Sadly, Minnesota Twins ticket holders have watched their team occupy the basement in the AL Central for many years. Hopefully 2015 will bring change and positivity to Minnesota and their fans.The future looks bright for the Twins with Jose Berrios, Kohl Stewart and Alex Meyer having the makings of an unbeatable rotation a few years down the road.
Hot prospects CF Byron Buxton and 3B Miguel Sano could also potentially get their first taste of the big leagues by mid-season and be impactful for the Twins. For now, the additions of veteran right fielder Tori Hunter and right handed pitcher Ervin Santana should provide a spark both offensively and in the pitching rotation.
While it most likely will be a year for growth and rebuilding to set up for 2016, this Twins roster should not be overlooked and just might surprise baseball fans everywhere. New manager Paul Molitor along with the best pitching rotation this club has seen in a while has the makings of a Cinderella year for the Twins, so don’t necessarily sleep on them for 2015.
The Minnesota Twins franchise line reads 3 World Series, 6 American League Pennants, and 13 postseason appearances. Most of these came after moving from Washington to Minneapolis. As the Senators, the club endured a challenging existence, rarely posting a winning record and competing in the American League. The move north and west was a fortunate one.
They arrived with Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat, and Camilo Pascual on the roster. The impressive mix of hitting and pitching took the now Minnesota Twins to the World Series in 1965. There they lost to the Dodgers. Minnesota returned to the postseason later in the decade, but they caught the Baltimore Orioles during their Golden Age and were swept in both ALCS.
World Series wins would come, but a couple decades later. The first Twins win came in 1987. This club had four hitters with more than 30 homeruns in the batting order. Kirby Puckett was most well rounded of those four hitters, leading the team with a .332 batting average and a .367 OBP. The starting rotation had three solid players, the best of which was Frank Viola, who won 17 games with a 2.90 ERA and 197 strikeouts. This group barely took the AL West, but they easily dispatched the Tigers in the ALCS and beat the Cardinals in a full-seven series World Series.
Minnesota returned in 1991. Puckett remained the focal point of the offense, though Chili Davis, Kent Hrbak, and Shane Mack certainly helped make the Twins batting order one of the most feared in the American League. The starting rotation was equally as dominant, with Jack Morris, Scott Erickson, and Kevin Tapani. This Twins roster was much better than the World Series team four years earlier. The club took out the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS and met the Braves in the Fall Classic. The Twins once again took seven games in the World Series, but they also won. Minnesota has yet to return to this series, but the club has been competitive in the years since.