First signed by the Royals, Corbett was claimed by the Twins off Cincinnati's roster
in the 1979 major league draft. In 1980, the sinkerballer set AL rookie records with
73 appearances and 23 saves. He saved 17 games with an AL-high 54 appearances in
strike-shortened 1981. The Twins sent him to California in a 1982 trade for Tom Brunansky,
but Corbett proved a disappointment. He spent parts of 1982 through 1985 in the minors,
and did not record a save in 1983 or '85. His toughness was questioned; he would
warn hitters, "Look out," when he'd accidently let loose inside. He made a comeback
of sorts in 1986, saving 10 for the AL West Champion Angels, and winning LCS Game
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 27, 1980: The Twins score 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 20–11 thrashing of the A's. Minnesota starter Geoff Zahn can't hold the 10–0 lead, allowing eight runs in 41/3 innings, and Doug Corbett picks up the win in relief.
»August 10, 1986: Pitcher Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to lead the Cardinals to a 5–4 win over the Pirates, and reliever Todd Worrell records his 24th save to break the ML rookie record set by Doug Corbett in 1980.