Gary Gaetti Speaker Profile
Former Third Baseman for the Minnesota Twins
Gary Gaetti Biography
Gary Gaetti ,nicknamed "G-Man", "Rat",or "Zorn", is an American former third baseman in Major LeagueBaseball for the Minnesota Twins (1981-1990), California Angels (1991-1993),Kansas City Royals (1993-1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996-1998), Chicago Cubs(1998-1999) and Boston Red Sox (2000).
Gaetti won a World Series championship with Minnesota in1987 and was the MVP of that year's American League Championship Series againstthe Detroit Tigers. That year, he became the first player ever to hit home runsin his first two postseason plate appearances.
Gary Gaetti played collegiate baseball for Lake Land College in Mattoon,Illinois and Northwest Missouri State University. Legend has it that Gaettiholds the record for the longest distance home run in NWMSU baseball history,an estimated 505 foot home run. Gaetti was drafted three times before finallysigning with the Minnesota Twins: first by the St Louis Cardinals in the 4thround of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft (then held annually in January)and again in 1978 by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of June SecondaryDraft before he was drafted by the Twins in the 1st round of the June Secondaryportion of the 1979 draft. Gaetti wasted little time and signed on 21 June1979.
Gaetti then spent the next three years in the Twins' minorleague system, playing for the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins in theAppalachian League in 1979, the A-level Wisconsin Rapids Twins in the MidwestLeague in 1980, and the AA-level Orlando Twins in the Southern League in 1981.Gaetti then made his major league debut in nine September games which includedhitting a home run in his first-ever major league at bat. In 1982, Gaetti wouldbecome a permanent fixture at third base for the Twins and would man the hotcorner in Minnesota for the next nine seasons.
Gaetti was known as a power-hitting third baseman who'sarguably best season was in 1986 when he batted .287 with 34 home runs and 108runs batted in. Gaetti also flashed an above-average glove and starting in1986, he won four consecutive Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence. Gaettihelped propel the Twins into the 1987 post-season and their first World Serieschampionship with a typical Gaetti season, hitting .257 with 31 homeruns and109 RBI. He also hit himself into the record books, slugging two home runs inhis first two career postseason at-bats in the American League ChampionshipSeries to help the Twins upset the favored Detroit Tigers.
Gaetti was selected as an All-Star in 1988 and 1989. Playingagainst the Boston Red Sox on July 17, 1990, Gaetti helped the Twins makehistory as the team became the first (and to date the only) team in baseballhistory to turn two triple plays in the same game. Despite their defensiveheroics, the Twins lost the game 1-0.
His production at the plate would drop following his bigseasons in 1987 and 1988 and after hitting only .229 in 1990, Gaetti leftthe Twins for the Angels as a free agent following the season. His productioncontinued to drop off with the Angels and only 2 1/2 years into his four yearcontract, he was released in June 1993. However he was almost immediatelysigned by the Royals, who had lost their projected regular third baseman, KeithMiller, to injury and had been playing struggling rookie Phil Hiatt at third.Signed for the major league minimum salary ($109,000) and handed the third basejob almost by default, Gaetti turned his career around and hit 26 homeruns forthe Royals in 665 at-bats between 1993 and 1994, splitting time at third withKeith Miller, David Howard, and Terry Shumpert. In 1995, Gaetti played in 137games and at the age of 36, he put together one of his best seasons, hitting.261 with 35 homeruns and 96 RBI, winning his only Silver Slugger, setting acareer high in home runs and missing the Royals team record for most home runsin a season by one.
Following the 1995 season, Gaetti signed as a free agentwith the Cardinals, where he enjoyed two more productive seasons before beingreleased again in August 1998 after the Cardinals' acquisition of FernandoTatis. Gaetti landed on his feet again and immediately signed with the Cubs,where he enjoyed a good two months during the Cubs' pennant drive, hitting.320/8/27 and helping the Cubs win the National League wild card. The followingseason, the Cubs became disillusioned with its aging infield, which featuredGaetti at third, Jeff Blauser at short, Mickey Morandini at second, and MarkGrace at first and Gaetti played only semi-regularly and was released at theend of the season after hitting only .204 with 9 homeruns. He wound up hiscareer the following season in Boston, appearing in five games in April 2000 atthe age of 41.
Bill James noted Gaetti's baseball-related aging process asbeing unusual for two reasons. Unlike most other league veterans, his walk ratenever improved and his rate of productivity decline was"exceptionally" slow. Gaetti retired as the all-time home run king ofplayers that homered in their first Major League at bat. Gaetti was used as anemergency relief pitcher by both the Cardinals and the Cubs, retiring with anERA of 7.71 and one strikeout in three appearances.
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Richfield Minnesota Menards Brings out Sports Stars Including Gary Gaetti for Grand Opening Celebrations
Posted on 1 March 2013 | 1:48 am
Four-time Gold Glove Award winner Gary Gaetti is just one of the sports stars appearing for Menards nine-day Grand Opening celebration in Richfield, Minnesota. The big celebration began February 23 running through March 1, with Gaetti appearing Thursday evening, February 28. The former third baseman spent half of his 20-year career with the Minnesota Twins and was the first player to...[Read More]
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