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The home run that got Miguel Sano benched

Jul 26, 2013, 1:21 PM EST

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Twins prospect Miguel Sano hasn’t played the last two days after being benched as a result of his antics during this home run Tuesday in Double-A New Britain’s game against Portland.

Apparently, New Britain manager Jeff Smith had two problems with the homer. First, it was the pause Sano did a couple of steps away from home plate that was mostly missed by the video. The other issue was the slow jog around the bases. The homer is hit at the 34 second mark in Tbautos512’s video, and Sano doesn’t come around to touch home plate until the 1:03 mark. That 28-29 second trip is David Ortiz territory; while Ortiz averages 28 seconds around the bases on his home runs, according to Tater Trot Tracker, no one else in the majors tops 26 seconds.

The Twins haven’t announced when Sano will be back in the lineup, though it figures to happen this weekend. The Pioneer-Press’s Mike Berardino notes that another one of the ¬†Twins’ best prospects, Eddie Rosario, was benched for a similar offense earlier this season.

Sano, 20, is hitting .294/.390/.621 with 26 homers and 76 RBI in 327 at-bats between Single-A Fort Myers and New Britain this season.  His homer Tuesday was his fourth in six games.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Why do people like Ortiz so much again?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Because it’s not life or death.

    • dondada10 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Because Boston is his fucking city?

    • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      B/c he’s the best DH of all time in designatedhitterball?

      /hat tip to O.G.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Wahooo!

      • eightyraw - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        *Best DH of all-time not named Edgar Martinez

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        The exaggerated bat flips, extra slow HR trot, rants about his contract, rants about official scorer decisions, PED use and BS denial theories. He bats with his back foot on the plate but he hasn’t been hit by a pitch in 2 years.

        Why does he get a completely free pass on so many issues, when most other players would be toasted for even half of his antics. I suppose in Boston they can always chalk it up to, “Hey, he’s not as bad a Manny” but I am always amazed at his teflon status in the game.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        So we can definitely fry an egg on his belly and not worry about it sticking right?

    • drewzducks - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Maybe cuz he almost, singlehandedly, helped complete the greatest comeback/choke job in MLB history ?

  2. GoneYickitty - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Lol, he’s been watching too much Domingo.

  3. fmlizard - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Really, benched for slow home run trots? Must be something the power-starved organization simply doesn’t know how to deal with.

    • tycobb420 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Seriously. From the video alone, I would not have known this was an egregiously slow trip around the bases. They all look slow to me.

      I don’t get the fuss. He hit HR. That’s good. He got around the bases at something faster than a walk. I think this one was in the bounds of tolerable. What message is management sending with punitive action here?

      • whatthehellisansky - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        I dont get it either – looked like your typical 21st century home run trot to me..

        I mean its also his 4th homer in 6 games – maybe hes just tired of running the bases

      • bigdicktater - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Would you agree this is probably not the first time he has showboated around the bases?

        At some point, the next guy up is gonna get plunked and I think the Twins are concerned that his bs is going to get the next Joe Maurer severely injured. I’d be trying to hit him the next time he was up and the Twins don’t want that either, this guy has promise. He just needs to play the game right and drop the macho bs he brought with him to the US.

    • Kleinz 57 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      As a Twins fan, that was awesome. Nicely done.

  4. largebill - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I get that you shouldn’t overly show up an opponent, but does a HR count more against a pitcher’s ERA if the HR trot is slow? Who cares. Of course, I don’t know if the manager has had other issues with Sano not hustling or whatever, but I would normally think a good chewing out would make more sense than a benching that makes national news.

  5. getadealdonealready - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This whole organization needs to be benched, they have trotted out a AA lineup for 3 straight years, along with a pitching staff that would struggle to win games in A ball. They have a coaching staff that doesn’t know how to deal with this generation of athletes from Gardy constantly publicly berating hicks to benching young talent for their home run trot in the minors. The organization who traded for Delmon Young after minor league incident, but takes offense to a homerun trot, really that’s what is important? I’m sure all young players look at this as an organization want to play for, this MN sports fan is fed up with the “Twins Way”! Time to clean house top to bottom!

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      They have one of the best farm systems in all of MLB. I wouldn’t want to “clean house”

  6. xmatt0926x - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I would guess there are other issues and this trot was just part of it. I don’t think the trot was horribly slow but if there are other issues then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing the player that this isn’t how the Twins organization does it.

    In the end, none of us know what other issues may be involved so we really can’t judge the managers decision.

    • getadealdonealready - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Of course, how can we possibly loose 100 games every year if you continue to hit home runs Sano, you need to sit a few days and think about what you have done. Time to do things the Twins Way!

      • getadealdonealready - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        That would be lose, not loose, got a little to excited there.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        You corrected “lose” but then you used the wrong form of “to.”

    • dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      The issue is the HR still left his team down by 1 in the 8th. Pimp all you want when you’re winning or hit a go-ahead run, but it is self-serving when you’re just showing a guy up.

    • Cris E - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      True. The guy who gave up the home run had recently pitched in the MN organization, so this could have been good-natured razzing of a buddy or an old feud, but we don’t know.

      • Cris E - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Go down to ThatGuy’s post at 3:40. There was a bunch of history.

  7. yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    The Twins sent David Ortiz packing several years ago, while similarly power starved.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      David Ortiz cleared waivers because 29 teams didn’t want him either until he signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox.

      Sano is one of the best prospects in baseball. He’ll stick around with the Twins.

  8. mgflolox - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Actually, 28 seconds might just be the fastest Papi can make it around the bases.

  9. paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    That’s it?

    There must be something else, right?

    …and really, who cares if a guy trots a little slow around the bases? If the pitcher cares, well, stop giving up HRs. I might be old and white, but I don’t see a problem with guys being a little showy, enthusiastic, or having fun while playing a game.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Are you busy or pouting?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Busy….and praying the Cardinals don’t do something historically stupid before the trade deadline, like give up something of value for Jake Peavy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Ok, just checking to see if we needed to fight it out.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Nah, I’m good. Thanks. If I feel like being disagreeable….I’ll let you know.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Ok. You know I’m here for you. ;)

        PS I’d rather you felt like being agreeable with me.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        I’ll keep that in mind.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Did you like my two-Jose pitching remark? Huh? Huh?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        I had to go look for it…hadn’t read that thread.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        I was hoping you’d get that was for you. he he

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Yeah, I could tell.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Boss: Hey, do you have those edits done yet?

        Me: Nope, sorry, I’ve been busy keeping up with a baseball blog.

        Yeah, that’ll go over well.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Okay. :( Sorry.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Just kidding…..I’ve been highly productive and awesome so far today….sadly, with both a manuscript and NSF proposal due on Thursday, high production and awesomeness are going to be required all day, every day, this week.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I have to grade like a banshee for the next two days to get mine in on Wednesday. I HAAAAAATE grading. It’s the worst part.

        I love your modesty. It’s almost Pete Rose level.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Well, people think you can just go about spewing awesomeness everywhere….and it just isn’t true. It takes a lot of energy to create that awesomeness, it’s taxing.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Have some gatorade then and take breaks so as not to overwhelm yourself with your own awesomeness.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        My boss is famous for his mixed metaphors….one of his older ones was “man, you guys are eating like banshees”. So….how do banshee’s grade? Loudly?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        I did shreak a little at the kid who thinks 1917 is the 19th century…

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        That’s okay….I still SMH that people don’t understand that 2000 was the last year of the 20th century and not the first year of the 21st century….and the vast majority of those were adults.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        So, I can troll you with Prince’s 1999 then? Useful information.

        What are you editing? A book or article?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Right now, sections of an NSF proposal.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        For a grant?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Yeah….technically, grants are successful proposals. Officially, unsuccessful proposals are just a giant fucking waste of time (which is, you know, about 90% of them, since NSF funding rates are generally below 10% for any program)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Did you weigh in on the Pete Rose?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Nah, don’t care.

        I am really to the point where I just don’t give a shit at all about the HOF. Arguing about which player was better and such can be interesting (or tedious)….but the HOF itself has become a non-entity to me. To many FO people, umpires, owners, and old timey players that weren’t any fucking good….but the best players of the last 30 years (who generally are the best players ever) are being kept out.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Pete’s a dipwad.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Yes, he is….and really, in just about every way a person could be a dipwad. He’s versatile.

        He was good at baseball though.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        So, a 5-tool tool?

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        At least.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        He’d probably brag about creating a whole new tool category. He and Marge kinda deserved each other.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Well, the thing with Pete is….he ain’t hidin’ nothin’. What he see is what you get….so ol’ Marge can’t claim to be surprised by who he is.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        BTW, I’ve had about 5 students so far who identified the pic I gave them from Kent State as a war photo that makes them feel proud of our military.

        /smacks head

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Oh my. Crosby, Still, and Nash would be proud.

        Well, you know why Texans think they say “Remember the Alamo”? Because we kicked their ass!, that’s why.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        I try not to think it’s because I suck as a teacher.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        I am sure that being a good teacher makes a huge difference to all of the kids in the middle….the smart ones will learn shit regardless, the once that don’t give a shit (or that are just truly stupid) won’t learn regardless…the middle is pretty big…..plus, they are kids, WTF do they know about history….when people aren’t old enough to have a historical context, I think the sense of what history is rather escapes them.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Thanks for the encouragement? lol

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Go get ‘em tiger.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Don’t let anyone say you’re not a cheerleader.

  10. Product Promotion - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Reblogged this on PRODUCT PUBLISHER and commented:
    What a game to watch

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Thanks for the heads up!!!

  11. thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Sano your role, Jeff Smith.

  12. sjhaack - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    No one else on the field moved when he hit it. Why is he the only one that gets in trouble for that?

  13. jhawk21 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    As a longtime Minnesota Twins fan I can tell you the real reason he was benched. The front office was SERIOUSLY PISSED off that he pulled a HR to left field rather than slap a bleeder single to right field — HOW DARE YOU Sano!!!!!!!!!

  14. notsofast10 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Only the Minnesooooooota Twins!

    If I was playing in AA trying to prove my worth and have 26 HR’s so far in the season and was benched for that, I would be hoping that Minnesoooooota would consider me in their next trade! Out!

    • tommyshih - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      In the context of this thread and your comment I find it funny that your handle is notsofast. And you can’t spell notsofast with “Sano.” You’re talking about your “friend,” right? ;) ;)

  15. gerryb323 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Really the pause is the cause of the long trip, you can’t separate them. Other than his 5 second pause, he jogged fairly well around the bases.

    What’s next? 15 yard penalties for taunting? Let em have some fun!

  16. ThatGuy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    There appears to be a bit more to the story then preseted here. From Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune

    “On the same night, third baseman Miguel Sano went over the top in showboating a home run that he hit off former teammate Bobby Lanigan. Sano stood at the plate for a few seconds, walked out of the box, flipping the bat, and then slow-strutted around the bases … all of this for a home run that still left his Class AA New Britain team trailing in the eighth inning.

    New Britain manager Jeff Smith kept Sano out of the lineup on Wednesday and Thursday. There’s no certainty he will be back tonight.

    This is not based on the mere act of “pimping” a home run, which is something that Sano does to a degree most every time he blasts one. This is what I heard:

    Sano was promoted from Class A Fort Myers to New Britain on June 9 and joined the lineup on June 12. Lanigan was released from New Britain on June 25. During that two-week period, Sano and Lanigan had a loud confrontation on a bus as the Rock Cats were on a road trip.

    The identity of the pitcher had much to do with the extra juice Sano put into Tuesday’s home run reaction. When confronted over this by Jeff Smith, the hard-nosed manager the Twins employ at New Britain, Sano basically told Smith that he would do what he choose after hitting home runs.

    General Manager Terry Ryan was watching New Britain. He talked to Sano after the game and didn’t get a satisfactory response.

    Smith was given the go ahead to remove Sano from the lineup … and who knows when the hard-headed future star and the hard-headed journeyman manager are going to solve their differences.”

  17. dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    ThatGuy nailed it. I was going to say that the biggest reason this was an issue was that the 8th inning HR still left his team down by 1.

    It’s pretty silly to pimp a homer when your team is still losing. It was all about showing up an ex-teammate. I’m very excited about Sano’s potential, but he still seems to have a little growing up to do.

    • ThatGuy - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Being confrontational with the coach and GM is never a good way to stay in the lineup either.

      • dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Agreed, but the media in MN is known to make mountains out of molehills as well. Just look at Glen Perkins. He was being bashed by everyone when he was failing as a starter. He had a “bad attitude” and was not liked. Fast forward a year or two later when he reinvents himself as a stud reliever and now he;s a media darling.

  18. louhudson23 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Give him a break…he wasn’t sure it was out of the park,so he stood and watched it for a bit….

  19. ncpolister - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    …”Antics”? oh please…BFD!…gotta fit in with those “nice Minnesota folks, doncha know?”…total BS suspension…

    • dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Not suspension, benching.

  20. saints97 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    It’s funny how people are so quick to get after pitchers for plunking hitters, and also are so quick to defend the antics that get batters plunked.

    There is a reason this stuff didn’t happen very often at all in the days of Gibson and Ryan.

    I wonder how Sano would react if the pitcher put the game on hold and stared him down every time he got him out. I wonder how you enablers would react to that. What would the game look like if every player who did anything positive did something to slow the game down to draw attention to themselves?

  21. captaincanoe - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    If he black? Well, there you go.

  22. wahoo21 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Hell….Babe Ruth used to yell at the opposing pitcher and the entire bench when he hit one of his 714 on his way around the bases and he is in the HOF. This guy runs into a fastball against someone he had a beef with and takes the slow train to the plate……..BIG DEAL.
    Next time they play the first pitch will be in the ear hole….thats baseball.

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