Minnesota Twins rookie Zack Granite has already experienced a “big time” moment early in his career
While Minnesota Twins outfielder Zack Granite may only have two major league games and 5 plate appearances with the Twins, but he already had a big time moment.
Through a glitch in the network for some reason, Baseball Reference showed Granite’s listed name as simply “Zack” for some time until Puckett’s Pond’s Benjamin Chase made them aware, though the page had still not yet been edited as of this writing:
No one is TRULY accusing the young center fielder of getting too big in his shoes just yet and going with the one name designation, but it was a fun moment for a rookie ball player to get his quick moment on a major baseball site.
Of course Minnesota Twins fans will be hoping for more of what Granite did in Rochester this season, where he hit .360/.412/.492 with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, and 15 stolen bases as he keyed the Rochester lineup. Even better, he’s coming off a month in June where he hit .470/.527/.667 with 11 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs. He’s already made a big impression on Twins fans by doing this:
A one-name tribute
On the subject of one-name players, perhaps the most famous one-name player in recent memory is Ichiro Suzuki, widely known as just Ichiro. He was recently in the news as he now holds the record for the most hits by a foreign-born player in the history of the major leagues, a record that he took from a former Twin, Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who had 3,053 hits in his illustrious career.
Carew remains the Twins all-time leader in batting average, but his record of hits within just the Minnesota Twins organization (excluding his time with the Angels and the organization’s time as the Washington Senators both) was broken by Kirby Puckett, who holds the franchise record with 2,304 hits. The closest active Twin to Puckett is Joe Mauer with 1,905, but Granite could certainly earn his status as a one-name athlete by chasing down and passing Kirby!