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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Twins set MLB record as 5th player reaches 30-home run mark

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set another major league home run record, becoming the first team in history to have five players go deep 30 or more times in one season.

Miguel Sanó gave the Twins the all-time mark with his 30th homer, a three-run shot to the third deck in left field off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler on Tuesday night. Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) all made it before Sanó.

Something to add to our collection of notes on the effects of the rabbit ball this season.

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TomH Posted: September 18, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5880343)
When the famous 1977 Dodgers had four 30-HR hitters, the major leagues had a total of 18 players who hit 30.

In 2019, 49 guys have already hit 30 or more dingers, and it looks like we'll to about 60.

So, which is the greater accomplishment, having 5 of the top 60, or 4 of the top 18? :)
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5880367)
So, which is the greater accomplishment, having 5 of the top 60, or 4 of the top 18? :)

Winning the World Series.
   3. Astroenteritis Posted: September 18, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5880374)
The Astros need the following number of homers from these players to match this accomplishment:
Gurriel-1
Altuve-2
Alvarez-4

Yeah, a lot of dingers being hit.
   4. DL from MN Posted: September 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM (#5880382)
The Twins are unlikely to have anyone else hit 30 or even an additional player hit 20 but Jake Cave (7) could hit 10 which would be 12 players with 10+ HR. More important, they've hit 289 HR while allowing 191.
   5. Hank White Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5880386)
I had to look up what a Mitch Garver was. Holy crap.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:26 PM (#5880388)
By my reckoning, in 2019, batters have put the ball in play 115,731 times (that's AB - SO), and hit 6350 homers. That means one home run for every 18.2 times the batter has hit a fair ball.

This is more than double what the same ratio was prior to the Sillyball era. In 1992, batters hit a home run once every 39.2 times they put a ball into play.
   7. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM (#5880389)
I'll second the holy crap. 30 HR in less than 300 AB. Last year he had 7 in 302.
   8. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: September 18, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5880406)
I was going to make a snarky comment about whether they were dicking with the HVAC at home again. But I see they are actually hitting more dingers away from home, and allowing about the same.
   9. Cris E Posted: September 18, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5880465)
In the 58 year history of the team, or hey go all the way back to the Senators, before this spring the Twins had hit 8 HR in a game one time. In 1963 they had guys like Killebrew, Hall and Allison and were two years removed from expansion. This year they had guys like Sano, Cruz and the 2019 Orioles to do it TWICE in about a month.

The thing that's most amazing about this feat is that most of those guys have missed significant time with injuries this year and they're still at 30 HR. In the first 151 games this season
- Garver (87 games) missed 2.5 weeks in May after getting leveled at the plate
- Sano (96 games) didn't debut until 5/16
- Cruz (111 games) has been on the IL twice
- Rosario (128 games) missed three weeks in July with an ankle issue
- Kepler (133 games) has left the game for injury reasons half a dozen times but avoided the IL so far

So as crazy as it's been it could have been even louder. Polanco (144 games) is the only Twin with more games than Kepler, and CJ Cron is third with 120, so Baldelli is trying to keep his guys fresh. Seems to be working.
   10. The Honorable Ardo Posted: September 18, 2019 at 09:56 PM (#5880582)
It's possible that the Twins finish the season with the all-time MLB team record - and no one reaching 40! Last year's Yankees did the same (Giancarlo Stanton led the team with 38).

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