The Bomba Squad Breaks Yet Another Record
The 2019 Minnesota Twins are ridiculously good. Nicknamed the “Bomba Squad”, they’ve already broken the single season record for the most home runs hit by a team (289 and counting), and now they’ve broken another long standing MLB record.
Miguel Sanó just became the fifth player on the squad to hit 30 home runs this season. Twelve teams in history have had four players with 30+ bombs, most recently the 2009 Phillies. The Twins now stand alone for the most players with 30 or more. Check out this glorious moonshot, launched 482 feet into the 3rd deck:
Sanó’s homer was the Twins’ second of the night, with newly (re)acquired Ryan LaMarre launching his first as a member of the Bomba Squad. LaMarre was picked up just earlier this month from the Braves, after spending some time in Minnesota in 2018.
There is a small possibility to have a sixth before the end of the season, as first baseman CJ Cron has 24. This possibility is minuscule, however, with Cron sitting out a lot of games bothered by a nagging thumb injury.
In case you’re curious, the Bomba Squad homer numbers look like this:
- Nelson Cruz, 37
- Max Kepler, 36
- Eddie Rosario, 31
- Mitch Garver, 30
- Miguel Sanó, 30
- CJ Cron, 24
- Jorge Polanco, 22
- Jonathan Schoop, 22
- Marwin Gonzalez, 15
- Jason Castro, 12
- Byron Buxton, 10
- Jake Cave, 7
- Ehire Adrianza, 5
- Luis Arraez, 3
- Willians Austudillo, 3
- LaMonte Wade, Jr., 1
- Ryan LaMarre, 1
Perhaps what’s most impressive about these numbers is how many some of these guys have hit, despite not being every day players. Mitch Garver has only played in 86 games and still reached 30. Nelson Cruz has spent a fair amount of time on the IL and leads the team with nearly 40. Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, and CJ Cron have also spent time on the IL, and all of them are in double digits.
The Yankees are only two home runs behind the Bomba Squad, so it will be a very interesting end of the season race to see who lands on top. They currently have just two players with over 30 – Glauber Torres has 37, and Gary Sanchez has 34. They managed to get to their astronomical numbers without the help of Giancarlo Stanton. I suspect had he been healthy, they’d easily have over 300 homers already.
Congratulations, Miguel Sanó and the Minnesota Twins!