Minnesota Sports Franchises: The Ultimate Professional Farm System

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Published: July 7, 2009

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Through the years, Minnesota franchises have done very well in bringing up great players only to let them walk and become superstars in other places.

Most notable is David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.

For six years, the Twins groomed Ortiz to be their designated hitter. After his best season with the team in 2002 where he hit 20 home runs and 75 RBI's, they let him go to the Red Sox.

Over the next six years of his career, Ortiz hit 231 home runs while driving in 731 runs.

How about Fred Robbins?

While he may not stand out as much as David Ortiz, Robbins played for four years with the Vikings before leaving for the New York Giants.

In his five seasons there, he has 23 sacks in 66 starts and has been a road block for opposing running backs since his arrival.

Of course there's Matt Garza and Jason Bartlet, who the Twins got rid of in one day.

Garza has posted an ERA of 3.70 in Tampa Bay in his two seasons wit...

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