Minnesota Twins: The All-Target Field Team (2010-Present)

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Sep 2, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view at Target Field during the third inning between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view at Target Field during the third inning between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 12, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Joe Mauer (7) at bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Joe Mauer (7) at bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Behind the Plate and the Infield

Catcher: Joe Mauer (Seasons at Target Field: 2010-Present)

This may be the most clear cut pick of the whole team. Mauer his been the face of the franchise for more than a decade and he carried over his All Star play from the Metrodome to Target Field.

Primarily playing catcher throughout his career, Mauer is now playing first base for the Twins. With a .308 career average to go along with almost 2,000 hits and over 800 RBIs,  Mauer is considered not just the best catcher of the Target Field era, but the best in club history.

First Base: Justin Morneau (2010-2013)

Justin Morneau was past his peak production when Target Field opened, but he was still a productive first baseman who could play at an All Star level. In the inaugural season at Target Field, he hit .345 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in just 81 games. He was also selected to play in the All Star Game.

Morneau would go on to hit 36 more home runs at Target Field before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in August of 2013. While not the MVP-caliber player he once was, Morneau was still a fan favorite who just ran into unfortunate concussion issues.

Second Base: Brian Dozier (2012-Present)

Brian Dozier is a second baseman with an incredible amount of pop in his bat. He has been tearing up pitching for years now, hitting double digit home runs each year since 2013. His 42 home runs in 2016 were the most by a Twin in a single season whose name is not Harmon Killebrew.

Dozier made the All Star Game in 2015, hitting a home run in his only at bat. He still patrols the middle of the infield with the Twins while showing off a combination of power at the plate and speed on the base paths. He has slowly made his case as the man in charge as Mauer declines with age.

Shortstop: Eduardo Escobar (2012-Present)

Eduardo Escobar has been a solid shortstop since being acquired in a trade for Francisco Liriano in 2012. He is the first shortstop to spend an extended amount of time at the position since Target Field opened.

While Escobar is not the caliber of shortstop you see in Boston, Cleveland or Houston, he is still a force up the middle. His bat produced 12 home runs in 2015 and 30 plus doubles in two of the past three seasons. Still under the age of 30 and still under club control until 2019, Escobar could be the Twins shortstop that keeps the spot locked up for the near future.

Third Base: Trevor Plouffe (2010-2016)

Trevor Plouffe was a mainstay at the hot corner during his years with the Twins. His ability to hit for power in a lineup not known for towering drives made his a recognizable face at Target Field. He hit 20 home runs in two of his seasons with Minnesota.

Not only could he hit home runs at the plate, but he was able to produce runs. He was able to pick up 80 plus RBIs in two of his season at Target Field and if injuries hadn’t gotten the best of him in 2016 he would’ve done it again. He is currently playing for the Oakland Athletics.

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