It’s been quite the year for the Twins, who are currently positioned to upstage the 2018 Yankees for most home runs hit in a single MLB season. In the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Indians, they reached a collective 226 home runs with Eddie Rosario‘s leadoff home run off of right-hander Shane Bieber, shattering the standing franchise record set for single-season homers in 1963.
Rosario was the second Twins player to club a home run on Friday, preceded by Jason Castro‘s solo homer in the fifth. The 408-foot blast marked Rosario’s 25th home run of the 2019 season; while it was a significant one, he still holds the third-most homers behind team leader Nelson Cruz (32) and Max Kepler (31).
Behind Minnesota’s impressive 226-HR mark, the Yankees are a not-too-distant second with 208 dingers, while the Astros and Dodgers are tied for third in the league with 192 apiece. Given ample time and talent, however, the Twins appear unlikely to relinquish their first-place status anytime soon — especially if the recently-injured Nelson Cruz makes his way back into the lineup before the end of the month.
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.