The Minnesota Twins began in the league in 1894 as the Washington Senators, who were relocated to Minnesota in 1961.
The Twins have one six American League pennants, the most recent being in 1991, which was also the last time they won the World Series. They previously won two other World Series titles in 1987 and 1924.
Impressively, they have also fielded 18 American League batting championships, including Rod Carew, who won seven batting titles.
The Twins, who are named after the Twin Cities in Minnesota, have played in six stadiums. Their current stadium, Target Field, was opened in 2010 and it was the first stadium that was created specifically for the Twins. Prior to playing in Target Field, the Twins shared the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.
Jim Pohlad currently owns the Minnesota Twins, whom he inherited after his father, Carl, died in 2009.
The Twins’ current manager, Ron Gardenhire, has coached the team since 2002. During his tenure, he has be the runner-up in the Manager of the Year voting five times.
The Twins are looking to run away with the American League Central Division title this season and it is no surprise because they are clearly one of the most complete teams in the league.
Not only does Minnesota have the second highest team batting average in major league baseball, but they have the second best team ERA in the American League. In addition, the only American League team that has less errors than them is the New York Yankees.
Joe Mauer has a superb .326 batting average and 71 RBI and Carl Pavano has 16 wins, which is the third most in the American League. With that type of production on both sides of the ball, it is clear that Minnesota is one of the top teams in baseball.
Did You Know?
The Twins have only had one season this decade in which they finished below .500. It was in 2007.
Harmon Killebrew is the only Twin to be selected to the All-Star game at three different positions: first base, third base, and left field.
The flagpole at Target Field is the flagpole from Met Stadium, which was the Twins’ home from 1961 to 1981.
8/22/2010- Kevin Slowey(RHP): 15-day DL, strained right tricep
8/22/2010- Ron Mahay(LHP): 60-day DL, torn rotator cuff, out for season
8/20/2010- Nick Punto(3B): 15-day DL, reaggravated strained left hamstring
8/12/2010- Jose Mijares(LHP): 15-day DL, strained left knee
7/29/2010- Nick Punto(3B): 15-day DL, strained left hamstring
7/24/2010- Orlando Hudson(2B): 15-day DL, strained right oblique muscle
7/8/2010- Justin Morneau(1B): 60-day DL, concussion
7/1/2010- Matt Tolbert(2B): 15-day DL, injured right middle finger
6/7/2010- J.J. Hardy(SS): 15-day DL, sore left wrist
6/1/2010- Alexi Casilla(2B): 15-day DL, right elbow surgery
5/31/2010- Orlando Hudson(2B): 15-day DL, sprained left wrist
5/5/2010- J.J. Hardy(SS): 15-day DL, left wrist contusion
4/29/2010- Pat Neshek(RHP): 15-day DL, inflamed finger on right hand
4/16/2010- Nick Punto(3B): 15-day DL, strained groin
4/16/2010- Jose Mijares(LHP): 15-day DL, blurred vision
3/29/2010- Clay Condrey(RHP): 60-day DL, elbow strain
3/26/2010- Joe Nathan(RHP): 60-day DL, right elbow surgery, out for season
3/26/2010- Jose Morales(C): 15-day DL, right wrist surgery
Scott Baker (RHP)
Nick Blackburn (RHP)
Francisco Liriano (LHP)
Carl Pavano (RHP)
Kevin Slowey (RHP)
Alex Burnett (RHP)
Matt Capps (RHP)
Jesse Crain (RHP)
Brandon Duensing (LHP)
Randy Flores (LHP)
Brian Fuentes (LHP)
Matt Guerrier (RHP)
Jeff Manship (RHP)
Jose Mijares (LHP)
Pat Neshek (RHP)
Glen Perkins (LHP)
Jon Rauch (RHP)
Alexi Casilla (2B)
Michael Cuddyer (1B)
J.J. Hardy (SS)
Orlando Hudson (2B)
Trevor Plouffe (SS)
Nick Punto (3B)
Matt Tolbert (3B)
Danny Valencia (3B)
Jason Kubel (RF)
Jason Repko (RF)
Ben Revere (CF)
Denard Span (CF)
Delmon Young (LF)