The 2016 Twins season has gotten off to an awful start. After losing to the White Sox this afternoon, marking the sixth time this season the Twins have been swept in a three-game series (the season is just a month old!), the team’s record is a dreadful 8-23. Key players are injured. As bad as the season has started for the Twins, there are a couple bright spots.
- Designated hitter/first baseman Byung Ho Park has been impressive in his first season since coming over from South Korea. Although Park hit 53 home runs last year in Korea, no one knew how he would do in the United States. Park has not disappointed, as he leads the Twins with seven home runs in 2016. Even though he strikes out a lot, Park is a dangerous hitter because of his tremendous power.
- First baseman Joe Mauer has been heavily criticized in recent years because he has a massive contract and has underperformed. However, Mauer is off to a great start this season. He reached base in 28 games to start the season, five games short of the team record, and is hitting an impressive .302.
Although the team’s performance is much more important than the performances of two players, Park and Mauer are bright spots in an otherwise dreadful season. Park and Mauer are doing their part; now it’s time for the other players to do theirs!
Written by Sam Graves