On Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins wrapped up their three-game set vs. Detroit with a disappointing 3-1 loss.
Rather than attempting to blast bombs to the bleachers, the extremely struggling Miguel Sano (.203 BA), watched the defeat from the dugout. Actually and unfortunately, the only explosion surrounding the 2017 All-Star came after the game’s final pitch:
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) June 14, 2018
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Minnesota demoted the hefty 25 year-old not only to the minors, but all the way to Single A ball.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall #MiguelSano
— Johnny MN (@TheJohnnyMN) June 14, 2018
In hopes of getting Sano back on track, according to Derek Falvey, the Twins “wanted to take a step back and blank-canvas this a bit and say, what do we think the best next steps are for him?” Minnesota’s chief baseball officer also went on to say that they “can do a lot of things with the facility we have there, around strength and conditioning and the work you can do from that side.”
While I’m very curious as to how he is responding behind the proverbial curtain, Sano’s response to the move was an example of public relations perfection:
In a perfect world, the Miguel Sano that comes “back soon” will be more reminiscent of the Miguel Sano throughout the first half of last season.
During that time, the big fella hit the ball at a .276 clip, while blasting a HR every 14.33 at-bats. Since then, the injury-plagued 3rd baseman (for now) produced a batting average of .217, with his blast per at-bat number increasing to 19.36. Obviously, his stats aren’t moving in the appropriate direction.
In regards to the move, in my opinion, Falvey, Thad Levine, and the rest of the Twins organization made the best decision possible.
It’s more than evident that the 2009 signee needs to get some of his at-plate fundamentals back in order. Right now, he couldn’t hit a breaking ball with a tennis racket.
At least Byron avoids the late night version pic.twitter.com/52c056UHUs
— Johnny MN (@TheJohnnyMN) June 6, 2018
Contradictory to what those pop-shots may suggest, let the comeback commence. The Miguel Sano experience is far from over. And we are standing here with pom-poms high.
I remember that Roy Halladay was sent from the big leagues to High-A ball way back when to start over on his mechanics. Worked out for him. I hope nobody thinks that this is some indication that Sano will never be a star again. Trying to get him back to that level.
— Seth Stohs (@SethTweets) June 14, 2018