The Minnesota Twins are the only Major League Baseball team from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Formed from the move of the Washington Senators, they have been participating in American League play since 1961.
Origin of the Twins
Minneapolis and St. Paul are the largest cities in the Twins' home state. They are also known as twin cities. The team derived its name from that. This decision was intended to demonstrate unity between the two cities on the one hand, and to be representative of the entire state of Minnesota on the other. The Minnesota Twins took off in their fifth season in 1965. Players like Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew led the team to 102 wins in the regular season and a team record that still stands nearly 60 years later. That performance earned them their first World Series appearance, but they lost after a 2-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Dodgers after seven games at Metropolitan Stadium.
At the Summit
It would take Minnesota 22 years to enjoy another World Series. But then the Twins enjoyed their two most successful years in team history. Tony Oliva, who had been a player in the first World Series in 1965, was now working as hitting coach. With players like Frank Viola, Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti, the St. Louis Cardinals were defeated in seven games. The victory was celebrated at their home ballpark, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metodrome. The Twins have been that team with the fewest wins in a season (85) since expanding the schedule to 162 games in 1961. Unfortunately, the success was not sustained. Three years marked by sporting hangover set in. It wasn't until 1991 that the next successful season followed. Now the Twins earned ten more wins in the season. Among them were 15 wins in a row, which is still a franchise record today. On Oct. 27, 1991, the Twins capped the season with their second World Series victory. They defeated the Atlanta Braves in seven games. Once again, Tony Oliva was involved - this year as bench coach. He is the only one who has been involved in all three World Series appearances.
. The Twins were unable to build on that successful time. Although they still reached the playoffs, they were defeated in the first round. The team is still waiting for this curse to be broken. Because the defeats do not only refer to the series, even a large part of individual games are lost. Since 2004, the Minnesota Twins have waited for a postseason game win and have lost 18 straight playoff games. The new ball park has seen postseason games, but none that have been successful. In the process, Target Field was the last solution to avoid a threatened move to another city. Construction began in 2007, and the ball park opened three years later. It is centrally located in Minneapolis in the Warehouse District. The Ballpark is characterized by its limestone walls that run around it. With higher seats near home plate and third base, the stadium offers a beautiful view of the city skyline.
Successful squad school
. Target Field is also adorned with team logos. On one hand, it's the famous Twins lettering, which can be seen above the video wall and on the jerseys. On the other hand, the familiar Minnie and Paul logo. The two characters represent the Twin Cities. They are shaking hands. Another logo consists of the interlocking letters TC. It is used for the official on field caps. If you talk about the Minnesota Twins, sooner or later the name Joe Mauer comes up. This "Local Guy", born in Minnesota, raised in Minnesota and drafted by the Twins stood for 14 years (2004-2018) for the team on the field. To draft a player like that and also keep him long term is every franchise's dream. Training the Minnesota Twins are minor league teams St. Paul Saints, Wichita Wind Surge, Cedar Rapids Kernels and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.