Max Kepler helped the Twins to a new MLB record on Friday after swatting a second-inning, three-run home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Cease. With the homer, the Twins reached the 200-HR threshold — not only becoming the first team to do so in 2019, but the fastest in any Major League season to date.
According to MLB.com’s Russell Dorsey and Elias Sports, the last team to hold that record was the 2005 Rangers, who collected their first 200 dingers in 122 games. The 2019 Twins, on the other hand, needed just 103 games to reach that mark.
The Twins’ torrid run has been fueled by the talents of Kepler — who leads the team with 27 — as well as Nelson Cruz (25 home runs), Eddie Rosario (22), Mitch Garver, (19), C.J. Cron (18), Miguel Sanó (17), Jorge Polanco (15), and Jonathan Schoop (15). All told, 10 Twins players have double-digit home run totals so far this season.
For comparison purposes, the Twins entered Friday’s game with a good leg up on the competition. The Dodgers and Yankees approached the weekend tied with 174 total home runs apiece, well below Minnesota’s record-setting total, while the Marlins and Tigers have yet to crest the 100-HR mark with 81 home runs and 90 home runs, respectively.