Tuesday, December 4, 2018

#156 Minnesota Twins

Team Card....franchise entrenched in the upper mid west for the last 58 years....fixture in the society.....a team that has specialized in employing state grown talent to spend part or entire career....best examples, Kent Hrbek, Joe Mauer, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, Terry Steinbach, Jerry Koosman, Dave Goltz....others out of state-ers are one word icons Oliva, Carew, Killebrew, Puckett....honorary royalty....said names belie hitting over pitching...Roots of team go back to 1901 born as the original Washington Senators, a charter member of the American League...Perennial also- ran franchise coining the phase “First in war, First in Peace, Last in the American League....In 60 campaigns in the nation’s capitol output was 5 100 loss seasons, 12 losing 90 or more all of which were under 154 game schedule....team was able to muster occasional respectability....one World Championship and one World Series appearance helmed by an aging Walter Johnson....another World Series appearance under the manager/player Joe Cronin, circa 1933 wedged in three lull in NY Yankee dominance....short lived glory Senators took a 33 game drop the following year...never fully recovered and D. C. Attendance suffered as well... team was sans league title until 1965.... five seasons removed since relocating....in the 22 years that followed performance results varied...appeared in the first two ALCSs but were swept away....middle of pack output during 70’s....major rebuilding in the initial and middle of 80”s....Twinkie loyalty and shrewd front office maneuvers were rewarded with an improbable WS win 1987....scenario repeated in 1991, both series Minnesota won all home games and lost all road games....since that time appeared scattered AL playoff stints but no return to WS  


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