Currently, the Minnesota Twins are one of two Major League teams who boast a roster with two MVP winners.  

Joe Mauer (MVP-2009) and Justin Morneau (MVP-2006) have led the Minnesota Twins to three AL Central Division Titles over the past five years.

Mauer already has three batting titles and two gold gloves, while Morneau has been leading the league in hitting for most of the season so far in 2010.

Where would this “Dynamic Duo” rank amongst some of the best in baseball history?

I looked back over the past 50 years of Major League baseball and ranked over 60 pairs of teammates.

In order to be considered, duos had to have at least five seasons together on the same team and achieved either a World Series Championship or a league MVP award. 

The following criteria was used to rank the duos (in order of importance):

  • World Series Championships
  • Total number of MVP awards
  • World Series appearances
  • Combined home run total
  • Combined RBI total
  • Total hits
  • Combined batting average

The ranking system does favor teammates with a longer tenure playing together.

The top 10…

10: Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek – 11 seasons, 437 home runs, 1889 RBI, 3555 hits, .299 batting average.

Puckett and Hrbek played their entire careers for the Twins from 1981 to 1994.

They led the Minnesota Twins to World Series Championships in 1987 and 1991.

Puckett, the more decorated of the two, was a 10-time All-Star, earning six Gold Gloves as the Twins’ centerfielder from 1986 to 1992 and a batting title in 1989.

Hrbek was the local boy who grew up in the shadow of Metropolitan Stadium. The soft-handed first baseman had the unfortunate luck of playing at the same time as perennial Gold Glove first baseman Don Mattingly. He was the AL MVP runner-up in 1984 and an All-Star in 1982.

Nine: Robin Yount and Paul Molitor – 15 seasons, 386 home runs, 1964 RBI, 4736 hits, .298 batting average.

Yount and Molitor’s 15 seasons together playing for the Milwaukee Brewers ranks third most among all of the duos in this ranking.

Both players career spanned at least 20 seasons, with each exceeding 2,000 hits. 

In 1982 they anchored the left side of the Brewers’ infield all the way to the AL Championship. They eventually lost in the World Series to St. Louis, four games to three.

1982 was a banner year for Yount, who was voted AL MVP and awarded a Gold Glove for his play at shortstop. That same year, Molitor led the league in runs scored (136) and plate appearances (751). Yount also won the MVP in 1989.

Eight: Alan Trammell and Lou Whittaker – 19 seasons, 428 home runs, 2071 RBI, 4689 hits, .282 batting average.

The double-play combination of Trammell and Whittaker lasted longer than any other duo in the rankings. They played their entire careers for the Tigers.

Trammell and Whittaker led the team to a wire-to-wire World Series Championship in 1984. The team sprinted out to a 35-5 record to open the season, and finished 104-58 to win the AL East by 15 games.

In the postseason, they only lost one game in the first two rounds against Kansas City and San Diego.

Although Trammell and Whittaker were never named league MVP, they did combine to win seven Gold Gloves for the Tigers, while playing over 2,000 games together.

Seven: Reggie Jackson  and Joe Rudi – 9 seasons, 352 home runs, 1161 RBI, 2065 hits, .271 batting average.

Jackson and Rudi played together from 1967-1975, leading a dominate Oakland A’s squad to three consecutive World Series Championships in ’72, ’73, and ’74.

Had Jackson not left the A’s following the ’75 season, this duo would have ranked much higher. Known as “Mr. October,” Jackson won the American League MVP award in 1973.

Although not as famous as Jackson, Rudi earned three Gold Gloves and finished second in the MVP balloting in 1972 and 1974. 

Six: Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones – 12 seasons, 731 home runs, 2330 RBI, 3659 hits, .286 batting average.

Chipper and Andruw are two of the three active players in the rankings.

They played together from 1996-2007, leading the Atlanta Braves to ten consecutive division titles and two World Series appearances.

Although Chipper Jones won the league MVP in 1999, Andruw was the more decorated player in the field, earning 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-2007 for his play in center.


The rankings for five through 10 were extremely close; tweaking the importance of any of the statistics can easily shuffle the order. 

The top five…

Five: George Brett and Frank White – 18 seasons, 441 home runs, 2284 RBI, 4713 hits, .283 batting average.

Only Trammell and Whittaker played together longer than the dynamic duo of Brett and White.

From 1973 to 1990, they anchored the Kansas City infield, leading the Royals to two World Series appearances, including a victory over inter-state rival St. Louis in 1985.

Brett won the league MVP in 1980, while White won the ALCS MVP en route to their first World Series appearance.

Brett had the better offensive statistics. White earned eight Gold Gloves playing second base for the Royals.

Perhaps the most infamous event during their tenure was the “Pine Tar Incident” in 1983 when New York manager Billy Martin protested Brett’s bat after hitting a go-ahead two run home run at Yankee Stadium. Brett had to be restrained by coaches and teammates after rookie umpire Tim McClelland called him when the umpire crew determined his bat had too much pine tar. 

The call was eventually overturned by commissioner Lee McPhail.

Four: Willie Mays and Willie McCovey – 13 seasons, 800 home runs, 2306 RBI, 3558 hits, .291 batting average.

Only the fact that Mays and McCovey never won a World Series Championship kept them from cracking the top three.

Their combined 800 home runs are the most of any duo over the past 50 years. Playing together for the San Francisco Giants from 1959 to 1971, they led the National League in home runs in six of the eight seasons  between ’62 to ’69.

Over his career, Mays would win 11 of his 12 consecutive Gold Gloves roaming the outfield for the Giants.  

In 1962 Mays and McCovey led San Francisco to the only World Series appearance for the duo, eventually losing to AL MVP Mickey Mantle and the New York Yankees.  

In 1965, Mays was named the NL MVP, his second overall and first with the Giants. McCovey, the league MVP runner-up in ’58 and ’62, would eventually win the award in 1969.

Three: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle – Seven seasons, 419 home runs, 1107 RBI, 1609 hits, .280 batting average.

The M&M Boys , Maris and Mantle only played together for just seven seasons and made the most of them, leading the New York Yankees to five consecutive World Series appearances from 1960 to 1964 and two championships in ’61 and ’62.

They won the American League MVP award three straight years; Maris in ’60 and ’61 and Mantle in ’62.

In 1961, Maris hit a record 61 home runs, a record that would stand for 37 seasons before being broken in 1998 by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.

Mantle played his entire 18-year career for the Yankees, while Maris only played seven of his 12 season with the Bronx Bombers. 

Two: Mike Schmidt and Garry Maddox – 12 seasons, 526 home runs, 1791 RBI, 3055 hits, .276 batting average.

Schmidt and Maddox played together for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1975 to 1986, leading them to two World Series appearances and a championship in 1980.

Schmidt was voted the NL MVP in 1980 and ’81. Over his 18 seasons, he earned ten consecutive Gold Gloves as the Phillie’s third baseman and appeared in 12 All-Star games.

Maddox, known as the “Secretary of Defense,” won eight consecutive Gold Gloves from 1975 to 1982 and led the league in outfield assists in ’75 and ’76 as the Phillie’s center fielder.

One: Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams— 12 seasons, 438 home runs, 1932 RBI, 4067 hits, .311 batting average.

This was not even close!

With six World Series appearances and four World Championships, no other pair was even close to the top rated Dynamic Duo of Major League Baseball over the past 50 years.  

Jeter and Williams played together on the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2006, leading them to four titles in five years from 1996 to 2000.

Incredibly, Jeter has never won the AL MVP award. The closest he finished was second in 1996 behind Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers.

In 16 seasons together, Williams and Jeter each won four Gold Gloves. Williams earned MVP honors in the 1996 ALCS, while Jeter was name World Series MVP in 2000.   


Other notable duos:

  • Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, Houston Astros – 11th
  • Barry Bonds and J.T. Snow, San Francisco Giants – 13th
  • Johnny Bench and Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds – 17th 
  • Bench and Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds – 23rd.
  • Ken Griffey Jr and Jay Buhner, Seattle Mariners – 33rd.
  • Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield, New York Yankees – 39th 

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