Miguel Sano has emerged from the Twins’ doghouse.
According to Mike Bernadino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the 20-year-old third baseman is back in the starting lineup on Sunday at Double-A New Britain after sitting out four games for disciplinary reasons.
Sano, a powerful young slugger with 81 homers in 349 career minor league games, got himself into trouble for pimping this solo shot Tuesday against the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate from Portland, Maine. And he apparently did not take kindly to his initial benching, which extended the team-assigned punishment even further.
Sano, the No. 3 prospect in affiliated ball according to Baseball America‘s midseason Top 50, is batting .294/.390/.621 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI in 93 games this year between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. He will surely drop his bat and run directly to first base after all future moonshots.
The Rays were set to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game, but as Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports, the slugger requested it be canceled out of respect for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who tragically died early Sunday morning in a boating accident.
Ortiz was seen tearing up as the Rays remembered Fernandez and held a moment of silence:
Kudos to Ortiz for doing the right thing.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer RBI in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.