The Minnesota Twins continue to hit home runs at a historic rate and on Friday night, they set the franchise record for home runs in a season.
The Minnesota Twins are looking for reasons to be positive in the past week as they’ve officially seen their lead in the American League Central evaporate. Although the Cleveland Indians pulled even with the Twins in the standings after Friday’s loss, there was still some reason for Twins fans to celebrate as they set the franchise record for home runs in a single season.
The previous Twins’ record was set in 1963 when Minnesota blasted 225 bombs thanks to 45 from Harmon Killebrew, 35 from Bob Allison and 33 from Jimmie Hall. After that record standing for 56 years, the Twins were able to surpass that mark thanks to a pair of home runs on Friday night.
Jason Castro tied the record with his 12th blast of the season in the fifth inning against Indians starter Shane Beiber to tie the record at 225. One inning later, Eddie Rosario would follow suit with the record-breaking 226th home run of the season for the Twins (and his 25th), but those blasts only brought the score to 6-2 in the eventual defeat.
Despite all the negativity surrounding the Twins by dropping the first two games of a crucial four-game series, the Twins still have their eyes set on more history with 46 games to go in the season. The next record for the Twins to chase is the MLB single-season home run record that was set by the New York Yankees last season when they crushed 267 home runs.
Twins fans will be the first to tell you that it would be nice to have some pitching to go with these home runs, but with Minnesota still in the race for a division title and playoff spot, the record-breaking number of home runs have already made 2019 a memorable season.