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Greg Gagne

Name: Greg Gagne
Bats Right, Throws Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight 172 lb.
Born: November 12, 1961 in Fall River, MA
Played For: Minnesota Twins (1983-1992); Kansas City Royals (1993-1995); Los Angeles Dodgers (1996-1997)

Post Season: 1987 & 1991 World Series, 1996 National League Divisional Series
Biography :
Gregory Gagne was born November 12, 1961 in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 1979 amateur draft. From 1980-82 Greg Gagne hit .270 and .297 while playing minor league ball in Greensboro.

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Acquired from the Yankees in a 1982 deal for Roy Smalley, Greg Gagne won Minnesota's shortstop job in 1985.

He hit two inside-the-park homers in the Metrodome on October 4, 1986. His first was in the second inning off Chicago's Floyd Bannister. In his next at bat, there are two runners on when he repeats, again off Bannister, to tie the American League record. Greg almost sets a 20th-century record with a third IPHR, but settles for a triple.

Though he led AL shortstops with 26 errors in 1986, in 1987 he turned it around. Playing a more precise game, he set a club shortstop record with 47 straight errorless games, and helped the Twins to their first World Championship. Despite knocking just 10 home runs in 137 regular-season game, Greg Gagne hit solo homers in games three and four of the LCS and in game four of the World Series vs. St. Louis. He also singled in the go-ahead run in game seven.

In general, Greg Gagne's glove did more talking than his bat, though he did belt a career-high 14 round trippers in 1988. He never hit above .272 for the Twins, but with stars like Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti and Kent Hrbek around to carry the offense, Greg Gagne's steady work in the field was a key to Minnesota's six-year run from 1987 through 1992 which saw the club claim two World Championships and win at least 90 games in two separate seasons.

On October 19, 1991 Greg Gagne helped the Twins defeat the Braves 5-2 in game one of the World Series. Greg's 3-run home run off Charlie Leibrandt in the 5th inning helped support the strong effort of winning pitcher Jack Morris. The 91 World Series is generally regarded as the greatest World Series ever played. Greg Gagne was one of only five players to play on both Twins world championship teams along with Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Gene Larkin, Randy Bush and Dan Gladden.

His departure via free agency after the 1992 season coincided with the start of a rapid slide into perennial ineptitude for the Twins franchise.

After his tenure with the Twins, Greg Gagne spent three seasons with Kansas City. He put together his best season for the Royals in 1993, setting career-best with a .280 batting average and 57 RBIs while leading the league with a .986 fielding percentage. On July 22, 1993 Greg Gagne had the privilege of setting a record in Tiger Stadium. He hit a home run off Detroit's Mark Leiter in the Royals' 12-6 victory. The home run was the 10,000th hit in the long history of Tiger Stadium, making it the 1st ballpark to reach that figure. In 1994, he prevented Oakland pitcher Bobby Witt from a perfect game when Oakland defeated Kansas City 4-0. Umpire Gary Cederstrom calls Greg Gagne safe on a close play at 1st in the 6th inning, for the Royals only hit, but TV replays show that Greg Gagne was out.

He signed another free-agent deal with the Dodgers in November 1995, and finished his career with two seasons in Los Angeles.

Part of an elite group of players that won both World Series championships for the Twins, Greg Gagne is forever a Minnesota “great.”

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