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Twins set new MLB record after reaching 200-home run threshold

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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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.