The Minnesota Twins have been part of the American League in Major League Baseball since 1901, and the West Division between 169-93 and Central Division from 1994, where they currently play. Their home games are held at Target Field, where they have been since 2010, and they have won three World Series titles, six American League Pennants and ten division titles (6 Central, 4 West). Often underestimated by some social commentators, The Twins (or Twinkies) are one of the most identifiable teams in MLB.
They have a proud history and may well be on the up as a side. Could they be a surprise package in 2016?
Founded in 1901 as one of the original eight sides to compete in the American League, The Twins were named the Washington Senators or Nationals from their inception until 1960. Indeed, they were even spoken of in the 1995 Broadway musical ‘Damn Yankees’ as being a middling side. But before the 1960’s, The Minnesota Twins (as the Senators) enjoyed a period of genuine success, in the 1920’s and 1930’s. During that time, they won the World Series in 1924, and did so against the odds. Facing the much-fancied New York Giants in the World Series match, the action went to the final and decisive Game 7. Bucky Harris hit a grounder to third which struck a pebble and hopped bunny-style over the fielder, Freddie Lindstrom. Two runners scored and the score was tied at 3-3. In the bottom of the 12th inning, with the scores still tied, Muddy Ruel was at the bat when his routine hit was dropped by Hank Gowdy, who tried to take off his mask to get a clear view of the ball but instead, stumbled over his discarded mask, dropped the catch and Ruel had another chance to make a hit. This time he didn’t waste it, and hit a double, hitting the winning run after another grounder took a hop over Lindstrom to seal it. What a way to win a World Series!
Names after the ‘Twin Cities’ from the region, Minnesota was keen for the team to arrive when they did so in 1961. Success and mediocrity followed, but one of the most outstanding World Series matches in history took place when The Twins took the title in 1991. With several games going right to the wire, the seventh and final game in the World Series saw an incredible match tied at 0-0 after the regulation nine innings required. In the 10th inning, a single RBI walk-off by Gene Larkin was enough to take victory, owed to a shut-out across all ten innings against the Atlanta Braves. That seventh game of the 1991 World Series is widely regarded as one of the greatest examples of professional baseball in any era.
After recent and successively poor finishes of 5th, 5th, 4th and 5th again in the Central Division, The Minnesota Twins finished as runners-up last season in 2015, having moved to Target Field. Can they go one better and win the Central Division in 2016? If they can do so, who would back against some exciting matches in postseason? Not us!
Who Do The Minnesota Twins Play Next
Can the Minnesota Twins put their positive 2015 season into practice in 2016? Check out their next opponents. The Twins will be hoping to climb the Central Division.
Minnesota Twins Game Schedule
Whether at Target Field or on the road, the Minnesota Twins will be fighting for every run and pitching for a playoff place from the off. Step up to the plate and look at their schedule.
Minnesota Twins Standings Today
Where do the Minnesota Twins sit in the Central Division? Having finished 2nd in their American League Division last time out, The Twins will want to go one better and claim the pennant.
How To Make Money On The Minnesota Twins
We think that The Twins will be a force on the road this year, with their attacking style not dissimilar to that of the Toronto Blue Jays – hitters who all know how to hit and closers who do the business. Expect leads to be held if The Twins can find a way to get ahead.
Check out some highlights from their 2015 MLB campaign: