minnesota twins on course to set new home run records

12:00    13 Jun 2019

Nelson Cruz
The Minnesota Twins are on course to set new Major League Baseball home run records this season, such is their hitting power.

The presence of 38-year-old designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who has nailed four home runs in five games since returning from the injured list, has been only the tip of the offensive iceberg for the Twins.

Their 388 runs scored are the most through 65 games since the franchise relocated to Minnesota in 1961. This includes 127 home runs, also their most through 65 games in franchise history, well ahead of their previous record of 101 in 1964.

As things stand, the Twins are on course to hit a whopping 317 home runs, which would shatter the franchise record of 225 set in 1963, and eclipse by major-league record of 267 set by the Yankees just last season.

Those Yankees had 109 home runs through 65 games last season – 18 fewer than the Twins at the same point.

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Part of the reason for this impressive hitting is the relaxed attitude taken by rookie manager Rocco Baldelli, who has emphasised that each player is ultimately accountable to themselves first and foremost.

"We have high expectations for our players. They are not demands," Baldelli explained. "We want our players to be relaxed when they show up to the field. The more confident and relaxed you are when you show up and the more comfortable you are, I think the better you play."

According to hitting coach James Rowson: "Rocco believes in the importance of being yourself, getting your rest, and coming to the field and doing what you need to get yourself ready to play the game.

"He has done a great job getting that through to the guys. For example, our batting practice is optional every day. We don't have mandatory batting practice. We leave the choice up to them. ... If guys aren't taking batting practice, they go down into the tunnels and get their work in. They find a routine that they feel like their body is well-rested."

Check out the Twins’ hitting power when they take on the Seattle Mariners in an MLB regular season game tonight. Live coverage on Fox Sports 1 starts at 19:00 CAT.

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