Twins not flipping over coin toss

Twins not flipping over coin toss

MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Twins have one regret about how their season ended, it is how home-field advantage was determined for Tuesday's winner-take-all tiebreaker against the White Sox -- by the flip of a coin.

The crucial game was played at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field and the White Sox posted a 1-0 victory, winning the American League Central and advancing to the Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

A day later, the Twins were wondering what might have happened if the game had been played at the Metrodome, where they were 8-1 against the White Sox this season. In comparison, they were 2-7 at U.S. Cellular Field prior to the tiebreaker.

"Hopefully, the league will figure something out a little better than a coin toss," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll go from there. I don't want to get in trouble and lose my money now [by getting fined]."

"I think it's unfortunate that it had to come down to [a coin flip]," pitcher Scott Baker said. "I don't know if there is a better way to do it. But it's really disappointing that, after 162 games, it comes down to a coin flip. It's a major advantage to one team. But I'm not sure if there is a better way to do it, and that was just the situation we found ourselves in."

Everyone who spoke were circumspect in their criticism, and few had ready alternatives to the coin-flip system.

"That's a touchy subject," pitcher Glen Perkins said. "But we played those 18 games for a reason. If we went 9-9 against the White Sox, OK, then flip a coin.

"I'm not a huge fan of the coin flip to decide home field of a tiebreaker. We played Chicago 18 times and Tampa Bay six times for a reason. That's no excuse for losing, though."

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.