Twins Become First Team To Make Playoffs After 100-Loss Season

Ron Schwane, AP

The Minnesota Twins have plenty to celebrate as their Wild Card playoff berth clinch made Minnesota the first team to lose at least 100 and then make the postseason the following year.

The Twins earned an AL wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Angels lost in extra innings to the Chicago White Sox.

Minnesota will play either Boston or New York in the Wild Card round.

“It’s been awesome watching this team come together all season,” Twins’ first baseman Joe Mauer said as the team celebrated. “This is the best sound in the world. It’s been one of the most fun years that I’ve ever had.

“I like our guys. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last few years.”

“This is gonna be a fun couple of days getting ready for what’s next,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “I like our chances. It means a lot to all of us.”

“It’s part of your job as a manger to imagine what could happen,” Molitor said. “This year, it came to fruition. I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

“Just to be able to come back and do this is incredible,” Minnesota center fielder Byron Buxton said. “We’re just going to take it one step at a time, just like we’ve been doing.”