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|Colors:||Navy blue, scarlet red, Minnesota Kasota gold & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew & Kirby Puckett|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||None|
|Rivals:||New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox & Cleveland Indians|
|Legends:||Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer, Tony Oliva, Walter Johnson, Bert Blyeven, Ken Hrbek, Johan Santana, Jim Kaat, Justin Morneau & Frank Viola|
|Retired Numbers:||8: 3, 6, 10, 14, 28, 29, 34 & 42|
|World Series Championships:||2: 1987 & 1991|
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The Minnesota Twins have the Washington Senators to thank, as by the end of the 1960 season Senators owner Calvin Griffith moved the franchise and the destination. The team which would be based in Minnesota would be called the Twins as the name signals the identity of the two towns.
Their first season under their move would prove to be a disastrous one as they finished seventh in the American League managing 70 wins. The Twins did improve on their seventh position a year later, as they finished second and the introduction of Tony Oliva must have been something to do with the rapid improvement as they handed him a debut in the 1962 season, but a World Series eluded them.
The next two years, they slid down to the American League to finish third in 1963 and sixth a year later, however, Oliva did win the Rookie of the Year award. A year later in 1965, the Twins entered their first World Series under the Minnesota Twins name and their first since 1933 when they were the Washington Senators.
Their first World Series in 32 years didn’t go as planned as they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers losing the series 4-3, despite taking out the first two games of the event. After the introduction of the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots in the American League, it meant the MLB introduced divisions to each league as well as the introduction of the Championship Series.
The Twins appeared in the first two editions of the American League Championship Series (ALCS), crashing out both times to the Baltimore Orioles in successive occasions. From there it started a long and draining 17 years without any success as they missed the postseason and fluctuated from third spot to sixth spot in the American League West Division.
Throughout that time, their only claim to fame was when Rod Carew won the 1977 MVP award and John Castino won the Rookie of the Year award two years later. After a seven 17 year-hiatus, one would think that it may hinder their postseason chances, but that certainly wasn’t the case for the Twins when they entered the 1987 MLB season under the guidance of manager Tom Kelly.
Kelly and the Twins ended the regular season with 85 wins, which placed them first in the American League West. They then met the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and their first postseason showing since their 1970 ALCS defeat to the Baltimore Orioles.
Unlike their previous showing 17 years earlier, it had a different ending as the Twins defeated the Tigers to head into their first World Series since 1965, where they would meet the St Louis Cardinals.
After not appearing in a World Series in 22 years, the Twins did not miss a beat in the opening two games, as they rushed away to a 2-0 lead heading into game 3. However, the Cardinals put up a fight as they responded by winning the next three matches and they took a 3-2 lead into game 6.
The Twins though weren’t dispirited as they rallied together and won the next two games, to claim their first ever World Series and Frank Viola was named the MVP. They couldn’t continue their momentum in the 1988 season and they missed the postseason altogether finishing second in the American League West with 91 wins.
The Twins though, returned in the 1991 season in emphatic fashion again after missing out in the last three years. The Twins finished the season in first place in the American League West this time with 95 wins (10 more wins then their 1987 triumph). They faced the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS and they defeated them 4-1 to advance to their second World Series in five years.
Just like five years ago in 1987, they faced another tussle this time against the Atlanta Braves and it followed a similar story to their previous triumph as the Twins won the first two games before the Braves responded by winning the next three.
The Twins who were in the exact same position five years ago, knew exactly what to do. They won the remaining two games of the series to hand them their second World Series.
While that is the main highlight to this day, the Twins reached another purple patch between the 2002 and 2006 seasons which saw them play in the postseason four times which also included three successive postseason appearances between 2002 to 2004. Throughout that time they reached the ALCS in 2002 and the ALDS in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.
While the Twins got knocked out in the ALWC in 2017 by the New York Yankees, it did start another semi-successful four years for the Twins who made it to the ALDS (losing to the Yankees in 2019) and due to a shortened MLB season 2020 they reached the ALWC but lost to the Houston Astros.
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Coming into his third season as a Major League Baseball manager, Rocco Baldelli currently has a 162-122 regular season win-loss record in charge of the Minnesota Twins.
Baldelli concluded his playing career in 2010. Following his retirement, Baldelli remained with the Rays organisation (where he retired) and became a Special Assistant for Baseball Operations and roving minor league hitting and outfield defense instructor.
In 2014, Baldelli was elevated to first base coach.
After the 2018 season Baldelli was introduced as the new manager of the Minnesota Twins. In two seasons in charge of the team, Baldelli has led the Twins to back to back postseason appearances and back to back AL Central division titles. Baldelli has an 0-5 record in the postseason.
Although he will turn 40 years old during the 2021 MLB season, Nelson Criz is undeniably still one of the best players in baseball and best players in Twins history.
Cruz joined the Twins organisation for the 2019 season, however his MLB career is riddled with accolades. Cruz is a six time All-Star, member of the All-MLB First and Second teams, ALCS MVP, four time Silver Slugger recipient, AL home run leader and AL RBI leader, just to name a few of his accomplishments.
Having batted .303 with 16 home runs and 33 RBI during the COVID-19 shortened regular season, Cruz showed that father time has not slowed him down just yet, as he looks primed for another big season in 2021.
Longtime star in NPB League, Kenta Maeda is going to be an important asset at the mound for Minnesota in 2021.
Following his illustrious seven year career in Japan, Maeda made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2016 before joining the Twins prior to the 2021 season.
In his debut season with Minnesota, Maeda finished with a 6-1 record and 2.70 ERA during the COVID-19 shortened 60 game season. Maeda led the leagues in WHIP (0.750) and he finished as the runner-up for in the AL Cy Young Award votes behind Shane Bieber.
After earning his debut selection to the 2020 All-MLB Second team, we think Maeda will continue to ascend up the MLB pitching ranks in 2021.
The Twins couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and they were always in contention as they were valued at +1500 on July 24 and to make matters even better they won their opening game. The Twins finished the month of July with a 5-2 record and ended with +1200 on July 30.
The Twins even got off to a bright start in August when they won their opening five games and they were at their shortest so far with +833 on August 4. They suffered their first loss in five games on August 6 which in turn affected their odds to move to the World Series and they were +1200.
However, there was no need to worry as a few days later they were back in contention and they were valued at +800 on August 9 following two wins and one defeat from their previous three games.
The Twins were at their lowest odds of the season on August 15 despite having three wins from their previous five games, they were valued at +700. From there, the highest they got was +850 on August 22, they ended the month with a 15-14 record and ended the month with +800 value on August 24.
The Twins started September off in emphatic fashion despite starting the month with +1400 odds on September 2, they won their opening five games (two of which were on the same day).
Between September 10 to September 22 the Twins played 11 games winning seven times and losing four times, even with their recent form they managed to slip down their value ever so slightly as they were marked at +1300 on September 22. Their last five games of the regular season saw the Twins win three games and drop two before they ended with +1000 odds on September 28.
The Twins made it to the postseason as they finished first place in the American League Central and faced the Houston Astros in the ALWC however, their season ended abruptly when they lost the series 2-0 on September 29 and September 30th.
The Twins finished the season in the bottom half of the table when it came to the run line as they finished 23rd in the MLB with an overall record of 29-33-0. When they were the home side they rose up the ranking to finish in the top 10 with a record of 18-15-0. It was a different story when they were the away side as they slid down to 28th in the league with a record of 11-18-0.
They slid even further when looking at the overall over / under record as they were the worst team in the league placing 30th with a record of 20-38-4. It didn’t get any better when they were the home side as they were still the worst team with a 9-22-2 record. They did eventually move up the rankings when they were the away side moving up six places and they were ranked 25th in the MLB with a record of 11-16-2.
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Where do the Minnesota Twins play?
The Minnesota Twins play at Target Field.
Who owns the Minnesota Twins?
Jim Pohlad owns the Minnesota Twins.
Have the Minnesota Twins won an MLB World Series?
The Minnesota Twins have won two World Series in 1987 and 1991.
Who is the Minnesota Twins general manager?
Thad Levine is the general manager for the Minnesota Twins.
Do the Minnesota Twins play tonight?
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What is the Minnesota Twins record?
The Minnesota Twins finished the 2020 season with a 36-24 win-loss record in 2020.
Did the Minnesota Twins win last night?
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How much are the Minnesota Twins worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Minnesota Twins are worth $1.3 billion.
Who do the Minnesota Twins play tonight?
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How to watch the Minnesota Twins?
You can watch Minnesota Twins games on Fox Sports North, FS1, Fox Channel, ESPN & MLB.TV.
Will the Minnesota Twins make the playoffs this year?
The Minnesota Twins did make the postseason in the 2020 MLB season after they finished first in the American League Central with a 36-24 win loss record. The Twins made it to the ALWCS but lost to the Houston Astros.
Will the Minnesota Twins get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Minnesota Twins have the number 26 pick in the 2021 draft.
When do the Minnesota Twins play?
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Where did the Minnesota Twins finish the season?
The Minnesota Twins finished first in the American League Central.
How many games did the Minnesota Twins win?
The Minnesota Twins won 36 games in the shortened 2020 season.
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