Twins career: Matt Walbeck, now 42, played with Minnesota from 1994-96. During his time with the Twins, Walbeck, a catcher, played in 275 games, the most he played for any team during his 11-year major league career. He batted .230 with 103 RBI and eight home runs during those three seasons.
After breaking into the league in 1993 with the Chicago Cubs, Walbeck was traded to Minnesota. But the 1994 season was shortened due to the players' strike. The Twins played just 113 games that year, and the 1995 season was also affected slightly.
For a player trying to find his way in the majors, the strike was tough on Walbeck.
"There were some growing pains along the way for me personally as a player having to learn to play at the major league level and then certainly having to go on strike and all that," Walbeck said. "Our teams weren't exactly the best. We were halfway in between rebuilding and phasing out that (1991) World Series team there due to free agency and whatnot."
Despite the ...