It's a Glovely time in Twins baseball
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Historically, the Twins have always been among the American League's top defensive units, as evidenced by claiming their league's fewest errors five times since the dual introduction of Twins baseball and the 162-game season in 1961.
Their 84 errors in 1988 served as the fewest in the history of the 162-game A.L. until the Orioles' committed just 81 a decade later. In 2002, the Twins made a razor-thin 74 errors, a mark that serves as just one of seven seasons in which an American League club has made fewer than 80. Last year, the Boys made a mere 76 and tied with the Blue Jays for the fewest in the A.L.
In the 46 full seasons since '61, 90 different teams have less than 100 errors in a season. Fewer than 90? Only 33 clubs. Fewer than 70? Only two A.L. teams, the 2003 Mariners (65 errors) and the '06 BoSox (66) can lay claim to that elite leather lair.
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Speaking of Hudson: after the Twins 2-0 loss to O's on May 6th, the second baseman largely intimated to me that, despite the club having made just six errors in their first 29 games, the bobbles were en route.
"It's gonna happen," Hudson said. "It's coming. It's coming. The errors are coming. It's a crazy game. We're gonna boot some, misjudge some fly balls, miss the cut-off man. It's gonna happen."
Hudson has played in both leagues and is a veteran of well more than 1,000 Major League games. He no doubts knows the streaks of hardball; knows that on bad days the 5-ounce ball of leather and stitches can bound a way of its own. But Hudson's work as a clairvoyant looks to still take a backseat to his baseball acumen. In the 10 games since the 6th, the club has made only three more errors.
In the Golden Anniversary of Twins baseball, the number 50 surely has great meaning this season. But at their present defensive rate, the number 40 suddenly holds more luster.