What’s With The Homers?

Currently the Twins have the best record in baseball, and are on a record pace for HR in a season. How are they doing it? Beats me! Is it MLB’s first “millennial” manager, Rocco Baldelli, or their pitching coach Wes Johnson who came directly to the Twins from college ball? Is it the handful of offseason signings, including Jonathan Schoop, CJ Cron, Martín Pérez, Nelson Cruz, and Marwin Gonzalez? I’m sure it’s a combination of these and other things contributing to their success, and as Twins fans we’re hanging on for the ride.

Below are some GU and AU of Twins off the current roster (with Brad Radke as an added bonus) and some of their prospects, including first cards for me of Trevor Larnach and Brusdar Graterol.


clockwise, from top left: 2017 Topps Update 30th Anniversary #87A-ERS Eddie Rosario (auto); 2019 Topps Tier One Prime Performers #PPA-ERO Eddie Rosario [084/299] (auto); 2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-MS Miguel Sano (jersey); 2018 Bowman Best #B18-FR Fernando Romero (auto); 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects #CPA-ZL Zack Littell (auto); 2018 Topps Archives Fan Favorites #FFA-BR Brad Radke (auto); 2018 Topps Chrome #RA-FR Fernando Romero (auto); 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #MFR-MS Miguel Sano (jersey)


clockwise, from top left: 2018 Bowman Best #B18-BG Brusdar Graterol (auto); 2018 Bowman Best #B18-TL Trevor Larnach (auto); 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospect Refractors Purple #CPA-FJ Felix Jorge [130/250] (auto); 2015 Bowman Best #B15-NG Nick Gordon (auto); 2018 Topps Heritage Minors Clubhouse Collection #CCR-NG Nick Gordon (jersey); 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks BCA-KS Kohl Stewart (auto); 2014 Bowman Sterling Prospect #BSPA-NG Nick Gordon (auto); 2018 Topps Tier One Break Out #BA-FJ Felix Jorge [045/275] (auto)

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