January 05, 2009

Carl Pohlad, RIP

The longtime Twins owner Carl Pohlad died today at the age of 93.

Pohlad's legacy as an owner is the definition of "mixed." Yes, he saved the team from being sold and possibly moved to Tampa in 1984, and he of course presided over the team's two championships in '87 and '91.

But then there was the years of threatening to move the team, the cheapness, the consistently low payroll, and the attempted contraction in 2001. Pohlad is the owner I like to point at when people, usually in Philly, complain about how cheap their $100 million-payroll team is.

I believe Pohlad's son, Jim, will run the team now.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 5, 2009 10:03 PM
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