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Twins Owner Pohlad Passes Away

A sad note to briefly pass along: Longtime Twins owner Carl Pohlad died Monday at his home in Edina, Minn. He was 93.

According to Neal St. Anthony of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Pohlad was most recently ranked the 102nd richest man in America, with a total wealth of around a staggering $3.6 billion, all of it earned through his own deal making.

Still, while he bankrolled the Twins, he never splurged lavishly on the team, eschewing big ticket deals with high-priced free agents for development and scouting resources within the team. Regardless of appoach, there's no question that he cared deeply about the Twins, who were his professional outlet for his athletic drive; he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane on a football scholarship and was an amateur boxer as well. As recently as the 2007 season, Pohlad spent a game as a ball boy down the third base line.

Pohlad has three sons who, in theory, will inherit the baseball team. There's no word whether they will continue to run the Twins or sell the organization and split the revenue amongst themselves and their respective nuclear families.

By Cameron Smith  |  January 5, 2009; 8:38 PM ET
Categories:  Twins  
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