1979 Minnesota Twins Roster
This was the season Calvin Griffith was caught making some race-related remarks during the winter caravan and Rod Carew sent out signals indicating he did not want to play for 'the man.' Griffith obliged, shipping Carew to the California Angels for Dave Engle/Ken Landreaux/Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens. The team performed brilliantly at times, with native son Jerry Koosman winning 20 games and Mike Marshall getting Fireman of the Year honors with his 90 appearances and 32 saves to go with a 10-15 record. Attendance was up over a million again (1,070,521) and the Twins were 2 games over .500, six away from the top of the division. Roy Smalley was the Twins lone All-Star, and John Castino shared Rookie of the Year honors with Toronto Blue Jay SS Alfredo Griffin.