“I’m a little itchy now”: Byron Buxton depositing his 20th homer for the season, sets new career-high

Byron Buxton has 52 homers in his last 162 games.

Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Byron Buxton
Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton, the 28-years-old centre fielder for the Minnesota Twins, hammered his 20th home run this season. The most astonishing part is that now he has 52 home runs in the last 162 games played, leaving behind legendary Aaron Judge (51) and Mike Trout (49). He freely acknowledged upon being told that he doesn’t even know how many career home runs he has.

Bryon Buxton hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of the Minnesota Twins’ 6-0 victory over the Cleveland Guardians that secured a split of the doubleheader at Progressive Field. He has now joined the list of Harmon Killebrew or Nelson Cruz with the most home runs in franchise history in such a span by any player.

When the media professionals told Byron Buxton about the achievement, he could only be surprised and indeed uttered the word, “Dang!” he said, “That’s surprising to me, yeah, that’s kind of dope, I ain’t going to lie about that one. … Granted, it’s 162 games not altogether, but just to see what could possibly happen in a 162-game season, it’s fun. That kind of got me. That kind of got me going now. That kind of got me going. I’m a little itchy now.”

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Byron Buxton sends it to the trees for the 20th time for the season

Byron Buxton
Byron Buxton

The Minnesota Twins’ do feel that they have to be careful with Byron Buxton’s treatment and occasional maintenance days. This has helped him avoid the injured list altogether this season, and he’s still on pace to play 120 games. Even that kind of usage has brought him to this career-best, surpassing the 19 homers he hit in 61 games last season.

“That kind of impressed me a little bit,” Byron Buxton said. “To have that many over a span of 162 games, something must be clicking as far as more on the mental side, like my approach, my aggressiveness, just keeping the game simple.”

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“We’re a different team,” manager Rocco Baldelli added in the appraisal of his star. “Whatever we bring to the table, we bring more to the table when Byron Buxton is playing. Has he been out there every day?

No, he has not been out there every day. But he’s been out there a lot and he’s gotten a lot of at-bats. They’ve been really productive. He figures things out really quick. You see the adjustments he makes out there. Even when he’s not 100 per cent, he’s a star.”

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