Compass  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Think back to 1996. Names like Dave Hollins, Rich Becker and Greg Myers dotted the Minnesota lineup. I know that many of my friends think of it as the dawning of the bad times for the Twins. I know I do, and I associate some of those names (Scott Stahoviak, Pat Meares, Matt Walbeck etc) with the worst offenses the Twins have ever had.

Here is a fun fact. The 1996 Twins scored more runs (877) than any other year since they moved to Minnesota.

Paul Molitor and Chuck Knoblauch hit .341. Knobby had an OPS+ of 143 which is bananas when you think back. I knew he was good, but he was really THAT good? And Molitor was still raking at that clip at age 39? That’s something, certainly, but there’s more. Stahoviak, Marty Cordova, Becker, Roberto Kelly and Ron Coomer all had OPS+ of 100. Coomer was slugging at a .511 clip. Despite not hitting many home runs, these guys were ALWAYS on base, and always scoring runs. Looking at the roster, it’s amazing just how good the team was, especially when in comparison with my memories of the mid to late 90s Twins.

Oh, the 96 Twins went 78-84.

As sneaky good as that roster was on offense, they were just as bad, probably worse as a pitching staff. The best ERA on the entire team belonged to Mike Trombley at 3.01. Second was Dan Naulty at 3.79. The best starter was Brad Radke, and he gave up 40 home runs. Rick Aguilera was used as a starter, and he was just so bad. Breathtakingly awful for a guy that had 19 starts. He had a 5.42 ERA with not enough strikeouts with too many home runs and and walks.

What I think I am trying to get at, essentially, is that we should all be OK with the Twins maybe taking away from their offense (Denard Span, Justin Morneau, whoever) if it means fixing the woeful pitching staff going forward.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Arizona flights delayed due to dense fog

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Report: Jets, Bills expected to pursue Darrelle Revis

Falcons being investigated for fake crowd noise

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP


VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.