Minnesota Sets Record for Baseball Futility

They've lost 16 straight playoff games, are eliminated again
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2019 6:21 AM CDT
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, right, watches from the dugout during the eighth inning Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – For Minnesota Twins fans, it's a sad, familiar story: The team got eliminated from the playoffs Monday night by the New York Yankees. But the 5-1 loss for Minnesota has an added sting—the Twins have now lost a remarkable 16 straight playoff games, which is a Major League Baseball record, notes ESPN. The unwanted streak stretches back to 2004, and it features a familiar nemesis: The Yankees have accounted for 13 of those losses. At the local Pioneer Press, John Shipley sums things up nicely in his first sentence: "Target Field is such a nice ballpark; it’s a shame not to use it more in October." (Read more Minnesota Twins stories.)

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