Highly touted Twins prospect clears benches with HR celebration
It hasn't been a good week for the Twins. Heck, it really hasn't been a good year for the Twins. If you follow the team's affiliates at all -- and that's probably as, if not more, exciting as watching the big league club these days -- you're familiar with the name Miguel Sano.
The young third baseman, who turned 19 today, is hitting .298 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs for Class A Beloit. Sano's on-base percentage is a robust .409, and he's slugging nearly .650. On the flip side of all that glitter is the fact that Sano has struck out in roughly one-third of his at-bats (40 strikeouts in 124 ABs). Still, we'll chalk up the penchant for swinging and missing to him being raw and still finding his way as a professional ballplayer.
We do not know, however, if we can chalk up a very bizarre game-winning home run celebration to youthful exuberance. Especially if said celebration leads to benches clearing. From that link, which pulls some context from the Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Sano stood in the batter's box awhile to watch his homer against relief pitcher Carmine Giardiana. He trotted the bases, but virtually stopped a few feet before touching the plate, taking off his batting helmet as Kernels catcher Abel Baker barked at him.
Sano glared at the Kernels dugout after finally touching the plate, with Kernels players continuing to give him significant grief. He took a step toward Baker, and the dugouts began to empty, with umpires Fernando Rodriguez and Paul Clemons, as well as both teams' coaching staffs, doing a good job of squelching what could have been an ugly scene.