Rocco Baldelli had a hilarious reaction to Jose Miranda breaking a Twins franchise record

The Twins manager had a trademark deadpan reaction to Jose Miranda’s record-breaking heater.
Jose Miranda set a Minnesota Twins franchise record for consecutive at-bats with a hit on Friday night.
Jose Miranda set a Minnesota Twins franchise record for consecutive at-bats with a hit on Friday night. / David Berding/GettyImages
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On Friday night Minnesota Twins fans saw something that has only happened three other times in franchise history.

In the seventh inning, Jose Miranda collected his tenth consecutive hit which set a new franchise record for the Twins. Only three other Twins players had gotten as high as nine straight hits, with Todd Walker having last done it all the way back in 1998.

Miranda passed not only Walker but Hall of Famer Tony Olivia, who he is now forever in a conversation with when it comes to franchise records. It was an awesome moment, one that fans at Target Field rose to their feet to congratulate him on.

Mickey Hatcher was the other Twins player to have collected nine straight hits, doing so back in 1985. Miranda bested them all, though, ans remains one of the hottest hitters in baseball as a result. It was an insane night all around for Minnesota, as Miranda’s feat was chased by the team scoring seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning — including a Carlos Correa grand slam — to nearly complete a comeback win.

The long-term vibes that the ninth inning surge created feels like a win in of itself, but nothing can top the awesomeness of what Miranda did and just how special it is to see him soaring to such great heights.

Rocco Baldelli had the perfect reaction to Jose Miranda setting a new Twins franchise record

After the game Rocco Baldelli was beside himself with pride talking about Miranda’s historic night setting a new franchise record. Not only that, Baldelli made sure to note that he’s doing all he can to not jinx Miranda and throw him off his historic pace.

“Pretty unfathomable,” Baldelli said of Miranda’s streak. “It’s hard to do in little league or playing video games, and he’s doing it on a Major League field right now. I don’t want to talk too much more about it anymore, and I’m not talking to him about it. I’m just going to keep patting him on the back and let him go to work.”

There are levels to Miranda’s streak that go beyond the obvious awesomeness of it. He’s being talked about alongside guys like Aaron Judge and Manny Machado as one of the hottest bats in MLB right now. He couldn’t have been further from that group this time last year when he was slumping so bad that his future in Minnesota was in doubt.

Miranda had seemingly played his way out of a meaningful role with the Twins after everything good he had set up in his rookie season came apart at the seams. Bad injury luck didn’t help as he went from the team’s everyday third baseman to being in the minors fighting for a roster spot.

Few feelings this season have been more satisfying than everyone being wrong about Miranda. He’s proven not only that last season was hardly a reflection of his game, but has forcefully reclaimed an important role in the lineup.

It’s one of the best most impressive plot twists we’ve seen in a while, and it’s been deeply satisfying on both a baseball level and a human level to watch unfold. Friday night was a coronation for Miranda — from setting a franchise record to hearing so much love from Twins fans — and it seems like a sure-fire sign of things to come for him.

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