2019 Nelson Cruz > 2010 Jim Thome… Already.

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The Minnesota Twins are having their best season by far, since 2010. When we look back on that 2010 team, who is the most formidable hitter from that group? Joe Mauer? Maybe, but not who I’m thinking of. Delmon Young? Close, but not quite. Justin Morneau? Maybe, before he got hurt. The answer we’re looking for, though, is:

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Jim Thome

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We saw a lot of Jim Thome crushing baseballs that year. He also gave us the greatest win in Target Field history against the White Sox. Thome was a monster in 2010 and smashed 25 home runs… but now, those gaudy numbers are being dwarfed by 2019 Nelson Cruz, who came to the Twins in the offseason, under similar circumstances. The comparisons have already taking place throughout the season.

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 But, Cruz has been on an absolute tear over the last 2 weeks and instead of looking similar to 2010 Jim Thome, he is now Cruzing (pun intended) past Thome in all catagories. He’s been absolutely ridiculous. He’s had two 3-run HR games in his career. They have both been in the last two weeks. These are video game numbers:

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After this year, the gold standard for DH seasons by a Twins player will be judged against what Nelson Cruz is doing in 2019. So make sure to enjoy the ride, and with how Cruz is hitting right now, there’s no telling when it will end.

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Seth Toupal | Minnesota Sports Fan

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