With the Twins recovering from Wednesday night’s celebration of their first division title since 2010, Schoop was the only player in Thursday afternoon’s lineup with more than 12 of Minnesota’s 299 homers this season.
Sure enough, Schoop was the one who made sure the Twins beat the New York Yankees to 300.
Schoop hit Minnesota’s record 300th home run, Willians Astudillo also went deep and the AL Central champion Twins rallied past the Detroit Tigers 10-4 Thursday to move within one victory of giving the major leagues four 100-win teams for the first time.
With the Twins ahead 6-4 in the seventh, Schoop lofted Jose Cisnero’s slider to deep left, and a strong breeze pushed the ball into the Tigers bullpen. Astudillo connected off Zac Reininger in the eighth.
“It is great that I got to hit the 300th homer, but this record is about more than me,” Schoop said. “We’ve got a lot of guys with a ton of homers, but so many other guys have hit big ones when we needed it.”
Minnesota was tied with the Yankees for the big league lead with 299 homers coming in. Before this year, the record for home runs by a team was the Yankees’ 267 last year.
The Twins improved to 99-60 with their 10th win in 13 games.
Houston (104), the Yankees (102) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (102) have already reached 100 wins. The only prior years with three 100-win teams were 1942, 1977, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2017 and 2018.
Minnesota close the season at home against Kansas City, among a record-tying four teams with 100 losses. (AFP)