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    I wanted to ask Twins fans what Twins team is considered the greatest? 1965? 1969-70? 1987? 1991? Some other team?
    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

  • #2
    I would say the 1991 team, since the '65 team didn't win the World Series.

    Though I terms of sheer talent/potential, I might go with the 2006 team. Tremendous bullpen; Santana & Liriano dominating at the top of the rotation; Mauer and Morneau having breakout years, the Piranha's.

    Their bullpen was just absurd that year.

    Nathan - 68 IP, 283 ERA+
    Crain - 77 IP, 127 ERA+
    Rincon - 74 IP, 154 ERA+
    Reyes - 51 IP, 504 ERA+
    Neshek - 37 IP, 204 ERA+
    Guerrier - 70 IP, 133 ERA+
    Last edited by mwiggins; 06-09-2009, 04:28 PM.

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    • #3
      I was going to go 2006 just over the 1965

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      • #4
        Well, just from what I've read the 1987 team was one of the worst teams to ever win a World Series, so they're out of the picture. It would have to be either at team from the mid-late 60's, the early-mid 2000's or 1991. Our pitching in 2006 was crazy with that bullpen and Liriano and Santana being the two best starters in the AL, along with Radke, Silva and Baker doing really solid as well. Our offense wasn't too hot but I loved the style of play- Castillo/Bartlett/Tyner/Punto base hit then steal, followed up by another hit by Mauer, then a double/homer by Morneau or Hunter. We won more games in the last 100 than any other team, winning the division on the last day. Morneau even won MVP that year even though I felt it shouldn't have been his. 2002 was another really good year in that period of time.

        The 1965 team I don't know that well but I can tell the offense is probably better than 2006/2002. Killebrew, Oliva, Versalles all had great seasons and we had two great starters in Mudcat Grant and Jim Kaat. 102 wins is also the most in team history.

        1991 I don't think is as good as either 2006 or 1965 but that team had more chemistry than a lot of other successful teams. The pitching wasn't as good as the two teams listed above but still had quality guys like Morris, Viola, Erickson and Aguilera. The offense was top notch- Puck, Hrbek, Davis, Shane Mack, Knobloch, etc.

        I'm going with 2006.
        "Baseball is really fun"~ Joe Dimaggio
        "I really like baseball"~ Babe Ruth
        "Baseball is my favorite sport"~ Pete Rose

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        • #5
          Here are all the 90+ win teams plus the '87 team.

          Code:
          Year   Record  Finish   RS   RA   Exp W-L  Postseason
          1962   91-71     2      798  713   89-73   N/A, 2nd place
          1963   91-70     3      767  602   98-63   N/A, 3rd place
          1965   102-60    1      774  600   100-62  Lost World Series 4-3
          1967   91-70     2      671  590   90-72   N/A, 2nd place
          1969   97-65     1      790  618   99-63   Lost ALCS 3-0
          1970   98-54     1      744  605   96-66   Lost ALCS 3-0
          1987   85-77     1      786  806   79-83   Won World Series 4-3
          1988   91-71     2      759  672   90-72   N/A, 2nd place
          1991   95-67     1      776  652   94-68   Won World Series 4-3
          1992   90-72     2      747  653   91-71   N/A, 2nd place 
          2002   94-67     1      768  712   86-75   Lost ALCS 4-1
          2003   90-72     1      801  758   85-77   Lost ALDS 3-1
          2004   92-70     1      780  715   87-75   Lost ALDS 3-1
          2006   96-66     1      801  683   93-69   Lost ALCS 3-0
          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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          • #6
            2006 was the best regular season team and ohmygosh was it fun to watch (Nick Punto is still living off the reputation he built that year). But, the point of this game is to win the World Series, so you have two choices as I see it: 1987 or 1991. That 1991 team had good starting pitching and just enough offense to do some damage: Knoblauch, Puckett, Chilli, etc.

            I'll vote for 1991.

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            • #7
              I'm amazed that the 1965 team gets no love? :ooo:
              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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              • #8
                If the Twins go 9-2 in their final 11 games they'll have the franchise's second 100-win season.
                Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                • #9
                  i hope they get home field advantage in the playoffs otherwise i think the yankees s will kill em in yankee stadium--there like the whitesox in minnesotta there, but i hope they do well in the playoffs although i still hate the twins-its tough to pick the twins best year that 1965 team was pretty good, i liked bobby allison alot but if they win it this year im picking 2010 otherwise i would go with the 65 team. well looking the 91 team and 65 team i would go with the 91 team.
                  Last edited by chicagowhitesox1173; 09-22-2010, 04:43 PM.
                  "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                  "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                  • #10
                    I dont know, my gut say they will repeat there usual demise in the first round. the 2000's have not been kind to the Twinkies. But they are a strong team, maybe the odds dont play out. Hats off to the Twins, as much as I hate them you gotta respect good baseball.

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                    • #11
                      --I think the 69-70 teams were better than any of the pennant winners. They just weren't as good as the 69-70 Orioles. The Twins have never fielded an all time great team though.

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                      • #12
                        The 65 team was very good, I think better than any of their other pennant winners. Oliva was still healthy and was an outstanding hitter. Jimmie Hall was every good in CF. Bob Allison had terrific power, though 65 wasn't one of his top seasons. Battey had his last good year. Mincher provided a lot of power at 1B when Killebrew got hurt. Killebrew missed about 50 games- he got hurt in th All Star game- but otherwise had a very strong season. Versalles had his once in a lifetime season.

                        THeir starting pitching was really solid- Grant and Kaat were excellent, Jim Perry pitched well, and so did Pascual. Worthington and Klippstein were excellent in the bullpen.

                        They gave the Dodgers all they could handle in the Series- only the greatness of Sandy Koufax beat them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by leecemark View Post
                          --I think the 69-70 teams were better than any of the pennant winners. They just weren't as good as the 69-70 Orioles. The Twins have never fielded an all time great team though.
                          I gotta say i never realized how many good teams the Twins have had throughout the years, every decade they had good teams with outstanding records, the funny thing is the Twins worst two decades prob would be the 80s and 90s but those are the decades they won a World Series.I forgot about them in 69 and 70 but they won 97 and 98 games in those two years. During the 70 s they had 6 seasons with 500 or better records. Jeez how in the heck did Selig think this was a bad franchise. Boy Selig really wanted to corner the market for Milwaukee. Yeah your right tho the Twins really never had a alltime great team but if i would pick one now for best team maybe i would go with the 65 Twins because they did have some big name players but like somebody said in a earlier post Killebrew was injured and allison was kinda off his game that year but there pitching was outstanding.
                          "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                          "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                          • #14
                            How to define "Greatest"? The best-loved team surely was 1987 when they captured the heart of Minnesota. As a result of that team, in 1988 they set an all-time attendance record, over 3 million. That record has just been broken this year, almost 25 years later.

                            Greatness in baseball means getting to the World Series. Right? In '65 we lost Game 7; won Game 7 in '87 and won Game 7 in '91. Since only one game separates these teams, on the face of it you'd pick '65 which won 102 in the regular season. Too bad for me, I did not have a chance to watch the '65 Twins.

                            I did follow the '91 Twins, every game. That team was really first-rate. They could beat you 1-0 or 12-10. They caught the ball, committing very few errors. They hit the ball and they could throw the ball, too. When a guy like Scott Erikson wins 20 games, you are looking at an excellent fielding and timely hitting ball club!

                            They topped it off with a tremendously exciting Series. Just remember Game 6, with The Catch and The Homer, Kirby's great display of his wonderful skills. Then Game 7...the 7th inning...deking Lonnie Smith...Hrbie getting the out at first...Morris pitching into the 10th...Gladden's dome-bounce double and getting sacked in for the game's only run.

                            And yet, the '87 team was such loveable underdogs. They won just 85 games, 55 at home. They were out-scored during the regular season. Bert Blyleven giving a hot-foot in the dugout. Their great outfield. They had talent, they had soul, they had a lot of fun! They get my vote!
                            Last edited by jimijr; 09-27-2010, 06:56 PM.

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                            • #15
                              The greatest team in Twins history has to include Kirby Puckett, so I choose 1991. When I think great Twins moments I think Pucket going vertical on plexiglass, Puckett smacking up Liebrandt, Hrbeck lifting a guy up off first base, Jack Morris pitching the most clutch, unbelievable game I will ever see.
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