The Twins signed a bevy of free agents after finishing last in the AL Central in 2021 and were tabbed as a squad with the potential to earn a wild-card playoff spot. But a mediocre starting rotation doomed Minnesota's playoff hopes as the team finished third in the division with a 78-84 mark.
Second baseman Luis Arraez hit .316 to win the AL batting title, while right-hander Joe Ryan led the team in wins (13), strikeouts (151), and innings pitched (147).
The outlook for the Twins next season hinges on the re-signing of free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa and the addition of a couple of starting pitchers.
The Minnesota Twins are an American League (AL) Central division team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1901 as the original Washington Senators, they were known as the Washington Nationals from 1905 to 1956, before relocating to Minnesota in 1961 and changing their name to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins have had some of the most iconic moments and past wins in MLB history. They've won three World Series championships (1924, 1987, and 1991), six AL pennants, and a total of twelve Division titles, most recently winning the AL Central Division title in 2020. Their 1924 World Championship was the first in franchise history, and their most recent in 1991 was the first in the Twin Cities area. Other iconic moments in Twins history include Kirby Puckett's game-winning home run in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 1991 World Series and Joe Mauer's 2009 American League MVP award.
The Minnesota Twins play their home games at Target Field, located in downtown Minneapolis. The stadium opened in 2010 and has a capacity of over 40,000 fans. Target Field features an open-air design with stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline and has been praised for its natural grass playing surface.
The Twins' biggest rivals are the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. The Twins have traditionally fared very well against these teams, although their record against the White Sox has been more balanced in recent years.
Some of the most famous players in the history of the Twins include Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer, and Kent Hrbek.