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Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins
Major league affiliations
American League (1901 - present)
Central Division (1994 - present)
Retired numbers3, 6, 14, 28, 29, 34, 42
ColorsNavy blue, red, white      
Minnesota Twins (1961 - present)
Washington Nationals/Senators (1901 1960) * Kansas City Blues (1894 1900) (Western League)
Other nicknamesTwinkies
Target Field (2010 present) ( - present)
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982 2009) *Metropolitan Stadium (1961 1981) * Griffith Stadium (1911 1960) ** a.k.a. National Park (1911 1920) * National Park (1903 1910) * American League Park (1901 1902)
Major league titles
World Series titles199119871924 ((3))
AL Pennants199119871965193319251924 ((6))
Central Division titles201020092006200420032002 ((6))
West Division titles (4)1991198719701969
Wild card berthsNone ((0))
OwnerJim Pohlad
ManagerRon Gardenhire

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The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The team is named after the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from 1982 to 2009. They played their inaugural game at the newly completed Target Field on April 12, 2010.

The team was founded in Kansas City in 1894 as a Western League team and would move to Washington, D.C., in 1901 as one of the eight original teams of the American League, named the Washington Senators or Washington Nationals. Although the Washington team endured long bouts of mediocrity (immortalized in the Broadway musical Damn Yankees), they had a period of prolonged success in the 1920s and 1930s, led by Hall-of-Famers Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, and above all Walter Johnson. Manager Clark Griffith joined the team in 1912 and became the team's owner in 1920. The franchise remained under Griffith family ownership until 1984.

In 1960, Major League Baseball granted the city of Minneapolis an expansion team. Washington owner Calvin Griffith, Clark's nephew and adopted son, requested that he be allowed to move his team to Minneapolis and instead give Washington the expansion team. Upon league approval, the team moved to Minnesota after the 1960 season, setting up shop in Metropolitan Stadium, while Washington fielded a brand new "Washington Senators" (which later became the Texas Rangers prior to the 1972 season).

Success came quickly to the team in Minnesota. Sluggers Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison, who had already been stars in Washington, were joined by Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles, and later second baseman Rod Carew and pitchers Jim Kaat and Jim Perry, winning the American League pennant in 1965. A second wave of success came in the late 1980s and early 1990s, led by Kent Hrbek, Bert Blyleven, Frank Viola, and Kirby Puckett, winning the franchise's second and third World Series (and first in Minnesota).

Through the 2010 season, the franchise has won three World Series championships (1924, 1987, and 1991), and has fielded 18 American League batting champions.

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