Justin Morneau hit his 30th home run and drove in his 100th RBI in Wednesday's win over Detroit. His 8th-inning two-run home run was the game winner.
He's now the first Twins player to hit 30 home runs since 1987, when Kent Hrbek (34), Tom Brunansky (32) and Gary Gaetti (31) reached the mark during their first world championship season.
What's amazing about the streak is that during the last 17-years the Twins have been one of the better franchises with a world series title (1991), four playoff appearences and nine winning seasons. And their home ballpark is called the "homer dome."
Meanwhile Morneau is quietly making a case to be MVP. He has 19 homers with 63 RBIs in 55 games since June 7. In the AL, he's 9th in OPS, 2nd in RBIs and could finish much higher if he keeps up his recent pace.
We put him on the RotoWire MLB magazine cover in 2005. We were just a year off thinking he'd be this kind of hitter. Staying healthy is making a difference.
Posted by Peter Schoenke at 8/10/2006 8:03:00 AM