A very distinct name for a team, the Minnesota Twins were named after the Twin cities, namely Minnesota and St. Paul. They are one of the American professional baseball teams and was established in 1901, but have been based in Minnesota only since 1961. They participate in the Major League Baseball as a member team from the American League Central Division (AL).
Having changed their home base several times since their initiation, the Minnesota Twins have finally settled at Target Field in 2010 to present with the owner being Jim Pohlad, and Paul Molitor as the manager, and Thad Levinas the General Manager.
The Minnesota Twins was one of the eight original teams of AL - named the Washington senators in 1901 – until they could be independent and relocate to Minnesota, thereby becoming the Minnesota Twins in 1961. At that time, the twins were part of the West Division from 1969 to 1993, and it was in 1994 they became part of the Central Division.
Success came in waves for the Twins with the first of their achievements, the World Series in 1924 as the Washington Senators where they beat New York Giants. Then the Twins did not win the World Series again till 1987 where they defeated NL champion St. Louis Cardinals (4-3). They tasted World Series success again in 1991 when they won against Atlanta Braves, again four games to three. Nevertheless, Minnesota Twins have shown great prowess as evidenced by the AL Pennants attributed to their name; 1924, 1925, 1933, 1965, 1987 and 1991.
For several years, the team went through a stage of inadequacy due to a series of retirements and injuries that hurt the team badly, with the then manager Tom Kelly putting all his efforts into rebuilding the team.
The team also had its lion’s share of Division Titles over the course of their career with Central Division Titles wins in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and the latest in 2010 (making that 6 Central Division titles out of ten in the first decade of the millennium). As for the West Division title as Twins in 1969, 1970, 1987, and 1991. The Twins last achievement to date has been the Wild Card Berth in 2017.
With a rich current roster, the twins had many of their players who left their print on the team and names in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some of them are; Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Herb Carneal, Bert Blyleven – in the 1960s to the 1980s. Lately, we have seen Zoilo Versalles, Jim Rantz, Brad Radke, Greg Gagne, Eddie Guardado, John Gordon, and Johan Santana, to mention but a few.
The Minnesota Twins have come to be known as a record achieving team; either as a team or as individual players. They have achieved records in Batting, Pitching, Strikeouts, home runs, walks, hits, and still a lot more. The latest record by Johan Santana for the most strikeouts in a single game in 2007.
The Minnesota Twins have developed over the years some traditions that endeared them to their fans such as carrying water and snacks to the bullpen in brightly colored child backpacks, playing pranks on each other, and a lighthearted atmosphere of partying after a win.
As this is the Minnesota Twins the 58th season, all their fans are waiting anxiously.