The 2016 Minnesota Twins are hoping to bridge the gap in the AL Central this season, which may be a tall order. They do have youth on their side and should be poised for improvement in a division that is on the rise. Pitching coach Neil Allen helped last year’s starters go from dead last in MLB to 16th in ERA in 2015 in only his first year with the club. Ervin Santana is back from an 80-game suspension due to steroid use and will be joined by Kyle Gibson and a healthy Phil Hughes along with sophomore Tyler Duffey in the rotation. In the bullpen, Kevin Jepsen stepped in for the injured Glen Perkins in 2015 and had a career best 15 saves. With Perkins back, the bullpen looks solid along with Trevor May and journeyman Casey Fein. All Star second baseman Brian Dozier is now under contract for another three seasons and will provide leadership to this young roster. After two seasons as a fill in at shortstop, Eduardo Escobar should have the job from the onset in 2016. The Twins outfield remains somewhat of a mystery at the start of spring training as right fielder Torii Hunter retired and Aaron Hicks at center was traded to the Yankees. Catcher Kurt Suzuki is coming off his worst season at the plate but is very durable and will remain the starter while Minnesota grooms former Yankee John Ryan Murphy to eventually take over the position.
The AL Central is much improved all around and this season should be a fun and competitive one. The Twins are young and hungry and will be looking to climb their way to a potential Wild Card spot in 2016. After six division titles in a nine-year span from 2002-2010, fans might just get to see these guys back on top in the next few seasons. Be sure to purchase Minnesota Twins tickets for plenty of games this summer and head down to the ballpark to cheer on this talented roster.
Home Baseball Park to the Minnesota Twins the states MLB franchise and home to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten). Both teams have called Target field home since 2010, the Twins had 28 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome before moving to Target Field. It is the first facility built for the Twins since they moved to the Twin cities in 1961. The park opened on January 4, 2010 at a cost of $545 million.
ESPN The Magazine ranked Target Field as the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America. Selected to host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Target Field was pleased to make this the third time the game was hosted by the twin cities.
Bruce Miller is principal lead on the design by Populous. It featured a 39,021-seat open-air ballpark located west of Downtown Minneapolis in the Warehouse district. The Stadium is spectacular to behold with an intimate feel, boasting breathtaking views of the city skyline. An array of dazzling amenities are the beginning of the experience that is Target Field. You and your group can enjoy the Budweiser Roof Deck with its 120 fixed seats and room for an additional 130 standing-room-only tickets. The deck features a partial roof canopy, bar and concessions areas and even a conveniently located private restroom. The signature area on the deck is the large fire pit area for cooler nights in the spring and fall. The Budweiser Roof Deck is the new baseball experience and it is a must add to your list of things to do if you haven’t had the pleasure.
Minnesota Twins Histroy
The Minnesota Twins have a long history that has had them play in two cities. For the first six decades the club played baseball as the Nationals and the Senators in Washington, D.C. For the past five decades they have played in Minnesota as the Twins.
The time spent in the nation’s capital yielded three pennants and one World Series win. The team became a joke, almost consistently finishing in last place in the American League. The luck of a team should have been much better given the fact they had Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson and Hall of Fame third baseman Harmon Killebrew on the roster. Yet, the only thing inspiring about the team became its futility, which led to the making of the film Damn Yankees.
The move to Minnesota came as part of the westward expansion of the MLB, but the relocation has not led to many more pennants or World Series titles. Still, the team’s tradition has certainly been better as the Twins than as the Senators. In Minneapolis the club has won two more World Series and three more pennants, but the club has been rather competitive throughout its time in the upper-Midwest. They have played in the postseason 11 times, won the AL Central six times and took the AL West five times.
Players like Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Jack Morris, and Bert Blyleven made this club both watchable and competitive in the second half of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Minnesota Twins managed to win the AL West with six times in the first decade despite employing very few well-known players. Recent years have been about rebuilding after injuries humbled the team. Soon the club will be back to its winning ways and collecting division titles, if not AL Pennants.