Twins pitching

What exactly do the pitching coaches in Minnesota teach that the
other teams don’t? Judging by the impeccable control by nearly all
Twins pitching staff’s of the past 21 seasons, it’s something
substantial.

And if not, check the water in Minnesota…

Year AL Rank Walks Allowed   League Average
2008    1st        309        420 (-111)
2007    2nd        420        531 (-111)
2006    1st        356        509 (-153)
2005    1st        348        483 (-135)
2004    1st        431        537 (-106)
2003    2nd        402        508 (-106)
2002    3rd        439        521 (-82)
2001    2nd        445        519 (-74)
2000    3rd        516        599 (-83)
1999    2nd        487        593 (-106)
1998    1st        457        550 (-93)
1997    1st        495        561 (-66)
1996    3rd        581        614 (-33)
1995    7th        533        541 (-8)
1994    3rd        388        424 (-36)
1993    1st        514        572 (-58)
1992    2nd        479        550 (-71)
1991    2nd        488        552 (-64)
1990    3rd        489        545 (-56)
1989    7th        500        520 (-20)
1988    3rd        453        514 (-61)

         
AVERAGE           2.4                             453.8                      531.6 (-77.8)

NOTES:

  • Not ONCE in the last 21 years have the Twins issued more walks than the league average.
  • In 19 of the 21 years, Minnesota ranked in the Top 3 in the AL.
  • For six straight seasons, the Twins have issued at least 100 less walks than the league average.
  • Over the last 21 years, Minnesota averages 77.8 fewer walks than the league average.
  • Over that 21 year span, the Twins’ average rank in the AL is 2.4.

I
can see a team sustaining this for a 3-6 year period or so, but for 20+
years? Does anyone have an explanation for how this is possible?

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