After winning the American League Central Division in 2002, the 2003 Minnesota Twins were looking to repeat division titles for the first time since 1969 and 1970. A spark for the team was the July trade of Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart. Stewart provided a veteran presence at the top of the lineup that the team had previously lacked. The team met its goal of reaching the playoffs, but once again fell short in the postseason. The Twins lost in four games to the New York Yankees during the AL Division Series. 2003 would be the last year several key players played with the team.
October 14, 2002: Casey Blake was released by the Twins.
November 22, 2002: Carlos Pulido was signed as a free agent by the Twins.
December 16, 2002: David Ortiz was released by the Twins.
March 17, 2003: Kenny Rogers was signed by the Twins as a free agent.
Under second year manager Ron Gardenhire, The Twins did not look so good coming out of the gates going 12-14 in March and April. However, they picked it up by going 19-9 in May, improving their record to 31-23 (.574). After having another tough string of... Read More