The Minnesota Twins started out as the Washington Senators before moving to the Twin Cities to begin play in 1961 baseball betting odds season at renovated Metropolitan Stadium.
It didn’t take long for the Twins to forge a unique identity and winning team as with such colorful players as Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Zoilo Versailles in the lineup; they won then 1965 baseball betting odds American League pennant before losing to the LA Dodgers in the Fall Classic.
In 1969 a fiery young manager named Billy Martin led the Twins to the American League West division title in the first baseball betting odds season of division formats but the Twins fell to powerful and loaded Baltimore in the ALCS. They repeated as baseball betting odds division champions in 1970, again losing in the post season to the Orioles. The Twins began to show their age in the early to mid 1970’s and could not keep pace with the baseball betting odds division rival Oakland A’s who were on their way to building a dynasty. Minnesota hit rock bottom in 1982 baseball betting odds season when they stumbled out of the gate with a 16-54 baseball betting line record en route to a 102-loss season. The 1982 baseball betting odds season also marked their first baseball betting line campaign in the new Metrodome, where they would continue to lose for the foreseeable future.
Although the Twins opened as big time losers in their new home they were beginning to develop impressive young talent such as Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaeitti, Tom Brunansky, Tim Launder and Kirby Puckett that would lead to a baseball renaissance in the Twin Cities. By 1984 baseball betting odds season the Twins reached the .500 baseball betting line mark, but briefly backslid before putting it all together in 1987 baseball betting odds season, when Andy MacPhail took over as general manager.
MacPhail brought in Jeff Reardon as a much needed closer and the Twins became a dominant team in the dome going 56-25 en route the AL West title. As a heavy baseball betting line underdog, Minnesota swept past Detroit in the ALCS and faced the highly touted and favored St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, defeating them in a thrilling 7 game series. The Twins would return to the post season in 1991 with much of the same core lineup and defeated Toronto in the ALCS. Once again the Twins were prohibitive underdogs in the World Series, this time against Atlanta, but they upset the Braves in a 7-game thriller. Minnesota remained competitive through the early 1990’s but Puckett had to retire in ‘96 baseball betting odds season because of eye problems. The franchise slipped into the abyss and was almost “contracted” by Major League Baseball. In 2002 baseball betting odds season, however, the Twins began a run of 3 straight division titles!