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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 Guardians|
|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|
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.
The Twins didn’t have the best 2021 season, they finished in last place in the AL Central, with a second record of 73-89. They ended up finishing 20 games behind the Chicago White Sox, who won the AL Central.
The Minnesota Twins finished the 2022 Major League Baseball season with a record of 78-84, which put them in third place in the American League Central Division. They did not qualify for the playoffs in 2022. Along with the White Sox they were also expected to compete for the American League Central Division title, but they collapsed late in the season.
If you are a fan of the Minnesota Twins, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2023 season. Do the Minnesota Twins have the star power to make it all the way to the World Series in 2023?
The 2023 season of MLB is here, and our experts have gone through the Minnesota Twins and found some key picks to note. Have a read below as we preview the Twins upcoming season.
Coming into his fifth season as a Major League Baseball manager, Rocco Baldelli has found some success thus far during his tenure.
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. He has already won an award as a manager as he was the 2019 American League manager of the year. He has already led the Minnesota Twins to two American League Central division championships in four seasons. However, they failed to win a single playoff series, and for the last two seasons, they haven’t made the playoffs, which could potentially put him on the hot seat.
After spending the first seven years of his career as a member of the Houston Astros’, Correa is making the jump north to play for the Minnesota Twins. He signed a three year, 105 Million dollar contract with Minnesota on March 22nd.
Carlos Correa almost wasn’t a member of the Minnesota Twins this season, and his journey was one of the most interesting storylines in all of baseball during the off-season. He had reportedly agreed to a contract with several other teams before physicals would come back and end up voiding those contracts as they found issues with the results.
At the end of the day he ended up back in Minnesota and it will be interesting to see how his production is this season after a tumultuous season last year. His production is vital to the success of the Minnesota Twins this season, so he will certainly have to step it up from last year.
Pablo Lopez will be playing his first full season with the Minnesota Twins after coming to town following being traded away from the Miami Marlins. They traded away their best hitter in Luis Arraez to get Pablo Lopez, which immediately put a ton of expectations on his shoulders. He is certainly capable of delivering, as he was one of Miami’s best pitchers last season. At only 27 years old is already carved out a decent career for himself in the major leagues. He has solid speed on his fastball and mixes his pitch as well, which will be viral as he is likely going to be the ace of this rotation this season. Last season he logged 180 innings pitched and had 174 strikeouts.
The Minnesota Twins were given +200 odds to win the 2023 American League Central division this season. Their odds to win the American League Pennant were +1800 prior to the season starting.
While their odds to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the World Series were set at +3500. Their total over/under for victories this season is set at 84.5, With odds of (-110) for the over and (-110) for the under. Last season they managed to finish the season with a record of 78-84.
Their odds to win their division are the second highest odds out of the five teams. While their odds to win the American League pennant is 8th out of 15 teams. They rank 15th in total odds among the entire league to win the World Series this season out of thirty teams.
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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 2022 season with a 78-84 win-loss record.
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 $1.39 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 not make the postseason in the 2022 MLB season after they finished third in the American League Central with a 78-84 win loss record.
When do the Minnesota Twins play?
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Where did the Minnesota Twins finish the season?
The Minnesota Twins finished 3rd in the American League Central in 2022.
How many games did the Minnesota Twins win?
The Minnesota Twins won 78 games in the 2022 season.
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