The Metrodome, home of the Twins from 1982 through 2009.
The Metrodome, home of the Twins from 1982 through 2009.

This is a list of seasons completed by the Minnesota Twins, originally known as the Washington Senators, a professional baseball franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; they currently play in the American League (AL) Central division.

The Minnesota Twins franchise has won three World Series in 1924, 1987 and 1991, the first of which occurred when the team was in Washington D.C. As the Senators, the team were annual doormats for the AL except 1924-1933 when the team played in three World Series (winning one). The team enjoyed success in their early years in Minnesota, reaching the World Series in 1965 and playing in two American League Championship Series with stars (and future Hall of Famers) like Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, and Jim Kaat on the roster. From 1971 to 1986, the Twins failed to reach the postseason as their stars either retired, were traded, or fled via Free Agency. The Twins had eight straight losing seasons from 1993 to 2000 and the team was a frequent target for rumored MLB contraction, but this was followed by one of the franchise's most consistent periods of success when the team only had one losing season (2007) between 2001 and 2010. Despite the team's success during this period, the Twins failed to reach another World Series. The team has been up and down since 2010; epitomized with the franchise losing 103 games in 2016, and winning 101 games (and reaching the playoffs) in 2019.

Regular season record-by-year

World Series Champions
(1903–present)
AL Champions
(1901–present)
*
Division Champions
(1969–present)
^
Wild Card Berth
(1994–present)
¤
Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Postseason Awards
Washington Senators
1901 AL 6th 61 72 .459 20½
1902 AL 6th 61 75 .449 22
1903 AL 8th 43 94 .314 47½
1904 AL 8th 38 113 .252 55½
1905 AL 7th 64 87 .424 29½
1906 AL 7th 55 95 .367 37½
1907 AL 8th 49 102 .325 43½
1908 AL 7th 67 85 .441 22½
1909 AL 8th 42 110 .276 56
1910 AL 7th 66 85 .437 36½
1911 AL 7th 64 90 .416 38½
1912 AL 2nd 91 61 .599 14
1913 AL 2nd 90 64 .584 Walter Johnson (MVP)
1914 AL 3rd 81 73 .526 19
1915 AL 4th 85 68 .556 17
1916 AL 7th 76 77 .497 14½
1917 AL 5th 74 79 .484 25½
1918 AL 3rd 72 56 .563 4
1919 AL 7th 56 84 .400 32
1920 AL 6th 68 84 .447 29
1921 AL 4th 80 73 .523 18
1922 AL 6th 69 85 .448 25
1923 AL 4th 75 78 .490 23½
1924 AL† * 1st 92 62 .597 - Won World Series (Giants) 4–3 † Walter Johnson (MVP)
1925 AL * 1st 96 55 .636 - Lost World Series (Pirates) 4–3 * Roger Peckinpaugh (MVP)
1926 AL 4th 81 69 .540 8
1927 AL 3rd 85 69 .552 25
1928 AL 4th 75 79 .487 26
1929 AL 5th 71 81 .467 34
1930 AL 2nd 94 60 .610 8
1931 AL 3rd 92 62 .597 16
1932 AL 3rd 93 61 .604 14
1933 AL * 1st 99 53 .651 - Lost World Series (Giants) 4–1 *
1934 AL 7th 66 86 .434 34
1935 AL 6th 67 86 .438 27
1936 AL 4th 82 71 .536 20
1937 AL 6th 73 80 .477 28½
1938 AL 5th 75 76 .493 23½
1939 AL 6th 65 87 .428 41½
1940 AL 7th 64 90 .416 26
1941 AL 6th 70 84 .455 31
1942 AL 7th 62 89 .411 39½
1943 AL 2nd 84 69 .549 13½
1944 AL 8th 64 90 .416 25
1945 AL 2nd 87 67 .565
1946 AL 4th 76 78 .494 28
1947 AL 7th 64 90 .416 33
1948 AL 7th 56 97 .366 40
1949 AL 8th 50 104 .325 47
1950 AL 5th 67 87 .435 31
1951 AL 7th 62 92 .403 36
1952 AL 5th 78 76 .506 17
1953 AL 5th 76 76 .500 23½
1954 AL 6th 66 88 .429 45
1955 AL 8th 53 101 .344 43
1956 AL 7th 59 95 .367 38
1957 AL 8th 55 99 .357 43
1958 AL 8th 61 93 .396 31 Albie Pearson (ROY)
1959 AL 8th 63 91 .409 31 Bob Allison (ROY)
1960 AL 5th 73 81 .474 24
Minnesota Twins
1961 AL 7th 70 90 .438 38
1962 AL 2nd 91 71 .562 5
1963 AL 3rd 91 70 .565 13
1964 AL 6th 79 83 .488 20 Tony Oliva (ROY)
1965 AL * 1st 102 60 .630 Lost World Series (Dodgers) 4–3 * Zoilo Versalles (MVP)
1966 AL 2nd 89 73 .549 9
1967 AL 2nd 91 71 .562 1 Rod Carew (ROY)
1968 AL 7th 79 83 .488 24
1969 AL West ^ 1st 97 65 .599 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3–0 Harmon Killebrew (MVP)
1970 AL West ^ 1st 98 64 .605 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3–0 Jim Perry (CYA)
1971 AL West 5th 74 86 .463 26½
1972 AL West 3rd 77 77 .500 15½
1973 AL West 3rd 81 81 .500 13
1974 AL West 3rd 82 80 .506 8
1975 AL West 4th 76 83 .478 20½
1976 AL West 3rd 85 77 .525 5
1977 AL West 4th 84 77 .522 17½ Rod Carew (MVP)
1978 AL West 4th 73 89 .451 19
1979 AL West 4th 82 80 .506 6 John Castino (ROY)
1980 AL West 3rd 77 84 .478 19½
1981 AL West 7th 17 39 .304 18
4th 24 29 .453 6
1982 AL West 7th 60 102 .370 33
1983 AL West 6th 70 92 .432 29
1984 AL West 3rd 81 81 .500 3
1985 AL West 4th 77 85 .475 14
1986 AL West 6th 71 91 .438 21
1987 AL †* West ^ 1st 85 77 .525 Won ALCS (Tigers) 4–1
Won World Series (Cardinals) 4–3 †
Frank Viola (WS MVP)
1988 AL West 2nd 91 71 .562 13 Frank Viola (CYA)
1989 AL West 5th 80 82 .494 19
1990 AL West 7th 74 88 .457 29
1991 AL † West ^ 1st 95 67 .586 Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4–1
Won World Series (Braves) 4–3 †
Chuck Knoblauch (ROY)
Tom Kelly (MOY)
Jack Morris (WS MVP)
1992 AL West 2nd 90 72 .556 6
1993 AL West 6th 71 91 .438 23
1994 AL Central 4th 53 60 .469 14 Postseason canceled
1995 AL Central 5th 56 88 .389 44 Marty Cordova (ROY)
1996 AL Central 4th 78 84 .481 21½
1997 AL Central 4th 68 94 .420 18½
1998 AL Central 4th 70 92 .432 19
1999 AL Central 5th 63 97 .394 33
2000 AL Central 5th 69 93 .426 26
2001 AL Central 2nd 85 77 .525 6
2002 AL Central ^ 1st 94 67 .584 Won ALDS (Athletics) 3–2
Lost ALCS (Angels) 4–1
2003 AL Central ^ 1st 90 72 .556 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–1
2004 AL Central ^ 1st 92 70 .568 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–1 Johan Santana (CYA)
2005 AL Central 3rd 83 79 .512 16
2006 AL Central ^ 1st 96 66 .593 Lost ALDS (Athletics) 3–0 Justin Morneau (MVP)
Johan Santana (CYA, TC)
2007 AL Central 3rd 79 83 .488 17
2008 AL Central 2nd 88 75 .540 1
2009 AL Central ^ 1st 87 76 .534 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–0 Joe Mauer (MVP)
2010 AL Central ^ 1st 94 68 .580 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–0 Ron Gardenhire (MOY)
2011 AL Central 5th 63 99 .389 32
2012 AL Central 5th 66 96 .407 22
2013 AL Central 4th 66 96 .407 27
2014 AL Central 5th 70 92 .432 20
2015 AL Central 2nd 83 79 .512 12
2016 AL Central 5th 59 103 .364 35½
2017 AL Central 2nd ¤ 85 77 .525 17 Lost ALWC (Yankees) Paul Molitor (MOY)
2018 AL Central 2nd 78 84 .481 13
2019 AL Central ^ 1st 101 61 .623 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–0 Rocco Baldelli (MOY)
2020 AL Central ^ 1st 36 24 .600 Lost ALWC (Astros) 2–0
2021 AL Central 5th 73 89 .451 20
Totals Wins Losses Win%
4,223 4,864 .465 Washington Senators regular season record (1901–1960)
4,789 4,852 .497 Minnesota Twins regular season record (1961–2021)
9,012 9,716 .481 All-time regular season record (1901–2021)
33 56 .371 All-time postseason record
9,045 9,772 .481 All-time regular and postseason record

Record by decade

The following table describes the Twins' MLB win–loss record by decade.

Decade Wins Losses Pct
1900s 480 833 .366
1910s 755 737 .506
1920s 792 735 .519
1930s 806 722 .527
1940s 677 858 .441
1950s 640 898 .416
1960s 862 747 .536
1970s 812 794 .506
1980s 733 833 .468
1990s 718 833 .463
2000s 863 758 .532
2010s 765 855 .472
2020s 109 113 .491
All-time 9,012 9,716 .481

These statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com's Minnesota Twins History & Encyclopedia,[1] and are current as of October 7, 2021.

Postseason record by year

The Twins have made the postseason seventeen times in their history, with their first being in 1924 and the most recent being in 2020.

Year Finish Round Opponent Result
1924 World Series Champions World Series New York Giants Won 4 3
1925 American League Champions World Series Pittsburgh Pirates Lost 3 4
1933 American League Champions World Series New York Giants Lost 1 4
1965 American League Champions World Series Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 3 4
1969 American League West Champions ALCS Baltimore Orioles Lost 0 3
1979 American League West Champions ALCS Baltimore Orioles Lost 0 3
1987 World Series Champions ALCS Detroit Tigers Won 4 1
World Series St. Louis Cardinals Won 4 3
1991 World Series Champions ALCS Toronto Blue Jays Won 4 1
World Series Atlanta Braves Won 4 3
2002 American League Central Champions ALDS Oakland Athletics Won 3 2
ALCS Anaheim Angels Lost 1 4
2003 American League Central Champions ALDS New York Yankees Lost 1 3
2004 American League Central Champions ALDS New York Yankees Lost 1 3
2006 American League Central Champions ALDS Oakland Athletics Lost 0 3
2009 American League Central Champions ALDS New York Yankees Lost 0 3
2010 American League Central Champions ALDS New York Yankees Lost 0 3
2017 American League Wild Card Wild Card Game New York Yankees Lost 0 1
2019 American League Central Champions ALDS New York Yankees Lost 0 3
2020 American League Central Champions Wild Card Series Houston Astros Lost 0 2
17 Totals 6–14 33 56

References

  1. ^ "Minnesota Twins History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2021.