Minnesota Twins: 5 Modest Milestones to Watch for in 2014

Minnesota Twins: 5 Modest Milestones to Watch For in 2014

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Finally, it is that time of year again when baseball thoughts turn into discussions, and games and stats start counting. If you are a baseball fan, you have been waiting for this day for what has seemed like an endless winter. If you aren't, then get ready for non-stop baseball talk for the next seven months. The Minnesota Twins are heading into this season glad to have 2013 in their rear view. Here are five milestones to watch for in 2014.

5. Josh Willingham

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5. Josh Willingham

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The Twins are hoping that Josh Willingham has a bounce back year after an abysmal 2013. Willingham has an opportunity to reach two milestones this year even if he has average production. With 76 hits, he will reach 1,000 for his career which is an average just under 100 per season. He is also just 19 home runs away from reaching 200. If they are reached, it wouldn't be until late August or early September.

4. Ricky Nolasco

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4. Ricky Nolasco

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Although this is Ricky Nolasco's first season in the Twin Cities, he is about to reach the 100-win milestone. Heading into opening day, Nolasco is sitting on 89 wins for his career. With an average year, he will get to that number by season's end. I am sure the fans of the Twins and ownership are hoping he can reach that number by the All-Star break.

3. Joe Mauer

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3. Joe Mauer

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The heart and soul of this organization is close to reaching a few milestones this season. Mauer is 18 doubles away from 300 for his career which could happen around the All-Star break. With 1,414 hits during his career, Mauer could reach the 1,500 mark also around the All-Star break, but most likely around August. He is also 22 games away from 1,200.

2. Ron Gardenhire

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2. Ron Gardnhire

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Ron Gardenhire is heading into his 13th season as the skipper for the Minnesota Twins. Sitting in 998 wins for his career, "Gardy" could reach the 1,000-win mark by the Twins first game in April. If the Twins improve on last season, Gardenhire could pass Frank Robinson and be No. 51 on the All-Time win list for managers.

1. Minnesota Twins

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1. Minnesota Twins

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In their existence as the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals, the franchise has played in 17,534 games since 1901. In those games they have 8,427 wins. As long as they don't have a third consecutive 66-win season, the franchise could reach 8,500 wins. This milestone isn't out of the question as long as they made enough improvements to their roster during the offseason.

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  • Oldgoat_MN

    The Minnesota Twins franchise has never been the Washington Nationals.
    They were the Washington Senators for 60 years or so.