The Twins of Minnesota The Minnesota Twins (USA) hit 307 home runs from March 28th to September 29th, 2019, setting a new record for a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The previous record was held by the St. Louis Browns (1895-97), who scored 317 home runs in two seasons.
The record was broken during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox. With this homerun Prince Fielder became the first player in MLB history to hit 300 homers. He died at the age of 41 on December 6th, 2016 after suffering a heart attack while playing in an offseason baseball game in Michigan. In addition to hitting for average and power, he made up his mind not to walk so that he could reach 300 homers.
During their season with Minnesota The Twins broke many records including the one for most home runs in a single season. The previous record was held by the Houston Astros with 234 home runs in 2017.
In addition to Prince Fielder another notable hitter who played for the Twins during these years was Torii Hunter. Hunter was one of the best hitters of his time period with a career.292 batting average, 1320 hits, 117 home runs and 964 RBIs. He won three consecutive MVP awards from 1999 to 2001.
Killebrew, Harmon With 559 home runs, Harmon Killebrew holds the record for the most in Minnesota Twins team history. He also ranks second all-time with 494 RBIs.
Killebrew's record will likely never be topped as he was one of the best hitters in baseball during his era. The Twins have had only two other players hit more than 50 homers in their careers: Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Both men are currently with the Minnesota Twins; however, they are not expected to break the record anytime soon as they play different positions and use different batting techniques compared to Killebrew.
In addition to being one of the best hitters of all time, Killebrew led the league multiple times with an average over.400. He also finished in the top five of the MVP voting three times. During his time with the Twins, from 1959-1967, Killebrew played in at least 150 games every year except 1964 when he missed half of season due to injury. He was considered a central figure in the revival of the Twins franchise after they moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1960.
After leaving the Twins following the 1967 season, Killebrew played another nine seasons elsewhere before retiring after the 1976 season at the age of 40.
Last season, the Twins established a major league record with 307 home runs on their way to the division title, and they finished second in baseball with 939 runs, trailing only the New York Yankees, who swept them in the AL Division Series. In other words, they were quite possibly the best power hitter's park in MLB history.
Their average of 4.6 homers per game was the most ever by a team playing in a pitcher's ballpark, and it was also more than any other major league team has ever scored. The previous record was 4.5, which the Twins broke last year.
In addition to having one of the best hitters' parks in baseball, Minnesota had one of the worst pitchers' parks until 2003, when the Twins moved into Target Field. From 1989-2002, Huish Park was not considered a good place for pitchers, as its 471 home runs allowed were the fourth most in the league during that time. However, after the move to Target Field, that number dropped to just 213, which is the third fewest in the league since then.
There are several factors that go into determining how many homers a team will hit in any given park. For one thing, the distance that balls travel in the air is different in different places, so some parks tend to allow more long balls than others.
The Twins' march to the club home run record took a long time, and they finally broke it in the last inning of their final game of August, surpassing the 2018 Bronx Bombers for the single-season mark. Mitch Garver did the honors, smashing a record-breaking home ball off Tigers pitcher Joe Jimenez. The previous record was nine, set by the Twins in 2017.
Garver is the first Twin to hit more than one home run in a season since Brian Dozier in 2016. Dozier finished with 10 homers that year. Justin Morneau is the only other Twin in history to hit more than one homer in a season, with 12 in 2011. He won the Home Run Derby that year too!
In addition to Garver, three other players have hit two homers in a season: Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmiero, and Don Mattingly. All four players belong to the St. Louis Cardinals - McGwire and Palmiero in 1987, and Garver and Mattingly in 2016.
There are several interesting facts about the team home run record. First, only nine men have hit them in a season. Second, all of the current Twins who play regularly - except Eddie Rosario - have hit at least one home run this year. Third, none of them has hit more than one per game.
Finally, there are two notable absentees from this list.
The Toronto Blue Jays hit the most home runs in a game in baseball history on September 14, 1987, with 10. The previous record was nine, which the Blue Jays also held for one day in 1988. The ten homers were hit by Joe Carter, Tony Fernández, John Olerud, Roberto Alomar, Larry Bowa, Dave Stewart, Mike Caldwell, Paul Molitor, and Kevin McReynolds.
Carter's homer was the winning shot for the Blue Jays in their 12-11 win over Cleveland. The victory sent them to the World Series for the first time ever.
A year later on September 14, 1988, the Blue Jays hit another ten homers in a game against San Diego. This time they lost the game 11-10 in 15 innings. The ten homers were again hit by Carter, Fernández, Olerud, Alomar, Bowa, Stewart, Caldwell, Molitor, and Reynolds.
This time around they were defeated by San Diego who went on to win the World Series.
On June 15, 1902, Jay Clarke of the Texas League set the record for most home runs in a single game with eight. Clarke's total is still debated, with some publications reporting three home runs at the time but no surviving box score to corroborate or contradict his achievement. In 1997, Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates broke this record with nine home runs in a single game.
The current world record holder is Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, who hit seven home runs in 2007. The record is within reach several times during his career. He currently holds records for most home runs ever by a player age 28 or older (62) and most seasons leading the league with home runs (10).
Bonds' record will likely be surpassed soon by one of his own teammates. San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds has been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about his drug use in United States v. Barry Bonds. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
In 2016, Sammy Sosa broke Bonds' record with an eighth home run season. At the time, it was the only home run that Sosa had ever lost. But after his record was broken, Sosa found success in baseball again. He went on to finish with 93 home runs over the next two seasons.