View Full Version : Contraction and the Twins

11-01-2001, 10:19 AM
Thought you might be interested in some stories from the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://www.pioneerplanet/sports/twins) about the possibility of the Twins being eliminated. They are saying it could happen as early as next week.

11-01-2001, 12:00 PM
The one thing I just thought about is that if they do subtract 2 teams how are they going to work the divisions? Is the AL going to have 2 divisions with 4 teams and 1 with 5 while the NL has 1 with 4, 1 with 5 and 1 with 6? That just seems wierd. The fact that there are already 16 NL teams and 14 AL teams doesn't help either.

11-01-2001, 12:24 PM
My guess is that a team will come to the AL.

Welcome back Brewers!

11-01-2001, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by Soxheads
Welcome back Brewers!

I know we can beat them!

11-01-2001, 03:51 PM
My guess is that a team will come to the AL.

This has already been covered, to some extent. Arizona is the only MLB team that does not have a say in which league it might be moved to, but that is only valid through the start of next season. Otherwise, yes, I believe the Brewers would be the most likely to move, despite Bud's love of the NL...

BTW, The Arizona thing is a provision in their charter and was part of their acceptance to MLB...again, only valid through this offseason, thus making contraction all the more urgent to be done this season, not next...

duke of dorwood
11-01-2001, 07:32 PM

If the Brewers go to the A.L., there goes 13 home runs for me

duke of dorwood
11-01-2001, 07:35 PM
I couldn't link up, so....................

A prominent Minnesota state legislator says the Twins
and Montreal Expos are the two teams targeted for
contraction if the vote is held Tuesday during the
owners' meetings in Chicago, The Minneapolis Star
Tribune reported Thursday.

Harry Mares, R-White Bear Lake, told the newspaper
Wednesday that a top baseball official in New York
informed him the Twins and Expos are the teams under

Commissioner Bud Selig said earlier this week it's
possible two major-league teams could be eliminated by
the start of next season.

Owners plan to meet in Chicago the week following the
World Series, and Selig said he wasn't sure if any
decisions on shrinking the league would be made then.

Mares, a chief sponsor of the Twins' latest stadium
bill, told the Star-Tribune that if that vote is taken,
the Twins and Expos will be dissolved. The legislator
said not voting on contraction would mean Selig does not
have enough support (23 votes needed out 30).

"I think it's 50-50 whether there's a vote or not, based
on what I've been told," Mares told The Star Tribune. "I
would hope a vote wouldn't be taken. I will say there
are a lot of things that would have to fall into place
for all this to happen.

"If they take a vote, Minnesota will be contracted, I
believe, with Montreal being the other team. But I can't
give you my sources for this. I think if it comes to a
vote, we're done. If it doesn't come to a vote, that
means they couldn't get the votes and anything is

Asked Wednesday by the Star Tribune whether the Twins
could actually cease to exist, Selig said only, "I have
some very tough decisions to make."

Meanwhile, an unnamed baseball official reportedly said
Wednesday that Twins owner Carl Pohlad would be paid
$250 million from Major League Baseball if he agrees to

Twins officials did not comment to the Star Tribune
report, but Pohlad was quoted in the Star Tribune on
Wednesday as saying "is not just a rumor", referring to
talk in baseball circles that his club is a target.

Pohlad last week said he probably would submit to any
baseball contraction if he can't get a new stadium.

"That's what any sane guy would do," Pohlad told The
Star Tribune. "The economics dictate it."

11-01-2001, 07:41 PM
He could get more than 250 mil by selling to the consortium that wants to bring a team to North Carolina.

But then again what the hell do I know?