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Team Name: Minnesota Twins
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minnesota Twins History

One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1901. Then the Washington Senators (not to be confused with the Washington Senators that were enfranchised in 1961 as a replacement and eventually became the Texas Rangers), the team moved to Minneapolis in 1961, then based in Metropolitan Stadium.The Twins were eagerly greeted in Minnesota when they arrived in 1961. They brought a nucleus of talented players: Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Camilo Pascual, Zoilo Versalles, Jim Kaat, Earl Battey, and Lenny Green. The Twins won 92 games in 1962, the most by the franchise since 1933.

The "Minnesota" designation, instead of "Minneapolis" (the Twins were the first professional baseball team to be named for a state rather than a city), comes from the fact that the team is intended to represent the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul (and, presumably, the entire state). This fact is reinforced by the stylized TC logo originally worn on their caps, and by their mascot, TC Bear.

In 2006, the Twins came from 12 games back in the division at the All-Star break to tie the Detroit Tigers for the lead in the 159th game of the season. With the Tigers having won the season head-to-head by 11 games to 8, the Twins needed a Tiger loss and a Twins win in order to take sole possession of first place and win the division outright, and got both on the last day of the season, when the Tigers lost their third straight game at home to the last place Kansas City Royals in a 10-8 game in 14 innings. After their win against the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins and somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000 fans watched the Tigers-Royals game on the Metrodome's jumbotrons. This is the first time in major league history that a team has won a division or league outright on the last day of the regular season without ever having had sole possession of first place earlier. The magical season came to a sudden end, however, as the Twins were swept 3-0 in the divisional championship series, while Detroit went on as a wild card entry, beat the Yankees 3-1 in their divisional series, and went on to play the A's in the league championship series. The Tigers would go on to sweep the A's 4-0 in the ALCS and lose the 2006 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the minds of many, the current Minnesota Twins seem to be a new version of the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s[citation needed], a talented team that won their division many times, only to fall short in the playoffs, often losing in the divisional series. This was especially compounded when their bitter rivals, the White Sox, won the World Series in the lone year they won the division in 2005. Similarly, the Tigers, despite losing the division in 2006, managed to win the American League pennant. In contrast, the Twins, despite winning the division in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, have only reached the American League Championship Series once, losing in the aforementioned 2002 ALCS. In 2007, the Twins went 79-83 and the 2001 Central Division champion Cleveland Indians, won it again in 2007. It ended a six-year winning-season run starting in 2001.

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