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Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 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, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from 1982 to 2009, and they played their first game at Target Field on April 12, 2010.[1]

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.

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Minnesota Twins Florida Spring Training HAMMOND STADIUM
Capacity 7,500
Year Opened 1991
Dimensions 330L, 404C, 330R
Surface Grass
Local Airport Ft. Myers
Tickets on Sale To be announced.
Address 14100 Six Miles Cypress Pkwy., Ft. Myers.
Directions From I-75, take the Daniels Road exit west 2 miles to Six Miles Cypress Parkway; go south and the stadium is on the right.

Minnesota Twins BaseballThe Lee County Sports Complex in Ft. Myers has been the spring-training home of the Minnesota Twins since 1990. It's a facility that's designed for the entire organization, with five full fields and two half fields, as well as a stadium that also serves as the home of the Ft. Myers Miracle (Class A; Florida State League) and the Gulf Coast League Twins. It's an interesting stadium: it features an outside facade that's supposed to invoke the feeling of Churchill Downs. There are only two levels of seats for spring training: box and reserved bleachers.

The Twins have trained in Florida since their days as the Washington Senators: 1936 to the present (except for the war years of 1943-45, when the team trained in College Park, Maryland). Most of those years were spent training in Orlando -- 1936 through 1990 -- while their minor-league teams trained in Melbourne from 1964-1989. The minor- and major-league camps were combined in Lee County in 1990.

The Boston Red Sox also train in Fort Myers, while the Tampa Bay Rays train in nearby Port Charlotte.

Spring Training History

The Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators have held spring training in the following locations: Phoebus, Va. (1901); Washington, D.C. (1902-1904); Hampton, Va. (1905); Charlottesville, Va. (1906); Galveston, Texas (1907); Norfolk, Va. (1910); Atlanta (1911); Charlottesville, Ga. (1912-1916); Atlanta (1917); Augusta, Ga. (1918-1919); Tampa (1920-1929); Biloxi, Miss. (1930-1935); Orlando (1936-1942); College Park, Md. (1943-1945); Orlando (1946-1990); Ft. Myers (1991-present).

Ballpark History

The Lee County Sports Complex has been the home of the Twins for its entire history.

Ft. Myers has been home to several major-league clubs in its spring training history. Nearby Terry Park Stadium is possibly the oldest surviving spring-training stadium in Florida. It's just east of Ft. Myers and still heavily used by amateur teams. Lee County Parks and Recreation Director John Yarbrough wants to spruce up the 77-year-old structure in a historically authentic fashion and put a museum in the old ticket office illustrating the history of spring training in Southwest Florida and its impact on the area’s development and character. It hasn't been used for major league spring training since 1987 (when the Kansas City Royals trained in Ft. Myers); it was built originally as the spring-training home of the Philadelphia Athletics, owned and managed by Connie Mack.

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