1973 Minnesota Twins Roster
The Designated Hitter was introduced to baseball, but the 907,499 who viewed the Twins in 1973 did not see Harmon Killebrew in the role he was meant for. Instead they saw the hobbled Tony Oliva, who would play out his remaining seasons as the Designated Hitter. Killebrew, himself slowed by injuries, would hit only 5 homers for the season. Rod Carew won his third batting crown with a .350 average, and was joined at the All-Star game by Bert Blyleven, who set five team records in the 1973 season with his 325 innings and 258 strikeouts to go with 25 complete games, 9 shutouts and holding opponents to a .252 batting average while compiling a monster 20-17 record.