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Minnesota Twins Tickets
Minnesota Twins Tickets
The Minnesota Twins began in 1894 in the Western League. In 1901, the team moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the American League, where they were called the Washington Senators and the Washington Nationals while in D.C. While the team was in D.C., it had very little success; in fact, the musical "Damn Yankees" is about a guy who played for the Senators. When Minnesota was granted an expansion team in 1960, the Nationals moved there and gave Washington the expansion slot. Minnesota was good for the team. Sluggers like Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Bob Allison banged homers and Rod Carew and Zoilo Versalles prowled the infield. The team won World Series championships in 1924, 1987, and 1991.
Target Field, Home to the Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins baseball club was blessed with a new ballpark in 2010 when the newly constructed Target Field opened its doors. Replacing the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which is still in use by the Minnesota Vikings football team, Target Field has been considered one of the top baseball parks in terms of fan experience, and its opening marked the return of open-air baseball to Minnesota after nearly 20 years. Behind the right-field gate, Target Plaza celebrates Twins history and honors Twins legends Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, and Rod Carew with statues.
Minnesota Twins and the American League Central
The Minnesota Twins are in a very competitive AL Central division, which also includes the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and Kansas City Royals. Despite their tough in-division opposition, the Twins have managed to capture the division title six times since 2002. Many consider the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers to be the Twins closest Central division rivals.
Minnesota Twins 2012 Team Outlook
The Minnesota Twins are a team that are used to winning, which is why their 2011 season was such a disappointment. Their two best hitters, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, both suffered injuries that kept them off the field for considerable portions of the season. As such, the Twins, a team that managed to reach the playoffs in 2010, lost 99 games last year. However, with so much money committed to Mauer and Morneau, the Twins are reluctant to start over from scratch; therefore, they have continued to spend money in order to replace players like Joe Nathan and Michael Cuddyer, both of whom left via free agency. In their stead, the Twins have brought in several new faces, including Josh Willingham, Jamey Carroll, and Ryan Doumit. Together, the Twins hope that these new players can round out a playoff-caliber roster in 2012.