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Having made the move to the Twin Cities following the 1960 season, the Minnesota Twins franchise has a history spanning all the back to 1901 in Washington. In the 115+ years of their existence, there are only three World Series titles to their name (two in Minnesota and one in Washington), but their most recent Fall Classic victory in 1991 is remembered for one of the most memorable finishes in World Series history.
In a scoreless Game 7 entering the 10th inning, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jack Morris refused to be pulled from game. His determination powered him through as he retired the side in order. This set the stage for a dramatic finish in the bottom of the inning when pinch hitter Gene Larkin, despite an injured knee, lined a shot to deep left center field allowing Dan Gladden to score from 3rd base, winning the World Series in front of the overjoyed home town crowd.
This great team had some real standout fan favorite players in Kent Hrbek (the hometown kid), Chuck Knoblauch who was named the AL Rookie of the Year that season, gutsy pitcher Jack Morris, and the most beloved Minnesota Twins player of all time, Kirby Puckett. For more information about the history of the Minnesota Twins click here.
Today’s squad, under the leadership of Manager Paul Molitor, aspire to reach the same plateau in front of the crowd at their new stadium, Target Field. It will be a work in progress as the retirement of Torii Hunter and the loss of Mike Pelfrey to their AL Central division rival Detroit Tigers has created some holes in the lineup.
Younger talent in the form of prospects like Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios will get their big chance in the majors, alongside newly acquired Korean slugger Byung Ho Park. Pitchers Ervin Santana and Phil Hughes will do their best to take the pressure off the offense with successful outings on the mound. Anchoring the team, as always, is veteran 1st baseman Joe Mauer, who will lead this team both on and off the field, showing the younger players the ropes and what it is to be a professional.