The Twins have been a part of the American League since the beginning of the 20th century. For the first six decades of franchise history the team played in Washington and was called the Senators. Washington struggled through their first 20-plus seasons, finishing seventh or eighth in the AL 11 times in their first 19 seasons. Things changed for the Senators in 1924, when a Walter Johnson-led club defeated the New York Giants in seven games to win the franchise’s first World Series. Washington’s bid to win back-to-back titles fell just short when the Pittsburgh Pirates won the decisive Game 7 by the score of 9-7. After another World Series loss in 1933, the franchise didn’t return to postseason play again until 1965, after the club moved to Minnesota. Although they made the playoffs a couple of times, the Twins’ success didn’t start until the late 1980s. Minnesota won World Series in both 1987 and 1991, when the team was led by future Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Kirby Puckett. In the 2000s the Twins were a mainstay in the playoffs, but didn’t reach the World Series. Between 2002 and 2010 Minnesota reached the playoffs six times, but fell short of their goals and won just a single playoff series. The Twins have retired seven numbers through the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Minnesota Twins baseball tickets.
2016 Twins Season Preview
The Minnesota Twins had a solid season a year ago, improving their win total to 83 in a difficult AL Central division. The Twins posted their first winning season since 2010, and have a roster of solid players poised to do more in 2016. The 2016 Minnesota Twins roster features most of the same faces as a season ago, with Joe Mauer, and Kurt Suzuki headlining a solid roster that looks to continue the production by committee approach in Minnesota. The Twins 2016 rotation is still missing a true #1 pitcher, but with Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana, and Kyle Gibson, Minnesota has a good corps of arms at the top of the rotation, which should pay dividends over the course of a long MLB season. The Twins have been one of the success stories for small market teams over the last two decades, and have a roster that can grind out wins, and should surprise people by being in the hunt late into the season. 2016 Minnesota Twins tickets are available here at TicketCity.
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Minnesota Twins Baseball at Target Field Address: 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
The Twins play their home games at Target Field, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When filled to capacity, Target Field holds nearly 40,000 screaming Twins fans. On your way to the ballpark stroll down Target Plaza, which features statues of all-time Twins greats Harmon Killebrew, Tony Olivia, Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett. The Minnesota Twins dugout is on the first base line of Target Field in front of section 1-6. Target Field parking information is covered in our Twins event guide.
Twins vs. White Sox
This is the premier rivalry for the Twins and these two teams have been needles in each other’s sides for over a century. The rivalry dates back to 1901 when the Twins were still the Washington Nationals, and has been going strong ever since. Both clubs were founding members of the AL West, and moved together to the AL Central in 1994. Since then they have combined for almost 10 divisional titles, and are consistently considered in the top 10 rivalries in baseball.
Twins vs. Brewers
Formerly a divisional rivalry, this game has evolved into one of the better interleague games in the Midwest. For 3 seasons from 1994 to 1997 the Brewers and Twins shared the AL Central. But in 1998 the Brewers moved to the National League, and the interleague rivalry was born. The proximity of both teams to each other often means the stands have fans from both clubs and the atmosphere is one of sportsmanship and state pride.
Minnesota Twins in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Minnesota Twins became one of the most consistent teams in Major League Baseball from 2000-2010. Using a low payroll, the Twins competed with the large market teams with high success as they won six division titles during that span. Minnesota has won multiple World Series titles and AL pennants in their history to go along with their 9+ division titles. The Twins will only add to that number in the years to come.
Minnesota Twins Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Twins game?
Monday through Thursday gates open 90 minutes before the first pitch at Target Field. Gates open 2 hours before games on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Where are good places to eat before a Twins game?
Minneapolis has some great dining options. 112 Eatery, and Cosmos are two American food restaurants that have great atmospheres and are perfect for all the foodies out there. If you would rather spend pre-game at a sports bar, try Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar & Grill, The Hole Sports Lounge, or Manning’s Restaurant. Six One Two ‘Cue, and Baldy’s BBQ Dinkytown are two of the best barbeque joints in Minnesotta, and only a short distance from Target Field. If you are looking to try something new, check out The Bachelor Farmer. This Scandinavian-American fusion has a unique menu, but is on the higher end of the price scale. Zelo, Bar La Grassa, and Rinata Restaurant are three Italian food places that are worth visiting. Other great places in the area are Kafe 421, Sapor Café, and Brasa Rotisserie.
Where is the best place to park at Target Field?
There are a few great parking options at Target Field. The most convenient parking area is Parking Ramp B located to the east of the stadium on the west side of 5th and 2nd. On the south side of the stadium in between 7th and 10th streets is Parking Ramp A, which is another convenient location or parking. On the north side of the stadium is the Rapid Parking Lot which is sandwiched between 5th and Washington Avenue. If you are not afraid of a walk, try one of the many privately owned lots that can be found in downtown Minneapolis.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Twins game?
Children under 30 inches tall are allowed to enter Target Field without a ticket for regular season games, but must sit on a guardian’s lap for the duration of the game. Any child over 30 inches tall must have a ticket to enter the stadium, and children of all heights must have a ticket to enter Target Field during the postseason.