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Monday, September 19, 2022

Major League Baseball acquires Twins.com domain name

Several top-flight sports leagues in the US have made domain names a priority for their teams, often at great expense. These domain names, often single-word .coms,  allow fans easy access to content associated with their teams.

The league with the most success is Major League Baseball.

Rangers.com cost MLB a hefty $375,000, with a 2015 DomainNameWire article reporting that Rangers.com was the 28th team name the league had acquired in .com. Despite the proactive efforts to acquire domains, three names have eluded MLB for some time.

These include Giants.com, Rays.com, and Twins.com.

Recently, MLB has managed to secure one of those domain names, Twins.com. Twins is the team name for the Minnesota Twins, named after the Twin Cities area that includes Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Twins.com domain name had, until recently, been owned by twins Durland and Darvin Miller, who have reportedly received offers of up to $750,000 in the past, although the lucrative offers were likely from the adult industry.

While the twins were open to selling the domain name, once even reaching out to the Minnesota Twins directly, MLB never managed to secure the domain name. According to Grantland.com, MLB made contact with Durland and Darvin Miller at one point in time, but the two parties couldn’t agree on a price.

However, talks must have reopened and progressed, as MLB is now the registrant of Twins.com.

Here’s the Grantland article from 2015 on how the Twins couldn’t buy Twins.com

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2022 at 02:45 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: September 19, 2022 at 03:00 PM (#6096906)
Yep, Twins.com goes to the Minnesota Twins site now. Giants.com goes to the NY Giants (NFL), and Rays.com goes to a seafood restaurant in Seattle. Obviously they'll never get the Giants one, I suspect the Rays.com one they could get at some point though, but not easily. They really should get expos.com (goes nowhere right now - http://montrealexpos.com/ goes to a MLB.com page) and other 'dead' teams. Browns.com goes to the Cleveland Browns, not to a St Louis Browns memorial. spiders.com goes to a consulting group.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: September 19, 2022 at 03:10 PM (#6096908)
The Twins.com domain name had, until recently, been owned by twins Durland and Darvin Miller, who have reportedly received offers of up to $750,000 in the past, although the lucrative offers were likely from the adult industry.


heh.

The stories written about these wacky twins are great - they just liked having the website name, basically.

from the Grantland story:

"I was only an hour away from D&D Miller HQ, and possibly from uncovering the secrets of Twins.com. There was no real reason to go. But there was also no excuse not to. I brought backup in the form of my girlfriend and her fraternal twin sister, who were also in town. That way, if the Millers were willing to kill to protect their site’s secrets, there would be witnesses. And if they turned out to be brothers, I’d establish my credentials as a friend to twins."

...........

“I’m Durland,” the door-opener said. “My brother Darvin,” gesturing to the newer arrival. “And we are: The Twins.” He announced it as if they were about to launch into a choreographed dance, or maybe a tumbling routine. Instead, we all shook hands.

The Millers told me that they staked their claim to Twins.com so early that they got it for free. It was the era of Internet land grabs, when all one had to do to rope off a URL was be the first one with the impulse. (They admiringly mention a friend of theirs, Jeff, who “scored,” and still owns, Jeff.com.)
   3. Cris E Posted: September 19, 2022 at 04:38 PM (#6096918)
Well now that this important matter has been settled maybe the team can be bothered to show up for a game or two this week. They are in freefall right now.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 19, 2022 at 08:03 PM (#6096952)
Just letting the adult industry know that they can have Walt.com for a mere $75,000. (I'd probably prefer that to the actual walt.com anyway.)
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2022 at 08:23 PM (#6096957)
Rangers.com cost MLB a hefty $375,000, with a 2015 DomainNameWire article reporting that Rangers.com was the 28th team name the league had acquired in .com. Despite the proactive efforts to acquire domains, three names have eluded MLB for some time.


Mlb.com had 28 team names and were missing 3 team names, for a total of 31 team names. Mlb only has 30 teams. What is the extra name?
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2022 at 08:30 PM (#6096962)
What is the extra name?


Devil Rays? They're the only team to change names since the Nats moved to D.C.

   7. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: September 19, 2022 at 09:13 PM (#6096976)
what a huge blunder by the players association.


this would have been some juicy leverage for them when the CBA comes up.
   8. Cris E Posted: September 19, 2022 at 09:51 PM (#6096992)
The indians and guardians?
   9. Walt Davis Posted: September 19, 2022 at 09:55 PM (#6096995)
Whaddya know? I tried sox.com -- owned by MLB but it takes you to the team contact information page for all teams. I know they can't choose between red and white but, if they had it, I guess I just assumed it went to the main MLB page, not an obscure sub-page. The chances I typed in sox.com when the info I wanted was the mailing address of either the Red or White Sox (much less the Atlanta Braves) strikes me as unlikely. Looks like MLB does not have sawx.com though.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2022 at 10:40 PM (#6097009)

The indians and guardians?


Yes, that's probably it.
   11. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 20, 2022 at 10:39 AM (#6097038)
Major League Baseball was not quick enough on the draw to secure mlb.com, which had been taken by a prominent law firm. The details of the domain sale aren't public. But apparently part of the consideration was .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
   12. villageidiom Posted: September 20, 2022 at 02:04 PM (#6097068)
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2022 at 02:59 PM (#6097085)
I thought for sure that was gonna be an Albright.

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