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Friday, September 27, 2019

Twins become first team to hit 300 home runs in a season

The 2019 season has set all kinds of home run records, thanks in large part to the juiced baseball. With the regular season just about finished, one more record was set. The Twins became the first team in baseball history to hit 300 home runs. The milestone homer was slugged by Jonathan Schoop, a two-run blast in the seventh inning off of José Cisnero. Willians Astudillo added a solo shot in the eighth for No. 301 in the Twins’ 10-4 win over the Tigers.

Before 2019, the team record for home runs was 267 set in 2018 by the Yankees. And before that, it was the 264 homers hit by the 1997 Mariners. This year’s, Yankees, by the way, will also cross the 300-homer threshold as they’re currently at 299. The Yankees are off today so we’ll likely see them join the club on Friday when they open up their season-ending series in Texas against the Rangers.

So, what chance do we have of the Twins and Yankees engaging in all sorts of shenanigans to end the season on top with home runs?

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:21 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: home runs, milestones, twins

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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:32 AM (#5883545)
The Twins. Huh.
   2. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 27, 2019 at 06:41 AM (#5883566)
The Twins almost doubled their HRs from last season (166). They should now be called the Quadruplets.
   3. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5883611)
I just remember the days when they were famously the most successful team that didn't hit for power. Back in the crazy, hazy days of 2004, they made the playoffs despite the fact that their team leader in home runs was Corey Koskie, with 25. And when Morneau was the first Twin in something like 20 years to hit 30 homers. I know there's nothing eternal about the uniform and the name, but it's weird that the Twins, of all teams, were the first to this mark.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5883622)

Nelson Cruz has had a pretty nice career for a guy who had all of 22 HR before age 28. He just hit his 400th last weekend and has an outside shot at 500 given his current pace (he's 38 and has averaged 40 HR per season for the last 6 seasons, including this year despite only playing in 118 games). He's

I don't know the story but the guy had ~5 years of good power numbers in the minors before his first full season in MLB.
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 10:51 AM (#5883628)
Cruz certainly has proved me wrong. When the M's signed him five years ago I thought they were shoveling money into a sinkhole.
   6. Lest we forget Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5883699)
Friday evening in Denmark, so a glass of wine in the hand and another in the belly.

I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS CRAP. 300 HOMERS??? WTF??

If the game continues like this, I will lose interest... at least most of it.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5883709)
Twins attendance is up 4,135 per game this season.
   8. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5883715)
4--The Brewers thought he struck out too much and that the defense would never be major league capable. The game evolved so his strikeouts were no big deal but Crew was right about the defense. But when you crack 40 dingers who cares??
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5883717)
Crew was right about the defense. But when you crack 40 dingers who cares??
Especially as a DH.
   10. DL from MN Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5883727)
Twins attendance is up 4,135 per game this season.


I am going to guess it wasn't up much in our cold April and May this year. A lot of that is improved August / September attendance.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5883728)
Twins attendance is up 4,135 per game this season.

I'd guess that's 90% the 99 wins, and 10% the 300 HRs.
   12. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:16 PM (#5883733)
I hope the Twins win another game just so that all three AL division winners reach triple digits. And this is in a year when the AL got beaten pretty badly in interleague play.
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5883735)
I just remember the days when they were famously the most successful team that didn't hit for power. Back in the crazy, hazy days of 2004, they made the playoffs despite the fact that their team leader in home runs was Corey Koskie, with 25. And when Morneau was the first Twin in something like 20 years to hit 30 homers. I know there's nothing eternal about the uniform and the name, but it's weird that the Twins, of all teams, were the first to this mark.


Heh, different story in the early -mid 90s. While working as a vendor at County Stadium, I'd get to watch a lot of BP, the Twins were by far the best 5 O'clock team in the AL at hitting BP bombs.
   14. PreservedFish Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5883736)
You were a vendor??? Peanuts? Beer? Tell us everything.
   15. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5883738)
13--I am told County Stadium had the best acoustics for BP ever. True??
   16. bbmck Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5883741)
2019 Twins - 8 players with 20 HR
1995-2002 Twins - 8 players with 20 HR: Marty Cordova, Kirby Puckett, Matt Lawton, Torii Hunter x2, Corey Koskie, Jacque Jones, David Ortiz

2019 Twins - 5 players with 30 HR
1995-2011 Twins - 5 players with 30 HR: Justin Morneau x3, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer

40 HR seasons for Twins: Harmon Killebrew x8, 1957 Roy Sievers, 2016 Brian Dozier, 2019 Nelson Cruz
   17. Karl from NY Posted: September 27, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5883742)
I hope the Twins win another game just so that all three AL division winners reach triple digits. And this is in a year when the AL got beaten pretty badly in interleague play.

These are correlated, not contradictory, because the AL is so bottom-heavy. The Orioles, Tigers, Royals, Jays, Mariners all lost a ton of games to both the triple-digiters and the other league.
   18. JAHV Posted: September 27, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5883755)
If the Brewers hadn't traded Cruz, his defense might have cost THEM a World Series. I'll never forget that David Freese fly ball over his head that would have won the Rangers the 2011 Series. A halfway decent right fielder makes that play without much difficulty.
   19. Booey Posted: September 27, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5883823)
I'm guessing a lot of teams passed their old franchise record for total HR's, but surprisingly only two players broke a teams single season HR record this year, and it was the two teams that had embarrassingly low previous records, Pete Alonso (51+) with the Mets (41 was the old record), and Jorge Solar (45+) with the Royals (38 was the old record). Trout and Yelich looked like early locks to do so before going down with injuries. Bellinger and Eugenio Suarez both have outside shots to do it (both 3 away with 3 games to play).
   20. Davo Posted: September 27, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5883828)
I made a post two nights ago about the history of the team single season home run record. I'm sure it's familiar to most, but, for posterity:

1. The 1884 Chicago Cubs get things going by hitting 142 home runs. This was, of course, complete nonsense. They played at a stadium where the fence in right field was just like 200 feet away. Prior to 1884 all balls hit over that fence were treated as ground rule doubles. And AFTER 1884 they moved to a real stadium. But in 1884....these 200-foot pop-ups to right field were counted as homers. And so the Cubs hit 142 "homers."

2. That record remained in place until the famous 1927 Yankees broke it by hitting 158. Of course, 107 of those were by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

3. That record would be broken about a dozen times over the next decade, but the 1936 Yankees, who hit 182, held it the longest.

4. The 1936 Yankees' record would stand until 1947, when the New York Giants became the first team in history to top 200 homers, and they topped it in a big way, by hitting 221.

5. The New York Giants would hold the record for another 14 years, before it was broken by another famous team: the 1961 Yankees, who, thanks to Roger Maris's 61 and Mickey Mantle's 54, would hit 240 homers overall.

6. The 1961 Yankees held the record for 35 years. Until 1996, when.....3 separate teams all broke it! The A's hit 243, the Mariners 245, and the Orioles hit 257.

7. Those 1996 Orioles held the record for.....just one year. Because in 1997, the Mariners hit 264 homers.

8. The 1997 Mariners would hold the record for 21 years, until 2018. Last year's Yankees team set the new mark, by hitting 267.

9. The 2018 Yankees would hold the record for....also just 1 year. Because in 2019, 4 teams have already surpassed it: the Dodgers have hit 272, the Astros 278, and the Yankees and Twins have each hit 299.
   21. bbmck Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:33 AM (#5883937)
Not counting today's games, team HR record (how many fewer in 2019):

2019 - ATL 245, BOS 243, CHC 250, CIN 223, HOU 281, LAD 274, MIL 246, MIN 301, NYM 235, NYY 299, OAK 254, SDP 215, WSN 227
2017 - ARI 220 (3), KCR 193 (34), TBR 228 (15)
2010 - TOR 257 (14)
2009 - PHI 224 (14)
2008 - MIA 208 (67)

2005 - TEX 260 (41)
2004 - CHW 242 (64)
2001 - SFG 235 (68)
2000 - CLE 221 (3), LAA 236 (20), STL 235 (31)

1999 - PIT 171 (10)
1997 - COL 239 (22), SEA 264 (26)
1996 - BAL 257 (49)
1987 - DET 225 (80)

Quite possibly half of the teams will set franchise records for HR.
   22. Bote Man Posted: September 28, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5883956)
One word: juiced ball. Yawn.

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