Coming off a 103-loss 2016 season, the Minnesota Twins are starting somewhat fresh, with new front office hires Derek Falvey as president of baseball ops, and general manager Thad Levine. Inheriting the second most team losses over the past six seasons, Minnesota is finally embracing the analytics side of baseball in an attempt to propel this team to legitimate contender status. The amount of years it may take to get there still remains to be seen.
The Twins pitching rotation is led by 34-year old Ervin Santana, who has two years left on his contract, potentially followed by former LA Angel Hector Santiago, a lefty who had a rough end of last season, but should bounce back in 2017. Kyle Gibson is stout both off the field and on, and veteran Phil Hughes, who was sidelined last season should be ready to roll, for spots three and four. The fifth and final rotation slot will most likely go to one of three right handers; Tyler Duffey, Jose Berrios or Trevor May. Veteran Brandon Kintzler was solid as a closer last season and should return to the bullpen in 2017 in the same capacity as All-Star Glen Perkins recovers from shoulder surgery. Ryan Pressley and Taylor Rogers could be Minnesota’s set-up guys with J.T. Chargois and Michael Tonkin also getting some work out of the bullpen. Since making the switch from shortstop to second base, Brian Dozier has been averaging 28 home runs and is no slouch defensively as well. He has been the subject of trade talk this offseason so could potentially get dealt at some point this year. Switch- hitter Jorge Polanco will man shortstop, but has somewhat struggled with his arm. Centerfielder Byron Buxton ended last season in excellent form playing very impressive defense, while out in leftfield, Eddie Rosario struggled in his second season. They will be joined by Max Kepler in right, who could lose some at-bats to Robbie Grossman, due to his difficulty with left handed pitchers. Veteran catcher Jason Castro inked a three-year, $24.5 million contract with Minnesota this offseason, and should prove to be a huge upgrade over Kurt Suzuki and Juan Centeno, who both struggled defensively.
With a new front office offering a change in culture in Minnesota, the 2017 season could pan out to be an exciting one for Twins’ fans. Summer is almost here, so the time is now to secure those Minnesota Twins tickets so that you’re not left out of all the fun!
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.