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2016: The Year In Firsts

Yes, 2016 was a year that included 103 losses, but it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of positives during the season as well. As the year comes to an end, and we are fully thinking about 2017 and beyond, today we take one more look back at the 2016 Minnesota Twins season. There were debuts, and there were milestones, plenty of them. Today we’ll take a look back and remember some of them.
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As you watch, review and remember these great Twins moments (and individuals' moments), consider your favorite Twins moments in 2016 on the field. Share yours in the comments below.


BRIAN DOZIER

What a season 2016 was for the Twins second baseman. After struggling mightily through the season’s first two months, Dozier was baseball’s best hitter the final four months of the season.

On September 5th, he had his first three-home run game of his career. Against the Royals, he hit a home run into the first deck, the second deck and the third deck to become the first Twins player not named Harmon Killebrew to surpass 35 home runs in a season.




One week later, Dozier took a high fastball in Detroit and launched a home run to left field, just beyond a leaping Justin Upton to join the 40-home run club.






MAX KEPLER

On the final day of the 2015 season, Max Kepler singled off of Johnny Cueto to record his first major league hit. He began 2016 in Rochester, but he wasn’t there for long. He was called up within a week of the start of the 2016 season. He played rarely for three weeks before being sent back to Rochester. When he came back up, he took off.


On June 12 at Target Field, Kepler came up with runners on second and third and nobody out in the 10th inning of a tie game against the Red Sox. On an 0-2 pitch, he crushed a 98-mph fastball to dead center for his first home run in the big leagues. What a moment, as the blast also was his first walk-off for the Twins.





It was on August 1st that Kepler really had his coming out party. In Cleveland, he had his first three-home run game. The first two came off of Danny Salazar. He had six RBIs in the game.




JORGE POLANCO

Polanco had a couple of cups of coffee in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, he finally got more opportunities to get consistent playing time. He responded well. On May 15 in Cleveland, Polanco came to the plate to face righty Trevor Bauer. On a 2-2 pitch, Polanco knocked his first major league home run to give the Twins a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning.





JUAN CENTENO

Like Polanco, Centeno had been up to the big leagues a couple of times the previous two seasons. On May 14 in Cleveland, the Twins were down 1-0 to Corey Kluber. With a runner on base Centeno launched his first MLB homer to put the Twins into the lead. Centeno went on to hit three more homers the rest of the season.





JAMES BERESFORD

It was the story of the year for the Minnesota Twins. Beresford, who had signed with the Twins in 2005, was called up to the Twins for September. Just a couple of days later, his parents flew in to Minneapolis from Australia to surprise their son. It was 24-hours worth of travel, and with the help of long-time friend Brian Dozier, the Twins were able to surprise Beresford before the game.





Little did they know that the next night, their son made their MLB debut, at third base for the Twins. He made a couple of nice defensive plays, and later in the game, he came through with his first MLB hit.





JOSE BERRIOS

There is one more first major league hit that we’ll bring to you today. In mid-September, the Twins made a trip to New York to play the Mets. It was an interesting pitching matchup with Berrios facing 42-year-old Bartolo Colon. In his first at-bat as a big leaguer, Berrios singled to right field. It was also the Twins first hit of the game.





However, it wasn’t the hitting of Berrios that had Twins fans most excited. His debut was anticipated and many hoped it would have happened a year earlier, but Berrios was up before May. Just 21 at the time, Berrios struck out five in his MLB debut, though he didn’t complete five innings. His first strikeout was Jason Kipnis, the second batter he faced.




TAYLOR ROGERS

Within the first week of the season, Glen Perkins went on the disabled list and Rogers was called up. On April 14, Rogers made his major league debut. He faced three White Sox batters and got two of them out. A couple of days later, he pitched two innings in relief of Ricky Nolasco. He gave up a couple of runs, but he also recorded his first two strikeouts. The first was JP Martinez.

Rogers was a key part of the Twins bullpen as the season went on. He’ll be an even more important piece as we move forward. He has the ability to be really dominant against left-handed batters as he showed in this early July game against the Rangers when he struck out the side, facing three left-handers.





PAT DEAN

Many were surprised when the Twins added Pat Dean to the 40-man roster in November of 2015. In early May, the Twins needed another pitcher and Dean was summoned from Rochester. He made his debut in Baltimore against the Orioles, coming in to the game to replace Phil Hughes in a big deficit. He struck out three in 2.2 innings, including Joey Rickard for his first strikeout.





JT CHARGOIS

JT Chargois’ MLB debut in June didn’t go as he would have hoped (5 ER in ⅔ of an inning), but by September, he was showing his potential to dominate hitters in the late innings. Check out his slider on this big strikeout in the 12th inning of a September 10th game against Cleveland. Chargois’ first strikeout came in his first game back from Rochester. It was Tony Kemp.





ADALBERTO MEJIA

Mejia came to the Twins organization in the Eduardo Nunez trade in late June. The left-hander was in Baseball America’s Top 100 midseason prospects. On August 10th, the Twins were desperate for arms. Mejia was called up to work in relief. He replaced Hector Santiago with the Twins already down 8-0 in the 5th inning against the Royals. Mejia gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. He didn’t record a strikeout, but he did make this play on a hard-hit ball back at him.





ALEX WIMMERS

As good as the story was when James Beresford was called up for September, the Alex Wimmers story was very good too. Wimmers was the top pick of the Twins in 2010 out of Ohio State. He overcame the yips and Tommy John surgery, and in late August, he earned the promotion to the big leagues.


On August 26th, he came in for his MLB debut against the Blue Jays with the Twins down 15-7. He got a ground out which was followed by strikeouts of Justin Smoak and Ezequiel Carrera.




In a season full of disappointments and losses, what were some of your favorite moments?

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16 Comments

In a year filled with pain on many fronts, Rod Carew is still with us. One of the few bright spots.
    • Thrylos, DaveW, Oldgoat_MN and 4 others like this
By far the best thing the Twins did in 2016 to help the future is finally cleaning out the front office.

Right behind that is probably Dozier and Kepler
    • TheLeviathan, Doomtints and twinssouth like this
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Post-Concussive Blues
Dec 29 2016 08:44 AM
I thought that by going 0-9 to start the season, the Twins were really helpful in managing my season's expectations, and I appreciate that.
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I k ow we are all going to miss Dozier if he gets traded. Here's something to add to the above list. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=QK9tglpXR5U
    • big dog likes this

I thought that by going 0-9 to start the season, the Twins were really helpful in managing my season's expectations, and I appreciate that.

IALTO!

Beresford the story of the year? Really?

 

In a year that included a sighting of the elusive Sasquatch of MN Twins history (a 40-HR hitter), a rookie hitting 3 HRs in a game, the cornerstone (for better or worse) of the front office fired and a shift from the Twins Way to a (hopefully) more modern brand of baseball, the best story is that of a Punch and Judy poor man's Punto getting a participation trophy?

 

Heck, I'd say having Albers, Dean and Milone in the same place at the same time is a bigger story as I was convinced they were the same guy.

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mickeymental
Dec 29 2016 11:29 AM

remember the weekend in seattle? that was awesome.

remember the weekend in seattle? that was awesome.


I'll have what he's having.
    • Post-Concussive Blues, mickeymental, Vanimal46 and 1 other like this

i obviously have more patience than most.  Five years ago the players that were promoted were lousy in the minors and the upside of Plouffe, Casilla, Revere, Hendriks, Wolters, etc are worlds different than how I view Sano, Polanco, Buxton, Kepler, May, Berrios and Chargois., etc. I view 2016  as growing pains and a transition to a better team.  I don't like 103 losses but am not distressed by it as long as I see the potential in the young guys.

    • ScrapTheNickname likes this

 

By far the best thing the Twins did in 2016 to help the future is finally cleaning out the front office.

Right behind that is probably Dozier and Kepler

 

really?look again.The current front office is the same as the 2016 front office, minus Ryan, minus Smith, plus the two new guys.So they got rid of the guy who was in charge of the Twins ST facility that is done (beautifully mind you) and replaced Ryan with Falvey and Levin.

 

That is not cleaning out.Wait a year or two...

 

Beresford the story of the year? Really?

 

How about "feel-good" story of the year?

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i obviously have more patience than most.  Five years ago the players that were promoted were lousy in the minors and the upside of Plouffe, Casilla, Revere, Hendriks, Wolters, etc are worlds different than how I view Sano, Polanco, Buxton, Kepler, May, Berrios and Chargois., etc. I view 2016  as growing pains and a transition to a better team.  I don't like 103 losses but am not distressed by it as long as I see the potential in the young guys.

 

Seems like cherry picking players from 5 years ago.People were not high on Dozier when he came up, either.

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Seems like cherry picking players from 5 years ago.People were not high on Dozier when he came up, either.

I can cherry pick with the best of them but don't feel especially guilty here. You can include Dozier. Its not like Plouffe or Revere were fails or anything but I remember as the 2011 team regulars started dropping like flies we were replacing them with guys that were having very poor seasons in the minors without a whole lot of upside. Looking back on the prospect rankings by team I was surprised to see the Twins as high as 12 in 2011 and 20th in 2012. Of course there are going to be guys that develop into decent major leaguers but the outlook of a group ranked 12th with support of a group of guys ranked 20th is different than the outlook of a group ranked 1st supported by a group of guys ranked 15th (current ranking of system talent). Plus the prognosis for Dozier was decent at that time and now he is a 42 home run guy or will be turned into a similar asset. Of course all these guys can fail but I like watching guys develop rather than buying teams and if this group fails then I will wait for the next group.  

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Rhino and Compass
Dec 29 2016 07:14 PM

I am under the radar really excited to see how Mejia and Polanco do in 2017. If things go right, I think they could be fixtures. 

If there is an omission here, it's Byung-Ho Park, who also had his first MLB hit! If healthy, I think he showed me that he can be a capable bat in the middle of the lineup

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remember the weekend in seattle? that was awesome.

 

I 'member.

 

I was at those games. it was awesome. so was staying at the same hotel as the team, and my son meeting most of the team and taking pictures. 

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GMinTraining
Dec 31 2016 11:11 AM

Since we are talking about first:

First player in MN Twins history to be selected Organizational All-Star (by the organization itself) for 4 consecutive seasons and be waived immediately following selection.

 

MLB Pitching will destroy him?  Maybe it was all that bad AAAA pitching that held him back.  .Just a thought :)  -  I know the comeback comment will be "he is the first to eclipse 200 strikeouts".  I would respond with "Rochester's first 80 win season this millennium".  On a AAA team that made 60+ transactions this year alone.  But this board is talking (1) strikeouts and (2) who to pick with 1st pick in draft.  

2013 - First Twins affiliate to have best record in minor leagues during a season.

2014 - Ft. Myers Miracle first ever league Championship

2015 - Chattanooga Lookout first ever league Championship 

2016 - Rochester Red Wings first 80 win season in 20 years

2016 - First AAA Team MVP on the 40 man roster not to get called up (EVER)

Mr. First?

 


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