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This Day in Twins History
February 11th

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1974 The first arbitration ruling in baseball history is decided in favor of Dick Woodson, who posted a 10-8 record along with a 3.95 ERA for the Twins last season. The 27 year-old right-hander, the first player to invoke the new free agency clause, is awarded the $29,000 he asked for, rather than having to take Minnesota's offer, which was six thousand dollars less.
1985 Kent Hrbek signs a new contract, making him the Twins' first million dollar player. The Minnesota first baseman was the runner-up for the American League Most Valuable Player last season, finishing second to Tiger closer Willie Hernandez, after batting .311 along with 27 homers and 107 RBIs for the second-place club.
2007 Avoiding salary arbitration, AL's reigning batting champ Joe Mauer (.347, 13, 84) and the Twins come to terms on a $33 million, four-year contract. The hometown 23 year-old All-Star backstop is the first catcher to lead the majors in batting average and the first to win the batting title in the American League.

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