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Encyclopedia > Kent Hrbek
Kent Hrbek
First Baseman
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 24, 1981 for the Minnesota Twins
Final game
August 10, 1994 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average     .282
Home runs     293
RBI     1086
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Kent Hrbek (aka Herbie) (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former American Major League Baseball player. He played fourteen seasons for the Minnesota Twins at first base, and batted left handed. Fans knew "Herbie" as an outstanding defensive player at his position and a perennial slugger, as well as being charismatic and often chewing bubble gum. He attended Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. While not nationally popular to the extent of his peer and friend Kirby Puckett, Herbie was a popular hometown favorite who was always cheerful to his fans and always played his best at the game. Image File history File links Kent_hrbek. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is a award created by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity to recognize the former Major League Baseball player Lou Gehrig. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant (French: Lets go!) Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... Kennedy High School (also known as John F. Kennedy Senior High School) is one of two public high schools located in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. Named after former president John F. Kennedy, it was opened in 1965[1] due to the rapid growth of Bloomington at the time. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1843 Incorporated 1858 Mayor Gene Winstead Area    - City 99. ... Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1] – March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. ...


Hrbek had his Major League debut in 1981 and hit a game winning home run in his first major league game. 1982 was his official rookie year and he played well for manager Billy Gardner and was immediately selected as an All-Star. After batting .301 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs, Hrbek finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year vote, behind Cal Ripken, Jr. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... William Frederick Gardner (born July 19, 1927 in Waterford, Connecticut) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. ...


Some of his most memorable moments were during the 1987 season. He hit a career best 34 home runs to help the Twins win the AL West. He was also instrumental in capturing the World Series Championship, as he hit a grand slam in Game 6. 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ...


In 1991 he again helped the Twins to win the World Series. This was especially memorable as the Twins finished the previous season in last place. Fans may remember him best for a confrontation with Ron Gant in Game 2, when it appeared that Hrbek had pulled Gant off the bag as Gant was returning to first base without a slide. The umpire called Gant out, citing forward progress would have caused Gant to step off the bag, even though most Atlanta fans claimed Hrbek's move was deliberate. The move was later nicknamed the "T-Rex Tag," after Hrbek jokingly speculated on a post-baseball career in professional wrestling using the name Tyrannosaurus Rex. When the Series moved to Atlanta, Braves fans jeered him excessively, and Hrbek received much hate mail, including a death threat. In response to playing the World Series under a death threat, Hrbek later said, "This game sucks. But it's a lot of fun." Dates October 19, 1991–October 27, 1991 MVP Jack Morris (Minnesota) Television network CBS Announcers Jack Buck, Tim McCarver Umpires Don Denkinger (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Drew Coble (AL), Terry Tata (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Ed Montague (NL) The 1991 World Series was played from October 19 to October 27... 1993 Topps stadium club baseball card, featuring Ron Gant Ronald Edwin Gant (born March 2, 1965 in Victoria, Texas) is a former American Major League outfielder and second baseman earlier on who played for the Atlanta Braves (1987-1993), Cincinnati Reds (1995), St. ... Binomial name Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905 Synonyms Manospondylus gigas Dynamosaurus imperiosus Dinotyrannus megagracilis Nanotyrannus lancensis? Tyrannosaurus (IPA pronunciation or ; from the Greek τυραννόσαυρος, meaning tyrant lizard) is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur. ...


Hrbek's offense turned stale after his home run in Game 1. In Game 7, with the score still tied 0-0 in the 8th inning, Hrbek executed a very uncommon 3-2-3 bases-loaded double play with catcher Brian Harper that saved the Twins against the Braves' biggest threat of the game. The Twins eventually won the game 1-0 in dramatic fashion, with Gene Larkin smashing a bases-loaded single to center field that scored Dan Gladden in the bottom of the 10th inning. Brian David Harper (born October 16, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for teams in both the American and National Leagues during his 16-year career (1979 - 1995). ... Eugene Thomas Larkin (born October 24, 1962 in Flushing, New York) was a switch-hitting Utility infielder who played his entire seven-year baseball career with the Minnesota Twins. ... Clinton Daniel Dan Gladden (born July 7, 1957 in San Jose, California) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ...


Hrbek was one of seven Twins to be part of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series teams. The other six were Randy Bush, Greg Gagne, Kirby Puckett, Al Newman, Gene Larkin, who made the winning hit in Game 7 of the 1991 series, and Dan Gladden, who was the runner Larkin scored with that hit. 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... Dates October 19, 1991–October 27, 1991 MVP Jack Morris (Minnesota) Television network CBS Announcers Jack Buck, Tim McCarver Umpires Don Denkinger (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Drew Coble (AL), Terry Tata (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Ed Montague (NL) The 1991 World Series was played from October 19 to October 27... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Robert Randall Randy Bush (born October 5, 1958 in Dover, Delaware), is a former professional baseball player who played for the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 1993. ... Greg Gagne can refer to either of the following: Greg Gagne — a former major-league baseball player, most notably with the Minnesota Twins Greg Gagne — a former professional wrestler best-known for his work in the American Wrestling Association in the 1970s and 1980s This is a disambiguation page, a... Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1] – March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. ... Albert Dwayne (Al) Newman (born June 30, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos (1985-1986), Minnesota Twins (1987-1991) and Texas Rangers (1992). ... Eugene Thomas Larkin (born October 24, 1962 in Flushing, New York) was a switch-hitting Utility infielder who played his entire seven-year baseball career with the Minnesota Twins. ... Clinton Daniel Dan Gladden (born July 7, 1957 in San Jose, California) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ...


Frequently injured (though seldom seriously), Hrbek retired after the players strike in 1994. Despite operating in the same lineup as Kirby Puckett for all but two years of his career, and his long and close association with Puckett, Hrbek's numbers never approached those of the center fielder, and it is generally agreed that his career, while long and productive, was not Baseball Hall of Fame material. In 2000, his first year of eligibility, Hrbek garnered only 5 votes, nowhere near the 5% minimum threshold for continued eligibility, and is thus ineligible for the Hall of Fame unless voted in by the Veterans Committee. His first year of Veterans' Committee eligibility is 2015. // 1886 baseball demonstration at Conner Prairie living history museum. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1] – March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Eligibility may refer to: Eligibility or passive suffrage in elections Category: ... The Veterans Committee, officially the Committee on Baseball Veterans, is a committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that provides a second chance for Hall of Fame election to players passed over in regular Hall of Fame balloting. ... 2015 (MMXV) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Kent Hrbek's number 14 was retired by the Twins in 1995, becoming one of only three others at the time (Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, and Tony Oliva) in franchise history. Hrbek was also inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was also one of few players then (which is even rarer today) who played out his entire career with only one team. Harmon Clayton Killebrew (born June 29, 1936 in Payette, Idaho) is a former Major League Baseball player and member of the Hall of Fame. ... Carew, Time, 1977 Rodney Cline Carew (born October 1, 1945 in Gatun, Panama) was a Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique (born July 20, 1938) in Pinar del Río, Cuba, better known as Tony Oliva, is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins between 1962 and 1976. ...


Currently, Kent Hrbek can be seen hosting an outdoor sports program on KARE TV-11 called Kent Hrbek Outdoors. Hrbek is also a perennial pitchman for Twin Cities-area HVAC company Carrier Heating and Air Conditioning. He now has a series of baseball fields named after him in his hometown of Bloomington, Minnesota. Since Kent Hrbek’s father died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrigs disease) in 1982, he has worked to increase awareness of the disease. Hrbek hosts an annual charity golf tournament in Minnesota to raise money for ALS research, and makes many public appearances on behalf of the cause. KARE (or commonly KARE 11) is a broadcast television station serving the Twin Cities market of Minnesota and western Wisconsin in the United States, with studios located in the suburb of Golden Valley. ... A spokesperson (person could be replaced with the gender of the person), or spokesmodel is a person who speaks on behalf of others, but is understood not to be necessarily part of the others (e. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease marked by gradual degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. ...

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Career statistics

AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG HBP GD TB IB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
.282 1747 6192 903 1749 312 18 293 1086 838 798 .367 .481 26 165 2976 110 15 66 37 26 .587 21.1 7.8

See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ...

Further reading

  • Kent Hrbek by Deegan, Paul J.; Carpenter, Jerry; DiMeglio, Steve ISBN 0-939179-32-6

External links

Preceded by
Glenn Davis
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1991
Succeeded by
Cal Ripken Jr.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kent Hrbek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (791 words)
In 2000, his first year of eligibility, Hrbek garnered only 5 votes, nowhere near the 5% minimum threshhold for continued eligibility, and is thus ineligible for the Hall of Fame unless voted in by the Veterans Committee.
Kent Hrbek's number 14 was retired by the Twins in 1995, becoming one of only three others at the time (Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, and Tony Oliva) in franchise history.
Hrbek was one of seven Twins to be part of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series teams.
Kent Hrbek - definition of Kent Hrbek in Encyclopedia (213 words)
Kent Hrbek (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was a US-American baseball player.
Hrbek had his Major League debut in 1982 and was immediately selected as an All-Star.
Kent Hrbek was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame the following year.
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