Minnesota Twins: Team Attempts to Avoid 96-Year-Old MLB Record

Matt BuschCorrespondent IIIMay 29, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 23: Manager Ron Gardenhire #35 of the Minnesota Twins holds up the late Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew's jersey while the rest of the Minnesota Twins stand around Killebrew's number in the infield dirt behind second base prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners on May 16, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew passed away on May 17, 2011 after a battle with esophageal cancer. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Twins' struggles to start the 2011 season have been well documented by much better writers then myself.

The squad currently sits at a paltry 17-33 after this year's first 50 games.

To understand this season's disappointment, we need to have a little fun with math...seriously. The Twins are statistically on pace to finish with a season record of 53-109 (prior to Saturday night's victory). This is following a season which saw the Twins go 94-68.

This would be a 41-game drop in one season.

The 41-game drop would be one of the worst drops in MLB history. That distinction belongs to the 1914 and 1915 Philadelphia A's. The 1914 A's went 99-53, only to have the 1915 squad drop 56 games in the standings with a 43-109 record.

The A's MLB record 56-game drop was all the more impressive, as they only played a 152-game season.

The reason for this extraordinary drop in production for the A's was due to their legendary owner, Connie Mack, refusing to match salaries for players wanting to sign with the recently formed Federal League, which began play in 1914.

The result of essentially letting the entire Major League squad walk to the Federal League was catastrophic to the 1914 American League Pennant winners. 1915 saw the A's finish 58.5 games back of the American League Pennant winning Boston Red Sox.

The Twins' situation is obviously much different then the 1915 A's. The 2011 Twins sport the highest team payroll in franchise history at over $110 million, but injuries and lack of bullpen depth have hampered any ability for the Twins to compete up to the level fans are used to.

The 1915 A's should be able to maintain their almost century-long record because I don't see the Twins finishing with a 37-125 record—knock on wood.