Minnesota Twins Information
The Twins is a baseball franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that participates in the Major League. The franchise had its beginnings as the Washington Nationals/Washington Senators, who participated in the American League since its establishment in 1901. The baseball franchise changed hands in 1905, when it was sold to Thomas C. Noyes. The Minnesota-based franchise maintained its dual name until 1956, when owner Calvin Griffith officially changed the team’s name to Washington Senators. During its time as a Washington-based franchise, the baseball team had won a World Series title in 1924, with the help of legendary pitcher Walter Perry “Big Train Johnson.” The “Nats” was also able to bag three American League pennants, the first of which was in 1924, the second in 1925, and the third in 1933.
The franchise eventually moved to Minneapolis and changed their names to the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Twins is the first baseball franchise to be named after a state rather than a city. This is because the team aimed to represent the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, hence the name “Twins,” and theoretically, the entire state of Minnesota. When the Minnesota Twins made their move, they treated their supporters who hold Twins tickets with 92 victories in 1962, a franchise record since 1933. This was made possible with core players Harmon Clayton Killebrew, William Robert “Bob” Allison, Camilo Alberto Pascual, Zoilo Casanova Versalles Rodriguez, James Lee Kaat, Earle Jesse Battey, and Leonard Charles Greene. The Minnesota Twins won their first American League Pennant in 1965, led by slugger Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva, and the 1965 League MVP Zoilo Versalles. Minnesota fans with Twins tickets were able to watch their first World Series, with the Minnesota Twins facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Minnesota Twins would eventually bow out to the Dodgers in game 7, when legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax was able to shut out the Twins 2-0 at their home field in the Metropolitan Stadium.
Despite failing to win the 1965 World Series, the efforts of the Minnesota Twins paid-off, attracting more fans and having Twins tickets sales escalating. In 1967, the Minnesota Twins was among the top contenders for the American League pennant. However, the Twins was shut-out by the Red Sox, who bagged the American League pennant.
In 1969, the Twins had a new manager in the person of Billy Martin. The passionate manager brought fire to the Twins, stressing aggressive base running. It was also during this period that Rod Carew had 7 home steals.
The ownership of the Minnesota Twins changed hands in 1984, when Minneapolis banker Carl Pohlad bought the franchise from Calvin Griffith. It was during the 80’s that the Minnesota Twins were delighted that Twins tickets will bring them to the World Series. At the helm of this successful decade are superstars Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett. The Twins met the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 World Series. The 1987 World Series is the first World Series played in an indoor venue, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Minneapolis upset the favored St. Louis Cardinals, winning 4-3 in the series, winning all their home games.
The 1990’s was a see-saw decade for the Minnesota Twins. During the 1990 season, the Twins finished last in their division, winning only a total of 74 games. The Twins were able to pick themselves up in 1991, with the arrival of young talents in the person of Shane Mack, Scott Leius, Chili Davis, and rookie of the year Chuck Knoblauch. Combined with the formidable Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett, the Minnesota Twins were again able to advance to the World Series. The Twins contended against the Atlanta Braves. The 1991 World Series is considered by many as the most exciting World Series to date. The Minnesota Twins was able to win the World Series title by winning all 4 home games. The Twins was able to have a winning season in 1992, but was ousted by the Oakland Athletics. The rest of the decade was plagued by injuries and retirement of stars like Hrbek and Puckett, and the Twins posted losing records until 2000.
Beginning 2001, the Twins stepped-up as one of the contending teams in the Major League. The franchise posted winning records from 2001 through 2006. The Minnesota Twins bagged the Central Division title for three consecutive years from 2002 to 2004, and again bagged the division title in 2006.
The Minnesota Twins are currently hosted by the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. It has hosted the Twins since 1982. The Metrodome is a multi-purpose facility used for baseball, football, and basketball games.
The Current Minnesota Twins 40-man roster is made up of the following talented athletes:
• 30 Scott Baker
• -- Ricky Barrett
• 26 Boof Bonser
• 28 Jesse Crain
• -- Julio DePaula
• 31 J.D. Durbin
• 21 Matt Garza
• 54 Matt Guerrier
• 47 Francisco Liriano
• 74 José Mijares
• 36 Joe Nathan
• 17 Pat Neshek
• 60 Glen Perkins
• 37 Dennys Reyes
• 39 Juan Rincón
• 57 Johan Santana
• 52 Carlos Silva
• 76 Errol Simonitsch
• -- Alexander Smit
• -- Oswaldo Sosa
• 41 Chris Heintz
• 7 Joe Mauer
• 55 Mike Redmond
• 18 Jason Bartlett
• 25 Alexi Casilla
• 1 Luis Castillo
• 27 Jeff Cirillo
• 50 Garrett Jones
• -- Alejandro Machado
• 33 Justin Morneau
• 8 Nick Punto
• 38 Luis Rodríguez
• 5 Michael Cuddyer
• 20 Lew Ford
• 48 Torii Hunter
• 16 Jason Kubel
• -- Denard Span
• 12 Jason Tyner
• 24 Rondell White
• 35 Ron Gardenhire (Manager)
• 40 Rick Anderson (Pitching Coach)
• 9 Steve Liddle (Bench Coach)
• 45 Scott Ullger (Third Base Coach)
• 43 Rick Stelmaszek (Bullpen Coach)
• 13 Jerry White (First Base Coach)
• 46 Joe Vavra (Hitting Coach)
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