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Economics of baseball have changed since Twins’ 1991 World Series title

The Twins’ two World Series titles feel more distant each year.

Even the most recent title, 28 years ago, was back in a much different era of baseball economics.

Their payroll in 1991 was $22 million. Atlanta’s was around $20 million.

The Yankees spent $27 million on payroll that season.

And two of the highest-paid players in the game that year were Twins Game 6 hero Kirby Puckett and Game 7 hero Jack Morris.

The payroll gap has accelerated since then.

The Twins’ only playoff series win since 1991 came in 2002 over the low-budget “Moneyball” A’s.

Starting in 2003, they’ve been eliminated by the Yankees six different times. Their only single-game playoff victories since 2003 came in two games against the Yankees started by Johan Santana — an ace the Twins picked up for a bargain and later traded to New York (the Mets in this case) when he was due to get paid.

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