28 thoughts on “September 21, 2022: Before It’s Gone”

  1. Hey The Athletic subscribers, apparently Gleeman has a pretty good post mortem on the Twins season. Is there a way you can gift a free link to the article here?

  2. The Poissonnière is counting down the days until her first Twins game. Earlier in the week she got a box of Cracker Jack (which is terrible, with crap “prizes.”) Last night we talked about the Seventh Inning Stretch, metal detectors, and bag screening. Only one of those existed when I went to my first game; fortunately, she watched me go through it at the airport this summer.

    We’re going to try and get to the ballpark early so she can walk around a bit, hit the team store, and get settled. Since she takes piano lessons, I’d love for her to see the organ before we go to our seats (Section 109).

    I’d hoped the team would be either already headed to the postseason or possibly clinching the division. Looks like we’ll be rooting for her favorite player to win the batting title.

    1. As others have said, just the difference in the amount of games played makes 61 to 70/73 as raw numbers an impossible comparison (then throw in all the other factors mentioned too)

      Out of curiosity, here are the top 10 raw HR count seasons and I added a HR/PA column w/ rank too

      Player Home Runs Year PA HR/PA RawRank RateRank
      Barry Bonds 73 2001 664 0.109939759 1 1
      Mark McGwire 70 1998 681 0.102790015 2 2
      Mark McGwire 65 1999 661 0.098335855 4 3
      Aaron Judge 60 2022 636 0.094339623 8 4
      Sammy Sosa 66 1998 722 0.091412742 3 5
      Sammy Sosa 64 2001 711 0.090014065 5 6
      Sammy Sosa 63 1999 712 0.088483146 6 7
      Roger Maris 61 1961 698 0.08739255 7 8
      Babe Ruth 60 1927 691 0.08683068 9 9
      Babe Ruth 59 1921 693 0.085137085 10 10
    2. The record is 73. Whatever you think of Bonds, he hit real home runs in real games that resulted in real wins and losses. The home runs happened, we all saw them, and there's no point in pretending they didn't.

          1. See also: segregated leagues.

            Contextualization matters for interpreting what the numbers mean and comparisons between eras, but the numbers are the numbers, and for home runs the number is 73.

              1. I’m with meat, Mike, cheaps, bS, Philo, free and Padre.

                I think Judge breaking the Maris record of 61, from ‘61, 61 years later is super cool to be watching, and if Bonds and Mac hadn’t already demonstrated their ability to hit dingers without the juice, I’d be more inclined to think what we’re seeing is for some sort of “real” record.

    3. There are a number of reasons why reverting to a 154 game season would benefit MLB. Refreshing the context of single-season records to detour around the Steroid Era is one of them, but certainly not the only or more important. In an era where player workloads, fundamental rules & dimensions, and even scheduling continues to deviate from the past, I think the league would be well served by cutting a few games from its schedule to improve player health, and quality of play, and establish a new context for achievement. Rather than “innovate” at the margins in a way that erodes the historical significance of 60’6” or 90’ by moving the mound or inflating the size of the bases, Manfred could simply reduce wear & tear on the players over the course of the season. But the guy seems like he has actual disdain for baseball and there’s only one thing he cares about.

      1. On a similar vein, I was thinking last night that it's been great seeing all the new JWST images, but I wish I could have been around for when the Voyager images started coming back. That must have been mind blowing.

        (Also, this sent me down a Neptune hole yesterday. I learned that Triton could break apart in about 3 billion years creating a much more spectacular set of rings.)

        1. Even before the Voyager flybys, I wanted to get into computer graphics after seeing the simulations of the Grand Tour -- the way that the best ground-based images of Jupiter, Saturn, and their larger moons were wrapped around a sphere and "rotated" behind the simulated probe, which gyrated through it's planned movements, left big impressions on this high schooler.

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